Texas Plumber License Requirements

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We found the following Plumber requirements for Texas.

Please click on each license link for additional details.

Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester

Licensed backflow prevention assembly testers repair or test the installation or operation of backflow prevention assemblies.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

- Specialized training

Examination

- Examination is administered by a training provider at conclusion of training course

- Training provider approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Restrictions on Licensing

- Violation of TCEQ rules and regulations

- Any other cause in the opinion of the agency which constitutes reasonable grounds for suspension or revocation

Approximate Fees

- $111 Initial application

- $111 three year renewal

EDUCATION/TRAINING

- Forty hours of approved training class

- Twenty-four hours of approved renewal training 8 of which are practical skills training between the license issue date and expiration date

- High school diploma or GED

- Two years’ experience in an approved area

JOB DESCRIPTION

Licensed backflow prevention assembly testers repair or test the installation or operation of backflow prevention assemblies.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

- Specialized training

Examination

- Examination is administered by a training provider at conclusion of training course

- Training provider approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Restrictions on Licensing

- Violation of TCEQ rules and regulations

- Any other cause in the opinion of the agency which constitutes reasonable grounds for suspension or revocation

Approximate Fees

- $111 Initial application

- $111 three year renewal

EDUCATION/TRAINING

- Forty hours of approved training class

- Twenty-four hours of approved renewal training 8 of which are practical skills training between the license issue date and expiration date

- High school diploma or GED

- Two years’ experience in an approved area

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Specific course required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
PO Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 239-6133

Fire Sprinkler Responsible Managing Employee

A fire sprinkler responsible managing employee (RME) may plan, sell, install, maintain, service and certify residential or commercial fire sprinkler systems to the extent permitted by their type of license. A registered firm that employs a full-time General RME is permitted to plan, sell, install, maintain, service and certify any and all types and parts of a fire sprinkler system under the supervision of the General RME. An Underground RME may be employed by a firm that will sell, install, maintain, service and certify all underground water supply piping for any fire sprinkler system. A registered firm that employs a full-time Dwelling RME is permitted to plan, sell, install, maintain, service and certify all parts of a one or two-family dwelling fire sprinkler system under the supervision of the Dwelling RME.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

- Must work for a registered firm

Examination

- Statute and Rules examination

- RME General – NICET Level III examination

- RME-Underground – NFPA 24 examination

- RME-Dwelling – NICET Level II examination

Restrictions on Licensing

- A licensed RME may not perform above services unless they are an employee of a registered firm

- Fraudulent application

- Conviction of a crime

Approximate Fees

- $40 Proctored examination

- $200 Initial license RME-G (1 year)

- $150 Initial license RME-U (1 year)

- $150 Initial license RME-D (1 year)

- $350 Renewal –RME-G (2 year)

- $200 Renewal –RME-U (2 year)

- $200 Renewal –RME-D (2 year)

- $75 - 200 Late renewal

EDUCATION/TRAINING

- No prerequisite training or education requirements

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Specific course required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Texas Department of Insurance
PO Box 149104
Austin, TX 78714
(512) 676-6800

Plumber

Plumbers install, repair, service, maintain, alter or renovate piping, fixtures, appurtenances and appliances that supply gas, medical gasses and vacuum, water, liquids or any combination of these, or dispose of waste water or sewage. Plumber’s Apprentices assist with the above but are supervised by a licensed Plumber. Plumbing inspectors inspect plumbing.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

- 16 years of age (apprentice)

- United States citizen or national or an alien or nonimmigrant eligible of licensure by the State of Texas

- Specialized training and experience

Examination

- Practical and written examination at each level except apprentice

Restrictions on Licensing

- Fraud in obtaining license

- Conviction of certain types of felonies or misdemeanors

- Violation of municipal sanitation rules or ordinances

Approximate Fees

- $15 Registration/application – Plumber’s Apprentice

- $420 License – Responsible Master Plumber

- $75 License – Master Plumber

- $40 License – Journeyman

- $35 License – Tradesman

- $55 License – Plumbing Inspector

- $175 Examination – Master Plumber

- $40 Examination – Journeyman

- $36 Examination – Tradesman

- $55 Examination – Plumber Inspector

- $15 Annual renewal – Plumber’s Apprentice

- $420 Annual renewal – Responsible Master Plumber

- $75 Annual renewal – Master Plumber

- $40 Annual renewal – Journeyman

- $35 Annual renewal – Tradesman

- $55 Annual renewal – Plumbing Inspector

EDUCATION/TRAINING

Tradesman Plumber-Limited Licensee

- Currently registered as a Plumber’s Apprentice

- Have verifiable work experience of 4000 hours

- Completed 24 hours of classroom Board approved training

Journeyman Plumber

- Currently registered as a Plumber’s Apprentice or licensed as a Tradesman Plumber Limited Licensee

