How to Become a Plumber in Indiana

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Earning your plumbing license is quite a bit different in Indiana.

Plumbers can reach apprentice, journeyman, and contractor levels, depending on the amount of time they can devote to their education and advancement.

The contractor level is the highest one and those are people who are in charge of the job.

Journeyman and apprentice plumbers work underneath the contractor.

Indiana Plumbing License Reciprocity

There is no reciprocity agreement for journeyman or contractor plumbers from other states who want to become licensed in Indiana.

So as to become one, you will need to present an application to the Indiana Plumbing Commission board, which has to be approved, and then you will need to pass an exam to be allowed to work in Indiana.

Indiana Plumbing Contractor License Requirements

There is no master plumber in Indiana; instead, there is the plumbing contractor, one step above journeyman.

Plumbing contractor is very similar to master contractor levels in some other states, and Indiana defines a plumbing contractor as a person who, for compensation, does himself or by others, constructs, repairs, alters, remodels, or improves plumbing.

What is even more important, he/she is a person who is responsible for all the plumbing within the entire project, while a journeyman would work under the contractor.

To become a plumbing contractor in Indiana, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have at least 4 years of plumbing apprenticeship experience;
  • Be a licensed plumber in another state; OR
  • Have at least 4 years of plumbing experience under the direction of a licensed plumbing contractor;
  • Submit an original passport-sized photograph;
  • Pay the application fee
  • Submit an approved school sponsor signature and current/active plumbing license;
  • Complete the Personal Background Section of the application;
  • Submit the Application Affirmation Section, signed and dated.

When it comes to payment for this license, the application fees for a contractor license consist of:

  • $50 for the exam;
  • $50 for an odd year issuance;
  • $100 for an even year issuance;
  • $50 renewal fee every 2 years.

You can get a temporary contractor’s license for $25.

Plumbing Contractor Exam

This is the exam that has to be taken if you want to become a licensed plumbing constructor and it consists of 90 questions that have to be finished within a 3-hour time limit.

  • Developed Length/Isometric Analysis: 10 questions;
  • Fixtures: 10 questions;
  • General Requirements: 9 questions;
  • Indiana Business: 14 questions;
  • Sanitary Drainage: 13 questions;
  • Storm Water Systems: 4 questions;
  • Vents: 13 questions;
  • Water Heaters: 5 questions;
  • Water Supply and Distribution: 12 questions.

The payment for this exam can be made via AMEX, Visa, Mastercard or Discover cards; or via cashier’s check, certified check, or money order mailed to:

Prov, Inc.

200 Association Drive, Suite 190

Charleston, WV 25311

You can choose the most suitable testing location for you among the following:

  • Evansville;
  • Fort Wayne;
  • Hammond;
  • Indianapolis;
  • Lafayette;
  • Muncie;
  • New Albany;
  • South Bend;
  • Terre Haute.

Indiana Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements

A journeyman is a person who works under a licensed plumbing contractor supervision and is not in charge of projects.

The requirements for becoming a journeyman plumber are:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have at least 4 years of plumbing apprenticeship experience; OR
  • Be a licensed plumber in another state;
  • Submit an original passport-sized photograph;
  • Pay the application fee (check or money order made payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency);
  • Submit an approved school sponsor signature and current/active plumbing license;
  • Complete the Personal Background Section of the application;
  • Submit the Application Affirmation Section, signed and dated.

The application fees for a journeyman license consist of:

  • $30 for the exam;
  • $15 for an odd year issuance;
  • $30 for an even year issuance;
  • $30 renewal fee every 2 years.

Plumbing Journeyman Exam

The journeyman exam has to be done within a 3-hour time limit, and it consists of 90 questions:

  • Developed Length/Isometric Analysis: 8 questions;
  • Fixtures: 10 questions;
  • General Requirements: 7 questions;
  • Indiana Business: 6 questions;
  • Sanitary Drainage: 15 questions;
  • Storm Water Systems: 6 questions;
  • Vents: 17 questions;
  • Water Heaters: 7 questions;
  • Water Supply and Distribution: 14 questions.

In case you fail the exam, you can retake it up to six more times every 2-year period, but you must wait 10 days after failing the test to reschedule.

Indiana Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements

There are some requirements that you must meet to become an apprentice plumber:

  • you must be at least 17 years old
  • have 7,600 hours of on-the-job training;
  • At least 1,900 per year for a four-year period;
  • 576 hours of school-related training;
  • 144 hours per year for a four-year period.

There are a $10 application fee and a $10 renewal fee to become an apprentice.

Plumbing Apprenticeship Programs in Indiana

ABC of Indiana Apprenticeship Trust

  • (Associated Builders & Contractors)
  • 5001 N. Shadeland Ave
  • Indianapolis, IN 46226
  • Contact:  Lisa V.
  • Telephone: 317-596-4950

Evansville Plumbers & Pipefitters Training

  • 4301 N. St. Joseph Ave.
  • Evansville, IN 47720
  • Contact: Jason Blondin
  • Telephone: 812-424-5212/ fax 812-424-5249

Indianapolis Plumbers & Steam Fitters Local 440 JATC

  • 3747 S. High School Rd.
  • Indianapolis, IN 46241
  • Contact: James M. Johnson/ David L. Posey
  • Telephone: 317-856-6426/ fax 317-856-0591

Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 166 JATC

Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee of Local 166

Ft. Wayne Plumbers & Steam Fitters JAC

  • 2930 West Ludwig Road
  • Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
  • Contact: Bret Finch
  • Telephone: 260-490-5690/ fax 260-490-5691

Mechanical Skills, Inc.

