How to Get a Journeyman Plumbing License

Knowledge of a trade such as plumbing can pave the way to a successful career, as long as you have patience and are dedicated to your work.

While a master license often is the highest level for a tradesman, a journeyman license can make several paths available to a plumber.

Find out what your state or city requirements are for obtaining a journeyman plumber license. Requirements vary from place to place, but most areas require that applicants be at least 21 years of age.

Serve as an apprentice plumber for a specific period of time under a qualified plumber--usually a master plumber, depending on state or city requirements. Five years is the typical time requirement.

Prepare for the journeyman written examination. Study guides are available for the test, and those preparing for the test are strongly encouraged to study these books, even if they have the practical experience necessary.

Take and pass the journeyman plumber examination which assesses whether applicants have knowledge of federal and local plumbing codes, state regulations, maintenance and repair of plumbing systems, and knowledge of plumbing system installation.

Journeyman plumber licenses usually have to be renewed after one year, and there is usually an annual license fee.

Things You Will Need

  • Journeyman license study guide
  • Knowledge of state or city requirements

Tip

  • Once you acquire the journeyman license, make sure you have the proper insurance.

About the Author

Daniel DiPrinzio has been writing professionally in the Philadelphia since 2001. His articles have appeared on eHow and GolfLink, among other sites. His fiction, non-fiction and satirical commentary has appeared in several print publications including "Outsider Ink," the "Externalist," "Stick Your Neck Out," "The Philadelphia Inquirer" and the "Philadelphia Daily News." He earned a Master of Liberal Arts from Widener University.