How-to Guide: Becoming a Licensed Indiana Plumber

Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in Indiana?

It is unlawful to act in the capacity of a plumbing contractor or journeyman plumber without a license.

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in Indiana?

  • Apprentice Plumber
  • Journeyman Plumber
  • Plumbing Contractor

How do I get a Journeyman license in Indiana?

  1. Meet state requirements
    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Hold at least 4 years of experience in an apprenticeship program or be a licensed plumber in another state
  2. Complete a Journeyman Plumber application
    • Send in original photograph-passport size-attached to application
    • Application Payment
    • Approved school sponsor signature and current/active plumbing license
    • Application affirmation section signed and dated
  3. Pay the application fee: Odd Years - $15 | Even Years - $30
  4. Once you've been approved by the IPC you may schedule your exam:  www.2Prove.com or 866-720-7768
  5. Pass the Journeyman Plumber exam - Study with online exam prep!

How do I get a Plumbing Contractor license in Indiana?

  1. Meet state requirements
    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Hold at least 4 years of experience in an apprenticeship program, be a licensed plumber in another state or four years in the plumbing business under the direction of a licensed plumbing contractor.
  2. Complete a Plumbing Contractor application
    • Send in original photograph-passport size-attached to application
    • Application Payment
    • Approved school sponsor signature and current/active plumbing license
    • Application affirmation section signed and dated
  3. Pay the application fee: Odd Years - $15 | Even Years - $30
  4. Once you've been approved by the IPC you may schedule your exam:  www.2Prove.com or 866-720-7768
  5. Pass the Plumbing Contractor exam - Study with online exam prep!

What is the application fee to file as an Indiana Journeyman or Plumbing Contractor?

  • Odd year issuance - $15
  • Even year issuance - $30

What are the exam fees for Indiana plumbing contractors?

$138

What can I expect from the Indiana Journeyman Plumber exam?

Number of Questions: 90-Multiple Choice
Time Allowed:
 3 Hours
Amount Correct to Pass:  70%

  • 8 Questions - Developed Length/Isometric Analysis
  • 10 Questions - Fixtures
  • 7 Questions - General Requirements
  • 6 Questions - Indiana Business
  • 15 Questions - Sanitary Drainage
  • 6 Questions - Storm Water Systems
  • 17 Questions - Vents
  • 7 Questions - Water Heaters
  • 14 Questions - Water Supply and Distribution

What can I expect from the Indiana Plumbing Contractor exam?

Number of Questions: 90-Multiple Choice
Time Allowed:
 3 Hours
Amount Correct to Pass:  70%

  • 10 Questions - Developed Length/Isometric Analysis
  • 10 Questions - Fixtures
  • 9 Questions - General Requirements
  • 14 Questions - Indiana Business
  • 13 Questions - Sanitary Drainage
  • 4 Questions - Storm Water Systems
  • 13 Questions - Vents
  • 5 Questions - Water Heaters
  • 12 Questions - Water Supply and Distribution

What can I expect from your Indiana Journeyman & Plumbing Contractor exam prep?

International Plumbing Code

  • Administration, Scope and Intent/Purpose
  • Definitions and Symbols
  • Plumbing Math
  • General Regulations
  • Fixtures, Faucets, and Fixture Fittings
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • Sanitary Drainage
  • Indirect and Special Waste
  • Vents
  • Traps, Interceptors, and Separators
  • Storm Drainage
  • Nonpotable Water Systems
  • Subsurface Landscape Irrigation Systems
  • Appendix E
  • Isometrics
  • Private Sewage Systems
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • Hands-On Practical Application
  • Practice Tests

Business Law for Contractors

  • Business Organization
  • Contracts
  • Estimating and Bidding
  • Financial Management
  • Labor Law
  • Licensing
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Safety--OSHA
  • Tax Law

Bonus Materials

  • Reading and Understanding the ProV Bulletin
  • Books That You Should Have During the Exam
  • Effective Study Techniques

Is the Indiana plumber exam open book?

Yes, you can bring the following references:

  • 2006 International Plumbing Code, 2nd printing, Indiana Edition
  • 2012 Indiana Amendments (675 IAC 16-1.4)
  • Indiana Business and Law Study Guide for Contractors­­­

What should I bring to the Indiana plumber exams?

  • Current & valid proof of identity
  • Only simple 4-function calculators are permitted. PDAs, cell phones or other special calculators (i.e. ElectriCalc, etc.) are NOT permitted.
  • Approved References. (See information below).
  • Highlighting

What not to bring:

  • Cameras, recorders, cell phones, and other communication devices
  • Handwritten notes are NOT allowed in any portion of a reference book.
  • Moveable tabs are NEVER permitted in a reference book.
  • A reference book CANNOT contain Post-it notes.
  • Photocopied documents CANNOT be added to a reference book.
  • Photocopied versions of a reference are only allowed when listed as permitted in the exam description. Prov asks that candidates leave all unauthorized materials in their vehicle. If candidates are caught using unauthorized materials during testing, these materials will be confiscated, their testing will be terminated with fees forfeited, and the Board will be notified of their actions

During the testing process candidates must not:

  • Share reference materials during testing
  • Highlight, underline, mark or write any kind of information in their reference materials during testing.

Where can I take the Indiana plumber exam?

  • Fort Wayne
  • Hammond
  • Indianapolis
  • Lafayette
  • Muncie
  • New Albany
  • South Bend
  • Haute

Does Indiana offer reciprocity for plumbing licenses?

Reciprocity is not available for journeyman and contractor plumbers Instead, you must present an application and pay the fee. Then the application goes before the board. If the board approved you must take the exam and pass.

Is there any way to be waived from the Indiana plumbing exam?

No.

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