About two years ago my boss gave to me an apprentice application which I
filled out and handed back to him (after I offered to pay the registration
fee which he politely refused and demanded to pay himself).
Now, after accruing quite a few hours on the job, I've become a little
excited with the anticipation of one day holding my journeyman license and
then it dawns on me....
I was never given an apprentice card or registration number.
Let me preface this by saying, my boss is a snake. He has a hard time
keeping employees and I have been very loyal to him. Working a minimum of
60 hrs. per week and having all the responsibilities of a licensed plumber
without the pay (and experience obviously).
I never wanted to be thrown into this but would have much rather learned the
proper way from a good journeyman or master. But, to keep my job, I have
been running a crew for the last year and a half. Crazy, I know.
I'm a fast learner with common sense and have had to "figure it out" on my
So, I'm thinking.... I wouldn't be surprised if my boss didn't want me to
ever hold a license because then he would be faced with either paying me
competitive wages or I could easily obtain a job that would.
So I log on to the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and contacted
them via email of my apprentice card or registration number.
I received a prompt email from them stating I am not registered and the last
two years I've been employed were "illegal" and would not be credited
towards my 8000 hours for journeyman examination.
Shit, I'm so pissed at my boss it'll be all I can do not to quit in the
Is this correct? Am I screwed?
Any suggestions what actions I should/could take?