Caddo Schools is extending a warm welcome to the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana as the group selected the Caddo Career and Technology Center (CCTC) as the northern host to administer state plumbing exams. Prior to this selection, practicing plumbers were required to travel to Baton Rouge to gain a state license. The Plumbing Board chose to utilize the CCTC facility over others in the Shreveport area due to its educational strategy to provide the skills necessary to pursue trades.
“Our Career Center has been training and certifying people in multiple careers for decades now,” said Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Superintendent of Caddo Schools. “We find it fitting that we are now able to give the plumbing trade access to that final step to becoming licensed.”
CCTC will host weekend exams beginning immediately. Practicing plumbers can take exams on-site to become licensed as a tradesman, journeyman, master plumber, journeyman natural gas fitter and master natural gas fitter.
“It is vital that our community continues to provide a support system for industries in need of skilled workers, and this announcement shows exactly that ongoing commitment,” said Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Shreveport and will bring visitors from surrounding areas who are also looking to further their careers.”
The testing site is already sparking interest from practicing plumbers around the state. Testing registrants will travel as far as New Orleans to Shreveport to begin their licensing.
“The decision by the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana to select the Caddo Schools Career Center as its only testing site outside of Baton Rouge shows that our community has the resources and workforce needed to support new career development opportunities,” said Drew Mouton, City of Shreveport Director of Economic Development. “The City of Shreveport looks forward to building on our partnership with Caddo Schools to continue to find new and innovative ways to ensure our citizens are job-ready.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 4 percent growth in the plumbing profession through 2029. The work is expected to be driven by building construction, maintenance and repairs. The Bureau also cites that full-time plumbers in Louisiana make an average of $59,000.
“Plumbers are in very high demand right now across our state and country with the demand still growing,” said Trey Giglio, Board Member with the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana. “The addition of professional license examinations complements the great work that CCTC does preparing high school students for future careers in the trades. This additional testing site will provide better access to licensure in North Louisiana, and it is our hope that it sparks an interest in the industry for those seeking a career in the trades.”
A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become a plumber. Other requirements to earn a license include 4,000 to 8,000 hours of on-the-job training or 2-5 years of experience.
The State Plumbing Board was enacted in 1924 to protect the health and welfare of the Louisiana people. By setting industry standards, requirements and enforcement of such, the agency provides qualified, licensed plumbers who make possible, clean, disease-free convenient water.