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

What can I expect with the journeyman Utah plumbing theory exam?

Journeyman Theory Exam
120 Questions | 4-Hours
Must Score 70% to Pass

  • 15 Questions - Drainage Waste and Vents
  • 5 Questions - Indirect Waste
  • 11 Questions - Water Supply Systems
  • 4 Questions - Backflow Prevention
  • 6 Questions Roof Drains and Storm Drainage Systems
  • 6 Questions - Plumbing Fixtures(including water heaters and accessibility)
  • 32 Questions - General Knowledge
  • 5 Questions - Specialty Plumbing, Interceptors
  • 10 Questions - Isometric Analysis
  • 11 Questions - Fuel Gas
  • 5 Questions - Septic and Sewer
  • 6 Questions - Hydroponics
  • 4 Questions - Fire Sprinkler Systems

What can I bring to the Utah Journeyman Plumber Theory Exam?

  • A silent, nonprinting, non-programmable calculator
  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org.
  • Utah Amendments to the International Fuel Gas Code, 2015
  • International Mechanical Code, 2015 Edition, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org.
  • Utah Amendments to the International Mechanical Code, 2015
  • International Plumbing Code, 2015 Edition, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org.
  • Utah Amendments to the International Plumbing Code, 2015
  • Utah Water Quality, Title R317-4, Onsite Wastewater Systems, 2006 Edition, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Quality, P.O. Box 144870, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4870, waterquality.utah.gov.
  • NFPA 13D - Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, 2013 Edition, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269-9101, www.nfpa.org.

DO NOT BRING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

  • Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters, Lee Smith, 8th Edition, 2013, www.cengage.com
  • IPT's Pipe Trades Handbook, 1991, Robert A. Lee, IPT Publishing & Training, Ltd., http://www.pipefitter.com/IPT.html
  • Low-Pressure Boilers, Frederick M. Steingress, Daryl R. Walker, 4th Edition, 2013, American Technical Publishers, Inc., (800) 323-3471, www.atplearning.com

What can I expect from the Utah Journeyman Plumber Practical Exam?

Journeyman Plumber Practical Exam
3 Projects | 3.5 Hours

  • 34 Points - Copper Brazing
  • 33 Points - Plastic Assembly
  • 33 Points - Copper Assembly

What do I need to bring to the Utah Journeyman Plumber Practical Exam?

  • Non-programmable calculator (silent, battery-operated, does not have paper tape printing capabilities, and does not have a keyboard containing the alphabet).
  • Torch(es) capable of brazing up to a one-inch copper pipe and soldering copper assembly project
  • 1 tape measure
  • 1 tubing cutter (copper)
  • 1 tubing cutter (PVC Schedule 40)
  • 1 reamer
  • 1 level with 45-degree reading
  • 1 framing or carpenter's square
  • Tools to perform copper and plastic pipe assemblies
  • Bricks to support work
  • Safety glasses for soldering

DO NOT BRING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

  • Solder/flux
  • Primer/solvent cement (for the plastic pipe project)
  • Brazing alloy rods
  • Scratch paper.

What can I expect with the Utah Residential Journeyman Plumbing Theory Exam?

Residential Journeyman Plumber Theory Exam
120 Questions | 4 Hours
Must Score 70% to Pass

  • 20 Questions - Drainage Waste and Vents
  • 11 Questions - Water Supply Systems
  • 4 Questions - Backflow Prevention
  • 6 Questions - Roof Drains and Storm Drainage Systems
  • 6 Questions - Plumbing Fixtures (including water heaters and accessibility)
  • 32 Questions - General Knowledge and General Regulations
  • 5 Questions - Specialty Plumbing, Interceptors, and Traps
  • 10 Questions - Isometric Analysis
  • 11 Questions - Fuel Gas
  • 5 Questions - Septic and Sewer
  • 4 Questions - Hydroponics
  • 6 Questions - Fire Sprinkler Systems

What can I bring to the Utah Residential Journeyman Plumber Theory Exam?

  • A silent, nonprinting, non-programmable calculator
  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org.
  • Utah Amendments to the International Fuel Gas Code, 2015
  • International Mechanical Code, 2015 Edition, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org.
  • Utah Amendments to the International Mechanical Code, 2015
  • International Plumbing Code, 2015 Edition, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org.
  • Utah Amendments to the International Plumbing Code, 2015
  • Utah Water Quality, Title R317-4, Onsite Wastewater Systems, 2006 Edition, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Quality, P.O. Box 144870, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4870, waterquality.utah.gov.
  • NFPA 13D - Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, 2013 Edition, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269-9101, www.nfpa.org.

DO NOT BRING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

  • Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters, Lee Smith, 8th Edition, 2013, www.cengage.com
  • IPT's Pipe Trades Handbook, 1991, Robert A. Lee, IPT Publishing & Training, Ltd., http://www.pipefitter.com/IPT.html
  • Low-Pressure Boilers, Frederick M. Steingress, Daryl R. Walker, 4th Edition, 2013, American Technical Publishers, Inc., (800) 323-3471, www.atplearning.com

What can I expect from the Utah RESIDENTIAL Journeyman Plumber Practical Exam?

