Texas Plumbing Exam

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

Need of a License:  Journeyman and master plumbers need a license to work in Texas.

Who Grants a License:  Plumbing licenses are issued by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.

Procedures for Getting a License:    A candidate for a journeyman or master plumbing license must take and pass an exam.  For detailed information about the exams, see the Examination Review Courses:



Qualifications to take the Exam and receive a License:

Journeyman - A candidate for journeyman plumber must have 8,000 hours of experience working under the supervision of a master plumber while registered as a plumber apprentice or a tradesman plumber-limited.  The candidate must also complete 48 hours of classroom training approved by the Board unless the candidate is enrolled in or has completed an apprentice program.

Master - A candidate for master plumber must have worked as a journeyman plumber for at least 4 years or worked as a journeyman for at least 1 year and completed a training program approved by the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship or another nationally recognized apprentice training program.

Test Content:  The journeyman and master exams have the following content and specifications:

Journeyman - 90 multiple choice questions, hands-on shop work and a design project of a two story drainage and vent system.

Master - 210 multiple choice questions, 1 Fuel Gas Pipe Sizing chart,  1 water pipe sizing chart, 1 gas fueled appliance vent sizing chart, 1 drainage system pipe sizing chart and design of a 3 story sanitary drainage and vent system  for 16 plumbing fixtures.

How to Apply for the Test:  The applications for journeyman and master plumbing licenses can be found online.

An application for a journeyman or master plumbing license must be submitted to the following address:

     Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners
     PO Box 4200
     Austin, TX  78765

For more information call (512) 936-5200.

Fees: There are fees to take the test.

Who Administers the Test: Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners

License renewal:  Licenses must be renewed every year.  There is a continuing education requirement.

Applicable Code:  Both the International Plumbing Code and the Uniform Plumbing Code are used in Texas, depending on the jurisdiction.


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.

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