Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in Michigan?

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

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in Michigan?

  • Apprentice
  • Journeyman
  • Master
  • Plumbing Contractor

How do I become a master plumber in Michigan?

  1. Meet State Requirements
    • Must be at least 18 years of age.
    • 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.
  2. Complete a Master Plumber Examination Application & pay the $100 examination fee
  3. Pass the Master Plumber examination - Study online!
  4. Pay the $300 license fee

What can I expect from the Michigan master plumber exam?

Number of Questions: 130
Time Allowed:
 180 Minutes
Amount Correct to Pass:  70%

  • Drainage Systems
  • General Knowledge
  • Fixtures
  • Water Distribution
  • Backflow Prevention
  • Storm Drains
  • Special Waste
  • Testing
  • Inspections
  • Venting
  • Knowledge of Skilled Trades Act 407 of 2016

What does your Michigan plumber exam prep cover?

  • Act 407 -- Skilled Trades Regulation Act

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

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.

Where can I take the Michigan master plumber exam?

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

How do I know if I passed the Michigan master 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 renew my master plumber license in Michigan?

Master Plumber licenses expire every three years on April 30th. You must sign a renewal form and pay the $300 fee before the renewal deadline.

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.

How often do I have to renew my Michigan master plumber license?

Every three years by April 30th

Who issues Michigan plumbing licenses?

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Construction Codes
1st Floor Ottawa Building
611 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, MI 48933

Plumbing Division
Phone: 517-241-9330
bccplbg@michigan.gov

Useful Links

Michigan Plumber PSI Candidate Bulletin

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