Ohio Plumber Licensing FAQs

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

How to Get an Ohio Plumbing Contractor License

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Be a United States citizen or legally eligible to work in the US
  3. Experience Requirement:
    1. At least 5 years as a tradesperson immediately prior to application OR
    2. Be a registered OH engineer for at least 3 years in the applicable trade
  4. Submit to a complete State & Federal background check
  5. Pass the licensing exams
  6. Carry a minimum of $500,000 contractor liability coverage
  7. Pay the applicable fees

Ohio Municipal Requirements

Contractors are regulated at the state level, however your local jurisdiction may have additional licensing requirements. Check with your local municipality to verify requirements.

Ohio Plumbing Contractor Renewal Requirements

Renewal Deadline: Licenses expire every year or three years. Expiration dates are listed on your license

Continuing Education: Plumbing Contractors must complete 10* hours of continuing education every year

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

Getting Licensed

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in Ohio?

  • Plumbing Contractor

Contractors are regulated at the state level, however your local jurisdiction may have additional licensing requirements. Check with your local municipality to verify requirements.

View the list of residential building departments here.

Does Ohio have reciprocal licensing with other states?

Ohio has reciprocal agreements for plumbing contractors with South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

What fees are associated with becoming a plumbing contractor in Ohio?

  • Application: $25
  • Exam:
    • One Portion: $69
    • Two Portions: $138
  • Renewal:
    • Annual: $60
    • Triennial: $180

Renewing a License

When do I need to renew my Ohio plumbing license?

The board will send you a renewal notice approximately 90 days prior to your expiration date.

How do I renew my plumbing license in Ohio?

  1. Complete all required continuing education
  2. Certify that you have at least $500,000 contractor liability insurance
  3. Pay all applicable renewal fees

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

Yes, Plumbing Contractors must complete 10* hours of continuing education every year

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

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

You may apply to the Board within one year for late renewal provided you are in compliance with the renewal requirements above.

How do I get my plumbing license in Ohio?

  1. Meet the minimum requirements
    1. Be at least 18 years old
    2. Be a United States citizen or legally eligible to work in the US
    3. One of the following experiences related to the trade you are applying for:
      1. At least 5 years as a tradesperson immediately prior to application OR
      2. Be a registered OH engineer for at least 3 years in the applicable trade
  2. Submit to a complete State & Federal background check
  3. Pass the licensing exams
  4. Carry a minimum of $500,000 contractor liability coverage
  5. Pay the applicable fees

What fees are associated with becoming a plumbing contractor in Ohio?

  • Application: $25
  • Exam:
    • One Portion: $69
    • Two Portions: $138
  • Renewal:
    • Annual: $60
    • Triennial: $180

What can I expect from the Ohio plumbing exam?

There are two exams for Ohio plumbing contractor licensing: Business & Law, and the trades portion.

Business & Law Exam:

  • Open book
  • 2 hour time limit
  • 70% required to pass
  • 50 scored questions
    • 2 questions: Business Org
    • 3 questions: Licensing
    • 8 questions: Estimating & Bidding
    • 5 questions: Contract Management
    • 4 questions: Project Management
    • 5 questions: Insurance & Bonding
    • 5 questions: OSHA Record Keeping and Safety
    • 5 questions: Personnel Regulations
    • 6 questions: Financial Management
    • 5 questions: Tax Laws
    • 2 questions: Lien Laws

Plumbing Contractor Exam:

  • Open book
  • 4 hour time limit
  • 70% required to pass
  • 100 scored questions
    • 8 questions: General Knowledge
    • 20 questions: General Regulations
    • 6 questions: Plumbing Fixtures
    • 10 questions: Water Supply Systems
    • 24 questions: Drainage, Waste, and Sanitary Vents
    • 3 questions: Indirect Wastes
    • 4 questions: Roof Drain Piping
    • 5 questions: Specialty Plumbing
    • 20 questions: Isometric Analysis

What does your plumbing contractor 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 Ohio plumbing contractor exam?

  • Akron
  • Cambridge
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus North
  • Columbus South
  • Toledo
  • Troy

How do I know if I passed the Ohio plumbing contractor exam?

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

What happens if I fail my exam?

You may retake either part of the exam if you failed, however you will have to pay the exam fee again. If you fail to pass both sections of the exam within one year from the date of your completed criminal records check, your exam approval will be considered expired.

What continuing education is required to renew my Ohio plumbing contractor license?

Plumbing Contractors in Ohio must complete 10* hours of continuing education every year

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

Our courses are not currently approved for plumbing continuing education in Ohio.

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.

Ohio Department of Commerce
Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB)
6606 Tussing Road
PO Box 4009
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
(614) 644-3493
dic.ocilb@com.state.oh.us
https://www.com.ohio.gov/dico/ocilb/

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Las Vegas, NV 89121
(855) 257-1621
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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.