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Reason for Credential: Except as provided under s. 145.06 (4) Stats., and pursuant to s. 145.06, Stats., no person may install plumbing unless the person holds a credential issued by the department as a licensed master plumber, licensed master plumber restricted, licensed journeyman plumber, licensed journeyman plumber-restricted, registered plumbing apprentice, registered plumbing learner-restricted, registered utility contractor or registered pipe layer.

A person holding a journeyman plumber license may apply without examination for a POWTS inspector certification.

Requirements of Credential: The plumbing activities that may be undertaken by a person who holds a credential as a licensed journeyman plumber shall be performed under the general supervision of a person who holds a master plumber license, master plumber-restricted license, or utility contractor license. A journeyman plumber who is working under the general supervision of a licensed master plumber-restricted or licensed utility contractor is limited to the type of plumbing installations associated with the specific license of the person providing the supervision. A person who holds the credential shall carry on his or her person the card issued by the department while performing or conducting the activity or activities permitted under the credential.

A business engaged in the installation of plumbing that utilizes plumbing learners shall maintain a ratio of at least one journeyman plumber or journeyman plumber-restricted for each plumbing learner. For this purpose, a master plumber or master plumber restricted may act as a journeyman plumber or journeyman plumber-restricted, respectively.

Education Hours Required to Renew: The renewal of a license as a journeyman plumber shall be contingent upon the journeyman plumber obtaining at least 24 hours of acceptable continuing education three months prior to the expiration date of their credential. A person who holds a license as a journeyman plumber may apply to the department for waiver of the continuing education requirements on the grounds of prolonged illness or disability or similar circumstances. Each application for waiver shall
be considered individually on its merits by the department.

If you pass the exam to obtain this credential, you will not be required to take any continuing education prior to your first expiration date. You will be required to fulfill the continuing education requirements starting after you have renewed your credential for the first time. If you obtain this credential by any other method, you will be required to fulfill the continuing education requirements at least 3 months prior to your expiration date.

The Construction Codes Report may contain advertisements for courses, lectures or seminars which will count towards continuing education for a journeyman plumber license.

Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
201 W. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 7082
Madison, WI 53707-7082
(608)266-3151   (608)267-0592 fax


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