Plumbing Contractor

Examination Info

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Plumbing Contractor means a contractor whose services are unlimited in the plumbing trade and includes contracting business consisting of the execution of contracts requiring the experience, financial means, knowledge, and skill to install, maintain, repair, alter, extend, or, if not prohibited by law, design plumbing. A plumbing contractor may install, maintain, repair, alter, extend, or, if not prohibited by law, design the following without obtaining an additional local regulatory license, certificate, or registration: sanitary drainage or storm drainage facilities, water and sewer plants and substations, venting systems, public or private water supply systems, septic tanks, drainage and supply wells, swimming pool piping, irrigation systems, and solar heating water systems and all appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection therewith, including boilers and pressure process piping and including the installation of water, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and related venting, and storm and sanitary sewer lines. The scope of work of the plumbing contractor also includes the design, if not prohibited by law, and installation, maintenance, repair, alteration, or extension of air-piping, vacuum line piping, oxygen line piping, nitrous oxide piping, and all related medical gas systems; fire line standpipes and fire sprinklers if authorized by law; ink and chemical lines; fuel oil and gasoline piping and tank and pump installation, except bulk storage plants; and pneumatic control piping systems, all in a manner that complies with all plans, specifications, codes, laws, and regulations applicable. The scope of work of the plumbing contractor applies to private property and public property, including any excavation work incidental thereto, and includes the work of the specialty plumbing contractor. Such contractor shall subcontract, with a qualified contractor in the field concerned, all other work incidental to the work but which is specified as being the work of a trade other than that of a plumbing contractor. This definition does not limit the scope of work of any specialty contractor certified pursuant to s. 489.113(6), and does not require certification or registration under this part of any authorized employee of a public natural gas utility or of a private natural gas utility regulated by the Public Service Commission when disconnecting and reconnecting water lines in the servicing or replacement of an existing water heater. A plumbing contractor may perform drain cleaning and clearing and install or repair rainwater catchment systems; however, a mandatory licensing requirement is not established for the performance of these specific services.   Anchor

Examination Outline

The Plumbing trade knowledge examination is administered by Pearson Vue in two sessions. The morning session will consist of 45 equally weighted questions and 5 isometric drawings. The isometric drawings will be worth 10 points each. You will have 4.5 hours to complete the morning portion of the exam. The afternoon session will consist of 65 equally weighted questions. You will also have 4.5 hours to complete the afternoon portion of the exam. Your scores for the morning and afternoon sessions will be combined to determine your total score for this examination. You must score 70% in order to pass. 

The examination will have questions relating to the following content areas and necessary knowledge for each area includes:

  • reading and interpreting plans and specifications
  • reading and interpreting codes
  • basic mathematics
  • required components and installation techniques
  • maintenance techniques and analysis
  • OSHA regulations
  • isometric drawing and interpretation
  • use of tools and equipment

    You should be prepared to respond to examination questions on any of the content areas listed in the below link:

    Plumbing Contractors General Trade Knowledge Examination Content Information

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    Approved References

    The answers to the examination questions will be based on the editions listed below. Some of the questions will also be based on field experience and knowledge of trade practices. Editions earlier or later than those listed below can be brought to the examination but AT YOUR OWN RISK. However, ONLY ONE COPY of each reference will be allowed into the examination.

    1. Chapter 64E-6, Florida Administrative Code, Standards for Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems, July 16, 2013
    2. NFPA 99 - Health Care Facilities, (Chapter 3 & 5, Annex A & C), 2015
    3. NFPA 14 - Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, 2016
    4. Plumber’s Handbook Revised, 2018, 5th Ed.
    5. Solar Thermal Manual: Solar Water & Pool Heating Manual, 2006
    6. Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters, 8th Edition 2013
    7. Florida Building Code - Mechanical, 2017
    8. Florida Building Code - Accessibility, 2017
    9. Florida Building Code - Plumbing, 2017
    10. Florida Building Code - Residential, 2017
    11. Florida Building Code – Fuel Gas, 2017
    12. OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Construction Industry Regulations

    Photocopies will not be allowed unless the appropriate authorities (DBPR and the publishers) have given written authorization. Hand-written and typewritten notes are NOT allowed. Existing handwritten notes must be blackened out or whitened out completely, by the candidate, prohibiting legibility. Moveable tabs (e.g., Post-it® Flags) are NOT allowed. You will not be permitted to make any marks in your references during the examination.