With the help of Tyler ISD, a new law has been established that will make it easier to train high school students who wish to pursue a plumbing education, allowing them to join the industry right after graduation.
Tyler ISD was instrumental in passing legislation allowing students to obtain a Tradesman Limited plumbing license after completing CTE (Career and Technology Education) plumbing courses in high school and subsequently passing the state board review, depending on the district.
The opportunity was created by an amendment added to HB 636 by Texas House Rep Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) during the 87th legislative session.
Gary Brown, Executive Director of Tyler ISD College and Career, was instrumental in the passage and implementation of the new law.
“I testified in Austin at a committee hearing in support of Representative Schaefer’s legislation,” Brown said. “After the bill became law, I worked with the team of Representative Schaefer, Texas Education Association (TEA), State Council of Educators Certification (SBEC), State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Texas State Plumbing of Examiners (TSBPE) to develop the implementation plan. “
Before the law, in order to pursue a career as a plumber, individuals had to have worked at least 4,000 hours under the direction of a master plumber to be able to pass the test for this license.
Now, as part of the new alternative program created by the new law, Tyler ISD can offer classroom training and workplace learning experiences in high school.
By law, in fall 2022, Tyler ISD Career and Technology Education (CTE) will offer a plumbing program.
“We are thrilled that these future plumbers are embarking on a high-demand, high-paying career,” said Brown. “We will offer four levels of study with courses taught by a master plumber.”
Schaefer said the new law would restore vocational training for Texas students. He said the district was instrumental in passing the law.
“Now, the plumber profession will open up to thousands of students who will be able to transform this training into success immediately. Restoring vocational training for students and giving them more options to succeed is good for all Texans, ”Schaefer said. “Tyler ISD was instrumental in helping me pass this law. We are seeing interest in launching plumbing courses in public schools across Texas, and we are thrilled.”
Brent McDonald, Owner of Rub-A-Dub Plumbing in Tyler and a member of the Tyler ISD CTE advisory board, has also testified in favor of the legislation and is looking forward to the program.