The Virginia Department of Professional Occupational Regulation (DPOR) doesn’t make it overly easy on would-be tradesmen. You’ll have to do some digging to find out how to get a Virginia plumbing license, for example.
Or you could just read this guide. Here’s what you need to know in order to get a journeyman or master plumbing license in Virginia.
First up, you need to be eligible for your journeyman license. And that means meeting some experience requirements. You need to have one of the following:
But, wait. If you need experience to get a plumber’s license but you need a plumber’s license to legally work as a plumber, how are you supposed to get started? With an apprenticeship program. The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry has a Registered Apprenticeship program you should explore if you don’t yet have the experience you need.
Once you have the required experience, your steps to get your license are as follows:
After a year of experience as a journeyman plumber, you’re eligible for the top tier of plumbing licensure in Virginia: a master plumber license. You’ll need to fill out the application again, but it should be much easier this time around because you’ll already have a tradesman license number. Plus, your Experience Verification Form just needs to show one year of working under that license number.
Then, you need to pass the master plumber exam. It’s 210 minutes again, but this time it costs $125. Make sure you send in your application for your master license before you schedule your exam appointment because you need DPOR approval to sit for the exam. Like the journeyman test, it’s 80 questions and you need to get 60 right to pass.
State law dictates that your license expires every three years from the last day of the month in which it was issued. Check your license for an expiration date, and make sure you renew on time.
In order to renew, you need to complete a few hours of continuing education, and you can take these plumbing CEUs online.
Now you know how to get a Virginia plumber license — and how to keep it active. So go forth and start working toward your plumbing career!