North Carolina Plumbing Exams

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

Need of a License:  A plumber needs a license to work as a commercial and residential plumber in North Carolina.  

Who Grants a Licens:  The plumbing trade is regulated by the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, & Fire Sprinkler Contractors.

Procedures for Getting a License:   A candidate for a plumbing license must take and pass a two part exam, one part covering business and law and the other covering trade knowledge. 

How to Apply for the Test:  The application to take the test can be found online at Application and Examination Process.  The application should be mailed to:

     State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating & Fire Sprinklers

     1109 Dresser Ct.

     Raleigh, NC 27609

Test Content:  The plumbing exam has 100 questions and the candidate needs a 70% score to pass. The trade knowledge part of the exam is 4 hours long and the business and law section is 1 hour in duration.

Fees:  There are fees to take the test.

Qualifications to take the Exam and receive a License:  To qualify to take the plumbing exam, a candidate for a plumbing license in North Carolina needs to have either 2 years (or 4,000 hours) of on-site fulltime experience in the installation, maintenance, service or repair of plumbing.  Up to one half (2,000 hours) (45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours) of the experience requirement may be in academic or technical training.

License Renewal:  Licenses must be renewed every year.  Six hours of continuing education classes are required to renew a license.

Applicable Code:  North Carolina has adopted the International Plumbing Code developed by the International Code Council.


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