Colorado Plumber Licensing FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about Colorado’s plumber licensing and continuing education

How to Get a Colorado Journeyman Plumber License

  1. Meet & document the state experience requirements:
    1. Four years (6,800 hours) of practical experience
  2. Complete and submit an application for licensure
  3. Pay required fees
  4. Take and pass the licensing exams

How to Get a Colorado Master Plumber License

  1. Meet & document the state experience requirements:
    1. Five years (8,500 hours) of practical experience
  2. Complete and submit an application for licensure
  3. Pay required fees
  4. Take and pass the licensing exams

Colorado Plumber Renewal Requirements

Renewal Deadline: Licenses expire every odd year on February 28th

Continuing Education: 16 hours every two year licensing cycle (8 hours every year)

Getting Licensed

Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in Colorado?

Any person who wishes to engage in plumbing work at the business, trade, or calling of a residential, journeyman, or master plumber in the state.A person who wishes to engage in plumbing work at the business, trade, or calling of a residential, journeyman, or master plumber in the state.

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in Colorado?

  • Residential Plumber
  • Journeyman Plumber
  • Master Plumber

Does Colorado have reciprocal licensing with other states?

The board may issue a plumber’s license by endorsement provided that the applicant provides adequate proof that the person has credentials/qualifications that are substantially equivalent to requirements in Colorado for licensure by examination.

Renewing a License

When do I need to renew my Colorado plumbing license?

Plumbing licenses expire every odd year on February 28th.

How do I renew my plumbing license in Colorado?

Renewals open approximately 6 weeks prior to the expiration date. Visit the Colorado DORA website to renew your license.

Do I need continuing education to renew my plumbing license in Colorado?

Yes, you must complete 16 hours each two year licensing cycle (8 hours every year) in order to renew.

My Colorado plumbing license has expired — how do I get it reinstated?

If your license has been expired less than two years:

  1. Pay required fees
  2. Detail any practice since your license expired
  3. Provide information regarding any other plumber licenses held
  4. Provide any license verification information
  5. Complete the Affidavit of Eligibility section within the application
  6. Upload name change documentation if applicable
  7. Answer general and criminal history screening questions and upload supporting documentation

If your license has been expired for more than two years:

  1. Apply for reinstatement (see above steps)

Retake & pass the full written exam

How do I get my journeyman plumbing license in Colorado?

  1. Meet & document the state experience requirements:
    1. Four years (6,800 hours) of practical experience
  2. Complete and submit an application for licensure
  3. Pay required fees
  4. Take and pass the licensing exams

What can I expect from the Colorado journeyman plumbing exam?

240 minute time limit

100 Questions – 70% correct to pass

  • 12 questions: Water Supply
  • 20 questions: Vents
  • 8 questions: Fixtures & Equipment
  • 5 questions: Piping Support & System Protection
  • 5 questions: Traps, Interceptors, & Separators
  • 10 questions: Storm Drainage Systems
  • 20 questions: Sanitary Drainage Systems
  • 5 questions: Indirect & Special Waste Piping
  • 5 questions: Isometric Analysis
  • 5 questions: Residential Fire Sprinklers

5 questions: Water Heaters

Where can I take the Colorado journeyman plumber exam?

  • Colorado Springs
  • Denver
    • Centennial
    • Wheat Ridge
  • Durango
  • Grand Junction
  • Fort Collins

Pueblo

How do I know if I passed the Colorado journeyman plumber exam?

Your score will be provided to you immediately after you complete the test.

How do I get my master plumbing license in Colorado?

  1. Meet & document the state experience requirements:
    1. Five years (8,500 hours) of practical experience
  2. Complete and submit an application for licensure
  3. Pay required fees
  4. Take and pass the licensing exams

What can I expect from the Colorado master plumbing exam?

270 minute time limit

120 Questions – 70% correct to pass

  • 14 questions: Water Supply
  • 22 questions: Vents
  • 10 questions: Fixtures & Equipment
  • 6 questions: Piping Support & System Protection
  • 6 questions: Traps, Interceptors, & Separators
  • 12 questions: Storm Drainage Systems
  • 22 questions: Sanitary Drainage Systems
  • 6 questions: Indirect & Special Waste Piping
  • 10 questions: Isometric Analysis
  • 6 questions: Residential Fire Sprinklers

6 questions: Water Heaters

Where can I take the Colorado master plumber exam?

