How to Become a Plumber in Oklahoma

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To become a plumber in Oklahoma, an individual has to begin the process with an apprenticeship, then move to a journeyman level, and finally, becoming a plumbing contractor.

In becoming a plumber in Oklahoma, you are certified by the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board.

Oklahoma Plumbing License Reciprocity

It is worth noting that Oklahoma has plumbing license reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Wyoming

Still, you must hold a license for at least one year before you are eligible to reciprocate.

The process consists of filling out the Reciprocal Journeyman License Application and paying the application fee of $330 for a plumbing contractor, and $75 for a plumbing journeyman.

The fee must be made payable to the Construction Industries Board, or CIB and with the completed application should be sent to:

Construction Industries Board
2401 NW 23rd, Suite 2f
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Oklahoma Plumbing Contractor and Journeyman License Requirements

A plumbing contractor is the highest-ranking licensed plumber in Oklahoma.

Applicants for a contracting license must meet the same requirements as a journeyman in addition to having one further year of plumbing experience.

The journeyman requirements are as follows:

  • an applicant must be 18 years of age or older;
  • an applicant must have three years of plumbing experience while being employed by a licensed plumbing contractor, or,
  • an applicant must have an equivalent and verifiable three years of experience in the plumbing trade while serving in the U.S. military, or,
  • an applicant must have a verifiable out-of-state plumbing license that is both current and in good standing.

The following education experiences may be substituted for a portion of the experience requirements:

  • For a two-year substitution – An associate degree or Career Tech Diploma that certifies the completion of a plumbing educational program that is, a minimum of 1,000 classroom hours, approved by the committee.
  • For a one-year substitution – A Career Tech diploma that certifies the completion of an educational program that is, a minimum of 500 classroom hours, approved by the committee.

So as to be able to get the license, both contractor and journeyman applicants must submit a Plumbing Application that includes an application for the plumbing examination.

 The application processing fees are:

  • Plumbing contractor – $330
  • Plumbing journeyman – $75

The fees must be made payable to the Construction Industries Board (CIB), and submitted to:

Construction Industries Board
2401 NW 23rd, Suite 2f
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

If they pass the examination, those seeking contracting licenses must additionally submit proof of a $5,000 Corporate Surety Bond made payable to the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board, as well as a certificate of insurance with a minimum of $50,000 in general liability insurance.

Plumbing Exam

Applicants for a plumbing contractor license must pass both portions of the contractor’s exam, the business, and the law section.

The exam is proctored by PSI Exams Online and you must score a minimum of 75% on every applicable section of the exam to pass the exam.

These are the subjects that you can expect to have on the exam, so you can prepare yourself well.

Plumbing Practical Exam

  • Administration, Scope and Intent/Purpose
  • Definitions and Symbols
  • Plumbing Math
  • General Regulations
  • Fixtures, Faucets, and Fixture Fittings
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • Sanitary Drainage
  • Indirect and Special Waste
  • Vents
  • Traps, Interceptors, and Separators
  • Storm Drainage
  • Nonpotable Water Systems
  • Subsurface Landscape Irrigation Systems
  • Isometrics
  • Private Sewage Systems
  • International Fuel Gas Code
  • Hands-On Practical Application

Business & Law

  • Estimating and Bidding
  • Project Management
  • Contracts
  • Business Organization
  • Financial Management
  • Labor Law
  • Risk Management
  • Tax Law
  • Safety Recordkeeping
  • Licensing
  • Lien Law
  • OSHA

Oklahoma Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements

Your career path towards becoming a licensed contractor starts with an apprenticeship and those seeking to complete an apprenticeship must be 14 years of age or older and have verification of lawful presence in the U.S.

An apprentice will get on-the-job training with a licensed contractor.

What he/she has to do is to be registered by the state by annually paying fees and filling out an Apprentice Application to receive their valid apprentice card.

The application fee of $25 dollars must be made payable to the Construction Industries Board (CIB), and followed by the application should be submitted to:

Construction Industries Board
2401 NW 23rd, Suite 2f
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

They can make use of union apprenticeships which may be found with the following:

Another way of becoming an apprentice is to seek a nonunion apprenticeship.

You can search job boards such as Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, and ZipRecruiter, SimplyHired, using the keywords “Oklahoma Plumber apprentice jobs.”

Whichever job you decide to choose for your plumbing apprenticeship, we suggest that you make sure that the company is appropriately licensed.

Plumbing Trade Schools in Oklahoma

It is important to attend the schools and courses which are approved by the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board Plumbing Committee and they are the following: 

Autry Technology Center

1201 West willow
Enid, Oklahoma 73703;

Contact: (503) 242-2750;

Associated Builders and Contractors

1915 N. Yellowood Ave.
Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Contact: (918) 254-8707

info@abcokla.org

Mid-Del Technology Center

1621 Maple Dr
Midwest City, OK 73110

Contact: (405) 739-1707

Tulsa Technology –  for both high school and adult students in 14 school districts.

Oklahoma Professional License Search

The Construction Industries Board offers verification of Licensees which is designed to allow apprenticeship applicants to determine and make sure that the prospective employer is licensed and that the license is active at that particular moment.

You can search for licensed individuals or companies using the first and last name, business name, license number, and trade.

Salary

Various levels of education and experience may affect the salary of a plumber in Oklahoma.

Apprentices get the lowest amount of money for their work, as they do the job under the supervision of a contractor or journeyman plumber and at the same time, learn the trade and get the needed experience.

The highest paying level is definitely that of a contractor plumber, as he/she can own a company, have his/her own workers, and make contracts.

The average Plumber salary in Oklahoma is $ 54,032.

The higher level you reach, the more flexibility and higher salaries you will have.

Annual Salary Range:

$46K
$54K
$61K

Average Salary of Plumbers in Oklahoma

City NameSalary
Oklahoma City$54,509
Tulsa$55,147
Norman$54,164
Broken Arrow$54,975
Lawton$48,916
Edmond$54,337
Enid$53,992
Mooreland$51,109
Stillwater$53,992
Muskogee$54,630
* Salary information last updated 2020

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