Plumbers

Additionally, per MCL 339.6121, all fees for plumber-related licenses and registrations, including examination, initial, renewal, and any other fee under section 31 of the Skilled Trades Regulation Act are waived for veterans. To utilize the fee waiver, the applicant must provide either form DD214 or DD215 to prove separation from the armed forces was with an honorable character of service or under honorable conditions (general) character of service. The form may be provided with the application.

The form may be provided with the application. The application(s) may be found here.

Information on obtaining your DD214 or DD215 may be found here.

Journey Plumber

Per MCL 338.3535, veterans applying for a journey plumber license may utilize experience gained in the armed forces towards the experience requirements. The veteran must apply within 1 year of being honorably discharged and provide an affidavit signed by a commanding officer, supervisor, or military superior with direct knowledge of his or her service indicating the veteran has 6,000 hours of entry level experience and knowledge in the following:

  • The terminology of the plumbing trade and the ability to make practical calculations.
  • Knowledge related to drainage systems.
  • Knowledge related to plumbing fixtures. 
  • Knowledge related to water and backflow protection.
  • Knowledge related to storm and special wastewater disposal. 
  • Knowledge related to testing and inspections of plumbing.
  • Knowledge related to venting.

If the applicant does not have 6,000 hours of experience, they may still provide an affidavit signed by a commanding officer, supervisor, or military superior with direct knowledge of his or her service, which indicates how much experience and in which of the categories bulleted above. LARA may grant the applicant credit towards the 6,000 hour experience requirement.

To utilize the experience waivers, the veteran must provide a copy of their DD214 and DD215 to prove separation from the armed forces was with an honorable character of service or under honorable conditions (general) character of service.

The form and affidavit may be provided with the application. The application(s) may be found here.

Information on obtaining your DD214 or DD215 may be found here.

Additional Information

Examination fees required and paid for by the veteran for licensure may be reimbursed by the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Please be advised that utilizing this reimbursement may affect your VA educational benefits. It is recommended you contact the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency or the Michigan Workforce Development Agency to better understand how the use of this reimbursement may impact your VA benefits.

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838)

Michigan Workforce Development Agency, Veterans’ Services: 517-241-8315

Approved Exams

  • Journey Plumber Exam
  • Master Plumber Exam
  • Plumbing Contractor