South Dakota Plumbing Exams

The South Dakota Plumbing License Exam covers many topics including: Vents & Venting; Administrative Procedures; Fixtures; Drainage Systems and more.  Whether you live in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen or another city or county, the resources below will help you get started:

Need of a License:  Contractors and journeyman plumbers need a license to work in South Dakota. 

Who Grants a License:  Plumbing licenses are issued by South Dakota Plumbing Commission.  

Procedures for Getting a License:    Candidates for the contractor and journeyman plumber licenses must take an exam to obtain a license.  For more information, go to plumbing exams.

Qualifications to take the Exam and receive a Contractor's License:  A candidate for a contractor plumbing license must have at least 6 years of experience as a plumbing contractor, plumber or plumber's apprentice with at least 2 of those years as a plumbing contractor or plumber and must have spent at least 1,900 hours per year during the 6 years as a plumbing contractor, plumber or plumber's apprentice. 

Qualifications to take the Exam and receive a Journeyman's License:  A candidate for journeyman plumber must have at least 4 years of experience as an apprentice and must have spent at least 1,900 hours per year during the 4 years as an apprentice. Credit is given for military plumbing at the rate of 1 year of credit for 2 years of service up to a maximum of 5 years of credit.

How to Apply for the Test:  You can access the application for contractor and journeyman plumber online at Application.   

Application documents can be sent to:

     South Dakota State Plumbing Commission
     308 South Pierre Street
     c/o 1320 East Sioux Avenue
     Pierre, South Dakota  57501-2017

Who Administers the Exam:  South Dakota State Plumbing Commission

Fees:  There are fees to take the test.

License renewal:  Licenses must be renewed every year.  Plumbers must take a minimum of 4 hours of continuing education to renew a license.

Applicable Code:   South Dakota follows the Uniform Plumbing Code of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. 


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

Journeyman Plumbing Test Guide

Master Plumbing Test Guide

And take's Plumbing Practice Test.

For plumbing exam preparation products and services, such as study guides, practice tests, flashcards and courses, go to's Journeyman Plumber Exam and Master Plumber Exam listings.