Mississippi Commercial & Residential Plumber FAQ

Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in Mississippi?

If you are doing work that amounts to more than $10,000 you must hold a valid plumber license. You do not need a license if you are doing plumbing (public or private) that amounts to less than $50,000 per project.

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in Mississippi?

  • Unlimited Commercial
  • Unlimited Residential

How do I get a plumbing license in Mississippi?

Once you complete the appropriate application and return it to the Board, they will notify PSI of your eligibility and PSI will email you a confirmation notice. The Board will determine which examination you or your qualifying individual will take. - Study for your exam with online HD video exam prep!

You will have six (6) months from the date of eligibility to take the examination and you can retake it as many times as you need to during the six-month period. After six months, you must reapply with the Board.

What can I expect from the Mississippi plumbing exams?

Business & Law Exam
Number of Questions: 50
Time Allotted: 120 Minutes
Percent Required to Pass: 70%

  • 5 Questions - Licensing
  • 7 Questions - Estimating and Bidding
  • 1 Question - Lien Law
  • 5 Questions - Financial Management
  • 5 Questions - Tax Laws
  • 5 Questions - Labor Laws
  • 5 Questions - Project Management
  • 6 Questions - Contracts
  • 2 Questions - Business Organization
  • 4 Questions - Risk Management
  • 5 Questions - Environmental & Safety

Plumbing Exam
Number of Questions: 70
Time Allotted: 180 Minutes
Percent Required to Pass: 70%

  • 4 Questions - General Plumbing Regulations
  • 4 Questions - Safety
  • 4 Questions - Cleanouts
  • 5 Questions - Fixtures & Equipment
  • 2 Questions - Water Heaters
  • 3 Questions - Hangers, and Supports
  • 15 Questions - Drain, Waste, and Vent
  • 3 Questions - Backflow
  • 4 Questions - Traps & Interceptors
  • 2 Questions - Developed Length
  • 12 Questions - Isometric Analysis
  • 3 Questions - Joints & Connections

Is the Mississippi plumbing exam open book?

Yes, the 2012 International Plumbing Code is approved reference.

What if I have special needs?

If you have a disability that prohibits you from taking the examination under standard conditions, you may request special arrangements. Your request must accompany your registration form. In addition to the letter of request, a special accommodations form must be submitted. This form may be obtained by contacting the Candidate Services Coordinator at candidateservices@iccsafe.org or 1-888-422-7233 ext 5552. Please contact the department for instructions concerning the required information before you submit your application. Completed accommodations forms must be submitted and approved by the examination department a minimum of three months prior to the requested examination administration date.

What should I bring to the Mississippi plumber exam?

You must take two forms of identification

  1. One must be a valid form of government-issued identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport) which bears your signature and has your photograph.
  2. The second ID must have your signature and preprinted legal name

Books

OR

  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 Selections by PSI, with latest available amendments, (866) 589-3088, www.psionlinestore.com (See order form at the end of the Candidate Information Bulletin.)
  • Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters, Lee Smith, 8th Edition, 2013, cengage.com

Where can I take the Mississippi Plumber exam?

Plumbing licensing exams can be taken at:

Jackson Exam Center
2679 Crane Ridge Dr., Suite B
Jackson, MS 39216

You can take exam regionally located sites found in:

  • Louisiana: Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport
  • Alabama: Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile

Does Mississippi offer reciprocity for plumbing licenses?

The Mississippi State Board of Contractors has reciprocal agreements with

  • Arkansas Contractors Board
  • Georgia Board of Residential and General Contractors
  • Louisiana Contractors Board
  • North Carolina Electrical Contractors Board
  • South Carolina Contractors Board
  • Tennessee Contractors Board

If you have held a license in one of these states for three consecutive years, the board may waive your trade exam. But the Mississippi Law and Business Management exam is mandatory. Reciprocity applies to the waiver of the trade exam requirement only. It does not waive any of the other application requirements or review by the Board.

In order for the Mississippi State Board of Contractors to consider an applicant for reciprocity, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The applicant must show proof of current licensure with one of the boards referenced above by providing a completed verification form. The applicant must have held the license for 3 consecutive years and be free of any disciplinary action taken against it during the 3-year time frame.
  2. The applicant must complete and submit an application with all required documentation and fees to the Mississippi State Board of Contractors.(applicant must complete part 1 of the verification form and mail to one of the above-named states to complete part 2.)

Is there any way to be waived from the Mississippi plumbing exam?

The Board may waive your trade exam but not the mandatory Mississippi Law and Business Management exam.

Who issues the Mississippi plumbing exam?

Mississippi Contractor Licensing Board
P.O. Box 32039
2679 Crane Ridge Drive, Suite C
Jackson, MS 39216
601-354-6161
www.msboc.us


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How to Keep A Licensed Plumber

These days, skilled plumbers are hard to come by. As a generation of Baby Boomers retire, not enough new plumbers are entering the field to replace them. Now more than ever, employers need to focus on retaining their highly skilled plumbers. Below are a few tips for retaining your plumbers, even after they're licensed.

  1. Invest in your plumber’s licensing
    • The single best way to retain your staff is to invest in their career. Helping your plumbers obtain a journeyman or master plumber license will make your employees better suited for their job and alleviate your stress and responsibility. Advancing your plumber's licensing will not only improve the skill sets of your company but signals to your employees that you are taking a genuine interest in their betterment.
    • Set your plumbers up for success. Many plumbers require an exam prep program to pass the tests required for licensing. Setting your employees up with an exam prep program will ensure that they have the knowledge to pass their exam the first time, saving you time and money. An online exam prep program eliminates the time, travel, and expense issues that arise from traditional, classroom exam prep programs.
  2. How to keep your plumbers happy
    Recent studies show that employees who leave their job do it for reasons other than pay, including work-life imbalance, feeling devalued, and lack of mentorship. Here’s how you can create a supportive work environment:

    • Show your plumbers that you value their input. Seek their ideas and suggestions.
    • Schedule regular meetings with your employees. This allows open communication and a chance to talk about concerns and goals.
    • Coach your staff. Give feedback and ways they can improve.
    • Offer competitive benefits packages, including 401k’s and healthcare.
    • Lead by example and create a positive, fun culture at work.
    • Praise goes a long way. Research shows that 88 percent of employees find sincere praise very motivating.
  3. Next steps
    1. Identify the needs of your employees. Help them attain licensing with Journeyman Plumber Test prep, Plumber Training, Master Plumbing practice tests, Plumbing License Exam prep, and more.
    2. Schedule classes that work for you. Online education will fit around your schedule and can be completed during downtime between jobs.
    3. Involve your staff in company goals. Paint a big picture and show them that you want their input for the future. Then, invest in your staff’s professional goals to help your company get there.
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