  • Colorado Springs
  • Denver
    • Centennial
    • Wheat Ridge
  • Durango
  • Grand Junction
  • Fort Collins

Pueblo

How do I know if I passed the Colorado master plumber exams?

Your score will be provided to you immediately after you complete the test.

What continuing education is required to renew my Colorado plumber license?

Beginning May 1, 2021 all licensed Residential, Journeyman & Master Plumbers must complete 8 hrs of continuing education every twelve months to renew a license.

This requirement is not applicable to the first renewal cycle of a license.

Every 12 month period of the 24 month renewal cycle you must complete 8 hours of continuing education (for a total of 16 hours each licensing cycle). This 8 hours will consist of any combination of the core competencies listed below as long as:

  • A minimum of 4 hrs relate to codes
  • No more than 2 hrs relate to safety training
  • Core Competencies:
    • Cross connection and backflow prevention
    • Fixtures, Faucets & Fixture Fittings
    • Indirect/Special Waste
    • Industry Product Training
    • Non-potable Water Systems
    • Plumbing Administration
    • Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems
    • Sanitary Drainage
    • Special Piping (Medical Gas)
    • Storm Drainage
    • System piping and components
    • Traps, Interceptors and Separators
    • Vents – DVM
    • Water Heaters
    • Water Supply and Distribution
    • Safety related to the plumbing industry

Who submits my Colorado plumbing continuing education course completions to the state?

Licensees are required to maintain their documentation of CE activities for a minimum of 6 years and furnish those documents to the board in the event of an audit. Plumbers Training Institute will maintain your records for you for 6 years at no charge.

Are your continuing education courses approved for credit in the state of Colorado?

We are in the process of gaining board approval.

Colorado State Plumbing Board
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 894-7800
Fax: (303) 894-2310
dora_plumbingboard@state.co.us
https://dpo.colorado.gov/Plumbing

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3210 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(855) 898-0710
examschedule@psionline.com
https://candidate.psiexams.com/

Once I order the course, how long before I can start?

You may begin immediately! Simply click the Login button in the upper right-hand corner on your desktop or in the upper-right menu on mobile. Once you’ve entered your login and password, you will be taken to your courses. Follow the instructions and enjoy!

Once I start an online course, will I be able to start and stop at any time?

Our courses are available online 24/7 and you are able to log in and log out at any time during the course. If you are going to be away from your computer for more than 10-15 minutes, simply log out. When you log back in, you will be able to re-enter the lesson you were last in.

How long do your continuing education courses take to complete?

Continuing education requirements vary by state. Each course lists a minimum number of credit hours required to complete the course.

How long do your exam prep courses take to complete?

This question really depends on your learning style and comfort level with the topics we cover. There is no set time for completing exam prep courses — you get to go at your own pace! Many plumbers like to re-watch materials, some like to just re-take the practice tests. Our recommendation is for you to go through the course as many times as you need to be comfortable with the material and any applicable reference books. The more familiar you are with the materials, the better you will do on your exam!

How long do I have the courses?

We allow up to 6 months for you to complete the courses. During the six months you have unlimited, 24/7 access. If you need additional time, please contact our offices to arrange an extension (please note: a fee may apply).

Are there tests in the courses?

This varies depending on whether the course is continuing education or exam prep.

There are no quizzes for continuing education courses in Michigan. All other states with continuing education require quizzes to check completion progress.

In exam prep courses there will be a short quiz at the end of each lesson and there is also a longer practice test at the end of each course. These quizzes and tests will help you practice taking an exam and identify areas you may wish to study more.

If I fail a practice test, do I have to take it again?

Practice tests are just that: for practice. You will have the opportunity to retake the practice tests until you do pass. The practice tests are there to help you get used to the process of using your reference materials and finding the correct answers during an exam. If you don’t pass on the first try, take the time to note what sections of the material you need to review.

Once I complete a course, can I still go back and review the lessons and quizzes?

You are able to review the lessons and quizzes at any time during the six months you’ll have access to the courses.