Requirements to Obtaining your License
- A Plumbing Contractors License in California is required for projects that exceed $500
- To become a licensed contractor, candidates will have to sit for two exams: business and law and their trade.
- In order to sit for the examinations, the board must first approve your application.
- Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.
- Applicants are required to have 4 years experience to qualify to take the exam. Experience must be at the journeyman, foreman or supervisor, contractor, or as an owner-builder.
- All applicants must have a working capital of at least $2,500. In addition, all applicants must also file a bond with the Registrar in the amount of $10,000.
Work that can be Done Under this License
A plumbing contractor in California provides a means for a supply of safe water and proper disposal of wastes from the premises. This includes gas piping for all units EXCEPT for forced warm air units. Also places, installs, erects or connects any electrical wires, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduits, solar photovoltaic cells or any part thereof, which generate, transmit, transform or utilize electrical energy in any form or for any purpose.
Applying to get your License
The exam fee is included with the $300 application fee. The initial license fee for two years is an additional $180. An application for licensure can be obtained from the California Contractors State License Board by calling 1-800-321-2752.
Limited agreements with Arizona, Utah, and Nevada.
Continuing EducationThere is none at this time.
- The California Plumbing Contractor exam has approximately 100 questions and a time limit of 2 1/2 hours.
- A 72% is required to pass.
- Topics on the exam include project planning and material selection; rough plumbing; installation/finish plumbing; testing; repairing plumbing systems; remodeling plumbing systems; and safety.
- The exam fee is included with the $250 application fee.
- After the board has approved your application, they will inform you of the testing date.
Books and References for the Exam
All exams in California are closed book.