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Licenses Without Examinations

  • “Disconnect/reconnect plumbing technician specialty license” means a sublicense under a plumbing license to perform work from the appliance shutoff valve or fixture shutoff valve to the appliance or fixture and any part or component of the appliance or fixture, including the disconnection and reconnection of the existing appliance or fixture to the water or sewer piping and the installation of a shutoff valve no more than 3 feet from the appliance or fixture.
  • The Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board issues disconnect/reconnect plumbing technician specialty licenses to applicants with industry training or a Service Technician Associate degree or other board-approved training. Approved organizations are listed below. Other organizations may be considered with the approval of the board.

License Requirements

  • Applications for this specialty license may be submitted either online or via a paper application. License requirements are listed below:
    • Must be at least 18 years old;
    • 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.
    • Pay the specialty license fees (see our Fees link on the left for more details);
    • Submit proof that the applicant is receiving or has previously received industry training to perform work covered under this specialty license, or the applicant completed a Service Technician Associate degree, or Board approved equivalent educational or training. If you submit an application online, please fax, email, or mail proof of your training or credentials separately.

Approved Providers for Disconnect/Reconnect Plumbing Technician Specialty License

Hearth Systems Specialty License

  • The Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board per its legislative act will recognize hearth systems specialty license as a sublicense in the HVAC discipline. Certification from the National Fireplace Institute is required for licensure. Other organizations may be considered with the approval of the board.
  • “Hearth systems specialty license” means a sublicense under an HVAC license to perform work in the installation of gas burning and solid fuel appliances that offer a decorative view of the flames, from the connector pipe to the shutoff valve located within 3 feet of the appliance. This sublicense is further allowed to perform work in the venting systems, log lighters, gas log sets, fireplace inserts, and freestanding stoves.
  • Provide the board with evidence that:
    • Must be at least 18 years old.
    • An applicant shall 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.
    • The applicant possesses a valid certification issued by the National Fireplace Institute or equivalent authority approved by the board.

Approved Providers for Hearth Systems Specialty License

  • National Fireplace Institute

Medical Gas Piping Certification

  • The Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board issues medical gas piping certification to medical gas system installers who possess valid certification from the National Inspection Testing Certification Corporation or NITC. Certification from other organizations may be considered with the approval of the board.
  • In addition to NITC, the board has also approved Medical Gas Management (MGM), Medical Equipment Training and Certification, LLC (METC), Environmental & Medical Gas Services (EMGS), Airgas Medical Services, Inc -formerly known as Medical Gas Management, Inc (AMS) and Medical Gas Testing & Certification, LLC (MGTC).
  • "Medical gas system installer" means any person who installs or repairs medical gas piping, components, and vacuum systems, including brazers, who has been issued a valid certification from the national inspection testing certification (NITC) corporation, or an equivalent authority approved by the board."
  • Persons who possess medical gas piping certification must maintain brazing continuity and valid NITC certification or equivalent. Because current certification and brazing continuity must be maintained, no continuing education hours are required for renewal of the medical gas piping certification.

Requirements

  • The requirements for a board-issued medical gas piping certification are as follows:
    • Must submit an application either online or via the paper application;
    • Pay the medical gas piping certification fee;
    • Must be at least 18 years old;
    • Must show proof of NITC certification or a board-approved equivalent certification, including proof of current brazing qualification.

    Private School or College Routine Maintenance Specialty License

    • The Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board issues specialty licenses for those employed with a private school or college and performing routine maintenance within the scope of employment. Routine maintenance is defined as follows:
    • “Routine maintenance” means the maintenance, repair, or replacement of existing fixtures or parts of plumbing, HVAC, refrigeration, or hydronic systems in which no changes in the original design are made. Fixtures or parts do not include smoke and fire dampers or water, gas, or steam piping permanent repairs except for traps or strainers. Routine maintenance shall include emergency repairs. “Routine maintenance” does not include the replacement of furnaces, boilers, cooling appliances, or water heaters more than 100 gallons in size.

    License Requirements

    • To apply for a specialty license, an application must be submitted either online or via a paper application. Requirements for the private school or college routine maintenance specialty license are as follows:
      • Must be at least 18 years old.
      • 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.
      • Pay specialty license application fee;
      • Provide evidence that the applicant is employed by a private school or college and is performing routine maintenance within the scope of employment with the private school or college.

    Service Technician HVAC Specialty License

    • The Service Technician HVAC specialty license is a sublicense under an HVAC-refrigeration or mechanical license that allows licensees to perform work from the appliance shutoff valve to the appliance and any part and component of the appliance, including the disconnection and reconnection of the existing appliance to the gas piping and the installation of a shutoff valve no more than 3 feet away from the appliance.
    • Certification from North American Technician Excellence, Inc (NATE) or a Service Technician Associate degree or equivalent board-approved training is required for licensure. Approved organizations are listed below. Other organizations may be considered with the approval of the board.

    License Requirements

    • To be eligible, file an application, submit proof of NATE certification or other board-approved training, and pay the appropriate licensing fee. Application requirements are listed below.
      • Must be at least 18 years old.
      • Must 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.
      • Submit evidence of valid certification from North American Technician Excellence, Inc. (NATE) or an equivalent authority approved by the board, or evidence that the applicant completed a Service Technician Associate degree or equivalent educational or similar training approved by the board.

    For more information on the approved providers please visit here.

