How to Become a Plumber in Missouri

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Each city in the State of Missouri with a population of fifteen thousand or more prescribes rules and regulations for the material, construction, and inspection of all plumbing and sewerage placed in.

A statewide licensing body in the state of Missouri for general contractors or plumbers does not exist, so to become a plumber in Missouri, you will need to seek out licensure at your local city or county level.

It is good to get acquainted with regulations and requirements for the city you plan to work in.

We are offering you the ways of obtaining your journeyman or master’s plumbing license, professional training in the cities of Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri.

Kansas City Plumbing License Reciprocity

There is no data about license reciprocity on the City of Kansas City website.

Kansas City Master Plumbing License Requirements

To become a master plumber in Kansas City, you will need to:

  • Applicants shall be at least twenty-five years of age
  • Have three years or more experience as a licensed journeyman plumber.
  • Submit an application for contractor license;
  • Pay application and licensing fees;
  • Possess the ability to direct other persons in the installation of plumbing and drainage.
  • Be skilled in planning, designing, and installing plumbing and drainage facilities.
  • Submit two notarized letters of reference from licensed or certified plumbing professionals;
  • Complete two years of installation plumbing experience and three years of trade work — at least one of those years being as a licensed journeyman;
  • Earn a 70% or higher on the master plumbing with a gas exam, administered by Prometric of Kansas City.

Kansas City Journeyman Plumber License Requirements

To gain a journeyman plumber certificate of qualification, you will need to:

  • Be 21 years of age in possession of a high school diploma or GED;
  • Submit an application for certification qualification;
  • Applicants shall have had at least five years’ experience as an apprentice under the direction and supervision of a licensed master plumber.
  • The applicant shall have practical knowledge of plumbing
  • He/she has to be skilled in the art of installing plumbing and drainage facilities.
  • Pay application and licensing fees;
  • Submit two notarized reference letters by licensed or certified professionals in the plumbing trade that verify you have at least two years of installation plumbing experience;
  • Pass the required exam with 70% or higher.

Kansas City Plumbing Journeyman Exam

So as to get the journeyman license in Kansas City, you need to sit and pass the required exam for a journeyman certificate of qualification in Kansas City, that is the journeyman plumbing with a gas examination, administered by Prometric.

You can visit the Prometric website to register for and schedule your exam and upon finishing the exam, you must pass the test with a 70% or above to become eligible for certification.

Kansas City Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements

In Kansas City, an apprenticeship does not need to become a journeyman.

However, if you are an applicant for the journeyman’s certificate of qualification, you will need two years of installation plumbing experience.

You can achieve this as part of an apprenticeship program, an accredited vocational program, or as after-graduate work through the city employment portal.

Plumbing Trade Schools in Kansas City

Pipefitters Training Center
9876 Hickman Mills Dr,
Kansas City, MO 64137
(816) 761-8800

Plumbers Local 8
5950 Manchester Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64130
(816) 363-8888

St. Louis Plumbing License Reciprocity

It is worth mentioning that St Louis does offer license by reciprocity for a previously licensed journeyman or master plumbers.

To be eligible for licensure by reciprocity in St. Louis you will need the following:

  • A copy of any/all active licenses if you possess more than one;
  • A signed and notarized letter from any current or former relevant employers verifying your work experience meets the county requirements.

St. Louis Master Plumber License

Aspiring master plumbers in St Louis County will need to:

  • Submit an application for examination;
  • Pay applicable licensing and application fees;
  • Submit a signed and notarized letter from your current or former employer verifying dates of relevant work experience.

St. Louis Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements

Aspiring plumbing journeymen in St. Louis will need to apply for licensure by examination upon graduation from their training program or apprenticeship.

To register for your journeyman license, future plumbers will need to:

  • Register at the Office of Plumbing and Sewer Inspection;
  • Pay all applicable fees;
  • Take and pass the journeyman exam set by the county.

St. Louis Plumbing Journeyman Exam

If you meet the requirements set by the city and you are ready to take the journeyman plumbing exam, you must complete the following:

  • Submit an application for examination;
  • Pay the examination fees;
  • Submit verification of apprenticeship.

The St. Louis County Missouri Board of Plumber & Drainlayer Examiners will review and approve your application and you will be sent an examination packet with instructions for your selected testing agency.

You have seven months’ time from the date listed on your examination packet to pass the exam.

St. Louis Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements

Future apprentices in St. Louis will need to fill out an apprentice plumber registration form to work as a registered plumber’s apprentice in St. Louis.

 The registration process  involves  the following:

  • Payment of a one-time registration fee of $10;
  • Mandatory attendance of a Board of Plumber & Drainlayer Examiners meeting;
  • A signed letter of employment/apprenticeship confirmation by a master plumber.

Plumbing Trade Schools in St. Louis

Trade-school or vocational training is required for all levels of trade work in St. Louis and we have to offer some of the most prominent schools to choose from in the city:

UA Local 562 Plumbers & Pipefitters Training Center
1084 Kenran Industrial Dr,
St. Louis, MO 63137
(314) 388-0722

Ranken Technical College
4431 Finney Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63113
(314) 371-0236

Salary

When the salary is in question, you cannot expect to get the exact data about how much plumber’s work is paid.

However, the statistics show that less experienced plumbers earn lower salaries than those more experienced ones and those with higher-level qualifications and licensure.

The salary will vary from city to city, depending on the development of a particular region and the need for qualified professionals.

The average Plumber salary in Missouri is $54,780.

Annual Salary Range:

$47K
$54K
$62K

Average Salary of Plumbers in Missouri

City NameSalary
Kansas City$56,429
St. Louis$56,596
Springfield$55,488
Independence$56,368
Columbia$55,987
Lee's Summit$56,215
St. Joseph$55,893
St. Charles$56,290
St. Peter$56,167
Florissant$56,504
* Salary information last updated 2020

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