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Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Examining Board

Licensure Details — Requirements

Journey Level

Definition of Journeyperson

"Journeyperson" means any person, other than a master, who, as a principal occupation, is engaged as an employee of, or otherwise working under the direction of, a master in the design, installation, and repair of plumbing, mechanical, HVAC, refrigeration, sheet metal, or hydronic systems, as applicable.

General Journeyperson Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • An applicant must have no record of felony conviction relating to the profession as determined by the board. Applicants with a felony conviction will be subject to review by the board to determine eligibility for licensure.
  • Must file an application and submit appropriate fees.
  • Must meet one of the following requirements:

    Provide the board with evidence of having completed at least four years of practical experience as an apprentice. Beginning January 1, 2010 the four year of practical experience required must be an apprenticeship training program register by the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.

    Pass the state journeyperson licensing examination in the applicable discipline.

    Note: A journeyperson examination applicant may apply to sit for the examination up to 6 months prior to completion of the 48 months of required apprentice credit which shall include the granting of advanced standing or credit for previously acquired experience, training, or skills. The application for licensure will not be processed until all required criteria are complete and the certificate of completion from the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship has been issued.


  • Provide evidence an applicant possesses a master level license


Journeyperson - $180.00 per trade