Wisconsin Plumber License Renewal FAQ’s

Wisconsin plumbers, the next renewal date for Journeyman, Master & Utility Contractors is coming up on March 31st. Be sure to check your license to verify the year of your renewal.

When is my Wisconsin plumber license due for renewal?

All Journeyman, Master, & Utility Contractors - 4 years from licensure on 3/31.
Commercial Plumbing Inspectors - 4 years from licensure on 6/30.
Cross Connection Control Testers - every 4 years on the anniversary of licensure.

Do I need to complete continuing education to renew my Wisconsin plumber license?

Master, Journeyman, & Commercial Plumbing Inspectors - 24 hours
Journeyman & Master Restricted Appliance & Service - 12 hours
Cross Connection Control Testers - 6 hours

How do I renew my Wisconsin plumbing license?

  1. Complete the required continuing education
  2. Send fees and renewal application to the DSPS
  3. Renew online at https://esla.wi.gov/PortalCommunityLogin

What is the renewal fee for my Wisconsin plumbing license?

The renewal fee varies by license type. Please see the chart provided by the state.

Who submits my Wisconsin plumbing license plumbing course completion?

We will submit your records to the state after you have completed the course.

Who do I contact at the state level with questions about my Wisconsin plumbing license?

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
4822 Madison Yards Way, Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 266-2112
E-Mail: DSPSCredTrades@wi.gov


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5 Tips to Build Trust with Customers

Customers who trust your business will be loyal customers. Establishing trust with your customers provides you the opportunity to build lifelong relationships with your clientele, which will give you a sense of job security as well as the satisfaction of a job well done.

Here are 5 tips to help build relationships with your customers:

Listen actively

While your customer is describing their problem to you, be present with them. Maintaining eye contact, nodding in appropriate places, and leaning in slightly are all ways to show you are an active participant in the conversation. The bonus is that these non-verbal cues also let you respond to what your customer is saying, while giving them the space to make themselves feel heard.

Be socially active

Make sure your website is up to date and usable (especially on mobile phones). There is nothing worse for a customer to arrive at a website that they cannot use to find the information they need. Use your social media as often as possible. Customers appreciate a company that keeps up with their social media accounts regularly, as it shows them you care about your company image.

Be available

Especially as a small business, it is easy to set your own hours and make them work for you. However, it is important to customers that you be available when you say you will be available, and to have hours that are easily accessible to your customer base. Set regular working hours and stick to them. If your website says you are open from 9am-5pm, answer the phones during that time, or at the very least return calls as soon as possible within that time frame. This lets customers know you value their time as well as their own.

Be transparent

Try to stay away from gimmicky or misleading advertisements. Be humble when it comes to claims about your products and services (over exaggeration can be a turn off for customers). Make sure your bids are as clear and detailed as possible. Use contracts that are in plain English rather than legalese. Customers will see the value in your honesty, especially when they compare you against the flashy claims of your competition.

Under promise, over deliver

If you think a job is going to take you 6 hours, tell your customers it will take 8. Making small adjustments like this will help you if you run into unexpected problems, but if you do manage to finish ‘early’ your customers will feel you went above and beyond for them. Being upfront about what you offer is one thing but delivering on those promises is what truly demonstrates trustworthiness to customers.


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Alaska Plumbing License Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating the ins and outs of licensing can be difficult. Here are some frequently asked questions about Alaska plumber licensing to get you the answers you need and on the road to a great career!

Do I have to complete continuing education to renew my Alaska plumbing license?

Yes, Alaska plumbers must complete 16-hours of continuing education including 8-hours of code and 8-hours of industry related courses each licensing cycle.

When is my Alaska plumber continuing education due?

Alaska plumbers must renew their license every two-years by the anniversary of initial licensure.

How do I renew my Alaska plumbing license?

  1. Take the required continuing education
  2. Submit certificates, fee, and application to the state

What is the renewal fee for my Alaska plumbing license?

$200 for 2 years

Who submits my Alaska plumbing license plumbing course completion?

The state of Alaska requires the license holder submit their own course completion.

What happens if I renew my Alaska plumbing license late?

If the certificate has expired more than 90 days, but less than two years, you must pay a $50.00 re-application fee (total of $250.00). If your license has expired more than 2 years you are required to re-apply and re-test.

Who do I contact at the state level with questions about my Alaska plumbing license?

