Plumbing contractors in the state of Alabama are governed by the:
There are five levels of Plumbers and Gas Fitters in the state of Alabama:
Once you obtain a Master Plumber & Gas Fitter's license there is no cap as to how much you can charge for plumbing work in the state of Alabama
Anyone performing plumbing work in Alabama must be registered with the State of Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters examining Board as either an apprentice, journeyman or master.
“A 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 plumber. The apprentice shall have in his or her possession a current annual certificate”
A plumbing apprentice must:
“Any plumber who engages in or works at the actual installation, repair, or replacement of plumbing systems, who has successfully fulfilled the examination requirements of the board, has been issued a journeyman plumber certificate by the board, and possesses a valid and current annual certificate issued by the board”
A journeyman plumber must:
"Any person or legal entity that engages in or works at the actual installation, repair, or replacement of plumbing systems, that has successfully fulfilled the examination requirements of the board, has been issued a master plumber certificate by the board , and that posses a valid and current annual certificate issued by the board. The master plumber shall have in his or her possession a current annual certificate. The certificate shall be available for inspection on requisition. This person may at any time register with the board as a principal for any business, firm, or corporation"
A master plumber must:
The 1996 Legislature has enacted and the Governor has signed into law Act No. 96-795 relating to medical gas piping in Alabama. This Act provides for all persons performing medical gas piping to meet the certification requirements of the Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board.
The Act requires that any master, journeyman, or apprentice plumber or gas fitter performing medical gas piping to provide proof to the Board that he or she has completed a current medical gas piping certification program approved by the Board. The Board has approved the certification program of the National ITC Corporation (NITC).
You must meet the following requirements:
You must also have:
The application process is as follows:
The Alabama Plumbing & Gas Fitter's board will send you information on how to schedule your examination
Packet for applicants who pass the Journeyman Exam
Packet for applicants who pass the Master Plumber Exam
The only examinations required for plumbers are the journeyman and master plumber tests.
If for whatever reason you must also get licensed with the Alabama Board of General Contractors, you may also need to pass a Law & Business examination
The journeyman plumber exam is:
The examination will cover the following topics:
The master plumber exam is:
The examination will cover the following topics:
100 Centerview Drive, Suite 100
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
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Huntsville, AL 35816
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Mobile, AL 36608
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Montgomery, Alabama, 36109
If you are applying for an Alabama plumbing license as a business, the state board will require you to have an established business entity.
This can be set up through the Alabama Secretary of State
You will choose a name and then select the type of entity you want. Typically, construction companies choose either:
For a deeper look at the advantages and disadvantages of each business entity, check out this free guide!
Alabama requires all plumbing companies with 1 or more employees to hold workers compensation insurance.
This also includes LLC's. However, If you apply as a sole proprietorship and have no employees you may be exempt.
Contractors must be insured through a commercial provider, self insured carrier or through the Alabama Department of Labor
The state of Alabama's Plumbing & Gas Fitter's examining board's number one responsibility is protecting the consumer public.
The agency exists not only to enforce rules on plumbing contractors, but also to ensure that homeowners are not being over charged.
If you are looking to verify a plumbing license in the state of Alabama, you can check a license here
Once your plumbing license is active, you will be responsible for renewing it on an annual basis. Make sure that you begin the renewal process 30 days in advance to make sure there is no gap in your licensing.
If you are entering the construction industry without any experience, you should absolutely explore starting out in an apprenticeship!
One of the best ways to build a solid foundation and position yourself to earn an excellent living in a short time frame is by investing in your education.
Apprenticeships can provide you with valuable training in a variety of different trades including: Electrical, Plumbing, Concrete, Landscaping, Painting, HVAC, Roofing, Carpentry and much more!
If you are one day looking to get the Alabama General Contractors license, you must demonstrate skillsets beyond just your specific trade.
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If you have never heard the term “journeyman” or “apprentice” and are not sure what these terms mean, these courses may be perfect for you.
Each state may have different requirements and standards for what is considered a journeyman, check your state laws.
To Learn more about the step by step path from an Apprentice to Journeyman!
If you are looking to prepare for your Alabama plumbing license test, taking contractor classes could be a huge help.
Schools typically provide
Many tradesman find themselves a bit confused when faced with questions about construction accounting, balance sheets, workers compensation, employee rights, job site safety and Alabama state construction law.
These topics can be learned quickly. Studying consistently on the weeks leading up to your exam day will help you greatly.
Practice exams, study guides, and plumbing code books breaking down everything you need to know can be found here.
For anyone looking to become a licensed general contractor, learning how to read blueprints is critical...
Blueprints communicate important information about the way in which a structure is built as well as what materials are necessary or have been used for its construction.
Being comfortable with construction blueprints is an invaluable skill especially for those looking to get into engineering or architecture.
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Statistically, 21% of all work-related fatalities are in construction.
That equals about 1 and 5 worker deaths on average.
In the construction industry, the leading cause of worker deaths is reported as falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
Safety is taken very seriously by construction authorities in Alabama.
Whether it be HVAC, roofing, painting, landscaping, carpentry, electrical or any other trade.
If your workers are not properly trained, it can place unnecessary risk to not only your personal safety but your bottom line as a business.
For employment with a licensed general contractor, you may be asked to complete some level of Alabama OSHA Training
You may qualify for reciprocity if you are licensed in the following states:
Learn more about plumbing license reciprocity
Applying to the state of Alabama Plumbing & Gas Fitter's Board can be a huge first step up in starting your own plumbing business.
The construction industry is very lucrative. There will be more and more opportunities for skilled tradesman in the future.
The key is to use the information you have now and take action from beginning to end.
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