Plumbers in Wyoming begin their training through an official apprenticeship. After about four years, they apply for a journeyman plumber’s exam and license. This license allows plumbers to work independently while also being hired under licensed contractors. Journeyman plumbers can go on to become master plumbers and plumbing contractors if desired.
In Wyoming, licensure happens at the municipal level. This means each city will have unique rules and procedures to apply for your license. Let’s look at the licensing practices in the three largest WY cities: Cheyenne, Jackson, and Casper.
Do You Need a Plumbing License in Wyoming?
According to state law, no person can work as a residential, journeyman, or master plumber without the appropriate license or permit in Wyoming. There are a few exceptions, found on page 8 of the official Act.
Becoming a Plumber in Cheyenne, WY
Cheyenne offers licenses for master, contractor, journeyman, and apprentice plumbers. You must fill out an application from this site, pay a fee, describe your work experience in detail, sign, and notarize your forms.
Apprentices must be working under a licensed contractor and pay $20.
Journeyman plumbers must have passed the ICC National Standard Exam or Wyoming (WAM) exam, have 4 years of work experience OR have completed an apprenticeship, and pay $80.
Master plumbers must have also completed the ICC or WAM exam (Master Plumber with Gas), been a journeyman plumber for at least 3 years with verifiable experience, and pay $100.
Contractor plumbers must have general commercial liability insurance, be registered with the Division of Worker’s Compensation (if they have employees), and name a qualified and licensed plumbing supervisor (such as themselves). Individual contractors will pay $100 and contractors applying as a business will pay $250 to apply.
Becoming a Plumber in Jackson, WY
Jackson, Wyoming offers Certificates of Qualification for tradesmen, including plumber apprentices, journeymen, and masters. Certified plumbers must work under a licensed plumbing contractor when completing permitted work in the city.
To become certified, you’ll need to complete the application, include your work history, and pay a fee. Master and journeyman plumbers will pay $150 and apprentices will pay $75. Journeyman and master plumbers should also pass their respective exams first through Pearson Vue.
Becoming a Plumber in Casper, WY
Casper licenses master and journeyman plumbers, as well as contractors. You will first complete the application for examination. Once approved, you can take your exam. If you pass the exam, you’ll receive the corresponding license.
Journeyman plumbers need 4 years of experience, to pass the corresponding exam with a 75% or higher, and to pay a $25 fee.
A master plumber needs to have five years of experience as a licensed journeyman or nine years of total plumbing experience. They should also pass the appropriate exam (master level) with a 75% or higher and pay a $75 application fee.
Wyoming Plumbing Exams
Most municipalities accept either an ICC or WAM exam for licensure. You can use these sites to browse available exams, find out if you need preapproval from your city, and get qualified study materials.