New Hampshire Plumber Licensing FAQs

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

How to Get a New Hampshire Journeyman Plumber License

  1. Meet the minimum experience requirements
    1. Be 18 years or older
    2. Have a letter written by a master plumber who supervised you stating that you are competent to be a master plumber
    3. Have completed an approved apprenticeship training OR provide proof of out of state licensing
  2. Take and pass your exam
  3. Submit a completed application (along with test scores, required documentation and applicable fees) to the board

How to Get a New Hampshire Master Plumber License

  1. Meet the minimum experience requirements
    1. Be 18 years or older
    2. Have a letter written by a master plumber who supervised you stating that you are competent to be a master plumber
    3. Have held a valid NH Journeyman Plumber License for not less than 6 months OR an out of state plumbing license
  2. Take and pass your exam
  3. Submit a completed application (along with test scores, required documentation and applicable fees) to the board

New Hampshire Plumber Renewal Requirements

Renewal Deadline: Individual licenses expire every two years on the last day of the licensee’s birth month.

Business entity licenses expire every two years on January 31st.

Continuing Education: 3 hours* of code update every year (6 hours total per renewal)

*Our courses are not currently approved for plumbing continuing education in New Hampshire

Getting Licensed

Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in New Hampshire?

Anyone involved in the installation of plumbing and/or gas systems must be licensed.

Additionally, Mechanical Businesses need to be licensed as such with the Secretary of State, and need to have a managing member of record who is a NH Licensed Master Plumber and/or NH Licensed Fuel Gas Fitter (Service Technician Level).

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in New Hampshire?

  • Apprentice
  • Journeyman
  • Master
  • Fuel Gas Fitter

Does New Hampshire have reciprocal licensing with other states?

New Hampshire does not currently have reciprocal licensing agreements with any other states. You may call the board with out of state licensing questions, as your options depend on where your license is from.

You must have the proper NH trade license to perform work in our state. Currently there is no process for issuing temporary licenses

What fees are associated with becoming a plumber in New Hampshire?

Journeyman

  • Application: $190
  • Exam:
    • NH Gasfitters: $100
    • Prov: $80
  • Renewal: $180

Master

  • Application: $310
  • Exam:
    • NH Gasfitters: $100
    • Prov: $80
  • Renewal: $300

Renewing a License

When do I need to renew my New Hampshire plumbing license?

Individual licenses expire every two years on the last day of the licensee’s birth month.

Business entity licenses expire every two years on January 31st.

How do I renew my plumbing license in New Hampshire?

  1. Make sure you’ve completed the required continuing education
  2. Submit a renewal application along with your fees to the board

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

3 hours* of code update every year (6 hours total per renewal).

*Our courses are not currently approved for plumbing continuing education in New Hampshire

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

For all mechanical licensing there is a thirty (30) day grace period from the late fees. Your license is still expired and you may not perform mechanical licensing work in NH until you have been renewed. After the 30 day grace period on fees there is a $25.00 per month fee added.

If you miss your Fuel Gas or plumbing renewal dates by 365days you must take the licensing examination and 2 code update courses to get your license back. There is a $350.00 reinstatement fee. If you are less than a year expired you would need to have the 2 code update courses and the late fee on top of the renewal fee.

How do I get my journeyman plumbing license in New Hampshire?

  1. Meet the minimum experience requirements
    1. Be 18 years or older
    2. Have a letter written by a master plumber who supervised you stating that you are competent to be a master plumber
    3. Have completed an approved apprenticeship training OR provide proof of out of state licensing
  2. Take and pass your exam
  3. Submit a completed application (along with test scores, required documentation and applicable fees) to the board

What fees are associated with becoming a journeyman plumber in New Hampshire?

  • Application: $190
  • Exam:
    • NH Gasfitters: $100
    • Prov: $80
  • Renewal: $180

What can I expect from the New Hampshire journeyman plumbing exam?

