The New Hampshire Division of Fire Safety (part of the Department of Safety) has a Plumbing Safety and Licensing Section. This section issues licenses for New Hampshire plumbers at the apprentice, journeyman and master levels. An applicant starts out as an apprentice and learns under the supervision of a licensed plumber. During this time, apprentices also have to take some classroom courses in plumbing. Eventually, an apprentice can sit for a New Hampshire journeyman plumbers exam. Those who become journeyman plumbers in the state can then accumulate additional experience to become a New Hampshire master plumber.
Find out about the New Hampsire apprenticeship program for plumbers. Here is the contact information for the state’s Office of Apprenticeship:
Cleveland Federal Building
55 Pleasant St.
Concord, NH 03301
Find an employer who can sponsor you as an apprentice. You now need to accumulate 8000 hours of experience, which is at least four years. During the time you are working for a licensed plumber, you also have yearly educational requirements of 144 hours.
You will receive a yellow apprentice card form the Plumbing Safety and Licensing Section. You need to keep that with you at all times when working as an apprentice plumber in New Hampshire. As of 2010, the fee is $60 for the card when you apply and $40 for yearly renewals.
Original plumbing application forms can be ordered by calling 603-223-4289. Get these forms when applying as an apprentice, journeyman or master plumber.
Fill out a journeyman plumber license application once you have completed your apprenticeship. You will need the completion certificate received from the licensing section. You need to take a journeyman plumbers exam to get licensed. In New Hampshire, the state has adopted the International Plumbing Code and uses the International Code Council plumbing exams. You will receive registration information for your New Hampshire plumbers exam after you submit your application.
Now, assuming you pass your test, you then work for at least six months as a journeyman plumber and then submit a master-plumber license and exam application. Take and pass your exam to become a master plumber in New Hampshire.
Note: As of 2010, the journeyman plumber application fee is $125 plus $25 for the exam, while the master plumber license application fee is $190 plus a $25 New Hampshire plumbing exam fee.
New Hampshire Plumber Exam and Fee Information