Vermont Plumbing Exams

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

Need of a Licens:  Journeyman and master plumbers need a license to work in Vermont.

Who Grants a License:  Plumbers are regulated by the Vermont Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety and the Plumbers Examining Board

Procedures for Getting a License:   Candidates for a journeyman or master plumbing license must take an exam.  A candidate can choose to take either a written or computerized test.  The exams are open book with limited resources.  For detailed information about the exams, see the Examination Information Bulletin.

Qualifications to take the Journeyman Exam and receive a License:  Candidates must have completed an apprenticeship in plumbing with includes both instruction and practice in work processes as verified by the Vermont apprenticeship council or equivalent training and experience in or outside the state acceptable to the Plumbers Examining Board.

Qualifications to take the Master Exam and receive a License:  Candidates must have a valid journeyman's plumber license in Vermont for at least 12 months or document equivalent training and experience in or outside the state acceptable to the Plumbers Examining Board

Content of the Test:  The exams have the following specifications:

Journeyman - The Journeyman exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions and the candidate is give 3 hours to complete the exam.  The content of the exams is as follows with the following number of questions:

     Plumbing Fixtures and Terminology- 4

     Plumbing Fundamentals - 10

     Water Distribution - 8

     Drainage Requirements- 11

     Traps, Cleanouts and Interceptors - 4

     Special Requirements - 3

     Vent Requirements - 11

     Plan Reading - 19

     Local Amendments - 5

Master - The master exam  is  composed of 105 multiple-choice questions and the candidate is give 4 hours to complete the tests.  The content of the exams is as follows with the following number of questions:

     Plumbing Fixtures and Terminology- 7

     Plumbing Fundamentals - 13

     Water Distribution - 11

     Drainage Requirements- 19

     Traps, Cleanouts and Interceptors - 7

     Special Requirements - 3

     Vent Requirements - 17

     Plan and Analysis - 23

     Local Amendments - 5

Who Administers the Test:  International Code Council and Pearson Vue

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

     Division of Fire Safety

     1311 US Rte 302 - Suite 600 Berlin

     Barre, VT  05641-2351

For more information, call (802) 479-7561.

You must be preapproved by the state before taking your test.  You can register for the test by calling Pearson Vue at (877) 234-6082.

Fees:  There are fees to take the test.

License renewal:  Licenses must be renewed every two years.  Plumbers must take a minimum of 8 hours of continuing education to renew a license.

Applicable Code:  Vermont follows the International Plumbing Code established by the International Code Council. 

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