3 hour time limit

100 Questions – 70% correct to pass

  • 10 questions: Calculations
  • 20 questions: Drainage Requirements
  • 10 questions: Fixtures and Faucets
  • 10 questions: Plumbing Fundamentals
  • 10 questions: Scope and Administration
  • 10 questions: Traps and Interceptors
  • 20 questions: Venting Regulations
  • 10 questions: Water Distribution

What does your journeyman plumber exam prep cover?

  • Administration
  • Definitions
  • General Regulations
  • Plumbing Math
  • Fixtures, Faucets and Fixture Fittings
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Supply & Distribution
  • Sanitary Drainage
  • Indirect and Special Waste
  • Vents
  • Traps, Interceptors and Separators
  • Storm Drainage
  • Appendices
  • Hands-On Practical Application

Where can I take the New Hampshire journeyman plumber exam?

There are two approved exam providers for plumbing exams in New Hampshire:

How do I know if I passed the New Hampshire journeyman plumber exam?

You will receive your exam results immediately after completing the test.

What happens if I fail my exam?

Failed examinations can be retaken as often as is necessary. There is no waiting period and candidates can schedule a new testing session for the first available testing date.

How do I get my master plumbing license in New Hampshire?

  1. Meet the minimum experience requirements
    1. Be 18 years or older
    2. Have a letter written by a master plumber who supervised you stating that you are competent to be a master plumber
    3. Have held a valid NH Journeyman Plumber License for not less than 6 months OR an out of state plumbing license
  2. Take and pass your exam
  3. Submit a completed application (along with test scores, required documentation and applicable fees) to the board

What fees are associated with becoming a master plumber in New Hampshire?

  • Application: $310
  • Exam:
    • NH Gasfitters: $100
    • Prov: $80
  • Renewal: $300

What can I expect from the New Hampshire master plumbing exam?

3 hour time limit

100 Questions – 75% correct to pass

  • 15 questions: Calculations
  • 15 questions: Drainage Requirements
  • 10 questions: Fixtures and Faucets
  • 10 questions: Plumbing Fundamentals
  • 15 questions: Scope and Administration
  • 10 questions: Traps and Interceptors
  • 15 questions: Venting Regulations
  • 10 questions: Water Distribution

What can I expect from your New Hampshire master plumber exam prep?

  • Administration
  • Definitions
  • General Regulations
  • Plumbing Math
  • Fixtures, Faucets and Fixture Fittings
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Supply & Distribution
  • Sanitary Drainage
  • Indirect and Special Waste
  • Vents
  • Traps, Interceptors and Separators
  • Storm Drainage
  • Appendices
  • Hands-On Practical Application

Where can I take the New Hampshire master plumber exam?

There are two approved exam providers for plumbing exams in New Hampshire:

How do I know if I passed the New Hampshire master plumber exams?

You will receive your exam results immediately after completing the test.

What happens if I fail my exam?

Failed examinations can be retaken as often as is necessary. There is no waiting period and candidates can schedule a new testing session for the first available testing date.

What continuing education is required to renew my New Hampshire plumber license?

3 hours of code update are required every year (6 hours total per renewal).

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

Our courses are not currently approved for plumbing continuing education in New Hampshire

What is professional development?

Things in the plumbing industry change often. As a professional in your trade it is important to keep your knowledge base up to date so you can make practical decisions for your business. Professional development courses are designed to help you improve your industry knowledge. Whether you are looking for information on new avenues to pursue in your business, wanting to brush up on best practices, or are just interested in learning about a particular topic: professional development is for you!

Is professional development the same as continuing education?

Professional development is different from continuing education. Continuing education courses are mandatory courses that your licensing body wants you to take in order to maintain your license.

New Hampshire Bureau of Building Safety & Construction
Gas Fitter & Plumber Licensing
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
(603) 223-4289
mechanical.info@dos.nh.gov
https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/firesafety/building/mechanical/gasfitters/index.html

NH Gasfitters Plumbing
PO Box 1425
Westford, MA 01886
(978) 338-6252
https://www.nhgasfitters.com/

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5200 NW 43rd St, Suite 102-167
Gainesville, FL 32606
(866) 720-7768
https://provexam.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.