Unlike many other states, there are no is no general contractor license regulation at the state-level in Wyoming. Wyoming general contractor licensing is all regulated through local jurisdictions. For example, if you are working in Jackson, Wyoming, you will need to follow the Jackson City contractor licensing rules and regulations that are set by the local government. Although specifics may change from locale to locale, the state-wide definition of contractor generally follows the same suit as the city of Cheyenne’s definition:
“…any person, firm, partnership, corporation or other legal entity who undertakes for compensation, any construction or building maintenance work on any building or structure. This work includes, but is not limited to, any building or structure that is erected, constructed, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved, and proved, removed, converted or demolished.”
Depending on the type of work you provide, in order to become a contractor in Wyoming, you may need to apply for one or more of the following licenses:
- Class A General Contractor: Any construction, alteration, or repair work on any type/size structure;
- Class B Building Contractor: Any construction, alteration, or repair work on family residential construction and commercial buildings that are under 2500 square feet and one story in size;
- Class R Residential Contractor: Any construction, alteration, addition, or repair work for single-family dwellings — that are attached — and buildings under three stories.
Wyoming Plumbing License Reciprocity
Since Wyoming does not license plumbers at the state-level, the Wyoming license reciprocity agreements — as well as the rules guiding the process — is completely up to the respective local jurisdiction. For clarity, while your license from another state may be honored in Jackson, it may not be in Cheyenne.
In most cases — even if your license has some sort of license reciprocity — individuals holding a license in another state generally need to do some combination of up-training and examination to prove competency within the new state. You do not want to re-do unnecessary aspects, so check with local jurisdiction on the Wyoming Association of Municipalities for license clarity that can help you to avoid double-dipping. Also, nonresident general contractors must post a bond with the Wyoming Department of Revenue depending on their respective local jurisdiction cost.
Wyoming Plumbing Journeyman License Requirements
Journeymen are professionals that have gone through a four- to five-year apprenticeship program in order to work on water and drainage systems within residential and commercial realms. In order to become a journeyman plumber in Wyoming you need to go through several steps:
- Participate — and complete — a four-year, direct hands-on exposure to the trade through apprenticing a journeyman plumber;
- Sign up for — and pass — the journeyman plumber exam;
- Contact the respective local jurisdiction within Wyoming that you are obtaining a license to work in and apply for licensure. For example, the Cheyenne, Wyoming license application or the Casper, Wyoming license application.
Regardless of where you apply, Wyoming plumbing licenses are issued by:
Building Safety Department
2101 O’Neil Avenue, Room 202
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
Phone: (307) 637-6332
Fax: (307) 637-6366
Plumbing Journeyman Exam
The Wyoming plumbing journeyman exam can be taken online, you can call 1-(877)-234-6082 to contact over the phone, or contact your local representative for local testing facilities. The cost to take the exam is $105, there are 70 multiple-choice questions, and you need a score of 75% to pass. Regardless of jurisdiction, any Wyoming plumbing exam will include topics such as:
- Administrative Procedures;
- Drainage Systems;
- Faucets, Fittings, and Fixtures;
- Pipes and Pipefitting;
- Sewage Systems;
- Trade Mathematics;
- Vents and Venting
- Water Supply and Distribution.
There are generalized journeyman plumbing test guides and plumbing practice tests available to help you prepare best for the licensing exam. While the specific jurisdiction you lie within dictates exactly what is on the test, these two universal preparation tools can be great resources regardless.
Plumbing Apprenticeship Requirements
In order to learn and develop the skills necessary to become a journeyman or master plumber in Wyoming, the first step is finding an apprenticeship program. The requirements for plumbing apprenticeship programs vary from provider to provider, but generally required are the following training combinations:
- Three to five years of on-the-job training under the direct supervision of a licensed plumber;
- Three to five years of formal classroom schooling.
Wyoming Plumbing Apprentice Jobs
Apprentice jobs are available through Build Our Wyoming. It is also always a viable option to speak with someone that is actively practicing the trade, or your regional representative. Other resources to help find plumbing apprentice jobs are:
- Online job boards such as Indeed, Glassdoor, Ziprecruiter, and Linkedin;
- Utilizing career centers within a plumbing trade school;
- Cold-calling plumbing businesses.
More often than not, apprenticeships offer some sort of compensation for the work training that you perform. But since the apprenticeship is training (and you do not hold a license) the pay is generally around half of what pay would be if you were licensed in the state.
Plumbing Trade Schools in Wyoming
School: Casper College
Contact Info: (307) 268-2100
Address: 125 College Dr, Casper, WY 83601
School: Laramie County Community College
Contact Info: (307) 778-5222
Address: 1400 E College Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82007
School: Western Wyoming Community College
Contact Info: (307) 382-1600
Address: 2500 College Dr, Rock Springs, WY 82901
Wyoming Professional License Search
In order for a company — or individual — to validate and verify licensing credentials that a potential-hire possesses, they can utilize the Wyoming state license database to look up the license.
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