We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how to get a plumbing license in the United States. Only very few States do not require you to be licensed as a plumber. Find out exactly how to become a plumber in the State you intend to work in.
Plumbers licensing requirements for a journeyman plumber and master plumber license are usually determined at the state level by the state division of plumbing and the necessary requirements and exams will vary in each State. The enforcing & regulating of the state plumbing licensing requirements often fall under individual municipalities.
In order to get a plumbers license, applicants first will have to complete an apprenticeship program under the supervision of a registered master plumber, In most states a minimum of 4 years on-the-job training is required to get a journeyman plumbers license. To obtain a master plumbers license, usually another 4 years of on the job experience is required.
Sometimes the fasted way to obtain a plumbing license in a certain state is through a reciprocity agreement. If the reciprocity agreements in your current state allow contractors licensed in certain other states to obtain a license in the current state without having to take the state trade exam.
Some states may require you to register as an apprentice plumber. Check with your state’s Professional Licensing Agency if you are unsure whether this is required in your local area. An apprenticeship training covers the basics of a wide range of plumbing systems and components and their installation. Apprentice plumbers will have to get familiar with skills ranging from residential toilets to advanced water heaters and computerised control systems.
As an apprentice plumber, you will be able to find yourself working in many different areas ranging from construction sites to residential homes. The job prospects for plumbers are good, and there’s plenty of opportunity for self-employment.
Journeyman Plumbing License
A journeyman plumber is defined as a licensed individual with the required training, experience, technical knowledge, and qualifications to work in the plumbing industry.
In most states, any individual interested in becoming a licensed or certified journeyman plumber must take and pass the journeyman plumber exam administered by the state in which he or she wishes to work. Most states require an amount of on-the job work experience under the direct supervision of a licensed master plumber of 4 to 5 years before you are eligible to take the examination.
Journeyman Plumbers Exam
To pass the journeyman plumber exam to get a license, the applicants will need to have sufficient knowledge of federal and local plumbing codes, state regulations, maintenance and repair of plumbing systems, and of plumbing system installation.
Master Plumbing License
A master plumber is defined as a licensed person with the required training, experience, technical knowledge, and qualifications to supervise other individuals in the plumbing industry and organize and implement projects.
Master Plumbers Exam
Most states require any person that wants to get a master plumbing license to pass the master plumbers exam, some states require you to pass an addition business and law examination.
To see if the licensing board that handles the testing and licensing for your particular state has any additional examinations or requirements check out the state licensing section below where you'll find all the requirements for the journeyman plumber license and master plumber license and/or plumbing contractor license in a particular state.