How to Become a Plumber in Vermont

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In the state of Vermont, an aspiring plumber has to possess an extensive amount of training, as well as the completion of various exams to be allowed to hold a license.

In our guide, you will be able to find all the rules, regulations, and obligations of future plumbers that the state determines, and they are required to meet so as to become licensed.

You will also get informed about accredited schools where you can learn the trade as well as possible salaries that expect you once you finish your training and licensing.

Vermont Plumbing License Reciprocity

It is worth noting that Vermont will recognize anyone with a master, journeyman, or specialist plumber’s license issued in another state or municipality, in case the issuer maintains standards at least equivalent to those of Vermont.

Vermont Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements

In the state of Vermont, a journeyman plumber is a person licensed to install plumbing and water treatment or heating specialties under the direction of a master plumber.

Furthermore, a journeyman plumber is licensed to supervise an apprentice employed by a master plumber under the master plumber’s direction.

An application for the Vermont journeyman plumber’s license  is necessary if you want to get this license, and you will need to provide personal information such as:

  • Legal name as it appears on your driver’s license or other legal forms of identification
  • Date of birth in the format of MM/DD/YY;
  • Social Security Number
  • Mailing address where licenses, renewal notices, and additional notices from the Division of Fire Safety can be mailed;
  • Valid email address.

Besides personal information, applicants will need to provide a copy of at least one of the following along with the application: 

  • a certificate of completion provided by the Vermont State Apprenticeship Council;
  • a certified statement of licensure or completed apprenticeship from another state acceptable to the board;
  •  proof of successful completion of instruction, training, and experience in or out of the state acceptable to the board (to include at least 12,000 hours);

All applicants will be required to pay an application fee of $90 and if you manage to successfully complete the examination, you will receive a journeyman plumber’s license in the form of a wallet-sized card which must be carried by the journeyman at all times while performing the licensee’s trade and shall be displayed upon request.

Plumbing Journeyman Exam

The Vermont Journeyman Plumber Exam consists of 75 multiple choice questions in which the candidate has three hours to complete and it is administered by the International Code Council and Pearson Vue.

Applicants can mail in their exam application to:

Division of Fire Safety
1311 US Rte 302 Suite 600 Berlin
Barre, VT 05641

It is important to know that applicants have to be preapproved by the state of Vermont to take the test, and only then they can call Pearson Vue at (877)234-6082 to register for the exam.

If the application is approved by the Plumbing Board, the applicant will be added to the ICC (International Code Council) database and a packet with all necessary information will be mailed at that time.

That packet will contain an examination booklet, plans, an answer sheet, and a sheet for calculations, so you will not need additional scratch paper.

All of this material must be enclosed in the return envelope along with the original envelope and confirmed by the proctor.

The subjects that will be tested on the exam are the following:

  • Drainage requirements;
  • Local amendments;
  • Plan reading;
  • Plumbing fixtures and terminology;
  • Plumbing fundamentals;
  • Special requirements;
  • Traps, cleanouts, and interceptors;
  • Vent requirements;
  • Water distribution.

On the testing day, you may bring the following items:

  • Three pencils
  • Reference(s) as listed in this Examination Information Bulletin for the applicable exam
  • Bound
  • Notes that are written in ink or highlighted in code sections
  • Permanently attached tabs
  • Pencil notes in your references that are highlighted prior to arrival at the test center
  • Eraser
  • Magnifying glass
  • Eyeglasses, if necessary
  • Architects’ scale or rule
  • Watch without alarm/camera
  • Battery-operated calculator
  • Foreign language/English translation dictionaries, if needed.

The fees that applicants will need to pay are $65 for pencil and paper exam, $100 for computer exam and they are the same for both Journeyman and Master Plumbers.

Computer-based exam results will be provided to the applicant immediately, but if he/she takes a paper and pencil exam, results are mailed within three to four weeks of the exam date.

If they successfully pass the examination, they will have to pay the plumbing licensing fees in Vermont which are $90 for a Journeyman, and $120 for a Master Plumber license.

Vermont Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements

According to the Vermont Plumbing Rules, an apprentice plumber is employed by a master plumber and engaged in learning and assisting in the installation of plumbing and water treatment or heating specialties under an apprenticeship program properly registered with the Vermont Apprenticeship Council.

Prospective applicants who have trouble finding plumbing apprenticeship jobs in Vermont can benefit from visiting the Vermont Joblink.

Individuals who plan to apply for the plumbing apprenticeship program must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED;
  • BE physically fit to do the work of the trade;
  • Have other than dishonorable discharge from the military (if applicable);
  • Pass the appropriate drug test.

How often do I have to renew my plumbing license in Vermont?

You must renew your license every two years and applicants for license renewal must provide the board with evidence of completion of 8 hours of continuing education or training that is board-approved, completed within the previous 2 years, and two of which must be code review.

A copy of a certificate is acceptable evidence of this.

Plumbing Trade Schools in Vermont

Even though there are few options for plumbing trade schools in Vermont, we would like to mention the most popular one and that is Vermont Technical College.

Vermont Technical College has locations in both Randolph Center and Williston and the tuition varies.

By visiting the school’s official website, future applicants can familiarize themselves with the cost descriptions, payment, and refund policies, as well as the admission requirements and procedure.

Salary

The average Plumber salary in Vermont is $55,354.

Annual Salary Range:

$48K
$55K
$63K

Average Salary of Plumbers in Vermont

City NameSalary
Burlington$56,601
Essex$56,601
Rutland$57,110
South Burlington$56,601
Colchester$56,601
Bennington$58,151
Brattleboro$58,269
Hartford$58,918
Milton$56,567
Barre$56,084
* Salary information last updated 2020

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