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Continuing Education

Plumber continuing education classes and requirements

Classes

Acrobat PDF file Approved Plumbers Continuing Education Class list (127 KB PDF)

The dates listed in this document are the dates the course is approved for, not the dates they are offered. Many of the course sponsors offer their classes in several locations around the state. You must contact the course sponsor for course schedules.

Acrobat PDF file Pumping Industry - Plumber/Electrican Combination Course list (21 KB PDF)

If you do not complete the required continuing education by the time of your renewal, your certificate will not be renewed. Working with an expired license is not allowed by law, and you and your employer may be assessed an infraction for this violation. Plumbers who have not completed the requirements by the time of their renewal will be subject to a double fee. Retesting will be required if the training is not completed within 90 days of expiration. Trainees will not receive credit for hours worked while the card remains in an expired or inactive status.

Contractor Training Days

These courses have been approved for 4 hours of industry related plumbing continuing education. There are also 2, 2-hour plumbing code classes available that you can take on the same day. These classes have been approved for continuing education credit for Journey Level, Residential Specialty, Plumber Trainees, as well as Pump & Irrigation and Domestic Pump combination licenses.


Requirements

All Journey Level and Residential Specialty Plumbers must obtain 16 hours of continuing education within a 2-year renewal cycle. Plumber Trainees must complete 8 of the required 16 hours every year. All of these required courses must be taken within the renewal cycle. Classes must be from the approved course list.

Within each 2-year cycle, you must complete:

  • a minimum of 8 hours of Plumbing Code (Code), plus
  • a minimum of 4 hours of Industry-Related Electrical (IRE), plus
  • 4 additional hours from Code, IRE or Industry-related Plumbing (IRP).

All Pump and Irrigation and Domestic Pump Plumbers must obtain 24 hours of continuing education with a minimum of 12 hours of plumbing or combination classes, within a 3-year renewal cycle. Courses must be taken from the approved course lists.

Acrobat PDF file Plumber, Electrician & Pump Installer Continuing Education Requirements (24 KB PDF)

Matrix of Continuing Education Requirements for licensing.

NOTE: WAC 296-400A-028 (app.leg.wa.gov) (2) states "an individual will not be given credit for the same approved continuing education course taken more than once in the two years prior to the renewal date."


Class providers: Get your course approved

Plumbing continuing education courses must be approved by L&I for Plumbers and Plumber Trainees to get credit.

If you would like to have your course reviewed at this time, please submit the Plumber Continuing Education Course Application form (F627-037-000), the fee, and 4 copies of all documentation to the following address:

Department of Labor & Industries Plumber Program
P.O. Box 44470
Olympia, WA, 98504

Forms are available on our website.

For information regarding forms and applications, please call 360-902-4768 or email Bruce.Springer@lni.wa.gov.

Note: A very limited number of continuing education courses have been submitted for the combination plumber/electrician category. We encourage the industry to submit classes to accommodate the requirement for renewal of the combination license.


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