How do I become a journeyman plumber in Michigan?

  1. Have at least 6,000 hours of experience gained over no less than 3 years as a registered apprentice in the practical installation of plumbing.
  2. Complete a $100 Application for Journey Plumber Examination – More information found here.Once your application is approved a third party testing agency (PSI) will contact you with instructions to schedule your exam. Exam fees must be paid to PSI when scheduling the exam.
  3. Pass the $100 exam
  4. Pay the $40 Journeyman plumber license fee

What can I expect from the Michigan journeyman plumber exam?

The exam will cover your knowledge of plumbing theory, plumbing practice, and knowledge of state code. Questions cover drainage systems, vent systems, fixtures, and water distribution, as well as, backflow prevention, special waste systems, testing, and inspections. Also covered is the ability to gather information from an isometric drawing representing practical plumbing.

The exam is 125 questions and you must pass with a 70% or higher. You will have 180 minutes to complete the exam.

Is the Michigan journeyman plumber exam open book?

Yes, you are allowed to bring The Michigan Plumbing Code Book into your exam.

What should I bring to the Michigan journeyman plumber exam?

  • You must bring the admission card mailed to you 7 days before your examination date.
  • Two sharpened #2 pencils
  • Silent non-printing calculators and scale conversion rulers
  • 24-inch square masonite lapboard to use a work surface
  • Michigan Plumbing Code Book

Where can I take the Michigan journeyman plumber exam?

  • Dearborn
  • Gaylord
  • Grand Rapids
  • Lansing (Holt)
  • Marquette
  • Southfield

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

Scores will be mailed after grading and board approval. Individuals who passed the exam will receive their license after paying the $40 initial license fee. Individuals who failed the examination will receive a reexamination application form in the mail. Reexamination can be scheduled by completing the form and paying the $100 exam fee.

Are there accommodations for individuals with special needs during the Michigan plumbing exam?

Yes, you must provide a written document from a professional such as an educator, doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist to certify that your condition requires accommodation. An accommodation request form can be found here.

How do I become a master plumber in Michigan?

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must have 4,000 hours experience in work as a journey plumber over a period of not less than 2 years immediately preceding the date of the application.

If you meet the above requirements, complete a Master Plumber application, pay the $100 examination fee and the $300 Master Plumber license fee.

What can I expect from the Michigan master plumber exam?

The exam will be 130 questions, you must pass with a 70% or higher. You will have 180 minutes to complete the exam.

The Master Plumber examination will cover the science and practice of plumbing, and knowledge of Michigan plumbing code, laws, rules, and regulations.

The practical portion of the exam includes a drawing of back-to-back restrooms. Data is provided to enable the applicant to list the required amount of fittings, vent and drain sizes, and to identify venting methods.

Additional questions cover drainage systems, general knowledge, fixtures, water distribution, backflow protection, storm drains, special waste, testing, inspections, venting, and knowledge of the Skilled Trades Regulations Act, 2016 PA 407.

Is the Michigan master plumber exam open book?

Yes, you may bring the Michigan Plumbing Code Book and the Skilled Trades Regulations Act, 2016 PA 407.

Note: All reference materials must be bound. The materials printed from the BCC website must be bound by 3 staples on the left edge in separate documents.

What should I bring to the Master plumber exam?

  • You must bring the admission card mailed to you 7 days before your examination date.
  • Two sharpened #2 pencils
  • Silent non-printing calculators and scale conversion rulers
  • 24-inch square masonite lapboard to use a work surface
  • Michigan Plumbing Code Book
  • Skilled Trades Regulations Act, 2016 PA 407

Note: All reference materials must be bound. The materials printed from the BCC website must be bound by 3 staples on the left edge in separate documents.

How do I become a plumbing contractor in Michigan?

  • You must either hold a master plumber license or employ the holder of a master plumber license as his or her representative.
  • You must be an owner of a sole proprietorship or partnership or an officer of a corporation or limited liability company.
  • You must provide complete business or employment information for the previous 5 years.

If you meet the above qualifications complete an Application for Plumbing Contractors, pay the $100 examination fee and the $300 Plumbing Contractor License fee.

What can I expect from the Michigan plumbing contractor exam?

The exam will be 50 questions, you must pass with a 70% or higher. You will have 120 minutes to complete the exam.

The Master Plumber examination will cover the Skilled Trades Regulation Act, 2016 PA 407, any rules created under this act, the Stille-Derossett-Hale single state construction code act (1972 PA 230), and the administration and enforcement procedures of the Michigan Plumbing Code.

Is the Michigan plumbing contractor exam open book?

Yes, you may bring the Michigan Plumbing Code Book, the Skilled Trades Regulations Act, 2016 PA 407, and the Stille-DeRossett-Hale Single State Construction Code Act, 1972 PA 230.
Note: All reference materials must be bound. The materials printed from the BCC website must be bound by 3 staples on the left edge in separate documents.

What should I bring to the Michigan plumbing contractor exam?

  • You must bring the admission card mailed to you 7 days before your examination date.
  • Two sharpened #2 pencils
  • Silent non-printing calculators and scale conversion rulers
  • 24-inch square masonite lapboard to use a work surface
  • Michigan Plumbing Code Book
  • Skilled Trades Regulations Act, 2016 PA 407
  • Stille-DeRossett-Hale Single State Construction Code Act, 1972 PA 230

Note: All reference materials must be bound. The materials printed from the BCC website must be bound by 3 staples on the left edge in separate documents.

How do I renew my journeyman plumber license in Michigan?

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will send a renewal notice approximately 3 months before the annual April 30th renewal deadline. You must fill out the forms, pay the $40 fee and send the documents back to LARA.

Do I need continuing education to maintain my journey or master plumber license in Michigan?

Journeymen and Master Plumbers must complete. 5-hours of continuing education within one year of the adoption of new codes.

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