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North Carolina Plumbing Contractor, Class 2 (Residential)


  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.

  • Please note that there is a separate North Carolina Business and Law exam that needs to be passed to get this license. The Business Law exam is taken at the same time as the trade exam and the price for the Business Law exam is included in the trade exam fee.

  • Applicants are required to have at least 4,000 hours (2 years) of on site full time experience in the design or installation of plumbing or heating systems related to the category for which license is sought, even if no license was required for the work performed. Up to one half or 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 category for which the exam is requested.

  • There are no State mandated minimum financial, bonding, or insurance requirements for this license at this time.
The Plumbing Class 2 classification covers the system of pipes, fixtures, apparatus, and appurtenances installed upon the premises or in a building to supply water to and to convey sewage or other waste from the premises or building. The Plumbing Class 2 contractor may do this work in single family detached residential dwellings only.

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Required Books 

The references listed below are necessary to prepare for the examination and will NOT be provided at the testing center. As of 08/01/17 Candidates must provide their own reference materials.

Reference materials must be hardback or soft-cover (no loose-leaf).  References can be highlighted but may only be tabbed with tabs manufactured or provided by the publisher. 

The book for the Business and Law portion of the exam can only be obtained by directly contacting the State Licensing Board. The references listed below are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.

*There is an additional downloadable document for the North Carolina Plumbing Class 2 exam*

North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 87, Article 2, 21 North Carolina Administrative Code Chapter 50.

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Additional Services

  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.
  • Please note that there is a separate North Carolina Business and Law exam that needs to be passed to get this license. The Business Law exam is taken at the same time as the trade exam and the price for the Business Law exam is included in the trade exam fee.
  • Applicants are required to have at least 4,000 hours (2 years) of on site full time experience in the design or installation of plumbing or heating systems related to the category for which license is sought, even if no license was required for the work performed. Up to one half or 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 category for which the exam is requested.
  • There are no State mandated minimum financial, bonding, or insurance requirements for this license at this time.
The Plumbing Class 2 classification covers the system of pipes, fixtures, apparatus, and appurtenances installed upon the premises or in a building to supply water to and to convey sewage or other waste from the premises or building. The Plumbing Class 2 contractor may do this work in single family detached residential dwellings only.

To apply, contact North Carolina State Board of Examiners for Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler contractors at 1-919-875-3612.

The fee for the application is $25 and the licensing fee for initial license and for renewal is $125.

Applications will be processed in 2 to 4 weeks from the time they are received.

All licenses expire on the last day of December in each year following their issuance or renewal.

North Carolina does not have reciprocity for this license.

North Carolina requires 6 hours of approved continuing education every year as a condition of license renewal. Continuing education hours must be completed prior to your license expiration each year. 4 hours of continuing education must be on the current code related to your license and 2 hours must be on a subject related to plumbing.
  • The fee for the exam is $100 ($25 application fee and $75 for the exam).
  • The Plumbing Class 2 exam has 150 questions with a time limit of 4 hours. The Business Law exam has 50 questions with a 1.5 hour time limit.As of August 1, 2017 The Board will NOT supply all required reference materials at the test center. Candidates MUST bring their own books to the exam. 

    The exam is designed to test the applicant’s knowledge concerning the analysis of plans and specifications, estimating costs, fundamentals of installation and design, codes, fire hazards, and related subjects as they pertain to heating.

  • An applicant has 30 days to take the exam once approval has been given.
  • To schedule your exam after obtaining approval, contact PSI at 1-800-733-9267.
American Contractors carries all of the references needed to prepare and take the North Carolina Plumbing exams. We currently do not offer a preparation seminar. We also carry all the HVAC, Plumbing, Fire Sprinkler and Fuel Piping books needed for the exams. Please contact us for additional information, 1-800-992-1910.