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Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

PLA > Professions > Indiana Plumbing Commission > Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How do you become an apprentice?
Answer: You must be registered in an approved program and be 17 years or older to qualify as an apprentice.

Question: How do you become a journeyman?
Answer: You must have at least four years in an apprenticeship program or be a licensed plumber in another state to qualify as a journeyman in Indiana.

Question: How do you become a contractor?
Answer: You must have four years in an apprenticeship program, be licensed plumber another state or four years in the plumbing business under the direction of a licensed plumbing contractor.

Question: What section of the application should be completed for an apprentice to be a journeyman plumber?
Answer: All of page 1 and page 3 starting with the Personal Background section.

Question: What section of the application must be completed for a journeyman to be a plumbing contractor?
Answer: All of page 1 and page 3 starting with the Personal Background section if the applicant completed an apprenticeship program.  If the applicant is licensed in another state you will need to complete the applicant information on page 1.  All of page 2 except the section "Experience in a Plumbing Business" and page 3 starting with the Personal Background section

Question: How many times can you take a test?
Answer: You can take the test seven times within a two-year period. To reschedule an exam you will have to contact ICC, the exam administrator.

Question: What expiration date do you use for a two year period?
Answer: On your first scheduled date to take the exam.

Question: Does reciprocity exist for journeyman and contractor plumbers?
Answer: Reciprocity is not available for journeyman and contractor plumbers Instead, you must present an application and pay the fee. Then the application goes before the board. If board approved you must take the exam and pass.

Question: Can you appeal if your application was denied?
Answer: Yes, you may either reapply or appeal with a petition within 18 days of the date of the denial letter. If you petition after 18 days it well be considered untimely.

Question: I did not show up for the exam due to bad weather. Can I reschedule for the next exam and transfer my fee?
Answer: All fees are non refundable and nontransferable. To reschedule an exam you will have to contact ICC, the exam administrator.

Question: How long before I receive my pocket card?
Answer: You can order a pocket card from the following website, https://mylicense.in.gov/egov/ .  You will have to use your license number as the login and the last four (4) digits of your Social Security number as your password.

Question: How much is the apprentice fee?
Answer: The apprentice fee is $10.

Question: How much is the application fee for journeyman?
Answer: The journeyman application is $30.

Question: How much is the application fee for contractor?
Answer: The contractor application fee is $50.

Question: I am unable to obtain an employer affidavit from the employer. How can I verify employment?
Answer: If you are unable to obtain an employer affidavit from you employer, you may submit an affidavit explaining the reason why or W2's.

Question: May I work as a plumber without a license?
Answer: It is unlawful to act in the capacity of a plumbing contractor or journeyman plumber without a license.