How to Become a Plumber in Arkansas

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Being able to work as a trade professional, you will need to possess both knowledge and qualifications proved by the possession of a license.

General contractors in the state of Arkansas, including plumbers, must possess a plumbing license.

So as to be able to get it, a prospective plumber must put in an application with the state with proof that they have the appropriate requirements, as well as pass an exam.

The state requires that the licenses are renewed every year.

Arkansas Plumbing License Reciprocity

Once you get a license, you might wonder whether you can make use of it in other states as well.

When it comes to the state of Arkansas, it does not offer reciprocal plumbing license agreements on a state-by-state basis.

Actually, it is good to know that plumbers from other states seeking a reciprocal license in the state of Arkansas can apply on an individual basis with the State Committee of Plumbing Examiners.

Arkansas Master Plumber License Requirements

Each state has its specific license requirements that each applicant has to meet

The Arkansas state government defines a master plumber as a person who is skilled in the planning, superintending and the practical installation of plumbing and who is familiar with the laws, rules, and regulations governing the same.

You will need to meet the following requirements, so as to become a master plumber in the state of Arkansas:

  • 5 years of in-field experience;
  • A journeyman license held for at least 1 year;
  • A master plumber license application to the state (including a $125 application fee);
  • Passage of the state examination.

Plumbing Master Exam

Plumbing Master Exam can be taken only after you pay the $125 exam fee which has to be included in the application.

The exam consists of 100 questions, which have to be done within a 3-hour time limit.

So as to pass it, you will need to reach a score of at least 70%.

Interested applicants may find examination dates on the Arkansas Department of Health website or contact the Plumbing Examiners Committee at 501-661-2642.

Plumbing contractors on projects over $20,000 must also take and pass a business and law exam, consisting of 50 questions and they will have 2 hours to complete it.

So as to be considered licensed, they will need to achieve a 70% score.

Now, if you want to prepare well for this exam, you are highly suggested to read the plumbing code book and know it well.

Even though you will have an open book test, it will not be any easier if you did not spend time understanding how the codebook is broken down and what subjects are covered within it.

Arkansas Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements

Another license that can be achieved is a Journeyman plumber license.

Arkansas defines a journeyman plumber as a person who is engaged in the practical installation of plumbing and this is not the same as a master plumber.

The following requirements are necessary to become a journeyman plumber in the state of Arkansas:

  • 4 years of in-field experience;
  • Completion of an approved apprenticeship program;
  • A journeyman plumber application to the state (including a $75 application fee);
  • Passage of the state examination.

Plumbing Journeyman Exam

Journeyman Plumber Exam can be taken if you have paid the $75 exam fee and submitted the application.

The exam has 100 questions, and you are supposed to finish them in 3-hours.

Only those who reach a score of at least 70% will be considered qualified for licensure.

Examination dates can be found on the Arkansas Department of Health website or interested applicants can get in touch with the Plumbing Examiners Committee at 501-661-2642.

The Arkansas Plumbing License Exam covers many topics including Vents & Venting, Administrative Procedures, Fixtures, Drainage Systems and more.

The business and law sections can cover such subjects as:

  • Business management
  • Permitting
  • Bidding Process
  • Contracting
  • Insurance and Bonding
  • Accounting and Tax Matters
  • Worker Safety
  • Labor Laws
  • Environmental Laws

Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements

Prior to getting both of the above-mentioned licenses, each plumber in Arkansas has to be an apprentice.

The state of Arkansas defines an apprentice plumber as a person who is engaged in learning and assisting in the installation of plumbing and drainage and enrolled in a state-approved apprentice program.

This is the first step that needs to be taken when your future career as a plumber is in question.

To become registered as an apprentice plumber with the state of Arkansas, a prospective plumber must put in an apprenticing application and be accepted into a state-approved apprenticeship program.

Plumbing Trade Schools in Arkansas

Future plumbers can enroll in any of the following trade schools and expect to get both classroom knowledge and on the spot experience during their studies:

  • Northwest Arkansas Community College
    Location: 1 College Dr, Bentonville, AR 72712
    Contact Info: (479) 636-9222
    Tuition: $4,633 (In-state tuition)
    Type: Public
  • Phillips Community College
    Location: 1000 Campus Rd, Helena, AR 72342
    Contact Info: (870) 338-6474
    Tuition: $3,110 (In-state tuition)
    Type: Public
  • Pulaski Technical College
    Location: 3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72118
    Contact Info: (501) 812-2200
    Tuition: $5,011 (In-state tuition)
    Type: Public
  • Ultimate Technical Academy
    Location: 1611, 6108 Getty Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72117
    Contact Info: (501) 835-8200
    Tuition: $1,199.00 per course
    Type: Unknown

License costs in Arkansas

Plumbers in the state of Arkansas are legally obligated to hold a state-approved license.

You can apply for a journeyman or master license, by contacting the Arkansas Department of Health.

It is good to have in mind that your application will need to be processed prior to the exam and the processing time for license applications are on average about one month.

These are the possible costs for various license types in Arkansas:

  • The fee for a Master plumbing license is $200.00 per year.
  • The master plumbing exam costs $125.
  • The fee for a Journeyman plumbing license is $75.00 per year.
  • The journeyman exam costs $75.
  • The fee for an Apprentice plumbing license is $25.00 per year.

Salary

Wages typically start from $26,540 and go up to $61,780.

Starting level plumber earnings begin at $12,76per hour while Top-level plumber earnings begin at $29,70per hour or $60,543 per year.

The average Plumber salary in Arkansas is $52921 but it may vary among the cities which can be seen in the table below.

Annual Salary Range:

$46K
$52K
$60K

Average Salary of Plumbers in Arkansas

City NameSalary
Little Rock$53,332
Fort Smith$49,899
North Little Rock$53,332
Fayetteville$51,718
Jonesboro$52,774
Pine Bluff$51,357
Springdale$51,718
Conway$52,815
Rogers$51,408
Hot Springs$52,815
* Salary information last updated 2020

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