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Georgia Plumbing License

Georgia Plumbing License Requirements – Overview

Georgia plumbing license requirements are set by, and licenses issued by, the state.

In Georgia, the plumber must be licensed even if working for a licensed plumbing contractor.

For an overview of how U.S. Plumbing License Requirements work, refer back to the Plumbing License Requirements homepage.

The Rule:

Master Plumber Licenses are required of persons who contract for plumbing services.  Journeyman Plumber Licenses are required of persons, other than Master Plumbers, who install, maintain, alter, or repair plumbing fixtures and systems under the direction of a master plumber.

 

Georgia Plumbing Apprentice Programs

There are a variety of apprentice training programs offered throughout the state of Georgia in conjunction with various technical schools and community colleges.

In addition, most plumbing unions in Georgia provide apprentice programs.  One such union is the Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 72.  They offer a 5-year program, which consists of 5 annual segments.  Each segment requires approximately 1,700-2,000 hours of work in the field and approximately 246 hours of classroom instruction.

Additional information can be found at:

Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 72
374 Maynard Terrace SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
404-373-5778
ua72.org

 

Georgia Plumbing License Requirements

The State of Georgia issues three types of plumbing licenses to individual plumbers.  Currently there is a Journeyman Plumber license, Master Plumber License Class I and Master Plumber License Class II.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Apprentice Plumber:

No requirement for a license.

 

  • Journey (Journeyman) Plumber:

1. Be at least 18 years old.

2. Pay the required examination fee of $30.00, plus the exam fee of $133.00.  There is no charge for the initial license, but renewals cost $35.00.

3. Submit a completed application at least 60 days prior to the exam.

4. Provide three (3) references from licensed plumbers, including a Master Plumber, attesting to the applicant’s good character and plumbing qualifications.

5. Have taken and passed the Georgia Journeyman Plumber test, demonstrating sufficient knowledge of the plumbing trade.

6. Demonstrate at least 3 years of experience in the trade.  The candidate for licensing must provide evidence of relevant experience.  Education may be applied to the experience requirements, so transcripts should be submitted as a part of the application submission.

 

  • Master Plumber Class I (Restricted):

Note: A Class I License restricts the plumber’s work to single-family dwellings and one-level dwellings designed for two families or less and commercial structures 10,000 square feet or less.

1. Be at least 18 years old.

2. Pay the required application fees of $30.00, plus the exam fee of $133.00.  There is no charge for the initial license, but renewals cost $75.00.

3. Submit a completed application at least 60 days prior to the exam.

4. Provide three (3) references from licensed plumbers, including a Master Plumber, attesting to the applicant’s good character and plumbing qualifications.

5. Provide a copy of their current Georgia Journeyman Plumbing license, which must have been active for two (2) years.

6. Have taken and passed the Georgia Journeyman Plumber test, demonstrating sufficient knowledge of the plumbing trade.

7. Demonstrate at least 5 years of experience in the trade.  The candidate for licensing must provide evidence of relevant experience.  Education may be applied to the experience requirements, so transcripts should be submitted as a part of the application submission.

 

  • Master Plumber Class II (Unrestricted):

1. Be at least 18 years old.

2. Pay the required application fees of $30.00, plus the exam fee of $133.00.  There is no charge for the initial license, but renewals cost $75.00.

3. Submit a completed application at least 60 days prior to the exam.

4. Provide three (3) references from licensed plumbers, including a Master Plumber, attesting to the applicant’s good character and plumbing qualifications.

5. Provide a copy of their current Georgia Journeyman Plumbing license, which must have been active for two (2) years.

6. Have taken and passed the Georgia Master Plumber test, demonstrating sufficient knowledge of the plumbing trade.

7. Demonstrate at least 5 years of experience in the trade.  The candidate for licensing must provide evidence of relevant experience.  In addition, the applicant for a Master Plumber II license must be able to demonstrate experience in commercial and industrial plumbing.  Education may be applied to the experience requirements, so transcripts should be submitted as a part of the application submission.

 

Georgia Plumbing License – Contact Information:

State Construction Industry Licensing Board
Division of Master Plumbers and Journeyman Plumbers
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
(912) 207-1416
Fax: (912) 207-1425
http://www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/

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