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Various Electrical and Plumbing certificates are required by the City of Reno Community Development Department-Building Division.  Since the certification process includes third parties, any and/or all of this information is subject to change without notice.  Please see Ordinance No. 6400 for more information.  Please direct questions to journeyman@reno.gov or (775) 334-2063. 

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. 


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.

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.

Journeyman Plumber and Master Plumber:

Please visit the Nevada Board of Plumbing Examiners (NBOPE) site for complete information and application.  You may also visit the National Inspection, Testing, Certification (NITC) site for information.   

  • 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.

Direct questions to the Community Development Department-Building Division at journeyman@reno.gov or (775) 334-2063.

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