    Appeals Process

    • If you are requesting a response about exam content, registration, scheduling, or test administration (testing site procedures, equipment, personnel, etc.), please submit an appeal in writing. Your appeal letter must provide your name and Social Security number, the exam title, the date you tested, and the details of your concern, including all relevant facts. Be sure to include your signature and return address.
      • Mail your appeal letter to:
        • Kirkwood Community College
        • ATTN: Zach Johnson
        • 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW
        • Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
        • Faxed appeals are not accepted because an original signature is required.

      Renew a License

      • All licenses issued or renewed after May 1, 2020, will expire on June 30, 2023. Licensees have a one-month grace period (for most licenses until the end of July) to renew their license without paying additional penalties or late fees. After the grace period, the following late fees apply:
        • For renewal during the month of August (or 2 months after the expiration date if your license expired prior to June 30), licensees must submit an additional $60 late penalty fee in addition to meeting the other requirements for renewal. The late fee is applied to each license that has not been renewed in a timely manner.
        • For renewal during the month of September (or 3 months after the expiration date if your license expired prior to June 30) and up to one year late, licensees must submit an additional $100 late penalty fee in addition to meeting the other requirements for renewal. The late fee is applied to each license that has not been renewed in a timely manner. The license is not valid for practice.
        • If your license is more than one year past its expiration date, the license is also not valid for practice in Iowa and you must meet the requirements for reinstatement of the license. Licensees will be required to pay the full 3-year renewal fee and shall not be entitled to a pro-rated reduced renewal fee.

      Renewal Requirements

      • To renew a license, applicants must submit an application for renewal (either online or via a paper application)
        • Pay the renewal fee
        • Meet the continuing education requirements for renewal
        • Continuing education hours must be completed during the renewal term of the license to be eligible (unless your license expired over 365 days ago - reinstatement requires either retesting or retaking all continuing education hours).
        • Please see the "Continuing Education" link for details on continuing education requirements.

        Allow up to 4 weeks for processing all applications.

        Reinstatement Requirements (License expired more than 1 year ago)

        • If your license expired more than one year ago, you must meet the requirements for reinstatement. A licensee has two options for reinstatement: 1) either retaking and successfully passing the applicable licensing examination; or (2) retaking and successfully completing all continuing education requirements. The appropriate license renewal fee must also be paid and board rules specify that a licensee shall not be entitled to a prorated, reduced renewal fee.
        • To reinstate by “retaking” continuing education – you must provide evidence of taking the required number of continuing education courses for each license you are seeking to reinstate. The courses must be taken at least one year after the license expiration date to qualify. For example, if your license expired on March 1, 2014, courses must be taken after March 1, 2015, to qualify for reinstatement of your license. If your license has been lapsed for more than one renewal cycle (e.g. before July 2016), you must provide proof of retaking CEUs for each renewal cycle in which the license has lapsed. For example, to reinstate a single plumbing license that lapsed in 2015, 16 hours of CEUs would be required.
        • To reinstate by retaking the applicable licensing exam, download an Exam Candidate Application from our website (located under the link for “Examination”) or submit the online Exam Candidate Application and select reinstatement as the basis for the application. The application must be submitted along with the fee of $35 for each examination. Upon approval, you will be sent information on scheduling your examination through Kirkwood Community College. A testing fee of $95 per examination must be paid directly to Kirkwood.
        • After you have successfully completed your examination or continuing education, submit the application for renewal, along with the correct fee for each license you are reinstating.

        Combining Licenses into a Mechanical License

        • For licensees that currently hold an HVAC/R and a Hydronics license at the same level as a master or journeyperson, you may elect to combine these licenses into a single mechanical license. Renewal fees will be assessed as a single license if converting to a mechanical license. No fee is charged to combine licenses when it is done at renewal. PLEASE NOTE - If you are renewing into the new MECHANICAL license, there are special instructions when doing this via the public portal. In the instructions for individual renewals, see the section marked 'Combine to Mechanical."

        Reciprocity

        • Iowa Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board Application for License by Reciprocity
          • In May 2016, the board approved its first reciprocity agreement with the South Dakota State Plumbing Commission. The agreement allows persons who obtained their license based on written examination to obtain a similar license without passing another exam in the other state. This means that if you received a South Dakota plumbing license based on a written examination, you could apply for reciprocity to obtain an Iowa plumbing license without passing another examination for the state of Iowa. You must agree to abide by all other Iowa laws and rules. The reciprocity agreement applies only to the journeyperson and master plumbing license requirements. To apply for an Iowa license based on reciprocity, apply online or via the paper application. You must include a copy of your South Dakota license and a good standing/license verification certificate from the South Dakota Plumbing Commission. You must also have a non-Iowa resident address at the time your application is submitted.
          • If you are an Iowa plumbing license holder seeking reciprocity with South Dakota, your Iowa license must have been issued based on written examination (persons who were grandfathered into Iowa license requirements are not eligible). Contact the South Dakota State Plumbing Commission http://dlr.sd.gov/ for information about the South Dakota license and application forms. If you need written verification of your Iowa license for South Dakota, submit a written request to our office along with a check or money order for $20, which is the Iowa license verification fee.

        Post-Examination Licensure Requirements

        • Congratulations on the successful completion of your discipline examination! To complete the Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board licensure process, you must now complete a post-examination licensure application. If you are in an apprenticeship program, you must also have graduated from the apprentice program to receive your journeyperson license. The application can be completed either online or via paper. A $25 paper application fee is charged if you do not submit an online application. Online applications can also be processed quicker and allow you to receive your license certificate and wallet card quicker.
        • Please note a 30% discount applies to the fees for active journey and master discipline licenses when purchased in a single transaction. If you will be applying for more than one discipline license, you may elect to wait and apply for all licenses in a single transaction.