Hawaii Plumbing Exams

The Hawaii Plumbing License Exam covers many topics including: Vents & Venting; Administrative Procedures; Fixtures; Drainage Systems and more.  Whether you live in Honolulu, Ewa, Kailua or another city or county, the resources below will help you get started:

Need of a License:  Journeyman plumbers, master plumbers and plumbing contractors need a license to work in Hawaii.  Only a licensed plumbing contractor can contract to perform plumbing work.   

Who Grants a License:  Plumbers and plumbing contractors are regulated by the Hawaii Board of Electricians and Plumbers, of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Procedures for Getting a License:   Candidates for the journeyman, master or contractor license must take an exam to receive the license.  Detailed information about the tests are provided in the following Candidate Information Bulletins:

Journeyman and Master

Contractor:

Business and Law

Trade Knowledge

Content of the Test: The tests have the following content and specifications: 

1. Journeyman - 100 questions, 3 hours, closed book, with the following content and percentage of questions:

     General Knowledge - 25%

     Drainage, Waste and Sanitary Vents - 20%

     Water Supply Systems - 20%

     Sizing and Estimating - 10%

     Fuel and Medical Gas Systems - 10%

     Indirect and Special Wastes - 10%

     Building Sewers - 5%

 2. Master - closed book, 80 questions, 3 hours, 70% to pass, with the following content and percentage of questions:

     General Knowledge - 25%

     Drainage, Waste and Sanitary Vents - 25%

     Sizing and Estimating - 19%

     Fuel and Medical Gas Systems - 13%

     Fixtures and Trim - 6%

     Excavation - 6%

     Building Sewers - 6%

 3. Contractor - the test is a two part multiple choice exam, with a business and law exam and trade knowledge exam as follows -

Business and law - 80 questions, 3 hours, covering such subjects as estimating and bidding, project management and safety, 75% to pass

Trade Knowledge  - 80 questions, 3 hours, closed book, 75% to pass, with the following content and percentage of questions:

     Water Supply and Distribution - 25%

     Drain, Waste and  Venting - 25%

     Sizing and Estimating - 15%

     Fuel and Medical Gas Systems - 13%

     Fixtures and Trim - 6%

     Excavation - 6%

     Building Sewers - 10%

Qualifications to take the Exam and receive a License:  A journeyman plumber candidate must have 5 years but not less than 10,000 hours of plumbing work experience.   A master plumber candidate must have at least 2 years work experience as a journeyman or equivalent.

Who Administers the Test:  Prometric

How to Apply for the Test:  The application to take the journeyman, master or contractor exam can be found online at DCCA

The application can be mailed to:

     Board of Electricians & Plumbers

     DCCA, PVL Licensing Branch

     P.O. Box 3469

     Honolulu, HI  96801

or call (808) 586-3000.

After you have been approved to take the exam, you can register to take the exam by sending in your Examination Registration Form, which you will get upon approval from the Board, to:

     Prometric

     354 Ulunui St, Suite 308

     Kailua, HI 96734

For more information call (808) 261-8182.

Fees: There are fees to take the test.

License Renewal: Licenses must be renewed every three years.   Plumbers who got their licenses prior to June 30, 2009, must complete a continued competency requirement, which can be fulfilled by either attending a class on the Uniform Plumbing Code at the University of Hawaii Community College or passing a UPC exam at Thomson Prometric.

Applicable Code:  Hawaii follows the Uniform Plumbing Code.

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Master Plumbing Test Guide

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