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Michigan Plumbing License

Michigan Plumbing License Requirements – Overview

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

In Michigan, 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:

A person shall not engage in or work at the business of a plumbing contractor, master plumber, journey plumber, or apprentice plumber unless licensed or registered by the department. Except as provided in subsections (2), (3), (4), and (5), plumbing shall be performed by a licensed master or journey plumber. A licensed master plumber shall be in charge and responsible for proper installation and conformance with the code.

In Plain English:

All plumbers working in the plumbing industry in Michigan must be licensed as either a Journeyman or a Master plumber by the state.  Apprentice plumbers are required to be registered with the state, but are not licensed.  Apprentice and Journeyman plumbers work under the direction of a Master plumber.  The Master Plumber is in charge and is responsible for ensuring that all plumbing work is installed properly and is in conformance with the applicable codes.

 

Michigan Plumbing Apprentice Programs

There are a variety of union and non-union apprentice training programs offered throughout the state of Michigan in conjunction with various technical schools, builder associations and trade associations. The programs provide a mixture of on the job training in the field, as well as classes that are offered during nights and weekends in formal classroom settings.  All apprentice programs require a significant amount of independent study outside of the classroom.

In general, applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years old,
  • possess either a high school diploma or G.E.D.,
  • be physically capable of working on a construction site, and
  • be able to legally work in the United States.

Additional information on Michigan plumber apprentice programs can be found here.

 

Michigan Plumbing License Requirements

The state of Michigan issues licenses to individual plumbers.  The requirements are as follows:

  • Apprentice Plumber:

No requirement for a license, BUT the Apprentice must be registered with the state of Michigan, as an Apprentice Plumber.  Registration requirements:

1. Be at least 18 years old.

2. Pay the required registration fee of $15.00 (Veterans with Honorable Discharges are exempt from licensing fees).

3. Submit application form, which will be signed by a Master Plumber that is working for the company, which is employing the apprentice.

4. Submit to a criminal background check.

 

  • Journey (Journeyman) Plumber:

1. Be at least 18 years old.

2. Pay the required examination fee of $100.00 (Veterans with Honorable Discharges are exempt from licensing fees).

3. Currently be registered with the state of Michigan as an Apprentice Plumber.

4. Have taken and passed a state licensing examination for a Journeyman Plumber, demonstrating sufficient knowledge of the plumbing trade.

5. Demonstrate at least 6,000 hours of experience in a period of no less than 3 years in the trade.  The candidate for licensing must provide evidence of relevant experience in the form of signed and notarized “Certification Statements” on the application form.  These statements are signed by the Master Plumber(s) under whom the applicant worked under while gaining the required experience.

6. Submit to a criminal background check.

 

  • Master Plumber:

1. Be at least 18 years old.

2. Pay the required examination fee of $100.00 (Veterans with Honorable Discharges are exempt from licensing fees).

3. Have taken and passed a state licensing examination for a Master Plumber, demonstrating sufficient knowledge of the plumbing trade.

4. Demonstrate at least 4,000 hours of experience as a Journeyman plumber, in a period of no less than 2 years in the trade.  The candidate for licensing must provide evidence of relevant experience in the form of signed and notarized “Certification Statements” on the application form.  These statements are signed by the Master Plumber(s) under whom the applicant worked under while gaining the required experience.

5. Submit to a criminal background check.

 

Michigan Plumbing License – Contact Information:

Michigan Department of Labor
Bureau of Construction Codes/Plumbing Board
7150 Harris Drive
P.O. Box 30254
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 241-9330
http://www.michigan.gov/lara/

 

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