How do I become a licensed plumber in Alabama?
Anyone interested in becoming a Gas Fitter or Plumber in the State of Alabama must first become an apprentice.
The Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board defines an apprentice as “a person other than a master or journeyman gas fitter or plumber, who is engaged in learning and assisting in the installation of gas pipe, equipment, apparatus, and appliances, and shall work directly under the supervision of a journeyman or master gas fitter or plumber, and who has successfully fulfilled the registration requirements of the board and has been duly registered by the board as such for the current year” No written exam is required and you must complete a registration form and include a copy of Proof of Citizenship or Lawful Presence of Non-Citizen form. The fee for a plumbers apprenticeship is $25 for the initial application and just $10 annually thereafter.
Once you have fulfilled two years working as an apprentice, you are then able to take the Journeyman Plumbers Exam. You’ll find an excellent exam prep course to help you study for and pass this exam at Plumbers Training Institute. You’ll need to be licensed as a Journeyman Plumber for at least one year before you are allowed to move on to take a Master Plumbers Exam. The same applies to Gas Fitters.
If you want a Medical Gas license, you are required to be certified by the National Institute of testing & Certification.
Where can I take the Alabama journeyman, master plumber or gas fitter exam?
Exams are given weekly by PSI Services, Inc. in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery. Out-of-state exam locations are also available.
What can I expect from the Alabama journeyman or master plumbing exam?
The exam is an open book computerized test. There are 100 questions on the master plumber exam and you will have 4 hours to take it. You must get 70 (70%) correct. There are 70 questions on the Journeyman plumber exam and you will be given 3 hours to take it. You must get 49 (70%) correct. View the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin HERE
How do I know if I passed the Alabama journeyman, master plumber or gas fitter exams?
Your score will be given to you immediately following completion of the examination. If you pass, you will immediately receive a successful notification. If you do not pass, you will receive a diagnostic report indicating your strengths and weaknesses.