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It is important to the future of Reno to encourage and support well-trained employees in the building industry. 

Electrical and Plumbing Journeyman Certificates (or Cards) are required by the City of Reno Community Development Department-Building Division per the approved Journeyman Ordinance linked here: Ordinance No. 6400.  There are limited residential exceptions (see below), including those through the attached Residential Journeyman Compliance Agreement with the City.  

While this is effective December 1, 2016, the residential compliance agreements are being accepted now, and affected individuals are encouraged to proactively get their journeyman cards.

Please direct questions to journeyman@reno.gov or (775) 334-2063. To view the processes for journeyman certification, please see the Journeyman Ordinance processes flowchart.

Required Documentation for All Certificates: All applicants are required to provide an acceptable form of identification and the necessary documentation for the applied certificates as listed below. 

 

Summary (see ordinance for full language) of Sec.14.04.120.007 -Certificates required under the Uniform Plumbing Code and 14.04.125.005 Certificates required under the National Electric Code. 

(a) No person, company, or corporation shall do, cause or permit to be done any installations, alterations or additions of a plumbing system, any of which would require a permit issued by the department, unless such person, company or corporation possesses a valid certificate as required by the provision of the ordinance.  

(b) Exceptions: (1) Home owners performing work in accordance with NRS 624.031. (2) Those individuals performing site utility or irrigation work which is outside of the scope-of-work of the permit issued by the Department. (3) [3 and 4 are ELECTRICAL ONLY] Installations and connections of branch circuits by state licensed heating or air-conditioning contractors to their respective equipment, provided that such branch circuits do not exceed ten feet in length and comply with all other provisions of the ordinance.  (4) Installations of non-power or power-limited wiring within any residential dwelling unit where such installations are independent of other dwelling units and do not exceed 50 volts.

(c) Violations of this article shall be addressed as indicated in Sections 114 and 115 of the 2012 International Building Code for Commercial projects and Sections 113 and 114 of the 2012 International Residential Code for residential projects.

(d) All certification issued under the provisions of this article shall be renewed in accordance with the issuing body.

(e) Required certifications shall be made upon request of the Building Official, Deputy Building Official, or other employees acting on his/her behalf.

(Electrical and Plumbing Trade requirements and exceptions are addressed in ordinance and below.) 


ELECTRICAL:

Apprentice Electrical Certificate:                                            

  • No person shall engage in the trade of apprentice electrician who does not hold a valid apprentice electrical certificate issued by an apprenticeship program. 
  • Unless exempt under Sec. 14.04.125.010 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, http://www.northernnevadaelectricians.com/

Associated Builders & Contractors Sierra NV Chapter
240 South Rock Blvd #121, Reno, NV 89502
(775) 358-7888, http://www.abcnevada.org/

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

Associated Builders & Contractors Las Vegas
5070 South Arville Street, Ste. 6, Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 227-0536, http://www.abcnevada.org/

 

14.04.125.020 – Apprentice Electrical Certificate:

(a) No person shall engage in the trade of apprentice electrician who does not hold a valid apprentice electrical certificate issued by an apprenticeship program. 

(b) Exceptions:

(1) Individuals working on residential projects three (3) stories and less of Type V construction and under the direct supervision of a State of Nevada licensed electrician or a certified journeyman, provided:

(i) The working ratio shall be a maximum of one journeyman or State of Nevada licensed electrician to six (6) subordinate employees; and,

(ii) A written agreement rev 10-20-2016 shall be provided to the City of Reno Building and Safety Division indicating the names, contact information and copies of certifications of those responsible for providing direct supervision of all subordinate employees.  Such agreement shall be kept up to date at all times; and,

(iii) Employees working must obtain a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education credit every calendar year.  Such education shall be directly related to the most current electrical code. Adequate records shall be maintained by the employee and shall be made available upon request. 

(2)     Pre-apprentices enrolled in an apprenticeship program may work with a pre-apprentice certificate while obtaining specific training prior to their full indenture into such apprenticeship program.  Such certificates may only be issued by an apprenticeship program.

(c)  Unless exempt under subsection (b) above, all apprentice electricians shall be certified by and actively enrolled in an electrical apprentice program.

(d) 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.

 

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.

Application fees and proof of experience must be attached to the application.  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 rev 04-23-2013 (PDF) and submit with the registration fee.

Test Information:

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 National Electric Code.
  3. The test is open book and applicants must provide their own code books.

To renew a Journeyman Electrical certificate, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are required prior to renewal.  Please see the Identification Cards section of the ICC Bulletin which has the renewal information and complete the renewal application rev 07-22-2011 (PDF).    The ICC Bulletin may also be obtained by visiting www.iccsafe.org/contractor or call 1-888-422-7233 ext. 5524.  The renewal application fees are listed on the renewal application.

Fee:

Commercial/Residential Journeyman Electrical Application Fee             $10.00

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PLUMBING:

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. 14.04.120.010 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, http://ualocal350.org

Associated Builders & Contractors Sierra NV Chapter
240 South Rock #121, Reno, NV 89502
(775) 358-7888, http://www.abcnevada.org/

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

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

 

14.04.120.010-Apprentice Plumbing Certificates:

(a) No person shall engage in the trade of apprentice plumber who does not hold a valid Apprentice Plumbing Certificate issued by an apprenticeship program.

(b) Exceptions:

(1) Individuals working on residential projects three (3) stories and less of Type V (wood) construction and under the direct supervision of a State of Nevada licensed plumber or a certified journeyman, provided:

(i) The working ratio shall be a maximum of one journeyman or State of Nevada licensed plumber to six (6) subordinate employees; and,

(ii) A written agreement shall be provided to the City of Reno Building and Safety Division indicating the names, contact information and copies of certifications of those responsible for providing direct supervision of all subordinate employees.  Such agreement shall be kept up to date at all times; and,

(iii) Employees working must obtain a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education credit every calendar year.  Such education shall be directly related to the most current plumbing code. Adequate records shall be maintained by the employee and shall be made available upon request. 

(2)     Pre-apprentices enrolled in an apprenticeship program may work with a pre-apprentice certificate while obtaining specific training prior to their full indenture into such apprenticeship program.  Such certificates may only be issued by an apprenticeship program. 

 

Journeyman Plumber and Master Plumber:

Please visit the Nevada Board of Plumbing Examiners (NBOPE) site for complete information and application. They contract with the National Inspection, Testing, Certification (NITC) which process the applications ($125 for registration and $80 for original test). Once NITC receives payment and notifies PSI, PSI will contact applicant by email with testing details.  

  • No person shall engage in the trade of journeyman plumber who does not hold a valid journeyman plumber certificate issued by the Nevada Board of Plumbing Examiners, or other approved testing agency.
  • All such journeymen shall be employed by and under the supervision of a State of Nevada licensed plumber.
  • An applicant for a journeyman plumbing certificate shall show proof of experience as required by the issuing agency 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.

    for a Journeyman Plumber Certificate:

  1. All applicants must have four (4) years in a state registered, accredited apprenticeship or 8,000 hours of substantiated experience in the plumbing trade

    for a Master Plumber Contractor Certificate:

  1. Provide proof of holding a NBOPE certificate as a Nevada journeyman plumber for a period of one (1) year or 2000 hours.

To renew a NBOPE Master Plumber or Journeyman Plumber card, Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are required prior to renewal. Please use the National ITC application and follow the instructions.

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 rev 10-20-2016 to the Community Development Department-Building Division at journeyman@reno.gov or (775) 334-2063.  Please visit the new Training Resources page for available classes and/or training. 

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