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Preparing for Your Journeyman’s Plumbing Exam

The word “exam” elicits different reactions from different people. Some react excitedly, enthusiastic at the chance to prove what they have learned; others react nervously, dreading every moment of what they are about to endure. Because of how one person reacts relative to another, the best way to approach any examination is through continual practice and preparation… This is a key factor for success because waiting until the last minute to (hopefully) cram a lot of information into a single study session is typically not the best way to approach an important upcoming exam.

The same holds true for apprentices seeking to become journeymen; continual practice and preparation will help keep skills sharp and content knowledge fresh. Candidates are expected to be experienced trades professionals with a minimum of four (4) years of provable experience in the installation of piping systems who have completed a United Association (UA) sanctioned training program or equivalent.

National ITC (NITC) offers a Journey Level Plumber certification for qualified individuals who can demonstrate journey level competence within the scope of their trade.

These candidates must be proficient in blueprint reading, jobsite safety, and in the practical (hands-on) installation, repair, and service of plumbing systems. They must be able to perform these tasks alone, or under the supervision of others. As such, Journey Level Plumbing candidates are required to possess a vast amount of content and practical knowledge regarding their trade. A list of some topics potential candidates should prepare for include:

  • – National, state, and local requirements regarding industry codes and practices
  • – Planning and installing plumbing systems
  • – Trade-related math and simple physics
  • – Plumbing terms and definitions
  • – Back siphoning & backflow
  • – Plumbing fixtures
  • – Cross connections
  • – Water heaters


Whether you’re a training director, association representative, employer representative, or an individual applicant, NITC can help you find the right certification and testing program for your trade. Contact NITC via our website or call us at (877) 457-6482 to learn more about how we help prepare the best, most reliable, and safest trade professionals possible while helping you build customer trust in the process.

Have your personnel certified with the certification company, National ITC, today!