How to Become a Plumber in Ohio

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In the state of Ohio, there are no statewide licensing requirements for general or residential plumbers, but the licensure occurs at the local level.

Commercial plumbers must be licensed by the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB) before they can work as plumbers.

Ohio Plumbing License Reciprocity

It is worth mentioning that, according to the Ohio Division of Industrial Compliance, the state of Ohio maintains reciprocity agreements for plumbers with the following three states:

  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

This means that individuals already licensed in one of these states can begin working as plumbers in Ohio, or vice versa.

Ohio Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements

To begin the application process for a journeyman license in Ohio, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States;
  • Never have been convicted of a crime or offense that prohibits licensure;
  • Meet one of the following requirements:
  • Work as a plumber for at least five years immediately prior to filing your licensing application;
  • Work as a registered engineer in the state of Ohio in the construction of plumbing industry for at least three years immediately prior to filing your licensing application;
  • Or have an acceptable amount of other experience as decided by the OCILB;
  • Carry contractor liability coverage worth at least $500,000;
  • And pay all applicable fees.

There are certain requirements set by the OCILB that each applicant has to meet in order to apply for a plumbing contractor license.

First, applicants must be approved by the OCILB to take the licensure exam.

If they get the approval, they must take and pass the exam, and only then they will be issued a license.

The application form needs to be completely filled out, notarized, and free or errors before submission.

Additionally, they must successfully pass both a federal and state background check.

It is worth noting that applicants must mail your completed test application packet, results from your background check, and a check or money order for $25 made out to “Treasurer State of Ohio” to this address:

Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Industrial Compliance
Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB)
6606 Tussing Road
P.O. Box 4009
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-9009

Only upon approval of their application, they can take the plumbing licensure exam.

Once you get your license, you must renew it annually by paying the $60 renewal fee and reaching continuing education.

The renewal process can be done online, at the Ohio Department of Commerce Online Licensing website, for either four hours annually or twelve hours every three years.

The license requirements in various cities in Ohio

Cincinnati

All plumbers must register with the city before beginning work by completing the Contractor Registration Checklist and paying the $130 registration fee.

They should send the application materials to:

Permit Center
Contractor Registration
805 Central Ave., Suite 500
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Columbus

Plumbers must be registered before they can begin work, by submitting a separate application to the city and paying a non-refundable $185 application fee to:

Contractor Registration
City of Columbus
Department of Building and Zoning Services
111 N Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Application instructions can be found on the Contractor Licensing/Registration section of the City of Columbus website.

Dayton

A city-issued license is obligatory to work as a plumber in Dayton, Ohio.

To get it, you must complete the Journeyman Plumber License Examination Application or already possess a city-issued license from another locality in Ohio.

You will have to sit another licensing exam in Dayton.

Toledo

A locally-issued license is obligatory before plumbers can begin work.

You must complete an application to take the local plumbing contractor exam to receive your license and pay a $100 application fee when you submit your application materials to the city.

Plumbing Journeyman Exam

All contractor license classifications must take the Business and Law exam in addition to any required trade-specific exam.

Business and Law Exam

  • 2 Questions – Business Org
  • 3 Questions – Licensing
  • 8 Questions – Estimating and Bidding
  • 5 Questions – Contract Management
  • 4 Questions – Project Management
  • 5 Questions – Insurance and Bonding
  • 5 Questions – OSHA Record Keeping and Safety
  • 5 Questions – Personnel Regulations
  • 6 Questions – Financial Management
  • 5 Questions – Tax Laws
  • 2 Questions – Lien Laws
  • 5 Questions – Pretest Items

Plumbing Contractor Exam

  • 8 Questions – General Knowledge
  • 20 Questions – General Regulations
  • 6 Questions – Plumbing Fixtures
  • 10 Questions – Water Supply Systems
  • 24 Questions – Drainage, Waste, and Sanitary Vents
  • 3 Questions – Indirect Wastes
  • 4 Questions – Roof Drain Piping
  • 5 Questions – Specialty Plumbing
  • 20 Questions – Isometric Analysis
  • 1 Question – Pretest Item

We need to mention things that you should bring to the Ohio plumber exam:

  • State-issued driver’s license
  • A state-issued identification card
  • US Government Issued Passport
  • US Government Issued Military Identification Card
  • US Government Issued Alien Registration Card
  • Canadian Government Issued ID
  • Credit Card (must be signed)
  • Social Security Card
  • US-issued Birth Certificate with Raised Seal
  • A non-programmable silent calculator that does not have printing capabilities or an alphabet keyboard.

When it comes to books that you should bring, they are the following:

  • Ohio Plumbing Code, 2017, International Code Council
  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2015, International Code Council
  • Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters, 8th Edition, 2013
  • Modern Plumbing, 7th Edition, 2010, Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc

Locations, where the exam can be taken, are the following, so you can choose the nearest one and the most suitable for you:

  • Akron
    Bryden Center
    1815 West Market Street, Suite 101
    Akron, OH 44313
  • Cambridge
    1300 Clark Street, Suite #4
    Cambridge, OH 43725
  • Cincinnati
    4000 Executive Park Dr., Suite 105
    Cincinnati, OH 45241
  • Cleveland
    7029 Pearl Rd, Suite 320
    Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
  • Columbus North
    6397 Emerald Pkwy, Suite 150
    Dublin, OH 43017
  • Columbus South
    6431 Alum Creek Dr., Suite I
    Groveport, OH 43125
  • Toledo
    1446 S. Reynolds Road, Suite 201
    Maumee, OH 43537
  • Troy
    1100 Wayne Street, Suite 3330
    Troy, OH 45373

Ohio Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements

Future plumbers are not required to become an apprentice before working as either a general or commercial plumber in Ohio.

However, there are those who want to become an apprentice, so they must apply directly to a registered ApprenticeOhio program.

Plumbing Trade Schools in Ohio

Ashland County West-Holmes Career Center – Ashland

Tuition & Costs: Must contact for more information

Contact Information: (419)-289-3313

1783 St. Rt. 60, Ashland, Ohio 44805

Columbus State Community College – Columbus and Delaware

Tuition & Costs: $4,738 per year

Contact Information:

Columbus: (614)-287-5353

550 East Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215

information@cscc.edu

Delaware:(740)-203-8345

5100 Cornerstone Dr., Delaware, OH 43015

delaware@cscc.edu

Cuyahoga Community College – Cleaveland

Tuition & Costs: $144.08 per credit hour

Contact Information: (216)-987-6000

700 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Owens Community College – Findlay and Toledo

Tuition & Costs: $152.50 per credit hour

Contact Information:

Findlay: (567)-429-3500

3200 Bright Road, Findlay, OH 45840

Toledo: (567)-661-7000

30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551

Salary

The average Plumber salary in Ohio is $ 56,125.

Annual Salary Range:

$48K
$56K
$64K

Average Salary of Plumbers in Ohio

City NameSalary
Columbus$56,533
Cleveland$57,031
Cincinnati$56,211
Toledo$55,584
Akron$55,188
Dayton$55,877
Youngstown$54,492
Canton$54,895
Lorain$55,969
Portsmouth$52,480
* Salary information last updated 2020

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