Journeyman Electrician & Journeyman Plumber Requirement

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Reno Journeyman and Apprentice Cards

The Law: Journeyman with Certificates/cards are required to work and supervise on-site work within the City of Reno per Title 14.04.125.

Apprentice Electrical and Plumbing Certificates/Cards are also required issued by a State of Nevada or Federally approved apprenticeship program, with journeyman on-site supervising the work, immediately available for inspectors.

ONLY Three Exceptions:

  1. Homeowners,
  2. Contractors working Residential Type V construction with 3 stories or less with a completed Residential Journeyman Compliance Agreement on file,
  3. Those with reciprocal licenses from another City/County/State/Country have up to 12-months exemption to work within the City limits. Submit electronic photocopy of the reciprocal Journeyman cards and which job sites they are employed at to

Flowchart/Visual Aid to understand the Ordinance

Journeyman Renewals and Applicants for Journeyman Exams



  1. Complete the City of Reno Journeyman Electrician Affidavit of Experience and submit by email to, or in person.  (List start and end months/years for electrician experience.)
  2. Staff will process and provide the candidate an ICC Eligibility Letter with an IC number and instructions to schedule the exam.
  3. Schedule the test through ICC/Pearson Vue *(including the "IC" eligibility number such as IC1234567.) Computer exam shows test results immediately; a score of 70 passes the open book, timed exam.
  4. If test is passed, apply to ICC and follow their instructions for the printed card.
  5. Your Reno Journeyman Certificate will be sent directly to your mailing address by ICC.

CODE / TEST: The open book, Reno Journeyman Electrician Exams are based on the 2011 National Electric Code (NEC) until January 31, 2019. Beginning in Feb. 2019 the test will be based on the 2017 NEC, which is the current adopted building code.  

NEC VERSION COMPARISON MATRIX - Compares various versions of the NEC. 

Reno, Nevada Contractor/Trades Examination Information Bulletin for certification questions, renewal questions, and fees.  Other questions not answered by the bulletin, email




  1. Apply through the Nevada Board of Plumbing Examiners (NBOPE) Journeyman & Master Plumber testing which processes all applications, renewals. Complete their application thoroughly, pay the fee, and mail in.
  2. A third party (the National Inspection Testing Certification or NITC) approves applications and testing.
  3. Passing applicants will receive their cards from the NBOPE. OTHER- The renewal grace period expired December 2016.

CODE/EXAM: The Plumbing Journeyman Exam is based on the 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and is open book.  The City and region will be changing to the 2018 UPC as the City of Reno adopted that effective January 1, 2019.

Test Help - Journeyman Plumbing Code Bulletin (NITC).

Other Journeyman Plumber Questions not answered by the bulletin or NITC website? Feel free to go to Contact Us link of the NBOPE.


State of Nevada Registered and Accredited Apprenticeships

State of Nevada ELECTRICAL Apprenticeship Programs

State of Nevada PLUMBING Apprenticeship Programs

If you are an EMPLOYER interested in starting a Registered Apprenticeship in Nevada, please go to the OWINN’s homepage to learn more about starting a program. You may also email or call 702-486-8080 to learn more about Registered Apprenticeships in Nevada.

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