Residential Journeyman Plumber Practical Exam
2 Projects | 2.5 Hours

  • 33 Points - Plastic Assembly
  • 33 Points - Copper Assembly

What do I need to bring to the Utah Residential Journeyman Plumber Practical Exam?

  • Non-programmable calculator (silent, battery-operated, does not have paper tape printing capabilities, and does not have a keyboard containing the alphabet).
  • Torch(es) capable of brazing up to one-inch copper pipe and soldering copper assembly project
  • 1 tape measure
  • 1 tubing cutter (copper)
  • 1 tubing cutter (PVC Schedule 40)
  • 1 reamer
  • 1 level with 45-degree reading
  • 1 framing or carpenter's square
  • Tools to perform copper and plastic pipe assemblies
  • Bricks to support work
  • Safety glasses for soldering

DO NOT BRING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING

  • Solder/flux
  • Primer/solvent cement (for the plastic pipe project)
  • Brazing alloy rods
  • Scratch paper.

What does your Utah plumber exam prep cover?

International Plumbing Code

  • Administration, Scope and Intent/Purpose
  • Definitions and Symbols
  • Plumbing Math
  • General Regulations
  • Fixtures, Faucets, and Fixture Fittings
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • Sanitary Drainage
  • Indirect and Special Waste
  • Vents
  • Traps, Interceptors, and Separators
  • Storm Drainage
  • Nonpotable Water Systems
  • Subsurface Landscape Irrigation Systems
  • Appendix E
  • Isometrics
  • Private Sewage Systems
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • Hands-On Practical Application
  • Practice Test

Bonus Materials

  • Reading and Understanding the PSI Bulletin
  • Books That You Should Have During the Exam
  • Effective Study Techniques

Where can I take the Utah plumbers license exam?

Hurricane (St. George) (Written Only)
473 N. Old Highway 91, Suite 6
Hurricane, UT 84737

North Orem (Provo) (Written Only)
581 West 1600 North, Suite C
North Orem, UT 84057

North Salt Lake City (Written Only)
25 North 400 West, Suite 7
North Salt Lake City, UT 84054

St. George (Practical Only):
Dixie Technical College
610 South Tech Ridge Drive
Building B, Industrial Trades
St. George, UT 84770

Salt Lake Community College (Practical Only)
Construction Trades Building
4600 S Redwood Rd, Room CT 134
Salt Lake City, UT 84130

Sunset (Ogden) (Written Only)
2465 N Main Street #11C
Sunset, UT 84015

Grand Junction (Written Only)
743 Horizon Court, #203
Grand Junction, CO 81506

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.

Are there accommodations for individuals with special needs during the plumbing licensing exam?

All examination centers are equipped to provide access in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and exam accommodations will be made in meeting a candidate’s needs. Applicants with disabilities or those who would otherwise have difficulty taking the examination must fill out the form at the end of this Candidate Information Bulletin and fax to PSI (702) 932-2666. This form also includes out-of-state testing requests.

Are there exceptions for Licensing Military Personnel and/or their Spouses?

Licensing for Military Spouses
Spouses of military service members stationed in Utah are permitted to work in licensed professions without obtaining a Utah license as long as they possess an active license from another state or territory of the United States.  Since this benefit for military spouses is relatively new, you may need to explain to employers or the public who ask that your out-of-state license is valid because you are a spouse of an active duty service member.  To help you, the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing has created a verification letter which you can show your employer or the public that explains this exemption. Download the verification letter here.

Initial License
DOPL requires a processing fee for initial license applications.  This fee varies by profession. The Utah Legislature has authorized initial license fee waivers for qualifying military service members. Full-time active duty service members should submit the fee waiver request form with their initial license application.  Download the fee waiver request form here.

Inactive License
Qualifying licensees, who wish to maintain their license but who are not currently practicing in the profession, can apply for inactive status. In some cases, changing a license to inactive status will remove certain CE requirements. The Utah Legislature has authorized fee waivers for qualifying military service members who change their license to inactive status or who renew an inactive license. Please note that not all professions have inactive status as an option. To check if your profession has inactive license status, refer to Utah Administrative Rule R156-1-305. Full-time active duty service members can download the fee waiver request form for inactive status here.

How often do I have to renew my plumbing license in Utah?

You must renew your license on November 30th of every even-numbered year.

Do I have to complete continuing education to renew my Utah plumbing license?

Yes, you must complete 12-hours of approved continuing education including a minimum of 8-hours of core education.

How do I renew my Utah plumbing license?

  1. Complete 12-hours of approved continuing education
  2. The state will mail you a renewal notice 60 days prior to expiration. Complete the renewal and pay the $63 renewal fee.

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
www.dopl.utah.gov

telephone (801) 530-6628
toll-free in Utah (866) 275-3675
fax (801) 530-6511

Useful Links

Utah Plumber PSI Candidate Bulletin

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