How to Become a Plumber in South Dakota

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In the state of South Dakota, a plumber’s license is administered through a branch of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, but the only way of getting it is by meeting the requirements of the South Dakota Plumbing Commission.

The process of obtaining your plumbing license in South Dakota will include on-the-job experience, training, and taking exams.

South Dakota Plumbing License Reciprocity

The South Dakota Plumbing Commission has reciprocal agreements with other states is a required fee is paid and if a person currently holds a license that the South Dakota Plumbing Commission deems comparable to that of a South Dakota plumbers license.

The states whose licenses are recognized as equivalent to the South Dakota Plumbing Commission plumbing licenses include:

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Montana
  • Colorado

South Dakota Plumbing Contractor License Requirements

Those individuals who want to get a plumbing contractor license in South Dakota have to meet the following set of requirements:

  • Have six years experience as a plumbing contractor, plumber, or plumber’s apprentice with at least two of those years as a plumbing contractor or plumber.
  • Have spent at least 1,900 hours per year during these six years as a plumbing contractor, plumber, or plumber’s apprentice.
  • Complete a Contractor Plumber Application
  • Pay the $375 non-refundable application processing fee
  • Accompany their application with written statements from present and previous employers which must state dates of employment, a number of hours worked during employment; and the type of work performed during employment.
  • Pass the South Dakota plumber exam.

South Dakota Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements

The first step is to complete the plumbing application which will require information on the dates of your previous employment, the number of hours worked during this employment, the work you performed during your employment.

So as to be able to get a journeyman license, applicants must have obtained an apprentice’s license and must spend at least 1,900 hours per year working as an apprentice for the four years.

So as to be able to get your journeyman license you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Meet state requirements
  • Have four years of experience as an apprentice plumber.
  • Have spent at least 1,900 hours per year during these four years as an apprentice. Credit for military plumbing is given at the rate of one year credit for every two years in the military up to a maximum of five years of credit.
  • Complete a Journeyman Plumber Application
  • Pay the $205 non-refundable application processing fee
  • Accompany your application with written statements from present and previous employers which must state dates of employment, a number of hours worked during employment, and the work performed during employment.
  • Pass the South Dakota plumber exam.

Plumbing Exams

You need to prepare for the South Dakota plumber exam and the subjects you need to focus on are mentioned below:

  • Administration
  • Definitions
  • General Regulations
  • Plumbing Math
  • Fixtures, Faucets, and Fixture Fittings
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • Sanitary Drainage
  • Indirect and Special Waste
  • Vents
  • Traps, Interceptors, and Separators
  • Storm Drainage
  • Appendices
  • Hands-On Practical Application

The locations where you can sit for an exam to become a licensed journeyman in South Dakota are Pierre, Sioux Falls, and Rapid City, SD.

Exams have to be scheduled and paid for through the South Dakota Plumbing Commission’s online licensing and payment system.

The renewal of South Dakota plumbing license

The Plumbing Commission sends out renewal notices at the end of September each year and license has to be renewed so as to remain active.

These are the steps that licensed plumbers must take:

  • Complete the required 4-hours continuing education
  • pay  the renewal fee by sending in check or money order with their statements or they  can go to http://plumbing.sd.gov and then to Online payments option, set up an account and pay online
  • Provide proof of your continuing education.

The renewal fees for South Dakota plumbing licenses are:

  • Plumbing contractor $275;
  • Journeyman plumber $105;
  • Restricted Plumbing Contractor $110,
  • Restricted Journeyman Plumber $55,
  • Apprentice plumbers (3rd year) $10.

South Dakota Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements

Even though a plumber’s apprentice license application is very similar to a journeyman one, as they are the same form, there is a slight difference between these two.

To get your apprentice’s license, you will need to show proof that you have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Two years (3,800 hours) of experience, learning, and assistance in installing, altering, and the repair of plumbing under the supervision of a plumbing contractor.
  • Pass a state-administered examination.

Apprentices will be allowed to work without supervision during their third and fourth years, but only on single-family dwellings and after they have passed a state-administered test.

South Dakota Plumbing Apprentice Jobs

If you are looking to become a plumbing apprentice in South Dakota, but you do not know how to find an appropriate employer, we suggest that you regularly check the following job boards:

Furthermore, you can take advantage of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation website which also offers multiple places to register as an apprentice for workers and businesses.

When choosing where to start your apprenticeship, it is very important that you first look up and verify a plumber’s license to make sure that the employer is licensed and that the license is active.

In South Dakota, you can easily do this by visiting the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation’s licensee roster database provided by the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions.

The same tool can be used if you want to hire a plumber to solve some of your issues.

Plumbing Trade Schools in South Dakota

We offer you four primary places in South Dakota where plumbers can go to start their plumbing apprenticeships:

Midwestern Mechanical Rapid, Inc.
1865 Samco Rd.
Rapid City, SD 57702
605-250-0477

Krohmer Plumbing – Michell, SD
401 South Ohlman
Michell, SD 57301
605-996-2752

Krohmer Plumbing – Sioux Falls, SD
3505 N. 1st Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
605-275-0077

Western Dakota Tech
800 Mickelson Dr
Rapid City SD 57703
605-718-2565

Salary

When compared to some other states, the salary of plumbers in South Dakota is quite lower, as the maximum amount of money that they can get per year is just $56293.

The average Plumber salary in South Dakota is $ 49204.

Annual Salary Range:

$42K
$49K
$56K

Average Salary of Plumbers in South Dakota

City NameSalary
Sioux Falls$50,376
Rapid City$49,888
Aberdeen$46,847
Brookings$49,514
Watertown$49,514
Mitchell$49,514
Pierre$47,709
Yankton$48,411
Huron$48,181
Vermillion$47,307
* Salary information last updated 2020

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