South Dakota Plumber Licensing FAQs

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

How to Get a South Dakota Journeyman Plumber License

  1. Meet state requirements
    1. Have 4 years experience as an apprentice plumber.
    2. Have spent at least 1,900 hours per year during these four years as an apprentice.
  2. Complete and submit an application for licensure along with applicable fees
  3. Take and pass the South Dakota plumber exams

How to Get a South Dakota Plumbing Contractor License

  1. Meet state requirements
    1. Have 6 years experience as a plumbing contractor, plumber, or plumber’s apprentice with at least two of those years as a plumbing contractor or plumber
    2. Have spent at least 1,900 hours per year during these six years as a plumbing contractor, plumber or plumber’s apprentice
  2. Complete and submit an application for licensure along with applicable fees
  3. Take and pass the South Dakota plumber exams

South Dakota Plumber Renewal Requirements

Renewal Deadline: December 31 every year

Continuing Education: All plumbers must complete 4 hours of continuing education annually, including third year apprentices

Getting Licensed

Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in South Dakota?

Individuals must be licensed to perform any type of plumbing work.

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in South Dakota?

  • Journeyman
  • Plumbing Contractor

Does South Dakota have reciprocal licensing with other states?

You may be registered as a plumber in South Dakota without taking an examination if:

  • You pay the required fee.
  • You hold a license from another state that the Commission determines is equivalent to a South Dakota license.

Contact the Commission at (605) 773-3429 for more information.

What fees are associated with becoming a plumber in South Dakota?

Journeyman

  • Application/Exam: $205

Plumbing Contractor

Application/Exam: $375

Renewing a License

When do I need to renew my South Dakota plumbing license?

Licenses expire December 31 every year.

How do I renew my plumbing license in South Dakota?

  1. Complete the required 4-hours continuing education
  2. The Plumbing Commission sends out renewal notices the end of September each year
  3. Licensee’s can either pay by sending in check or money order with their statements or can go to http://plumbing.sd.gov and then to Online payments option, set up an account an pay online
  4. Provide proof of your continuing education. We submit your continuing education to the state after course completion

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

Yes, all plumbers must complete 4 hours of continuing education annually, including third year apprentices

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

Licenses may be renewed no later than January 31st. If it is after January 31st, you must apply again, but if the application for reinstatement is received within one year of expiration the examination will be waived.

How do I get my journeyman plumbing license in South Dakota?

  1. Meet state requirements
    1. Have four years experience as an apprentice plumber.
    1. Have spent at least 1,900 hours per year during these four years as an apprentice. Credit for military plumbing is given at the rate of one year credit for each two years in the military up to a maximum of five years of credit.
  2. Complete a Journeyman Plumber Application
  3. Pay the $205 non-refundable application processing fee
  4. Accompany your application with written statements from present and previous employers which must state:
    1. dates of employment;
    1. number of hours worked during employment; and, c) extent of work performed during employment.
  5. Reciprocity applicants – accompany this application with a photo-copy of your current license from the state in which you
    are licensed and disregard instruction #5. (MN, ND, MT, CO RESIDENTS ONLY)
  6. Pass the South Dakota plumber exams – study for your test!

What fees are associated with becoming a journeyman plumber in South Dakota?

  • Application/Exam: $205

What can I expect from the South Dakota journeyman plumbing exam?

South Dakota does not release information about their exams.

What does your journeyman plumber exam prep cover?

Uniform Plumbing Code Exam Prep:

  • About the Exam
    • Effective Study Techniques
  • Administration
  • Definitions
  • General Regulations
  • Plumbing Math
  • Plumbing Fixtures and Fixture Fittings
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • Sanitary Drainage
  • Indirect Waste
  • Vents
  • Traps and Interceptors
  • Storm Drainage
  • Appendices
  • Hands-On Practical Application
  • Measuring, fitting, and soldering copper piping

Where can I take the South Dakota journeyman plumber exam?

  • Pierre
  • Sioux Falls
  • Rapid City

Exams may be scheduled in Pierre at any time by advance appointment. Sioux Falls and Rapid City dates are scheduled once there are 8-10 applicants that wish to test in those locations.

What happens if I fail my exam?

You have to re-take the exam

How do I get my plumbing contractor license in South Dakota?

  1. Meet state requirements
    1. Have six years experience as a plumbing contractor, plumber, or plumber’s apprentice with at least two of those years as a plumbing contractor or plumber.
    2. Have spent at least 1,900 hours per year during these six years as a plumbing contractor, plumber or plumber’s apprentice.
  2. Complete a Journeyman Plumber Application
  3. Pay the $375 non-refundable application processing fee
  4. Accompany your application with written statements from present and previous employers which must state:
    1. dates of employment;
    2. number of hours worked during employment; and, c) extent of work performed during employment.
  5. Reciprocity applicants – accompany this application with a photo-copy of your current license from the state in which you
    are licensed and disregard instruction #5. (MN, ND, MT, CO RESIDENTS ONLY)
  6. Pass the South Dakota plumber exams – study for your test!

What fees are associated with becoming a plumbing contractor in South Dakota?

  • Application/Exam: $375

What can I expect from the South Dakota plumbing contractor exams?

Uniform Plumbing Code Exam Prep:

  • About the Exam
    • Effective Study Techniques
  • Administration
  • Definitions
  • General Regulations
  • Plumbing Math
  • Plumbing Fixtures and Fixture Fittings
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • Sanitary Drainage
  • Indirect Waste
  • Vents
  • Traps and Interceptors
  • Storm Drainage
  • Appendices
  • Hands-On Practical Application
  • Measuring, fitting, and soldering copper piping

Where can I take the South Dakota plumbing contractor exam?

  • Pierre
  • Sioux Falls
  • Rapid City

Exams may be scheduled in Pierre at any time by advance appointment. Sioux Falls and Rapid City dates are scheduled once there are 8-10 applicants that wish to test in those locations.

What happens if I fail my exam?

You have to re-take the exam.

What continuing education is required to renew my South Dakota plumber license?

All plumbers must complete 4 hours of continuing education related to the plumbing trade annually, including third year apprentices.

Who submits South Dakota plumbing continuing education course completions to the state?

We submit completion to www.statereporting.com. Licensees can also keep track of their continuing education on the same site or maintain his or her records of continuing education hours and present such records with the application for renewal.

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

Yes, our courses are approved for plumbing continuing education credit by the South Dakota Plumbing Commission.

South Dakota State Plumbing Commission
308 South Pierre Street
c/o 1320 East Sioux Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3429
https://dlr.sd.gov/plumbing/default.aspx

Exams are scheduled through the Plumbing Commission

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.