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Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in West Virginia?

Any person installing water lines, vents and drains inside a building must be licensed.  This does not include replacing faucets, washers, unclogging sinks, installing dishwashers, etc.

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in West Virginia?

  • Plumber Contractor – required for plumbing work over the amount of $2,500.
  • Master – Anyone with at least 12,000 hours of plumbing work experience who is competent in designing plumbing systems, as well as, instructing and supervising the work of Journeyman and Plumbers in Training.
  • Journeyman – Anyone qualified by a minimum of 8,000 hours of plumbing or related experience who is competent in instructing and supervising a plumber-in-training.
  • Plumber-in-Training – Any person with interest and aptitude in performing plumbing work but cannot perform said work on their own and has fewer than 8,000 hours of plumbing experience.

How do I get my Plumbing Contractor license in West Virginia?

  1. Meet State Requirements
    1. Have at least 12,000 hours of plumbing experience
  2. Complete an Application & Pay the $75 application fee
  3. Contact ProV to schedule the Master Plumber & Business & Law exams 1-866-720-7768
  4. Pass the State Exams – Study for your exam!

How much does it cost to get licensed?


What can I expect from your online exam prep program?

Online HD video courses with subject matter covering your test specifically. This program also includes practice materials and tests.

Does this course have specific information for West Virginia plumbers?


What can I expect from the West Virginia Master plumbing exam?

Business & Law Exam
50 questions | 3-Hours
70% Required to Pass

  • 2 Questions - Business Organization
  • 8 Questions - Contracts
  • 4 Questions - Estimating and Bidding
  • 5 Questions - Finacial Management
  • 8 Questions - Labor Law
  • 4 Questions - Licensing
  • 2 Questions - Lein Law
  • 6 Questions - Project Management
  • 3 Questions - Risk Management
  • 3 Questions - Safety-OSHA
  • 5 Questions - Tax Law

Plumbing Exam

100 questions | 3-Hours
70% is Required to Pass
Exam Fee $51.95

  • 10 Questions - General Knowledge
  • 6 Questions - Fixtures & Fittings
  • 6 Questions - Storm Drainage
  • 10 Questions - Fuel Gas Systems
  • 7 Questions – Safety
  • 13 Questions – Isometrics
  • 14 Questions - Water Supply and Distribution
  • 7 Questions - Water Heaters
  • 13 Questions - Drain, Waste and Vent Systems
  • 9 Questions - Plumbing Math
  • 5 Questions - Plumbing Tools

What does your West Virginia plumbing exam prep cover?

Business Law for Contractors

  • Business Organization
  • Contracts
  • Estimating and Bidding
  • Financial Management
  • Labor Laws
  • Licensing
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Safety -- OSHA
  • Tax Law

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
  • ITraps, 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
  • Master Plumber Isometrics
  • Practice Test

Bonus Materials

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

 Are plumbers tested on Law Rules and Regulations?


Is the West Virginia plumber exam open book?


What should I bring to the West Virginia plumber exams?

  • International Plumbing Code § International Fuel Gas Code § Plumbing Basics for Contractors.
  • Bound (original bound book, three-ring binder, or stapled)
  • Notes-written in ink or highlighted in code sections
  • Permanently attached tabs (tabs that can’t be removed without destroying the page)
  • Pencil notes in your references that are highlighted prior to arrival at the test center
  •  Photocopies of copyrighted materials are not allowed
  • Magnifying glass
  • Eyeglasses, if necessary
  • Architects’ scale or rule
  • Battery-operated calculator:
    • Nonprogrammable
    • Not capable of storing examination information
    • No ribbon or paper printing capabilities
  • Foreign language/English translation dictionaries, if needed

Where can I take the West Virginia plumber exam?

Prov Testing Center
Northgate Business Center
200 Association Drive, Suite 190
Charleston, WV 25311
(866) 720-7768, (304) 414-0190 Ext. 4

How do I know if I passed the West Virginia plumber exam?

You will receive an automatic pass/fail notification after completing your test.

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

Prov complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in providing special accommodations for candidates that require additional assistance during the testing process. If candidates feel that they qualify for a special accommodation during testing, they should contact Prov at (866) 720-7768..

Does West Virginia offer reciprocity for plumbing licenses?

Yes, West Virginia offers reciprocity to Master, Journeyman, and Plumbers-in-Training to individuals from other states who have requirements equivalent to West Virginias. You must be able to prove you meet requirements and pay the reciprocity fee.

Is there any way to be waved from the West Virginia plumbing exam?

All applicants on or before July 1, 2009, can acquire a license without examination, however, applicants must certify their plumbing experience by documentation or an affidavit during the licensing process.  A written exam will be required after July 1, 2009.

How do I renew my West Virginia plumber license?

The renewal date is listed on your certification card.  In addition, you should receive a renewal form approximately 45 days before it is due to be renewed.

What are the renewal fees for my West Virginia plumber license?


Do I need continuing education to maintain my West Virginia plumber license?


How often do I have to renew my West Virginia plumber license?

The renewal date is listed on your certification card.  In addition, you should receive a renewal form approximately 45 days before it is due to be renewed.

Who issues the West Virginia plumbing license?

West Virginia Division of Labor
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
State Capitol Complex - Building 3, Room 200
Charleston, WV 25305

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Fax Number - (304)558-5174

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  • Information Last Updated: 02/2020
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