Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in Georgia?

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

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in Georgia?

  • Journeyman
  • Class 1 (Restricted Master)
  • Class 2 (Unrestricted Master).

How do I get a journeyman plumber license in Georgia?

  1. Meet state requirements
    • 3 years of qualifying experience
    • Provide 3 notarized original reference forms from licensed plumbers who can attest to your plumbing experience
  2. Submit a completed application and non-refundable $30 fee with documentation of the required experience and other qualifications and reference information.
  3. Wait for the Board approval letter.
  4. Submit a completed examination scheduling form with the $223 fee
  5. Pass the Journeyman Plumber Exam - Get started with online exam prep! 
    • NOTE: If you fail the plumbing licensing exam twice, you will have to complete a review course before taking the third examination. The review course must be conducted by a college, post-secondary technical school, or military service or by a private agency that meets the requirements.
  6. Pass the examination

What are the examination fees for the various Georgia plumbing licenses?

Journeyman Plumber -- $223.00. The fees are subject to change so always make sure you have the most up-to-date plumbing application from PSI.

What can I expect from Georgia’s Journeyman Exam?

Examinations are delivered by computer at testing center throughout Georgia and in Jacksonville, Florida; and Tallahassee and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Trade exam has 100 questions and you will have a total of five (5) hours to complete the Journeyman examination. The examination will be administered in two parts. You will have two and one-half (2.5) hours to complete part 1, followed by a break. You will then have two and one half (2.5) hours to complete part 2.  You are not required to take an Administrative/Business/Design exam.

You must get a 70% on all exams to pass.

  • Comply with General Laws
    • Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board (complaint procedures, the function of, renewal, etc.)
    • Location law for underground utilities
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Handicap Accessibility
    • State water conservation law
  • Comply with Regulations
    • Georgia State Plumbing Code and Standard Building Code Congress (SBCCI) Plumbing Code
    • Standard Building Code Congress (SBCCI) Gas Code
    • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA)
    • Obtain necessary permits and inspections (plumbing, boiler, etc.)
    • State Trenching Law
    • Georgia State Boiler Code
    • Health Department
    • Manufacturer’s recommendations
  • Work Planning/Organizing
    • Compile bill of materials from drawing and specifications (job takeoff)
    • Interpret equipment nameplate data: pump, water heater, backflow preventer, lift stations, etc.
    • Draw waste and water diagrams (isometrics)
    • Interpret bar chart schedule
    • Determine precedence of various codes, laws, manufacturer’s instructions, regulations, etc.
  • Perform Pipe Cutting and Joining Activities
    • Cut cast-iron pipe (using snap-type chain cutter, hammer, and chisel, metal saw, demolition saw, hydraulic cutters, etc.
    • Cut concrete pipe (using saws, hammer, and chisel, etc.)
    • Cut and ream copper tubing and pipe (using metal saws, tubing cutter, etc.)
    • Cut and ream plastic pipe (using saws, tubing (scissor) cutter, etc.)
    • Cut and ream steel pipe (using a hand pipe cutter, metal saw, power pipe cutter, etc.)
    • Join cast-iron soil pipe (using lead and oakum, rubber-type seal, no-hub connectors, etc.)
    • Use transition fittings (clay pipe to cast-iron pipe, cast iron to plastic, etc.)
    • Join copper or brass pipe (tubing) to fittings (sweat method, compression, flare, T-drill method, etc.) 9. Join PVC, CPVC plastic pipe using a solvent method, fusion method, threaded, grooved, etc.
    • Cut and join ductile iron pipe
    • Join steel pipe (threaded, welded, grooved, flanged, etc.)
    • Cut and join vent and flue pipe (Class B and C)
    • Cut and join other types of pipe (glass, polyethylene, acid resistant, etc.)
  • Perform Plumbing Systems Installation Activities
    • Interpret plans and install according to specifications
    • Size and install water supply
    • Size and install drainage systems
    • Size and install gas pipes
    • Assemble plumbing fittings and fixtures (interpret manufacturer’s instructions)
    • Locate/mark holes for plumbing in walls, ceilings or floors
    • Install pipe through concrete walls, ceilings, or floors
    • Install pipe through wood floors
    • Install pipe through metal walls, ceilings or floors
    • Install pipe to meet fire code regulations
    • Secure horizontal and vertical lines of pipe to masonry and concrete, metal, etc., surfaces
    • Secure horizontal and vertical lines of pipe to the wood surface
    • Insulate water lines
    • Locate and install cleanouts
    • Install pipe in trenches (layout, digging, compaction, bedding, and thrust blocks)
    • Install footing drains
    • Calculate the slope required for building sewer lines
    • Install vent terminals (roof-flashing)
    • Fabricate fixture support (backing)
    • Mount fixture carriers
    • Install bathroom fixtures: water closet, tubs, showers, bidets, lavatories, etc.
    • Install clothes dryer vent
    • Install/fabricate sump reservoir
    • Install sinks
    • Install dishwashers
    • Install garbage disposal
    • Install “Instant Hot” water heaters
    •  Install water heaters
    •  Install boilers
    • Install specialty fixtures: hospital, medical, restaurant, prison, etc.
    • Install industrial piping and fixtures
    • Install specialty piping: gas, air, vacuum, etc.
    • Install valves according to manufacturer’s instructions
    • Install specialty valves: backflow, T and P, pressure relief, check, vacuum relief, backwater, pressure-reducing, etc.
    • Install specialty traps and interceptors (grease, sand, oil, etc.)
    • Install shower and safety pans
    • Install fixtures according to ADA, ANSI regulations
    • Install specialty waste systems (continuous, indirect, and safe waste systems, open site drains, trailer site waste systems, etc.)
    • Install roof and storm drain systems
    • Install sewage ejection systems
  • Perform System Testing Activities
    • Pressure test water distribution system (air, water, hydrostatic, etc.)
    • Test sanitary and drainage systems (water, smoke, air, peppermint, etc.)
    • Pressure test gas lines (air)
    • Certify backflow test
    • Sterilize potable water systems and obtain certification
  • Perform Maintenance and Repair Activities
    • Locate leaks in gas supply lines (using soapy water, gas detector)
    • Service gas appliances (clean and adjust gas burners, check valves and venting, etc.)
    • Service electric appliances (replace electric water heater element, check controls, relief valves, etc.)
    • Locate, identify and remove obstructions in drain lines and water closets
    • Clean backwater valves
    • Repair leaking water faucets or valves
    • Repair tank type and flush valve water closets
    • Locate leak in drainage/vent systems (peppermint test, Smoke test)
    • Free jammed garbage disposal
    • Test/adjust pressure reducing valves
    • Test/replace thermocouple and/or pilot light
    •  Service backflow preventer
    • Service sewage pumps
    • Locate underground lines
  • Safety-related Issues
    • Identify and control for the following potential safety hazards during installation and service:
    • hot water heater and pressure vessels (vent system – slope, classification, sizing, routing and termination; testing, relief valves – sizing, pressure rating, routing and termination, etc.)
    • gas piping: testing and support
    • backflow prevention
    • personal safety: poisonous gases, trenching, faulty equipment, etc.
  • Calculate the following during installation and service:
    • offset, volume, area, pressure, depth, circumference, radius, weight, etc.

