Apprentice Registration

Registered apprentices may engage in the art of plumbing only when they are under the direct, constant on-the-job supervision of a licensed journeyman plumber. Direct, constant on-the-job supervision means that a licensed journeyman plumber will supervise no more than one apprentice on only one job at a time.

 

Apprenticeship Program Information

Apprenticeship Programs are regulated by Louisiana Workforce Commission. Applicants will contact Louisiana Workforce Commission to enroll in an Approved Apprenticeship Program and will apply for their Apprentice Registration card through the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana.

How do I apply for the Apprenticeship Program?

Please visit apprenticeshipla.com to find an Approved Apprenticeship Program.

How do I apply for an Apprenticeship Registration Card?

Applicants will submit an Apprentice Application to the State Plumbing Board’s office along with official documentation from Louisiana Workforce Commission showing their current enrollment status.

What happens after the State Plumbing Board receives my application?

Applications are processed in the order in which they are RECEIVED. Processing may take up to two (2) weeks from the date applications are received. Applicants will be mailed an Apprentice Registration Card to the mailing address provided on their application.

The application must be legibly completed in its entirety by the applicant, notarized, have all the necessary documentation attached, and submitted with a check or money order in the amount of $20 ($10.00 Fee + $10.00 Processing Charge).

* Any application that does not meet these requirements will result in a delay in processing the application for the next available exam.

Tradesman License

A Tradesman Plumber licensed through the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana, is qualified to independently perform repairs of existing residential plumbing systems in one- and two-family dwellings at the direction of a Licensed Louisiana Master Plumber.

Examination Information

Examinations are held in May and November every year.

*Examination dates are subject to change due to conditions beyond the control of the Board.

The Tradesman exam consists of a one (1) part, 80 question, 3-hour written exam and a 30-minute practical (hands-on) portion.

The written exam is based on the following reference material:

  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • Louisiana Title 17, Construction (Last amended December 2019)
  • Louisiana Title 46, Professional and Occupational Standards, Part LV. Plumbers (October 2018)

The practical portion of the exam includes a:

  • Screw Pipe Project
  • Copper Project

What do you need to qualify for the Tradesman Exam?

To qualify for examination, an applicant must be a currently registered apprentice through the State Plumbing Board and have performed 4,000 hours of manual labor of plumbing under the direct, constant, on-the-job supervision of a journeyman or master plumber licensed by the board.

What should I know before applying?

  • If an applicant does not appear for the scheduled examination or cancels less than thirty (30) days prior, the exam fee will be forfeited.
  • If an applicant withdraws an application thirty (30) days prior to the examination, fifty percent (50%) of the examination fee will be retained for administrative cost.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana of any address changes.
  • Test results cannot be given over the phone. The State Plumbing Board will mail the results of the examination to the candidate. Please allow up to two (2) weeks to receive scores.

What happens after the State Plumbing Board receives my application?

Applicants must submit applications no less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the examination. Applicants are scheduled in the order in which they are APPROVED. Processing may take up to two (2) weeks from the date applications are received. Applicants will be mailed a notice that provides the date, time, and location of their exam.

The application must be legibly completed in its entirety by the applicant, notarized, have all the necessary documentation attached, and submitted with a check or money order in the amount of $135 ($125.00 Exam Fee + $10.00 Processing Charge).

* Any application that does not meet these requirements will result in a delay in processing the application for the next available exam.

What happens if I pass/fail my exam?

Upon passing the examination, each applicant will be notified to complete the Initial Tradesman License form and return it with a $40.00 fee for their license. Once applicants receive their license, they will be responsible for taking continuing education every year through an approved provider and renewing their license every year with the State Plumbing Board before December 31st to avoid delinquent fees.

Note: Passing scores are only valid for ninety (90) days. If an applicant fails to send in the appropriate form and payment within the ninety (90) days, the applicant will forfeit their scores and will have to retake the entire examination.

Upon failing the examination, each applicant will be notified of their failing scores and provided a Retake Form in order to apply to be re-scheduled for examination. If an applicant passes one part but not the other, the passing score will be good for one (1) year. The applicant must take the exam again within that year in order to keep the passing score.

Where can I obtain the reference materials necessary for the Tradesman Plumber Examination?

The 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC)

For Purchase from ICC: https://shop.iccsafe.org/2015-international-plumbing-coder.html

Louisiana Title 17, Construction *Last amended December 2019

Available to Download or Print: https://www.spbla.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/LAC-17-DECEMBER-2019.pdf

Louisiana Title 46, Professional and Occupational Standards, Part LV. Plumbers (October 2018)

Available to Download or Print: https://www.spbla.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Title-46-Oct-2018.pdf

What is a Temporary Work Permit and how can you receive one?

