Unlike electrical or general contracting licenses, Nebraska does not have a statewide regulating body for plumbing licensure. The state website has resources that can help you — such as their registered apprenticeship portal — but the issuing and maintenance of journeyman and master plumber licenses are regulated on a city-by-city basis. To help you pursue a plumbing career in Nebraska, below you’ll find a guide to getting licensed in the city of Omaha.
Omaha Plumbing License Reciprocity
The Omaha municipal code states that license reciprocity will be extended to individuals “licensed as a journeyman in a city of equivalent size that requires similar qualification criteria.” You will have to submit the evidence of your licensure upon application to the plumbing board to maintain your licensed status.
Omaha Master Plumber License
An Omaha master plumber’s license is given to individuals who have:
- Four consecutive years of experience working as a licensed journeyman;
- Successfully passed the master plumber examination.
Master plumbers from other cities in Nebraska can be licensed by endorsement if they were licensed and employed in a city of equal size and training standards of Omaha.
Omaha Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements
All individuals seeking to become plumbing professionals will need a journeyman license. To become a licensed journeyman plumber in Omaha, Nebraska, you will have to:
- Complete four years of classroom instruction, including 300 hours of plumbing construction;
- Complete a consecutive four-year apprenticeship approved by the city;
- Pass the journeyman plumbing exam.
Plumbing Journeyman Exam
The Omaha journeyman exam covers practical and theoretical knowledge of plumbing, building drainage, venting, and sanitation. Applicants will need to meet the following application requirements:
- Submit an exam application;
- Pay applicable fees;
- Verify education and apprenticeship credentials with the city plumbing board.
Omaha Apprenticeship Requirements
Anyone looking to apprentice under a master plumber must:
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Have education equivalent to a high school diploma or GED;
- Submit an apprentice agreement and registration fee;
- Registered annually with the plumbing board secretary.
You can reach the plumbing board secretary by phone at (402) 444-5150 ext. 2062, and you may register by providing your name, address, and place of employment. Registration expires on December 30 of each year.
Omaha Plumbing Apprentice Jobs
The Nebraska department of labor has an apprenticeship portal for those seeking apprenticeship opportunities. You can also find apprenticeship opportunities through your training program or private listings.
Plumbing Trade Schools in Omaha
Here are a few of the plumbing training programs in Omaha:
Steamfitters & Plumbers Local Union
3375 Oak View Dr,
Omaha, NE 68144
ABC Education Center
2602 Harney St,
Omaha, NE 68131
Omaha Professional License Search
You can search for and verify your Omaha license on the City of Omaha license and permit search portal.
For More License and Career Guides
To find out how to become a Plumbing Contractor in another state, start here.
For information on other trades in Nebraska, click on a link below to learn more about the licensing requirements: