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Plumbing Journeyman

1. Work as an Apprentice

Before becoming a Journeyman you must first train as an apprentice.  Please see the requirements and registration for plumbing apprentices.


2. Take the Journeyman Exam

Once your application is approved and you are eligible for examination, you will be provided the contact information of the third-party testing vendor who you will contact to set the date, time and location of the examination.

Examination Requirements

Applicants for the journeyman examination must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and have either:

  • three (3) years of experience in the plumbing trade while employed by a licensed Plumbing contractor, or
  • equivalent verifiable three (3) years of experience in the plumbing trade while serving in the U.S. military, or
  • a verifiable out-of-state plumbing license that must be:
    • current, and
    • in good standing
  • The following may be substituted for a portion of the experience requirement:

An associate degree or Career Tech diploma certifying completion of a plumbing educational program consisting of a minimum of 1000 classroom hours from a school, approved by the Committee, may be substituted for two (2) years of experience. A Career Tech diploma certifying completion of an educational program consisting of a minimum of 500 classroom hours from a school, approved by the Committee, may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.


3. Work as a Journeyman

When a licensed plumbing journeyman performs plumbing work, it must be work performed under a licensed plumbing contractor.  Generally, one works for a contractor as a registered apprentice to gain verifiable experience requirements to become a Journeyman, who also works for a contractor.  

A journeyman can supervise up to three Apprentices and work projects, both small and very large, and act as the job foreman. Journeyman work experience under a contractor can count as verifiable experience towards requirements to become a contractor. 


Alternative Licenses


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For complete information on licensing requirements see the Plumbing License Law of 1955 and Plumbing Industry Regulations.