How to get a Wisconsin Journeyman Plumber License

  1. Complete apprenticeship training program (8,000 hours)
  2. Submit application and pay required fees
  3. Study for and pass your exam
  4. Pay license fee

How to get a Wisconsin Master Plumber License

  1. Must have completed either:
    1. A minimum of 1,000 hours of plumbing related work for at least three consecutive years as a journeyman plumber
    2. OR possess an engineering degree
  2. Submit application and pay required fees
  3. Study for and pass your exam
  4. Pay license fee

Wisconsin Plumber Renewal Requirements

Renewal Deadline: March 31st, every four years

Continuing Education: 24 hours, every four years

Frequently Asked Questions

General Wisconsin Plumber Licensing FAQs

Getting Licensed

Who needs to be licensed for plumbing in Wisconsin?

Individuals that want to perform work as a plumber in Wisconsin must obtain a license.

What are the types of plumbing licenses available in Wisconsin?

  • Plumbing Apprentice
  • Journeyman Plumber
  • Journeyman Automatic Fire Sprinkler Fitter
  • Master Plumber
  • Utility Contractor
  • Pipelayer

Does Wisconsin have reciprocal licensing with other states?

Wisconsin doesn’t have reciprocity with any other state, but will accept out of state experience on the licensure application.

What fees are associated with becoming a plumber in Wisconsin?

Journeyman

  • Application: $10
  • Exam: $20
  • License: $180
  • Renewal: $180

Master

  • Application: $20
  • Exam: $30
  • License: $500
  • Renewal: $500

Renewing a License

When do I need to renew my Wisconsin plumbing license?

You must renew your Wisconsin plumbing license every four years on March 31st.

How do I renew my plumbing license in Wisconsin?

To renew your plumbers license in Wisconsin you must complete your 24 hours of CE. Once you finish your continuing education, you can complete your renewal online, and pay your renewal fee.

Do I need continuing education to renew my plumbing license in Wisconsin?

Yes, you need 24 hours of continued education every four years.

My Wisconsin plumbing license has expired — how do I get it reinstated?

You will have to pay a late fee if your plumbing license is already expired.

Wisconsin Journeyman Plumber FAQs

How do I get my journeyman plumbing license in Wisconsin?

  1. Complete apprenticeship training program (8,000 hours)
  2. Submit application and pay required fees
  3. Study for and pass your exam
  4. Pay license fee

What fees are associated with becoming a journeyman plumber in Wisconsin?

  • Application: $10
  • Exam: $20
  • License: $180
  • Renewal: $180

What can I expect from the Wisconsin journeyman plumbing exam?

  • The exam is a two-part open book exam
  • Each part has a three-hour time limit
  • Part one has 87 questions and part two consists of 120 questions
  • Covers topics including vents and venting, administrative procedures, drainage systems and more
  • Passing score is 70% or better

Where can I take the Wisconsin journeyman plumber exam?

  • Appleton
  • Brookfield
  • Eau Clair
  • Madison

How do I know if I passed the Wisconsin journeyman plumber exam?

  • You will receive an exam result letter in the mail within 21 calendar days of your exam date.

What happens if I fail my exam?

If you failed, there will be instructions in the exam result letter for setting up the next exam date. After you receive your exam result letter you may mail in a credential application form for a future exam site.

You may schedule only one exam session at a time for each credential type. Applications sent in for multiple exam sites for the same credential will not be accepted. Refunds will not be issued.

Wisconsin Master Plumber FAQs

How do I get my master plumbing license in Wisconsin?

  1. Must have completed either:
    1. A minimum of 1,000 hours of plumbing related work for at least three consecutive years as a journeyman plumber
    2. OR possess an engineering degree
  2. Submit application and pay required fees
  3. Study for and pass your exam
  4. Pay license fee

What fees are associated with becoming a master plumber in Wisconsin?

  • Application: $20
  • Exam: $30
  • License: $500
  • Renewal: $500

What can I expect from the Wisconsin master plumbing exam?

  • The exam is a two-part open book exam
  • There is a 4 hour time limit for each part
  • Part one has 110 questions and part two consists of 132 questions
  • Covers topics including vents and venting, administrative procedures, drainage systems and more
  • Passing score is 70% or better

Where can I take the Wisconsin master plumber exam?

  • Appleton
  • Brookfield
  • Eau Clair
  • Madison

How do I know if I passed the Wisconsin master plumber exams?

  • You will receive an exam result letter in the mail within 21 calendar days of your exam date.

What happens if I fail my exam?

If you failed, there will be instructions in the exam result letter for setting up the next exam date. After you receive your exam result letter you may mail in a credential application form for a future exam site. You may schedule only one exam session at a time for each credential type. Applications sent in for multiple exam sites for the same credential will not be accepted. Refunds will not be issued.

Continuing Education FAQs

What continuing education is required to renew my Wisconsin plumber license?

Both journeyman and master plumbers are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education every four years.

Who submits my Wisconsin plumbing continuing education course completions to the state?

Once you are finished with your continuing education course, we will submit it to the state of Wisconsin for you.

Are your continuing education courses approved for credit in the state of Wisconsin?

Yes, we are an approved continuing education provider in Wisconsin.

State & Testing Contact Info

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 266-2112
DSPSCredTrades@wisconsin.gov
https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/BoardsCouncils/Plumbers/

About the Courses

Once I order the course, how long before I can start?

You may begin immediately! Simply click the Login button in the upper right-hand corner on your desktop or in the upper-right menu on mobile. Once you’ve entered your login and password, you will be taken to your courses. Follow the instructions and enjoy!

Once I start an online course, will I be able to start and stop at anytime?

Our courses are available online 24/7 and you are able to log in and log out at any time during the course. If you are going to be away from your computer for more than 10-15 minutes, simply log out. When you log back in, you will be able to re-enter the lesson you were last in.

How long do your continuing education courses take to complete?

Continuing education requirements vary by state. Each course lists a minimum number of credit hours required to complete the course.

How long do your exam prep courses take to complete?

Each course lists the total amount of hours for the course. However, we cover materials quickly and many contractors like to re-watch materials. In other words, this question really depends on your learning style. We recommend that you go through the course as many times as you need to be comfortable with the material and any applicable reference books. The more familiar you are with the materials, the better you will do on your exam!

How long do I have the courses?

We allow up to 6 months for you to complete the courses. During the six months you have unlimited, 24/7 access. If you need additional time, please contact our offices to arrange an extension (please note: a fee may apply).

Are there tests in the courses?

This varies depending on whether the course is continuing education or exam prep.

There are no quizzes for continuing education courses in Michigan. All other states with continuing education require quizzes to check completion progress.

In exam prep courses there will be a short quiz at the end of each lesson and there is also a longer practice test at the end of each course. These quizzes and tests will help you practice taking an exam and identify areas you may wish to study more.

If I fail a practice test, do I have to take it again?

Practice tests are just that: for practice. You will have the opportunity to retake the practice tests until you do pass. The practice tests are there to help you get used to the process of using your reference materials and finding the correct answers during an exam. If you don’t pass on the first try, take the time to note what sections of the material you need to review.

Once I complete a course, can I still go back and review the lessons and quizzes?

You are able to review the lessons and quizzes at any time during the six months you’ll have access to the courses.