Contact Mechanical Inspection:
1251 Muldoon Road, Suite 113
Anchorage, AK 99504

Phone: (907) 269-4925
Fax: (907) 269-4932
Email: Anchorage.LSS-MI@alaska.gov


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Vermont Plumbing License Renewal FAQ’s

Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in Vermont?

Individuals must be licensed to perform any type of plumbing work without a licensed supervisor.

Is continuing education required to renew my Vermont plumbing license?

Yes, you must complete 8-hours of continuing education each licensing cycle, including 2-hours of code review.

How often do I renew my Vermont plumber license?

You must renew your license every two years. If your license has lapsed, it may be renewed within 90 days of its expiration date along with a $15 reinstatement fee in addition to the renewal fee.

If your license has lapsed past 90 days, you must apply for reinstatement and appear before the board. Applicants for license renewal must provide the board with evidence of completion of 8-hours of continuing education or training that is board-approved, completed within the previous 2 years and two of which must be code review. A copy of a certificate is acceptable evidence of this.

What fees are associated with renewing my plumbing license in Vermont?

  1. Master plumber license: $120
  2. Journeyman plumber license: $90
  3. Specialist license (per specialty field): $50
  4. License certificate: $10

Who can I contact with at the state level with further questions?

Department of Public Safety
Division of Fire Safety

Mailing: 1311 U.S. Route 302 – Suite 600
Barre, VT 05641

Phone: (802) 479-7561
Fax: (802) 479-7562


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Train Your Whole Staff This Apprentice Week!

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), now in its fifth year, is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers. NAW 2019 will be held November 11-17, 2019.

Apprentice plumbers in the U.S. make an average of $34,963 per year, while Journeyman plumbers make an average of $60,564 per year. Plumbers Training Institute is celebrating National Apprentice Week by providing an opportunity for Apprentices to their career forward. Purchase more than one journeyman, master, or plumbing contractor exam prep program and receive steep savings.

Purchases of 2-4 programs are discounted $39 each.
Purchases of 5-9 programs are discounted $79 each.
Purchases of 10+ programs are discounted $100 each.

Simply choose your state to get started!

New Course: Intro to Fire Sprinklers, Valves, and Hydraulic Calculations

We have a great new course available for continuing education, taught by a new instructor, Karl Wiegand, who really knows his stuff. The course is titled Introduction to Fire Sprinklers, Valves, and Hydraulic Calculations.

This is an introduction to the basics regarding fire sprinklers, valves and hydraulic calculations. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the parts of a sprinkler assembly and the significance of sprinkler orientation. They will also learn the basics of sprinkler system valves and the types of systems they service. Finally, hydraulic calculations are discussed as they relate to water supply, water flow and friction loss.

Read on for a sneak peak from the first lesson in the course all about Sprinkler Basics:


Most sprinklers have six main components: the deflector, frame arm, activating link, orifice cap, threads and the orifice.

  1. Orifice. “K-factor” is the relationship between the pressure and the flow in the sprinkler. See the equation below:
    • K = Q/sqrt(P)
    • Q = flow (gpm)
    • P = Pressure (psi)

      There are a large range of K factors, the larger the orifice, the more flow you can get without increasing the pressure. K-factors typically range from 1.4 to 28.0, with the most common K-factor at 5.6.

  2. Threads. Usually you are looking at the size of the connection that the sprinkler will screw into. Smaller orifice sprinklers have smaller threads.
    • ½ in thread: K 1.4 – K 11.2
    • ¾ in thread: K 8.0 – K 16.8
    • 1 in thread: K 19.6 – K 28.0

This is important, especially when replacing systems, The thread dictates the size of the opening.

3. Orifice Cap. The orifice cap is used on automatic sprinklers to keep water from flowing, it keeps the water in the system. Open sprinklers do not have orifice caps, the norm is a closed system.

4. Activating Link. This a heat sensitive device that holds the orifice cap in place on automatic sprinklers and keeps them from going off at the wrong time. Open sprinklers do not have an activating link. Sprinklers are designed to react at different speeds, to operate at different temperature ranges (depending on what they are protecting). There are two different types of links - solder and glass bulb.

Activation speed is dictated by the thickness of the link. Typical bulb links are either in 3mm or 5mm bulb sizes. The 3mm is a quick response link, whereas the 5mm bulb is the standard response because it activates slower. All can be fit on a RTI (Response Time Index), which is the relationship between how fast the sprinkler activates with different heat velocities at different temperatures.

