How to Become a Licensed Plumber in Utah

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In order to become a plumber in the state of Utah, you’ll need a plumbing license. If you’d like to start a plumbing career and get plumbing jobs in Utah, check out our guide below to get started.

Types of Plumbing Licenses in Utah

The available licenses include the Apprentice Plumber, Journeyman Plumber (JP), Residential Journeyman Plumber (RJP), Master Plumber (MP), Residential Master Plumber (RMP), General Plumbing Contractor (P-200), and Residential Plumbing Contractor (P-201).

License Requirement for Plumbers in Utah

To become a Journeyman Plumber (JP), applicants must complete a plumbing apprenticeship with four years of full-time classroom training and 8,000 hours (about 11 months) of on-the-job training.

They also must submit a “Verification of Plumbing Experience” form documenting at least 16,000 hours (about 2 years) of required training as an apprentice. Additionally, JPs must pass the statewide exam with a score of at least 70%.

Residential Journeyman Plumbers (RJP) must have completed a plumbing apprenticeship with three years of full-time classroom training and 6,000 hours (about 8 months) of on-the-job training or submit a “Verification of Plumbing Experience” form documenting at least 12,000 hours (about 1 and a half years) of required training as an apprentice. RJP applicants must also pass the statewide exam with a score of at least 70%.

To obtain a Master Plumber (MP) license, one must have earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree and have 2,000 hours (1 year) of supervisory plumbing experience as a licensed journeyman plumber or have 4,000 hours (2 years) of supervisory plumbing experience as a licensed journeyman plumber. MP applicants must pass the statewide exam with a score of at least 70% or already passed the JP practical exam.

Residential Master Plumbers (RMP) must have earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree and have 2,000 hours (1 year) of supervisory plumbing experience as a residential licensed journeyman plumber or have 4,000 hours (2 years) of supervisory plumbing experience as a residential licensed journeyman plumber. RMP applicants must pass the statewide exam with a score of at least 70%.

For those seeking a General Plumbing Contractor (P-200) license, one must hold a master plumber license and take a 30-hour Pre-Licensure Course from Associated Builders and Contractors Inc (ABC), Utah Home Builders Association (UHBA), or Associated General Contractors of Utah (AGC).

To become a residential Plumbing Contractor (P-201), one must have a residential master plumber license. Must take a 30-hour Pre-Licensure Course from Associated Builders and Contractors Inc (ABC), Utah Home Builders Association (UHBA), or Associated General Contractors of Utah (AGC).

Cost of a Plumbing License in Utah

Applying for a JP, RJP, MP, or RMP license requires an application fee of $116.

If owning your own plumbing business is your ultimate goal, you’ll need to pay for the required pre-licensure course, which costs $300 through the Utah Home Builders Association.

Licensing Exams in Utah

The written plumber’s license exam is a four-hour test consisting of 120 questions, and the practical exam requires you to complete two projects within a two-and-a-half-hour time frame.

Similarly, the Utah Contractors Business and Law exam consists of 60 questions topics such as business licensing, estimating, and bidding. You must score at least 70% to pass any of the exams.

Who Issues Plumbing Licenses in Utah?

In Utah, the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) under the Utah Department of Commerce issues licenses for plumbing professionals.

However, it is advisable to double-check with the local authorities of the area where you plan to work to ensure that you comply with any further licensing or permit requirements.

Plumbing Certifications in Utah

Although not mandatory, certifications such as the National Inspection Testing and Certification (NITC), International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (ASSE Certifications), and others, can enhance your chances of being hired and increase your appeal to potential customers.