How to Become a Plumber in Kansas

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Unlike the majority of states, plumbers are not required to have a license in order to work in Kansas.

However, those in the field are required to obtain a local license depending on the city in which they work/plan to work.

The first step is applying for an apprenticeship, and those prospective plumbers will need a high school diploma or GED to enter this level of education.

Individuals can attend vocational/technical training courses.

To be eligible for a plumbing license, one must meet the requirements of their local government.

In this article, we will cover the requirements for the following Kansas cities: Overland Park, Wichita, and Topeka.

Kansas Plumbing License Reciprocity

Kansas does not have any reciprocity agreement with any other state meaning that your license reached in another state will not enable you to work in Kansas.

Overland Park/Johnson County: Becoming a Class DP Plumbing Contractor

Those who want to reach the Class DP Plumbing Contractor license must turn in original, signed, and completed application form.

It has to be submitted at or mailed to the following location:

Board of County Commissioners Johnson County
Kansas c/o Contractor Licensing
111 South Cherry Street, Room 1000
Olathe, Kansas 66061-3486;

Furthermore, they need to pay the one-time $100 application fee along with a $225 license fee, provide proof of General Liability and Worker’s Compensation insurance and have an established qualifying individual that possesses one of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in architecture, engineering, construction science, or construction management from an ABET or ACCE accredited program.
  • A certified test score of 75% or higher, on a standard examination as approved by the Contractor License Review Board;
  • Documentation of the qualifying individual’s experience;
  • Qualifying individual and company owners are confirmed with a government-issued photo I.D.;

Topeka: Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements

In Topeka, the apprenticeship is followed by the journeyman level and applicants can apply for a journeyman license, thus reaching a possibility to work as a fully qualified employee.

Journeyman applicants in Topeka and Shawnee County must do the following:

  • Fill out an application;
  • Pay an application fee of $53;
  • Show proof of receiving a passing score of 75% or higher from an accredited testing agency;

Those who have received a certificate from the International Code Council (ICC) must provide proof of time in trade and of passing the ICC exam.

Wichita: Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements

The residents of Sedgwick County who have completed their apprenticeship can apply for their journeyman license.

This is possible only upon completion of the following requirements:

  • One year of field experience and one year of a plumbing trade school or two years of field experience and; 75% or higher on the ICC or IAPMO exam.
  • Completion of the application;
  • Pay an application fee of $35;
  • Provide a copy of your test results;
  • If applicable, bring a copy of your trade school transcripts;
  • Proof of field experience/apprenticeship.

Kansas Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements

If you are an apprenticeship applicant who starts his/her journey towards higher-level licensure in plumbing, you are highly encouraged to visit the local Workforce Center during the application period to fill out the application.

It is important to have in mind that you need to bring the requirements with you when you go to fill out the application:

  • A valid Class C driver’s license;
  • A copy of your high school diploma or GED with a certified sealed (unopened) copy of your transcripts;
  • A copy of your birth certificate, proof of citizenship, or legal work status;
  • Complete a Workkeys test, for which you must make an appointment ahead of time (given at Workforce Centers and may take two to four hours to complete);
  • Be able to pass a drug screen.

Once your application is reviewed, you will be sent a certified letter specifying the date and time of your interview.

Also, you will receive a second letter providing you with your rank among the pool of other interviewees — the lower your number, the better your chances of getting an apprenticeship.

Kansas Plumbing Apprentice Jobs

We always suggest using online resources, such as Indeed.com, that can be really helpful to young people looking for an apprenticeship.

It is very important to ensure you find an apprenticeship that best fits your needs and here are some examples: 

Plumbing Trade Schools in Kansas

Here is a list of a few of the plumbing trade schools in Kansas:

Johnson County Community College:
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210

There are multiple factors to take into consideration when calculating the total tuition for JCCC, but you can always make use of payment plans.

North Central Kansas Technical College:
Beloit Campus
PO Box 507
3033 US HWY 24
Beloit, Kansas 67420Hays Campus
2205 Wheatland Ave.

When tuition is in question, it is worth mentioning that on-campus classes are $132 per credit hour for technical courses, plus $27 per credit hour for technology, resource, parking, and security fees.

Online courses are $129 per credit hour plus $24 per credit technology fee.

Concurrent classes are $112 per credit hour.

Kansas Professional License Search

There are different websites for the three above mentioned areas which you can use to look for licensed plumbing contractors.

You can visit Johnson County’s online contractor licensing search system to find plumbing contractors in this area, while Topeka plumbing contractors can be found on the City of Topeka’s licensed contractor’s list.

Also, you can utilize the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department to find plumbing contractors in the Sedgwick County area.

Insurance for Plumbers in Kansas

You need general liability insurance to work as a plumber in Kansas.

Furthermore, it is good to know that the state also requires contracting businesses to have workers’ compensation insurance.

This means that you must pay into the state’s unemployment fund if you hire employees.

Salary

Kansas plumbers earning is an average of $19.64 per hour.

However, those more experienced plumbers can earn $25 to $30 an hour.

The amount of money earned depends a lot on your level of education, working hours, the difficulty of tasks that you can manage to do, etc.

The average Plumber salary in Kansas is $54,455.

Annual Salary Range:

$47K
$54K
$62K

Average Salary of Plumbers in Kansas

City NameSalary
Wichita$55,259
Overland Park$56,159
Kansas City$56,332
Topeka$53,646
Olathe$56,006
Lawrence$54,511
Shawnee$56,159
Salina$54,685
Manhattan$53,072
Hutchinson$54,685
* Salary information last updated 2020

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