The organization in charge of granting licenses, endorsements, and registrations to plumbers in Texas is the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE), whose primary goal is to ensure that its inhabitants' drinking water, air, and medicinal gasses are free from contaminants so that they can live and work in a secure environment. On the other hand, the licensing process ensures that Plumbing Professionals are educated about technical advancements in the field, updated on changes to Plumbing Codes, and actively seeking to advance their craft through ongoing education. In addition, the industry's expansion depends on registering Plumber Apprentices since it establishes a clear path for getting a license by providing the requirements for qualifications for four types of Plumber Licenses.
The candidate must fulfill all eligibility conditions, take and pass an exam, and pay a fee to be granted a License (Registration does not require an exam). The License is renewed yearly, and when it is received for the first time, a random expiration date will be given, which might be anywhere between 6 and 18 months from the day the licensing exam was completed. Each license holder is required to complete six hours of CPE (Continuing Professional Education) before they can renew.
Some endorsements can be added to a Journeyman, Master, or Plumbing Inspector License, which will serve as an optional certification. To obtain one, the candidate must fulfill all eligibility conditions, take and pass an exam, and pay a fee. Once every three years, endorsements are renewed. An expiration date that coincides with the license you added the endorsement to is automatically allocated when you receive it for the first time.
The three types of Texas Endorsements are:
Before beginning to record the number of hours worked in the plumbing industry, the candidate must register as a Plumber’s Apprentice. The hours needed to pass the Journeyman Plumber or Tradesman Plumber - Limited exams do not include said criteria for registering as an Apprentice.
Official TSBPE Website
929 East 41st Street, Austin, Texas 78751