West Virginia Plumbing Exams

The West Virginia Plumbing License Exam covers many topics including: Vents & Venting; Administrative Procedures; Fixtures; Drainage Systems and more.  Whether you live in Morgantown, Parkersburg, Charleston 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 journeyman and master plumber in West Virginia.  

Who Grants a License:  The plumbing trade is regulated by the West Virginia Division of Labor.

Procedures for Getting a License:  A candidate for a plumber in training, journeyman or master plumbing license must take and pass an exam.  Detailed information about the tests are provided in a Candidate Information Bulletin.  

In addition, a plumbing contractor who does projects over $2,500.00 must take and pass a two part exam as well, including a business and  law exam and the master exam.

Qualifications to take the Exam and receive a License:

A candidate for the plumber in training status must have an interest and aptitude for working as a plumber but who alone is not capable of performing plumbing work and less than 8,000 hours of plumbing experience.

A candidate for the journeyman license must have at least 8,000 hours of plumbing experience and must be competent to instruct and supervise the work of a plumber in training.

A candidate for the master license must have at least 12,000 hours of plumbing work experience and who is competent to design plumbing systems and to instruct and supervise  the plumbing work of journeyman plumbers and plumbers in training

How to Apply for the Test: The application can be found at Plumber License Application. The application should be mailed to:

     West Virginia Department of Labor
     State Capital Complex
     Building 6, Room B-749
     Charleston, WV  25305

For more information, call (304) 558-7890.

Test Content:  The specifications for the journeyman in training, journeyman and master tests are as follows:

Plumber in Training -  30 questions, 2 hours to complete, with the following subjects and number of questions:

     General Knowledge - 8

     Plumbing Math - 7

     Plumbing Tools - 7

     Safety - 8

Journeyman - 80 questions, 3 hours to complete, with the following subjects and number of questions:

     Draining Waste and Vents  Systems - 11

     Fixtures and Fittings - 5

     Fuel Gas Systems - 8

     General Knowledge - 8

     Isometrics - 7

     Plumbing Math - 8

     Plumbing Tools - 5

     Safety - 6

     Storm Drainage - 5

     Water Heaters - 6

     Water Supply and Distribution - 11

Master - 100 questions, 3 hours to complete, with the following subjects and number of questions:

     Draining Waste and Vents  Systems - 13

     Fixtures and Fittings - 6

     Fuel Gas Systems - 10

     General Knowledge - 10

     Isometrics - 13

     Plumbing Math - 9

     Plumbing Tools - 5

     Safety - 7

     Storm Drainage - 6

     Water Heaters - 7

     Water Supply and Distribution - 14

Who Administers the Test:  Prov Inc.

Fees:  There are fees to take the test.

License Renewal:  Licenses must be renewed every year.  There is no continuing education requirement.

Applicable Code:  West Virginia has adopted the International Plumbing Code developed 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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