Inside the State of Virginia plumbing license is required, either a journeyman plumber license, master plumbers license, or contractor license. To meet the requirement for either a journeyman plumber or a master plumber, there are two exams that need to be passed.
The two different exams are the statutory and regulatory exam and the plumbing trade exam. To get a plumbing contractor license, a Virginia Class A, B, or C license is also required along with a master plumber license.
State of Virginia Plumbing License Requirements
In order to sit for the examination to get a Virginia plumbers license you will need to get pre-approved by the state. To sit for the trade examinations, a candidate must document that they have met one of the following experience requirements.
Individuals who hold a currently valid license or plumbing certification from another state as a journeyman or master tradesman may sit for the same level examination by providing a copy of that license or certification card.
Virginia Journeyman License
- 2 years of practical experience in the trade and a degree or certification showing the completion of a 2 year program from either a trade or technical school, or a community college; or
- 4 years of practical experience in the trade and 240 hours of formal vocational training in the trade; or
- 5 years of practical experience in the trade and 160 hours of formal vocational training in the trade; or
- 6 years of practical experience in the trade and 80 hours of formal vocational training in the trade; or
- A bachelor’s degree in an engineering curriculum related to the trade and 1 year of practical experience in the trade; or
- 10 years of practical experience in the trade, verified by an affidavit who observed the candidate’s work in the trade
Virginia Master Plumer License
- 1 year of practical experience as a licensed Virginia journeyman; or
- 10 years of practical experience in the trade, verified by an affidavit who observed the candidate’s work in the trade.
Applying for a Virginia License
Applications for licensure can be obtained from the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation State Board for Contractors by calling 804-367-8511 or at the address below:
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23233-1463
State Licensing and Exams
Licensing and plumbing 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 License 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.
- Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (virginia.gov)
- University of Virginia (virginia.edu)