Temperature Ranges. Normal temp sprinklers are designed to be in areas up to 100° F. Other commonly used temperatures are intermediate and high with are allowed in 150° F and 225° F respectively. Temperature ranges go up to 625° F. Links are color coded to the temperature range they fall in. The set temperature can be regulated by increasing or decreasing the size of the air bubble in the ampule itself.

Solder Links. Like most typical solders, eutectic solders are used in sprinkler systems. Solder links have a few pros and cons. One advantage to a solder link is that it is more robust than a glass bulb. Any jostling, or rough handling on the bulb can cause damage. Soldered links can also tell you more about the physical cause of an activation that may not have been caused by heat. Soldered links are, however, more difficult to control in terms of the melting temperature.

Glass Bulbs. Glass bulbs are filled with a sugar solution that expands when it is heated. An advantage to glass bulbs are that they are easy to design to activate at a specific temperature. And as discussed above, a disadvantage is that glass bulbs are easier to damage than solder links.

5. Frame Arm. The frame arm holds the deflector, the orifice cap, and the activating link in place. It needs to be able to keep the deflector in position when water is flowing through the sprinkler. The frame arm actually does have an effect on the spray pattern because the water hits the frame arm before the deflector.

6. Deflectors. These are arguably the most important component of the sprinkler. Deflectors are used to create spray patterns. Deflectors come in different shapes, each shape creates a different pattern with a different purpose or application. Most shapes are proprietary from one manufacturer to another.

 


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Kentucky Plumbing Licensing: Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating the ins and outs of licensing can be difficult. Here are some frequently asked questions about Kentucky plumber licensing to get you the answers you need and on the road to a great career!

Do I have to complete continuing education to renew my Kentucky plumbing license?

Yes, you must complete 6-hours of continuing education.

When is my Kentucky plumber continuing education due?

Kentucky plumbers must renew their licenses every year by the last day of their birth month.

How do I renew my Kentucky plumbing license?

  1. Complete 6-hours of continuing education
  2. Complete the renewal notice that you will receive 30 days before expiration
  3. Provide proof of continuing education completion (we provide a printable certificate immediately upon course completion)

What is the renewal fee for my Kentucky plumbing license?

Journeymen $60
Master $250

Who submits my Kentucky plumbing license plumbing course completion?

We will submit the course completion; the licensee still needs to show proof of continuing education completion. (We provide a printable certificate immediately upon course completion).

What happens if I renew my Kentucky plumbing license late?

Any master or journeyman plumber who fails to renew his license prior to expiration may have his license renewed upon payment of the required renewal fee, a late fee, and upon showing the completion of continuing education requirements. The late fee for a master plumber shall be five dollars ($5) and for a journeyman plumber three dollars ($3). If the renewal and late fees are not paid one hundred eighty (180) days after the license expires, such licenses shall be automatically canceled by operation of law for nonpayment; provided, however, that such licenses may be reinstated upon payment of all delinquent renewal fees plus a late fee of ten dollars ($10) for a master plumber and six dollars ($6) for a journeyman plumber. Upon presentation of proper evidence, the department may waive payment of any renewal or late fee specified herein for persons serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Who do I contact at the state level with questions about my Kentucky plumbing license?

Division of Plumbing
101 Sea Hero Rd.
Suite 100
Frankfort, KY 40601

Telephone: 502-573-0397
Fax: 502-573-1058


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Oklahoma Licensing Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating the ins and outs of licensing can be difficult. Here are some frequently asked questions about Oklahoma plumber licensing to get you the answers you need and on the road to a great career!

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in Oklahoma?

  • Apprentice
  • Journeyman
  • Plumbing Contractor

How do I get a journeyman plumber license in Oklahoma?

  1. Meet State Requirments
    • Work as an apprentice for 3 years OR
    • Have at least 3 years of variable experience in plumbing trades while serving in the U.S. military OR
    • Have a verifiable out-of-state plumbing license that is current and in good standing
      NOTE: An associate degree or Career Tech diploma certifying completion of a plumbing program of 1000 hours may be substituted for 2 years of experience.
  2. Complete a Journeyman Plumber Application
  3. Pay the Application fee of $75
  4. The board will send you a letter when your application is approved. Once you receive this letter contact PSI to schedule your exam 800-733-9267 or www.psiexams.com
  5. Pass the Journeyman and Natural Gas exam

How do I get my plumbing contractor license in Oklahoma?

