You may take the Tradesman Plumber-Limited Examination if:
- you are a citizen or national of the United States or an alien or non-immigrant eligible for
licensure by the State of Texas;
- you are registered as a Plumber’s Apprentice in Texas or hold a current Journeyman
Plumber or Master Plumber license issued in another state;
- you have at least 4,000 hours of experience working in the plumbing trade; and
- you have completed a 24-hour training course* approved by the TSBPE or you are enrolled and in or have completed a training program approved by the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.
*If you hold a Journeyman or Master Plumber License issued in another state, you do not have to complete the 24-hour training program.
How to Apply for the Examination
To apply for the Tradesman Plumber-Limited Examination you must submit a completed application with all supporting documentation, your Employer Certification Form(s), and a $36 fee to the TSBPE. If you have been convicted of a felony, you must also submit a Supplemental Criminal History Information Form (SCHIF).
Tradesman Plumber-Limited Examination Application
Employer Certification Form
Supplemental Criminal History Information Form
Once you have successfully passed the exam, you must submit a $35 fee to obtain your certificate of licensure and pocket card.
Scope of Work Permitted
A Tradesman Plumber-Limited may construct, install, repair, service, or renovate plumbing for one and two-family dwellings under the supervision of a Responsible Master Plumber. A Tradesman may also directly supervise a Plumber’s Apprentice on jobsites for one and two-family dwellings. If you are a licensed Tradesman and want to work on a job that involves a structure other than a one or two-family dwelling, you may do so only under the direct supervision of a licensed Journeyman or Master Plumber. Direct supervision means that the Journeyman or Master is on the jobsite with you at all times you are performing plumbing work.
A Tradesman Plumber-Limited may obtain a Drain Cleaner Registration. Click here to learn more about the Drain Cleaner Registration.
Exam Fee: $36
Initial License Fee: $35
Renewal Fee: $35
Late Renewal Fee (expired less than 90 days): $17.50
Late Renewal Fee (expired more than 90 days): $35