Plumbers licensing requirements for a journeyman and master plumbers license are usually determined at the state level and the necessary requirements and exams vary in each State. The enforcing & regulating of the state plumbing licensing requirements often fall under individual municipalities. You can check the requirements for the journeyman and master plumber license in a particular State below.

California Plumbing License Requirements

Plumbers License California

Inside the State of California a contractors license is required in prior to bidding on commercial, residential, and public works construction involving projects that exceeds $500.  To become a licensed contractor, candidates are required to pass the california plumbers exam and the business and law exam.

Requirements to Get a CA Plumbers License.

To perform plumbing work in the State of California you will either need to register as a Journeyman or meet the requirements for a CA State contractors license. Registration as a journeyman allows you to works inside California on jobs that value no more than $500 in labor and materials. 

A contractors license is required for projects that exceed $500.In order to become a licensed contractor, candidates will have to sit for the business and law exam and the trade exam.

  • All applicants must be approved by the board, in order to sit for the california plumber exam.
  • All applicants must have at least 4 years experience as a journeyman, foreman or supervisor, contractor, or as an owner-builder to qualify to take the exam.
  • All applicants must have a working capital of at least $2,500. In addition, all applicants must also file a bond with the Registrar in the amount of $10,000.

Work that can be Done Under this License

A plumbing contractor in California provides a means for a supply of safe water and proper disposal of wastes from the premises. This includes gas piping for all units except for forced warm air units. Also places, installs, erects or connects any electrical wires, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduits, solar photovoltaic cells or any part thereof, which generate, transmit, transform or utilize electrical energy in any form or for any purpose.

California Plumbing Exam Format

The California Plumbing Exam consists of five major sections:

  1. Worker and Job Site Safety
  2. Service, Repair, and Remodel Plumbing Systems
  3. Planning and Estimating
  4. Rough-in Plumbing Systems
  5. Finish Plumbing Installations

Applying to get your plumbing License

The California Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) offers up to date information about the license application process and presents useful study materials to help you pass the exams. An application for licensure can be obtained from the California Contractors State License Board website, by calling 1-800-321-CSLB or get the application form at the address below:

Contractors State License Board
9821 Business Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827

Phone: (800) 321-CSLB

State Licensing and Exams

Licensing and certification requirements for plumbers are usually determined at the state level and tend to vary slightly from state to state. Often, the job of enforcing and regulating these requirements falls to individual municipalities. To check the requirements for a plumbing license in a particular state select your location on the State Licensing Requirements page.

If you need more informations on passing the journeyman plumbing exams then perhaps you might want to read: How To Do The Plumber Journeyman Exam to help you get started as an apprentice plumber or journeyman plumber.

External References

  • Service, Repair, and Remodel Plumbing Systems