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North Carolina Plumbing Technicican

(Plumbing) Technician: Potable water and drain/waste/vent piping systems. Must be a sub-licensee of a licensed plumbing contractor. This is not a contracting license.

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Required Books 

The references listed below are necessary to prepare for the examination and will NOT be available at the testing site.  Candidates must provide their own reference materials.

Reference materials must be hardback or soft-cover (no loose-leaf).  References can be highlighted but may only be tabbed with tabs manufactured or provided by the publisher. 

The references listed below are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.

*There is an additional downloadable document: North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 87, Article 2, 21 North Carolina Administrative Code Chapter 50.

Add All Required Books to Cart ($257.25)

Additional Services

  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.
  • To be eligible to take the Plumbing Technician examination, am applicant must have 18 months (3,000 hrs) on-site fill-time experience on the installation, maintenance, service, or repair of plumbing systems related to the category for which the license is sought, whether or not license was required for the work performed.  Up to one-half (1,500 hours) (34 quarter hours or 23 semester hours) of the experience requirement may be in academic or technical training directly related to the field of endeavor for which the examination is requested.
  • There are no State mandated minimum financial, bonding, or insurance requirements for this license at this time.

(Plumbing) Technician: Potable water and drain/waste/vent piping systems. Must be a sub-licensee of a licensed plumbing contractor. This is not a contracting license.

To apply, contact North Carolina State Board of Examiners for Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler contractors at 1-919-875-3612.

The fee for the application is $25 and the licensing fee for initial license and for renewal is $125.Applications will be processed in 2 to 4 weeks from the time they are received.

All licenses expire on the last day of December in each year following their issuance or renewal.

Important Contacts

To apply for a General Contractor and related trade licenses, contact:

Licensing Board for General Contractors
Post Office Box 17187
Raleigh, NC 27619
Applications and licensing information for Electrical licenses may be obtained be obtained from:

Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
PO Box 18727
Raleigh, NC 27619
Applications and Exam information for Plumbing, Heating & Fire Sprinkler license may be obtained from:

Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating & Fire Sprinklers
1109 Dresser Court
Raleigh, NC 27609
For all examinations Contact:

PSI Licensure: Certification
ATTN: Examination Registration NC
3210 E Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267 phone
702.932.2666 fax

North Carolina does not have reciprocity for this license.

North Carolina requires 6 hours of approved continuing education every year as a condition of license renewal. Continuing education hours must be completed prior to your license expiration each year. 4 hours of continuing education must be on the current code related to your license and 2 hours must be on a subject related to plumbing.

  • The fee for the exam is $100 ($25 application fee and $75 for the exam).
  • The Plumbing Class 1 exam has 150 questions with a time limit of 4 hours.   
  • The exam is designed to test the applicant’s knowledge concerning the analysis of plans and  specifications, estimating costs, fundamentals of installation and design, codes, fire hazards, and related subjects as they pertain to heating.
  • An applicant has 30 days to take the exam once approval has been given.
  • To schedule your exam after obtaining approval, contact PSI at 1-800-733-9267.

American Contractors offers the reference materials to prepare for the North Carolina Plumbing Technician exam. We currently do not offer a class. Please contact us for additional information, 1-800-992-1910