- High school diploma or GED

- Have verifiable work experience of 8000 hours

- Completed 48 hours of classroom Board approved training

Master Plumber

- Currently licensed as a Journeyman Plumber and have held that license for at least four years (or at least one year if licensee has successfully completed a U.S. Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship program)

- High school diploma or GED

Plumbing Inspector

- Currently licensed as a Master or Journeyman Plumber or meet other eligibility requirements as listed in agency rules

- High school diploma or GED

- Employed/contracted with a political subdivision, or gain such employment/contract within one year of examination for license to be issued

- All licenses require 6 hours of continuing education each year

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Specific course required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: Any conviction prohibited

State Licensing Agency:

Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners
PO Box 4200
Austin, TX 78765
(512) 936-5200

Underground Storage Tank Supervisor

Underground storage tank supervisors supervise the installation, repair or removal of underground storage tanks (UST). A holder of a License A is authorized to install and repair underground storage tank systems. A holder of a License B is authorized to remove underground storage tank systems. An on-site supervisor holding a License A&B is authorized to install, repair, and remove underground storage tank systems.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

- 18 years of age

- Specialized training and experience

- Three references

Examination

- Written examination

Restrictions on Licensing

- Violation of rules and regulations

- Fraudulent procurement or abuse of permit

Approximate Fees

- $111 License application

- $111 Three year renewal

EDUCATION/TRAINING

- May require up to two years’ experience in installation, repair or removal of underground storage tanks, underground utilities or other engineering construction in Texas

- Twenty-eight hours of initial training and education for a License A, 12 hours of initial training and education for a License B, forty hours of training and education for A&B license

- Eight hours of continuing education prior to renewal for each license held.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Specific course required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
PO Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711
​​​​​​​(512) 239-6133

Water Well Driller/Pump Installer

Well drillers engage in the drilling, coring, boring, or construction of any water well, monitoring well, dewatering well, and certain injection wells. Drillers operate portable drilling rigs, maintain drill bits and equipment, and record drilling progress and geological data. Drillers must submit copies of well logs to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. At least one person must be licensed on the drilling site at all times.

Water well pump installers engage in the placement and preparation for operation of equipment and materials used to obtain water from a well. This includes the installation of pumping equipment in new water wells, repairing existing pumps, and establishing seals and safeguards as necessary to protect the groundwater from contamination.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

- Specialized knowledge and experience

- Experience verified by a supervising licensee

- Examination

Examination

- Written examination encompassing techniques, practical knowledge and statute/rule requirements

Restrictions on Licensing

- Non-compliance with standards of professional conduct and ethics

- Non-compliance with statutes and codes

Approximate Fees

- $215 Original license

- $215 Annual license renewal

- $325 Combination water well driller/pump installer

- 1 1/2 times the license fee 1-90 day late renewal

- 2 times the license fee 91 days-3 years late renewal

EDUCATION/TRAINING

- Two years experience as a water well driller/pump installer under the supervision of a licensed driller or pumper; OR

- Comparable well drilling/pump installing experience or two years as an apprentice

- An apprentice is an individual registered by the department to act or offer to act as a driller or installer under the supervision of and pursuant to a training program developed by the supervising licensed driller or pump installer. To be an apprentice, one must be 18 years old and the supervisor must have two years’ experience as a licensed well driller/pump installer. (Fees for apprentices: $65 annually and $115 for combination water well driller/pump installer. Additional fees for late renewal.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Specific course required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
PO Box 12157
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-6599

 

Please note this data is collected from multiple sources. SkillPointe has verified the information to the best of its ability, but makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, expressed or implied with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. Please contact the state licensing board with any direct questions.

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