  • 3535 E. Michigan Street
  • Indianapolis, IN 46201
  • Contact: Susie McFarland
  • Telephone: 317-352-1189/fax 317-352-1867
  • Email: mechanicalskills@mechanicalskills.org

Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 210

  • 2901 E. 83rd Place
  • Merrillville, IN 46411-1931
  • Contact: Lee Culver
  • Telephone: 219-942-7224

Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 661 JAC

  • 4401 S. Eaton Ave.
  • Muncie, IN 47302
  • Contact: Jack Neal, Jr.
  • Telephone: 765-282-7344

S.E.P.H.C.C. School at Processer School of Tech.

  • 4202 Charlestown Road
  • New Albany, IN 47150
  • Contact: Anthony Phillips/Wendy
  • Telephone: 812-949-4266/812-633-4252
  • Email: email@acphillpsplumbing.com

South Bend & Vicinity Plumbers & Pipefitters JATC-Local 172

  • 4172 Ralph Jones Court
  • South Bend, IN 46628-9793
  • Contact: Broc Buczolich
  • Telephone: 547-273-0500/fax 547-273-1300

Terre Haute Plumbers & Steam Fitters JAC Local 157

  • 8707 E. Milner Ave.
  • Terre Haute, IN 47803-9796
  • Contact: Rich Cheever Telephone: 812-877-1736 /812-877-4552

Local 392 JATC

  • 1300 Century Circle
  • Cincinnati, OH 45246
  • Contact:  Jerry Beck
  • Telephone:  513-671-5282/ fax 513-671-5233
  • Email: jerry@jatc392.com

Plumbing Trade Schools in Indiana

The Indiana Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association,

  • Ft. Wayne Area
  • 4-year Plumbing
  • Cost: $1260 for year (PHCC members);
  • $2520 for a year (non-members)
  • Contact: Sherry Elward
  • PO Box 8414
  • Ft. Wayne, IN 46898
  • (260) 410-5163
  • fwaphcc@gmail.com

South Central Chapter

  • (Jasper & Surrounding Area)
  • 4-year Plumbing
  • Cost: $350/semester (members)
  • $700/semester (non-members)
  • Books not included
  • Contact: Beth Gudorf
  • 602 E 16th St
  • Jasper, IN 47546
  • (812) 630-1729
  • gudie@psci.net

Mechanical Skills Inc.

  • (Indianapolis & Surrounding Area)
  • 4-year Plumbing
  • Cost: $725/semester (member)
  • $1125/semester (non-member)
  • 3535 E Michigan St
  • Indianapolis, IN 46201
  • (317) 352-1189
  • mechanicalskills@mechanicalskills.org

Southeastern Chapter

  • (New Albany/Charlestown/Jeffersonville Area)
  • 4-year Plumbing
  • Cost: $250/semester (member); Book & Shop fees extra
  • $450/semester (non-member); Book & shop fees extra
  • Contact: Tony Phillips
  • A.C. Phillips Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
  • PO Box 158
  • 129 W Main St
  • Milltown, IN 47145
  • (812) 633-4252
  • info@acphillipsplumbing.com

North Central Chapter

  • (South Bend/Elkhart & Surrounding Area)
  • 4-year Plumbing and HVAC
  • Cost: Plumbing – $1200/year (member) $1970/year (non-member)
  • HVAC – Offered by the Elkhart Career Center
  • Contact: Nickey Shively
  • PHCC-NCIA
  • PO Box 474
  • Plymouth, IN 46563
  • (574) 941-4473
  • phcc@phcc-ncia.com

Southwestern Chapter

  • (Evansville & Surrounding Area)
  • 4-year Plumbing and HVAC
  • Cost: $1200/semester (non-active member);
  • $375/semester (active member)
  • Contact: Becky Kamp
  • PO Box 3554 (47734)
  • 14621 McCutchan Rd (47725)
  • Evansville, IN
  • (812) 459-4536
  • rlkamp2010@aol.com

Northwest Chapter

  • (Highland/Merrillville & Surrounding Area)
  • Type: 4-year Plumbing
  • Cost: $800/semester
  • Contact: Clint Mann
  • Northwest IN PHCC Chapter
  • 9478 Calumet Ave
  • Munster, IN 46321
  • (219)677-6965
  • mmp10974@gmail.com

St. Joe Valley

  • (South Bend & Surrounding Area)
  • Type: 5-year Commercial and Residential
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting (Union Shop)
  • Contact: Broc Buczolich
  • Apprentice Coordinator
  • bbuczolich@ua172.org
  • website link: www.UA172.org
  • (219) 273-0500

Salary

The average Plumber salary in Indiana is $56,062.

Annual Salary Range:

$48K
$56K
$64K

Average Salary of Plumbers in Indiana

City NameSalary
Indianapolis$56,054
Fort Wayne$53,532
Evansville$54,235
South Bend$53,640
Gary$57,152
Hammond$557,152
Bloomington$52,857
Muncie$52,929
Anderson$53,135
Terre Haute$52,682
* Salary information last updated 2020 

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