An applicant must be deemed eligible for examination and scheduled for an examination before a permit can be issued. This permit will allow the applicant to work as a Tradesman Plumber until the date of the examination. If an applicant fails the examination, no other permit can be issued. Each applicant is only able to receive one (1) permit per lifetime.

To obtain a Temporary Work permit, please submit the Tradesman Plumber Permit Form and send it in with a check or money order for $75.00. *The Temporary Work Permit is OPTIONAL.

Journeyman License

A Journeyman Plumber licensed through the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana, is qualified to perform installation, repairs, and maintenance of new and existing plumbing systems under the direct/indirect supervision of a Licensed Louisiana Master Plumber.

Examination Information

Examinations are held in January, April, July, and October every year.

*Examination dates are subject to change due to conditions beyond the control of the Board.

The Journeyman Plumber exam consists of a one (1) part, 80 question, 3-hour written exam and a 1-hour practical (hands-on) portion.

The written exam is based on the following reference material:

  • 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • Louisiana Title 17, Construction (Last amended December 2019)

The practical portion of the exam includes a:

  • Floor Plan Project
  • Screw Pipe Project
  • Copper Project

What do you need to qualify for the Journeyman Exam?

To qualify for examination, an applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. The applicant must be a currently registered apprentice through the State Plumbing Board and have either completed or be in their last year of the Apprenticeship Program.
  2. An applicant must have five (5) years or 8,000 hours under the direct, on-the-job supervision of a Journeyman or Master Plumber and be able to show proof via five (5) years of W-2’s OR 8,000 hours of official payroll documentation from a licensed Louisiana plumbing company.

Note: The State Plumbing Board of Louisiana does not reciprocate licenses; however, if you have a valid plumbing license in another state, you may use it to qualify to take the Journeyman Plumber exam. Applicants will be required to submit a copy of their out-of-state plumbing license with the application for approval.

What should I know before applying?

  • If an applicant does not appear for the scheduled examination or cancels less than thirty (30) days prior, the exam fee will be forfeited.
  • If an applicant withdraws an application thirty (30) days prior to the examination, fifty percent (50%) of the examination fee will be retained for administrative cost.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the State Plumbing Board of Louisiana of any address changes.
  • Test results cannot be given over the phone. The State Plumbing Board will mail the results of the examination to the candidate. Please allow up to two (2) weeks to receive scores.
  • Apprentices may schedule to take the Journeyman Exam, but they may not apply for their Initial Journeyman License until they have completed the Apprenticeship Program and submitted their certificate of completion from Louisiana Workforce Commission to the State Plumbing Board.

What happens after the State Plumbing Board receives my application?

Applicants must submit applications no less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the examination. Applicants are scheduled in the order in which they are APPROVED. Processing may take up to two (2) weeks from the date applications are received. Applicants will be mailed a notice that provides the date, time, and location of their exam.

The application must be legibly completed in its entirety by the applicant, notarized, have all the necessary documentation attached, and submitted with a check or money order in the amount of $135 ($125.00 Exam Fee + $10.00 Processing Charge).

* Any application that does not meet these requirements will result in a delay in processing the application for the next available exam.

What happens if I pass/fail my exam?

Upon passing the examination, each applicant will be notified to complete the Initial Journeyman License form and return it with a $50.00 fee for their license. Once applicants receive their license, they will be responsible for taking continuing education every year through an approved provider and renewing their license every year with the State Plumbing Board before December 31st to avoid delinquent fees.

Note: Passing scores are only valid for ninety (90) days. If an applicant fails to send in the appropriate form and payment within the ninety (90) days, the applicant will forfeit their scores and will have to retake the entire examination.

Upon failing the examination, each applicant will be notified of their failing scores and provided a Retake Form in order to apply to be re-scheduled for examination. If an applicant passes one part but not the other, the passing score will be good for one (1) year. The applicant must take the exam again within that year in order to keep the passing score.

Where can I obtain the reference materials necessary for the Journeyman Plumber Examination?

The 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC)

For Purchase from ICC: https://shop.iccsafe.org/2015-international-plumbing-coder.html

The 2015 International Residential Code

For Purchase from ICC: https://shop.iccsafe.org/2015-international-residential-code.html

Louisiana Title 17, Construction *Last amended December 2019

Available to Download or Print: https://www.spbla.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/LAC-17-DECEMBER-2019.pdf

What is a Temporary Work Permit and how can you receive one?

An applicant must be deemed eligible for examination and scheduled for an e