Utah Plumber Continuing Education Course Preview

When you take a continuing education course with Plumbers Training Institute, it’s like having a personal tutor with you wherever you go! Instead of trying to navigate every part of the IPC codes yourself - let us help you work through every section! 

Below you’ll find a preview from a section of the Fixtures, Faucets, and Fixture Fittings video course, as well as a snippet from the written course text. As you’ll see, there are times when being able to “pause and rewind” an instructor can prove extremely valuable for fully understanding course material!

To view the entire course, as well as all the other courses available in the Utah 12 Hour Business Growth CE Package, click here

Course Preview: IPC Chapter 4 – Fixtures, Faucets, and Fixture Fittings

403.1 Minimum Number of Fixtures 

Plumbing fixtures shall be provided in the minimum number as shown in Table 403.1, based on the actual use of the building or space. Uses not shown in Table 403.1 shall be considered individually by the code official. The number of occupants shall be determined by the International Building Code.

Table 403.1

Being familiar with this table and knowing how to reference it quickly and correctly is critically important. We are going to cover two code sections that directly relate to the use of Table 403.1. Then we are going to familiarize ourselves with the table by working through example problems. 

Make sure your book is out and you are following along.

Table 403.1.1 Fixture Calculations

To determine the total occupant load of each sex (male/female), we need to take the total occupant load and divide it in half. Unless you have specific statistical data that has been approved by the code official, you cannot assume any other ratio than 50% men 50% women. If you get a fraction during the occupant load calculation, round up the nearest whole number.

Table 403.1.2

Where two or more toilet rooms are provided for each sex, the required number of lavatories shall be distributed proportionately to the required number of water closets. 

Table 403.2

Where plumbing fixtures are required, separate facilities shall be provided for each sex. Exceptions:

  • Dwelling units and sleeping units
  • Occupant load of 15 or fewer
  • Mercantile occupancies (retail establishments) with 100 or fewer
  • Business occupancies with a load of 25 or fewer 
424 Urinals (OUT OF ORDER)

 

424.2 Substitutions for water closets

In each bathroom or toilet room, urinals shall not be substituted for more than 67 percent of the required water closets in assembly and educational occupancies. Urinals shall not be more than 50 percent in other occupancies.

This is the part of the course that is covered in the video preview. In both the video and text course, there are many more sample calculations! 

We are going to work through a few calculations using Table 403.1. Please follow along in your book during these exercises.

  1. How many women’s lavatories and water closets are required for a skating rink with an occupancy load of 1500?

The first step is to divide the 1500 by 2 to get the number of women, 750. Water Closets at 1 per 40 for 750 females = 18.75, round up to 19 lavatories at 1 per 150  for 750 Females = 5

 

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How To Become A Licensed Plumber In Utah

If you’re thinking of becoming a licensed plumber in the state of Utah, there are a few steps you should follow.

  1. Read the FAQ’s listed below
  2. Take the appropriate Exam Prep Course
  3. Meet all State requirements
  4. Study! Study! Study!

What are the plumbing categories in Utah?

  • Journeyman Plumber - means a person licensed under this chapter as a journeyman plumber having the qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to engage in the plumbing trade.
  • Residential Journeyman Plumber - means a person licensed under this chapter as a residential journeyman plumber having the qualifications, training, experience, and knowledge to engage in the plumbing trade as limited to the plumbing of residential buildings.
  • Master Plumber - means a person licensed under this chapter as a master plumber having the qualifications, training, experience, and knowledge to properly plan and layout projects and supervise persons in the plumbing trade.
  • Residential Master Plumber - means a person licensed under this chapter as a residential master plumber having the qualifications, training, experience, and knowledge to properly plan and layout projects and supervise persons in the plumbing trade as limited to the plumbing of residential buildings.

How do I become a journeyman plumber in Utah?

  1. Meet state requirements
    • Complete 8,000 hours of training in four years including 576 clock hours of classroom instruction as an apprentice
      OR
    • 16,000 hours of on the job training and instruction in 8 years as an apprentice
      See the Plumber Licensing Act Rule for more details https://dopl.utah.gov/laws/R156-55c.pdf
  2. Complete a Journeyman Plumber Application Online or in Hard Copy
  3. Pay the $110 non-refundable application processing fee
  4. Pass the Utah plumber's written and practical exams - study for your test!

How do I become a RESIDENTIAL journeyman plumber in Utah?

  1. Meet state requirements
    • Complete 6,000 hours of training in three years including 432 clock hours of classroom instruction as an apprentice
      OR
    • 12,000 hours of on the job training and instruction in six years as an apprentice
      See the Plumber Licensing Act Rule for more details https://dopl.utah.gov/laws/R156-55c.pdf
  2. Complete a Journeyman Plumber Application Online or in Hard Copy
  3. Pay the $110 non-refundable application processing fee
  4. Pass the Utah plumber's written and practical exams - study for your test!

What are the examination fees for the plumbers’ license in Utah?

There are two parts that must be passed: the theory and practical. For the theory exam, the first time fee is $86 with retake exams costing $72. The practical is $100 for both first times and retakes.

What are the plumbing licensing fees in Utah?

There is an application fee of $110 and a renewal fee of $63

Where can I take the Utah plumbers license exam?

  • Hurricane (St. George) (Written Only)
  • North Orem (Provo) (Written Only)
  • North Salt Lake City (Written Only)
  • St. George (Practical Only):
  • Salt Lake Community College (Practical Only)
  • Sunset (Ogden) (Written Only)
  • Grand Junction (Written Only)

How do I know if I passed the Utah plumber exam?

  • Theory Exam - In order to pass the examinations, you must receive a score of at least 70%. You will receive your score report immediately following the completion of the examination.
  • Practical Exam - Your practical examination score report will be mailed within 15 days after the examination date. You will receive either a PASS or FAIL. All score reports are mailed simultaneously. To ensure confidentiality, examination results will not be given over the phone.

Is continuing education required to renew a Utah plumbing license?

Yes, all licensed plumbers must complete 12-hours of approved continuing education by November 30th, 2018. Plumbers Training Institute offers 12-hours of approved continuing education online in video.

Who do I contact regarding a plumbing license in Utah?

For general licensing questions, call:(801) 530-6628 | (866) 275-3675 Toll-Free in Utah

State of Utah Department of Commerce
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

160 East 300 South, P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741

Telephone (801) 530-6628
Toll-free in Utah (866) 275-3675
Fax (801) 530-6511

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