  1. Meet State Requirements
    • Work as an apprentice for 3 years OR
    • Have at least 3 years of variable experience in plumbing trades while serving in the U.S. military OR
    • Have a verifiable out-of-state plumbing license that is current and in good standing
      NOTE: An associate degree or Career Tech diploma certifying completion of a plumbing program of 1000 hours may be substituted for 2 years of experience.
  2. Complete a Plumbing Contractor Application
  3. Pay the Application fee of $330
  4. The board will send you a letter when your application is approved. Once you receive this letter contact PSI to schedule your exam 800-733-9267 or www.psiexams.com
  5. Pass the Trade Exam and the Business and Law Exam

What does your plumbing exam prep cover?

Plumbing Practical Exam

  • 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

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

Bonus Materials

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

Who issues the Oklahoma plumbing licenses?

Oklahoma Construction Industries Board Plumbing Division
2401 NW 23rd Street, Suite 2F
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Telephone: (405) 521-6550

Useful Links

Oklahoma Plumber PSI Candidate Bulletin


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South Dakota Plumber Complete Renewal Package!

Plumbers Training Institute is excited to offer you all of the state-approved continuing education you need to renew your license! These classes are available 24/7 from any internet capable device so you can take your classes when and where its most convenient! Below are a few commonly asked questions about license renewal.

What are the renewal requirements for plumbing licenses in South Dakota?

Renewals in South Dakota are on a yearly basis, you must complete your continuing education and renewal application by December 31st every year.

What are the continuing education requirements for plumbers in South Dakota?

Plumbers must complete four hours of plumbing related courses every year, two of which must be code related.

How do I renew my South Dakota plumbing license?

The Plumbing Commission sends out renewal notices the end of September each year for renewal to be completed by December 31 of each year. Licensees can pay by sending in a check or money order with their statements. There is also an online payment option: go to http://plumbing.sd.gov and then click the Online payments option, set up an account and pay online. If continuing education is required, proof of continuing education course completion must be submitted prior to renewing.


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South Dakota 4 Hour CE Package #1

This 4 hour package fulfills all state Continuing Education requirements for the 1 year renewal cycle for South Dakota Plumbers .

  • 2 Hour Uniform Plumbing Code Review
  • 2 Hour Stop Flushing Money!  Estimating for Profit

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South Dakota 4 Hour CE Package #2

This 4 hour package fulfills all state Continuing Education requirements for the 1 year renewal cycle for South Dakota Plumbers .

  • 2 Hour Uniform Plumbing Code Review
  • 1 Hour Introduction to Sprinkler System Valves
  • 1 Hour Introduction to Sprinkler System Hydraulic Calculations

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North Dakota Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions

How do I renew my North Dakota plumber license?

  1. Complete 4-hours of state-approved continuing education by December 31st of even-numbered years.
  2. Pay the License renewal fees
    • Master Plumber - $165.00
    • Journeyman Plumber - $75.00
    • 5th Year Apprentice Plumber - $75.00
    • 4th Year Apprentice Plumber - $50.00
    • 3rd Year Apprentice Plumber - $40.00
    • 2nd Year Apprentice Plumber - $30.00
    • 1st Year Apprentice Plumber - $20.00
  3. Renew your license online.

Do I need continuing education to maintain my North Dakota plumber license?

Yes, you must complete 4-hours of code related continuing education.

How often do I have to renew my North Dakota plumber license?

You must renew your license by December 31st every year.

What are the renewal fees for my North Dakota plumber license?

  • Master Plumber - $165.00
  • Journeyman Plumber - $75.00
  • 5th Year Apprentice Plumber - $75.00
  • 4th Year Apprentice Plumber - $50.00
  • 3rd Year Apprentice Plumber - $40.00
  • 2nd Year Apprentice Plumber - $30.00
  • 1st Year Apprentice Plumber - $20.00

Who submits my North Dakota plumber continuing education to the state?

We will submit course completions to the state weekly.

Who issues the North Dakota plumbing license?

North Dakota State Plumbing Board
1110 College Drive Suite 210
Bismarck, ND 58501

Phone: 701-328-9977
Fax: 701-328-9979


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