How to Do the Plumber Journeyman Exam to Get a Plumbing License


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The journeyman plumber exam is state-specific plumbing exam used to determine whether an apprentice plumber possesses all of the requirements and plumbing skills & knowledge that are necessary in order to perform any plumbing related work activities as a licensed journeyman plumber under the supervision of a licensed master plumber within a particular state.

Some states do not require that a plumber become certified or licensed in order to to perform plumbing work as a plumber journeyman, but before you start to perform any plumbing related activities it is important that you check with your local licensing authority first to see what regulations and laws are present in your particular jurisdiction.

What are the requirements for a Journeyman Plumber License

The exact format of each plumbers licensing exam and the exact requirements that are necessary to receive a journeyman plumbers license or journeyman plumbing certification within each state varies from state to state. In most states a license is required for Air Conditioning, Electrical, and Plumbing trades.

Journeyman License and Master Plumber State Licensing:

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 help you get started as an apprentice plumber, journeyman plumber or master plumber we have compiled some of the requirements to become a registered journeyman or master plumber and other helpful information that is nessecary in order to apply for a state plumbing license in one of the following states.

To check the requirements for a state plumbing license for a state that is not in the above list, select your location from the Plumbing License Requirements page.

The Journeyman plumber exams test the journeyman apprentice's knowledge of:

  • Federal plumbing codes
  • Plumbing codes and regulations of the state in which the plumber journeyman is pursuing a career
  • Basic maintenance and plumbing repairs
  • Installation of plumbing systems.

Working for a licensed master plumber as an apprentice plumber

The standard amount of work experience that is usually required as an apprentice plumber prior to taking a state journeyman test is approximately 4 to 5 years and most states require that the apprentice plumber has worked under the supervision of a licensed master plumber during that time.

Apprentice plumbers that receive a journeyman plumbing license or certification or are not required to have a plumbers license or certification in that particular state, but meet any other requirements set by the state to work as a plumber journeyman are usually allowed to repair, maintain, and install any type of plumbing system.

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