Rhode Island Plumbing Exam

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

Need of a License:  Master and journeyman plumbers need a license to work in Rhode Island.

Who Grants a License:  Plumbers are regulated by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

Procedures for Getting a License:    Candidates for a journeyman or master plumbing license must take an exam. For more information about the exams, see a brochure published by the Department of Labor and Training. 

Qualifications to take the Journeyman Exam and receive a License:  Candidates must have been a registered apprentice plumber for 4 years prior to the application, with 8,000 hours of on the job training during the previous 5 year period, which shall include completion of 576 hours of related instruction at a training program recognized by the Department of Labor and Training.  The candidate can get credit for 144 hours of training against the 576 hour requirement gained in an approved vocational school.

Qualifications to take the Master Exam and receive a License:  Candidates must have been a licensed journeyman plumber for a minimum of one year and employed by a licensed master plumber over that period of time.

Content of the Test:  The journeyman and master plumbing exams have 50 multiple choice questions with the following subjects:

     Terminology and Calculations

     Materials and Material Standards

     Joints and Connections

     Traps and Cleanouts

     Plumbing Fixtures

     Hangers and Supports

     Indirect Waste Piping

     Water Distribution Systems

     Sanitary Drainage Systems

     Vent and Venting Systems

     Cross Connections

     Storm Drains

     Inspecting and Testing

Who Administers the Test:  Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

How to Apply for the Test:  You can find the application online at Application.   

Mail the completed application to:

     State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

     Department of Labor and Training

     Division of Workforce Regulation & Safety

     1511 Pontiac Avenue - Building 70

     PO Box 20247

     Cranston, RI 02920-0943

For more information, call (401) 462-8580

Fees:  There are fees to take the test.

License renewal:  Licenses must be renewed every two years.  There is no continuing education requirement.

Applicable Code:  Rhode Island follows the International Plumbing Code established by the International Code Council.


For more information on licensing and exam preparation, go to Tests.com's

Journeyman Plumbing Test Guide

Master Plumbing Test Guide

And take Tests.com's Plumbing Practice Test.

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