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Journeyman Electrician & Journeyman Plumber Requirement

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Journeyman Electrician and Plumber Cards are required to work or supervise on-site within the City of Reno.  (see Ordinance No. 6400, Effective December 1, 2016). 

EXCEPTIONS: Homeowners, residential exceptions through a completed Residential Journeyman Compliance Agreement with the City, and reciprocal Journeyman Cards from out-of-state for 1 year.


ELECTRICAL (ICC test is currently based on the 2011 National Electrical Code):


To renew a Reno Journeyman Electrical certificate, see the ICC Bulletin renewal requirements and complete their ICC renewal applicationThe ICC Bulletin may also be obtained by visiting, or calling ICC directly 1-888-422-7233 ext. 5524.   If your card expired in 2013 or earlier, the grace period ended May 2017 and a new application and exam is required by ICC. 



City Ordinance reciprocates for 1 year from the time of contact with the City, see page 7 letter (d) of the above ordinance 6400. After that, to continue working on-site, you would need to take the Reno Journeyman Exam.
Are you currently working a certain construction job on-site in Reno? If so, please email a copy of a valid out-of-state Journeyman electrician card, or Plumbing card, and we will include you on the list of qualified journeyman within a 1-year grace period.


Journeyman Electrical Certificate:

  • No person shall engage in the trade of journeyman who does not hold a valid Journeyman Electrician Certificate issued by the International Code Council, or other approved testing agency.
  • All such journeyman shall be employed by and under the supervision of a State of Nevada licensed electrician.
  • An applicant for an Electrical Journeyman Certificate shall show proof of experience as required on the City of Reno application form and pay all required fees. 
  • All testing, issuance of certificates, and renewals shall be processed by the issuing agency. 
  • All reciprocal licenses require verification of experience, and a recognized Nevada journeyman certificate must be obtained within twelve (12) months of employment.

APPLICANTS: Application fees and proof of experience must be attached to the application to the City of Reno Building & Safety Division, acceptable experience shall be one of the following:

Residential Journeyman Exam requires documentation of 6,000 hours or three (3) years electrical trade experience.

Journeyman Electrician Exam requires documentation of 8,000 hours or four (4) years electrical trade experience to qualify for commercial. 

Letters verifying employment including dates of employment must be written on company letterhead. Please summarize on the application and submit with the registration fee.  Union letter ok.

EXAMS Journeyman Electrical - Residential and Commercial

  1. PLEASE OBTAIN OUR APPLICATION AND READ THE ICC Bulletins for FULL information.  The bulletins for Reno are listed under Nevada. 
  2. The Electrical Exam is based on the 2011 National Electric Code.
  3. The test is open book and applicants must provide their own code books.
City of Reno's Application Fee for Commercial/Residential Journeyman Electrical      $10.00

Apprentice Electrical Certificates required:                                            

  • No person shall engage in the trade of apprentice electrician who does not hold a valid apprentice electrical certificate issued by an apprenticeship program (examples below). 
  • Unless exempt under Sec. subsection (b) of Ordinance No. 6400, all apprentice electricians shall be certified by and actively enrolled in an electrical apprentice program. 
  • An apprentice electrician shall be an employee of a State of Nevada licensed electrician, and shall be under his/her direct supervision, or that of a certified journeyman under like employment.

Approved Electrician Apprenticeship Programs:
Electrical JATC of No. NV #401
4635 Longley Lane #108, Reno, NV 89502
(775) 358-4301 or Toll Free: (866) 548-7901,

Associated Builders & Contractors Sierra NV Chapter
240 South Rock Blvd #121, Reno, NV 89502
(775) 358-7888,

Electrical JATC of No. NV #357
620 Leigon Way, Las Vegas, NV 89110 (702)459-7949

Associated Builders & Contractors Las Vegas
5070 South Arville Street, Ste. 6, Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 227-0536,

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PLUMBING (Test is currently based on the 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code):

Apprentice Plumber Certificate:                                     

  • No person shall engage in the trade of apprentice plumber who does not hold a valid Apprentice Plumbing Certificate issued by an apprenticeship program.
  • Unless exempt under Sec. subsection (b) of Ordinance 6400, all apprentice plumbers shall be certified and actively enrolled in an apprentice program.
  • An apprentice plumber shall be an employee of a State of Nevada licensed plumber, and shall be under his/her direct supervision or that of a certified journeyman plumber under like employment. 

Provide proof of participation in a State of Nevada or Federally approved apprenticeship program.  Certificates are issued by an apprenticeship program.

Approved Plumber Apprenticeship Programs:
No. Plumbers Local 350 JATC
1150 Greg Street, Sparks, NV 89431
(775) 359-2229 or Toll Free: (866) 202-2024,

Associated Builders & Contractors Sierra NV Chapter
240 South Rock #121, Reno, NV 89502
(775) 358-7888,

Plumbers Heating Cooling Contractors (PHCC)
271 Sunpac, Henderson, NV 89011
(702) 252-0166,

So. Plumbers Local 525 JATC
750 Leigon Way, Las Vegas, NV 89110
(702) 459-3473

December 2016 Grace Period for Journeyman or Master Plumbers who held NBOPE cards that expired at the end of 2013: You will be allowed to renew the card  just as those who held a current card by either: 
  • 8 hours of continuing education as outlined on the NBOPE web site, or
  • Take the 40 question re-certification test required for reinstatement per the City of Reno and the Boards’ agreement. (A shorter, open-book renewal test, not the actual, full closed book, test for a Journeyman or Master Plumbers.)

Direct questions and submit completed Journeyman Compliance Agreements at



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