How to Become a Plumber in Utah

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Those who wish to become general contractors in Utah must meet multiple requirements set by the Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).

Additionally, plumbing contractors must meet requirements set by the Plumber Licensing Act in the Utah Administrative Code (AUC).

To become a plumbing contractor in Utah, you must first work as an apprentice, continue onto Journeyman, and then finish as a Master and each of these licenses requires education, a certain number of work hours, and examinations.

Getting the license will not be the end of your training and education as a plumber in Utah, being that continuing education is required to renew a Utah plumbing license.

Actually, all licensed plumbers must complete 12-hours of approved continuing education and pay a renewal fee of $63.

Plumbers Training Institute offers 12-hours of approved continuing education online in a video.

In the following guide, you will be described each category in greater detail so that you can know what to expect once you start your journey towards becoming a licensed plumber in Utah.

Utah Plumbing License Reciprocity

Utah does not recognize reciprocity from other states and the only way of being licensed in Utah is to be a resident of the state and meet all education, experience, and exam requirements.

Utah Master Plumbing License Requirements

A master plumber (MP) has to be licensed, which proves the fact that he/she has the qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to engage in the plumbing trade.

To become a Master Plumber in Utah, you need to meet these requirements:

  • The completion of 4,000 hours of supervised experience including:
    • 700 hours of supervising employees;
    • 700 hour of supervising construction projects;
    • 300 hours of cost/price management;
    • 300 hours of miscellaneous construction experience.
  • Experience obtained with no more than 2,000 hours in a 12-month period.
  • And an Associate of Applied Sciences degree at one of the specified schools and courses of study in the UAC.

Master Plumber applicants must also take a practical exam and a theory exam.

In case the applicant has already passed the practical exam for the Journeyman license, he/she is not required to take it for the Master’s license.

The fee for the practical exam is $103, and the fee for the theory exam is $89.

For the theory exam, if you retake it, it will cost $72, while the fee for the practical part is the same for both first times and retakes.

Residential Master Plumber

Unlike other states that do not have this category, Utah has a residential Master plumber (RMP) license which is quite similar to a Master plumber, except they only work on residential buildings.

There is a separate RMP theory exam and RMP practical exam, but all exam fees are the same as for the Master Plumber exam.

Utah Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements

In Utah, a Journeyman plumber (JP) is licensed and has the qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to engage in the plumbing trade.

To become a Journeyman Plumber in Utah, these requirements must be met:

  • 8,000 hours of training and instruction in four years, or 16,000 hours of on the job training and instruction in eight years;
  • The 8,000 hours shall include 576 clock hours of related classroom instruction;
  • An apprenticeship obtained while licensed as an apprentice plumber;
  • On the job training and instruction in specific areas;
  • And the hours obtained to be the minimum number of hours listed in the UAC.

If schooling is not an option, then additional requirements for a residential journeyman license are:

  • 12,000 hours of experience in six years;
  • And at least 9,000 hours of experience directly involved in the plumbing trade.

RJP can become a JP, but they will need 2,000 hours of on the job training in industrial or commercial plumbing as an apprentice plumber, as well as additional schooling.

Additionally, you will need to complete a Journeyman Plumber Application Online or in Hard Copy, pay the $110 non-refundable application processing fee and pass the Utah plumber’s written and practical exams.

Plumbing Exams

It is important to know that the JP and the RJP require different exams.

The JP theory exam and the RJP theory exam differ in subject areas but have the same amount of questions, while the JP and RPJ practical exams are the same as the MP and the RMP practical exams.

The locations where you can take the exam are:

  • Hurricane (St. George) (Written Only)
  • North Orem (Provo) (Written Only)
  • North Salt Lake City (Written Only)
  • St. George (Practical Only):
  • Salt Lake Community College (Practical Only)
  • Sunset (Ogden) (Written Only)
  • Grand Junction (Written Only)

Theory Exam – you must receive a score of at least 70% and you will receive your score report immediately

Practical Exam – Your practical examination score report will be mailed within 15 days after the examination date and you can either pass or fail it.

Residential Journeyman Plumber

An aspiring residential Journeyman plumber has to meet the requirements to become a licensed one:

  • 6,000 hours of training and instruction in three years;
  • The 6,000 hours shall include 432 clock hours of related classroom instruction;
  • The hours must be obtained while licensed as an apprentice plumber;
  • On the job training and instruction in specific areas;
  • And the hours obtained must be the minimum number of hours listed in the UAC.

Furthermore, you will need to complete a Journeyman Plumber Application Online or in Hard Copy, pay the $110 non-refundable application processing fee and pass the Utah plumber’s written and practical exams.

Utah Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements

Becoming an apprentice in Utah is the very first step that you must take.

This starts by filling out the apprentice plumber application, paying a $116 nonrefundable fee to the DOPL, and providing any supporting documents.

You can find a list of apprentice jobs through the state’s website or other job sites.

Plumbing Trade Schools in Utah

Ogden-Weber Technical College
Tuition: $320/semester
Location: Ogden, UT
Type: Public

Davis Technical College
Tuition: $2,472 (High school students are exempt from tuition and fees)
Location: Kaysville, UT
Type: Public

Dixie Tech
Tuition: $202/semester
Location: St. George, UT
Type: Public

Mountainland Technical College
Tuition: $3,032
Location: Orem, UT
Type: Public

Salary

The average Plumber salary in Utah is $54,459.

Annual Salary Range:

$47K
$54K
$62K

Average Salary of Plumbers in Utah

City NameSalary
Salt Lake City$54,625
Ogden$53,251
Provo$52,624
West Jordan$54,425
Orem$52,624
Layton$53,051
St. George$58,717
South Jordan$54,375
Sandy$54,475
Lehi$52,375
* Salary information last updated 2020

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