What can I expect from your online exam prep program?

Plumber Training Institute covers all topics on the exam. The topics that the exam covers:

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

Is Georgia’s plumber exam open book?

No

What should I bring to Georgia’s plumber exams?

You must bring two forms of identification:

  1. One must be a valid form of government-issued identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport) which bears your signature and has your photograph.
  2. The second ID must have your signature and preprinted legal name.

When can I take Georgia’s plumber exam?

The 2018 examination dates are: December 3-15, 2018, PSI must receive scheduling form or application by October 22, 2018.

You can download the application from the state website or contact the board office:

Professional Licensing
Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
(478) 207-244

Where can I take Georgia’s plumber exam?

The exams are through AMP which is a subsidiary of PSI here are the exam center locations.

Atlanta (Decatur), Georgia (AMP)
2891 N. Decatur Rd
Suite D, E and F
Decatur, GA 30033 US

Atlanta (Duluth), Georgia (AMP)
3505 Koger Blvd
Suite 175
Duluth, GA 30096 US

Atlanta (Marietta), Georgia (AMP)
2100 Roswell Road NE, Suite 2128
Pavillions at East Lake
Marietta, GA 30062 US

Macon, Georgia (AMP)
6394 Zebulon Road
Suite 102
Macon, GA 31220 US

Savannah, Georgia (AMP)
6001 Chatham Center Drive
Chatham Center, Orlean Building #155
Savannah, GA 31405 US

Does Georgia offer reciprocity for plumbing licenses?

Georgia does not have reciprocity of the plumbing license with any other states

Is there any way to be waived or get preferential treatment on the Georgia plumbing exam?

You cannot get waived for the plumbing exam.

Veterans may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference Points on their examination if they served on active duty in the Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard for at least 90 days during wartime or during any conflict when military personnel were committed by the President and either served on active duty for at least one year or was discharged for injury or illness incurred in the line of duty. To apply for veterans’ preference points, submit a completed copy of the DD-214 form with the application.

How do I renew my Georgia plumber license?

You must apply for renewal prior to the expiration date. A renewal email reminder is sent to all current licensees approximately 8 weeks prior to renewal. The renewal fee for a two-year period is $75. To qualify for renewal, plumbing contractors must have completed continuing education.

What are the renewal fees for my Georgia journeyman plumber license?

Journeyman Plumber renewal fee is $35.00. Late renewal is $45.00

Do I need continuing education to maintain my Georgia plumber license?

You do not have to complete continuing education for the plumbing license.

How often do I have to renew my Georgia plumber license?

Two-year cycle period. Plumbing licenses lapse November 30 even years.

 Who issues Georgia’s plumbing license?

The Division of Master and Journeyman Plumbers of the Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board. Contact info:

Georgia Board of Plumbing Contractors
214 State Capital
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
844-753-7825

Useful Links

Georgia Construction Industry Board Candidate Bulletin

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