How to Become a Plumber in New Hampshire

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Individuals in New Hampshire who want to start doing a job with high security and competitive pay should think about becoming licensed plumbing contractors.

According to the statistics, plumbing job opportunities will grow 14%, which is considered much faster than other fields, thus ensuring job availability.

Prospective plumbers must follow New Hampshire’s licensing procedures, related to apprentice, journeyman, and master plumbers license.

If you wonder how New Hampshire handles plumbing contractor licensing, we offer you this guide which will provide all the information you need to get started on this career path.

New Hampshire Plumbing License Reciprocity

All those people who are already licensed as a plumbing contractor in another state, but want to work in New Hampshire would not be glad to hear that there are no license reciprocity agreements with other states.

If you are a journeyman or master plumber in another state, you will need to take the test and fill out an application packet to be able to get the license.

New Hampshire Master Plumbing License Requirements

To become a master plumber you must be a journeyman for at least six months and pass a plumbing master exam and once you become, you will be a professional who is allowed to hire or employ a person to do plumbing work.

First, you need to meet the criteria to become a master plumber, complete the application, and submit the following:

  • A $310 fee, payable by check to “State of NH – Treasury”;
  • 2” x 2” photograph of yourself
  • State-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or photocopy of your current passport;
  • Your and your employer’s contact information;
  • Any out-of-state license you already have
  • Copy of your current New Hampshire journeyman plumber license;
  • A letter signed by a master plumber attesting to the fact you worked under them and that you are competent to become a journeyman.

New Hampshire Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements

A journeyman plumber is a person who performs the work of installing plumbing and drainage under the direction of a Master Plumber.”

So as to reach this level, you must be at least 18 years old, have completed a four-year apprenticeship, have passed the plumbing journeyman exam, and submit an application.

To get a New Hampshire Journeyman Plumber License, you will need the following:

  •  a $190 fee, payable by check to “State of NH – Treasury”;
  • 2” x 2” photograph
  • State-issued ID, a driver’s license or photocopy of your current passport;
  • Both your and your employer’s contact information;
  • Any out-of-state license
  • Copy of your apprentice ID card;
  • A letter signed by a master plumber attesting to the fact you worked under them and that you are competent to become a journeyman;
  • Copy of your apprenticeship completion certificate.

Plumbing Journeyman Exam

There is a requirement that applicants must complete the journeyman exam before submitting an application to become a journeyman.

There are two testing organizations in New Hampshire that are approved by the state to administer the plumbing journeyman exam:

  • New Hampshire Gasfitters Plumbing Exams with its testing centers in Manchester and Hampton. You can apply to take the exam by calling (978) 338-6252 or register online.
  • Prov, Inc. with seven testing centers in New Hampshire. You can call at (866) 720-7768 to apply or register online.

To be considered successful on this test, you are expected to score 70% or higher.

The exam cannot be completed online, so you need to go to one of the testing centers and bring the following items with you when you come on a testing day:

  • A government-issued photo Identification
  • A copy of the certification of completion for your apprenticeship program (for Journeyman exam)
  • Proof of a current valid license not less than six (6) months old
  • A letter of reference from the sponsoring Master Plumber
  • A calculator that is not part of a phone

Journeyman and Master Plumber’s exam fee is $125 and you can expect the following  with the New Hampshire plumbing exams:

  • 100 multiple-choice & true/false questions based on the following subjects:
    • Scope & Administration
    • Plumbing Fundamentals
    • Fixture & Appurtenances
    • Water Distribution
    • Drainage Requirements
    • Venting Requirements
    • Traps, Cleanouts, & Interceptors
    • Mathematical Calculations
  • 3-hour time limit
  • 75%  score to pass

Even though it is an open-book exam, you should not bring any books with you, as you will be given one on the spot.

New Hampshire Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements

The first step towards becoming a plumbing contractor in New Hampshire is an apprenticeship.

Those who already have previous training or on-the-job work experience may be able to get apprenticeship credit.

However, it is required that experience must be documented, and an affidavit for proof of appropriate field experience must be included with your application

Additionally, you need to provide transcripts showing any previous education in plumbing, with your apprenticeship application.

Those people without experience in the field will get started with a four-year apprenticeship with any plumbing employer who has Standards of Apprenticeship on file with the state.

It is good to mention that you can only participate in such a program once you have completed the application packet to become an apprentice.

You will receive an apprentice ID card and begin accruing experience hours that will count toward the requirements to become a journeyman.

To apply, you will need:

  • To pay a $90 fee, payable by check to “State of NH – Treasury”;
  • 2” x 2” photograph of yourself with no hat or sunglasses;
  • State-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or photocopy of your current passport;
  • Both your and your employer’s contact information.

New Hampshire Plumbing Apprentice Jobs

New Hampshire Department of Education – Evening Apprentice Programs
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3494

New Hampshire Plumbers & Pipefitters UA Local 131
161 Londonderry Turnpike
Hooksett, NH 03106
(603) 669-7516

Plumbing Trade Schools in New Hampshire

Another way to learn the basics of plumbing is to enroll in a local trade school and we offer you some of the most prominent ones to choose from:

Granite State Trade School – Plumbing Apprentice Program
42 Old Manchester Road
Raymond, NH 03077
(603) 895-4444
This is a for-profit trade school. The program costs $1,700.

The New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades

Hampton
109 Towle Farm Rd Hampton, NH 03842
(603) 622-6544

7 Perimeter Rd
Manchester, NH 03103

Salary

The average Plumber salary in New Hampshire is $ 58,343 and with this median pay per year, you will earn enough to make a good living.

Annual Salary Range:

$50K
$58K
$66K

Average Salary of Plumbers in New Hampshire

City NameSalary
Manchester$60,700
Nashua$62,310
Concord$59,321
Derry$61,438
Rochester$58,619
Salem$60,930
Dover$58,861
Merrimack$62,310
Londonderry$62,310
Hudson$62,310
* Salary information last updated 2020

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