North Carolina
State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors


State Board of Examiners

Application and Examination Process

1. Review all information contained on the Exam Information page of the website.
2. If eligibility requirements are met, download and print the appropriate application.
3. Complete the application, making sure that signatures are notarized where required.
4. Obtain background check report from approved provider.
5. Send completed application with required documents and fee to the Board's office.
6. If application is denied or requires additional information, you will be notified of the issues.
    If application is approved, you will receive notification of exam eligibility.
7. Contact the exam provider for scheduling (must be within 30 days of notification date).
8. You will be notified by mail of a pass/fail.
    Failing applicants may attend an exam review in Raleigh prior to re-testing.
9. Passing applicants will need to submit the licensing fee in order to obtain the license.

 

**These are general steps and apply to the majority of licensees.
         Certain licenses may have slightly different procedures.

Eligibility Requirements

There are currently no active reciprocity agreements with any other state. All persons desiring to obtain licensure with this Board must meet the requirements listed herein and satisfactorily complete the applicable examination(s). Former military personnel or spouses may receive credit for experience gained during active service. Click here for more information.

All applicants are required to obtain a current copy of the Board's Laws and Rules book prior to making application to the Board for any examination or license. Click here for the book order form.

Please Note: The following eligibility requirements are provided as a general outline, and may not be detailed or inclusive of all eligibility requirements. Please consult the examination application form and the Board's Laws and Rules book for complete eligibility requirements.

License Definitions  - Click here

Plumbing and/or Heating Contractor License: To be eligible to take the Plumbing, Heating Group No. 1, Heating Group No. 2 and/or Heating Group No. 3 Contractor examination(s), an applicant must have 2 years (4,000 hours) on-site full-time experience in the installation, maintenance, service, or repair of plumbing or heating systems related to the category for which license is sought, whether or not license was required for the work performed. However, up to one-half (2,000 hours) (45 quarter hours or 30 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.
Plumbing and/or Heating Technician License: To be eligible to take the Plumbing, Heating Group No. 1, Heating Group No. 2 and/or Heating Group No. 3 Technician examination(s), an applicant must have 18 months (3,000 hours) on-site full-time experience in the installation, maintenance, service, or repair of plumbing or heating systems related to the category for which license is sought, whether or not license was required for the work performed. However, 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.

Restricted Limited Plumbing Contractor License: To be eligible to take the Restricted Limited Plumbing Contractor examination, an applicant must have 9 months (1,500 hours) of full-time experience in the installation, maintenance, service, or repair of plumbing systems, whether or not license was required for the work performed. However, up to one-half (750 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. Current active licensees of the North Carolina Irrigation Contractor Licensing Board, who also hold Backflow Inspector Certification from an approved municipality in the state or demonstrates 500 hours of experience in the maintenance, service or repair of components of plumbing systems may also qualify.


Fuel Piping Contractor License: To be eligible to take the Fuel Piping Contractor examination, an applicant must have 1 year (2,000 hours) of experience in the installation, maintenance, service, or repair of fuel piping. However, up to one-half (1,000 hours) (22 quarter hours or 15 semester hours) of the experience may be in academic or technical training directly related to fuel piping. Fuel piping privileges are included in the Plumbing and Heating Group 1, 2, and 3 licenses, and do not require a separate examination for persons applying for or currently holding one or more of these licenses.

 

Fuel Piping Technician License: To be eligible to take the Fuel Piping Technician examination, an applicant must have 9 months (1,500 hours) of experience in the installation, maintenance, service, or repair of fuel piping. However, up to one-half (750 hours) (17 quarter hours or 10 semester hours) of the experience may be in academic or technical training directly related to fuel piping. Fuel piping privileges are included in the Plumbing and Heating Group 1, 2, and 3 licenses, and do not require a separate examination for persons applying for or currently holding one or more of these licenses.

 

Fire Sprinkler Installation Contractor license: To be eligible to take the Fire Sprinkler Installation Contractor examination, an applicant must hold a current certification by NICET for "Fire Protection Engineering, Level III, Automatic Sprinkler System Layout".

Residential Fire Sprinkler Installation Contractor license: To be eligible to take the Residential Fire Sprinkler Installation Contractor examination, an applicant must have held a Plumbing license issued by the Board for at least two (2) years and must complete the required sixteen (16) hour educational course approved by the Board. License applications (including class registration) are required at least four weeks prior to the class date. The exam may be taken on the second day of class or at a later date in Raleigh. The RFSIC course will be held in Greensboro on October 29 & 30, 2014. Applications and registration must be received by September 30, 2014.  To register for the class, please click here.


Fire Sprinkler Inspection Contractor license: To be eligible to take the Fire Sprinkler Inspection Contractor examination, an applicant must hold a current certification by NICET for "Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, Level III".

Fire Sprinkler Inspection Technician license: To be eligible to take the Fire Sprinkler Inspection Technician examination, an applicant must have 2 years (4,000 hours) experience in inspection and testing of previously installed fire sprinkler systems, or 2 years (4,000 hours) experience in the installation of previously installed fire sprinkler systems, or a combination of both. This license may be obtained without examination for individuals who hold a valid NICET Level II Certification in Inspection and Testing of Water-based Fire Protection Systems.

Fire Sprinkler Maintenance license: To be eligible to take the Fire Sprinkler Maintenance Technician examination, an applicant must be employed as a full-time maintenance person and have 2 years (4,000 hours) experience at the facility where the license is being sought, or 1 year (2,000 hours) at the facility and 4 hours of approved education.

Military Experience for Experience Qualification for Licensure

Former military personnel who submit applications for license may use military experience in accordance with the experience requirements listed in our statutes and rules.  Military experience shall be documented by submission of the following documents:

- The applicant’s DD214 noting the military experience that is applicable to the type of license the applicant is seeking to obtain,

- Sworn statements from direct supervisor(s) who supervised the applicant, detailing the type and hours of experience the  applicant has in the classification of license being sought

Military spouses who submit applications for license may submit the following items as documentation of experience applicable to the type of license they wish to obtain in accordance with the experience requirements listed in our statutes and rules:

- Copies of licensure from other state(s) along with a sworn statement from the licensing authority acknowledging that the applicant obtained the licensure by examination and detailing the experience the licensing authority required from the licensee in order to obtain the license, and

- Sworn statements from direct supervisors who supervised the applicant, detailing the type and hours of experience the applicant has in the classification of license being sought.

Examination Information: Examinations are given on a daily basis at seven testing centers throughout the state (Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Greenville, Wlimington).  Upon application approval, the applicant will receive written notification which will include instructions for scheduling the examination, which must be taken within thirty (30) days of the date of the notification letter. Click here for a listing of examinations and time limits.