Welcome to the Montana Board of Plumbers

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Montana, all Montana Department of Labor & Industry offices are closed to the public to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff.  Our services are available through remote delivery.  We are available to assist customers through our online public portal at EBIZ.MT.GOV/POL (Professional and Occupational Licenses) and EBIZ.MT.GOV (for Permits). For other services, please contact us via email at DLIBSDWEBHELP@MT.GOV or by phone (406) 841-2300.


Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, all board meetings will be held by conference call.  No outside participants or stakeholders will be allowed access in the building.  Please attend by phone.

***ATTENTION PLUMBER EXAMINATION CANDIDATES***

Effective December 23rd, 2019, plumber examinations will be delayed on being scheduled until after February 3, 2020.  The current candidates that are scheduled with GITS on the 2012 UPC will be rescheduled with the new provider IAPMO.  The Department and the Board of Plumbers are transitioning to a new examination provider, along with updating the examinations to the 2018 UPC.  The 2018 UPC examinations won't be utilized until after March 15, 2020 along with scheduling Practical Examinations.  Those making application after that date will test on the 2018 UPC.  Once the transition has occurred, any currently scheduled candidates will be sent a new admission letter with directions on scheduling your examination with the new provider IAPMO and details on the testing information.

Thank you for your patience during this transition period.

 

As of December 7, 2019, the State of Montana has adopted the 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC),  the 2017 NFPA 70 (2017 NEC), the 2018 International Existing Building Code, the 2018 International Mechanical Code, the 2018 International Fuel Gas Code, the 2018 International Building Code, the 2018 International Residential Code, and the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code.  Official versions of these administrative rules will not be available until published by the Secretary of State.  You may check for updated publishing at: http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/Building-Codes-Permits/current-codes

You may also review additional information on the code amendments at the Building Codes Web page at bsd.dli.mt.gov/building-codes-permits.

 

The Board of Plumbers makes every effort to include on this website all relevant information pertaining to the licensing and regulation of Plumbers and Med Gas Endorsees in Montana.

 

 

 

Montana Board of Plumbers

301 South Park Avenue

P.O. Box 200513

Helena, MT  59620-0513

 

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in contacting the Montana Board of Plumbers.

 

If you are already licensed, have applied for a license, are about to apply for a license, or are renewing your license from the Board of Plumbers:

Professional Licensing Customer Service:

(406) 444-6880

DLIBSDHELP@MT.GOV

 

If you have scope of practice questions or comments for the Board of Plumbers:

Jason Steffins, Executive Officer

(406) 841-2329

DLIBSDPLU@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about continuing education:

(406) 444-5696

AUDIT@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about filing a complaint against a licensee:

(406) 841-2312

DLIBSDCOMPLAINTS@MT.GOV


Mailing Address:

Board of Plumbers

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

 

Physical Address:

Board of Plumbers

301 S. Park Avenue

4th Floor

Helena, MT 59620



Board Events

Board meetings are usually held 4 times a year.
Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public.
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation.
Members serve 4 year terms with no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdplu@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. 

For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at http://boards.mt.gov/. <

Jeff Gruizenga, Presiding Officer, Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer
Brandon Shaw, Journeyman Plumber
Trudi Schmidt, Public Member
Craig Gilchrist, Public Member  
Mykal Jorgenson, Licensed Journeyman Plumber
Scott Lemert, Licensed Master Plumber
Quinton Queer, Licensed Master Plumber
Denver Fraser, DEQ Representive
Vacant, Public Member

Newsletters

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Renewal Process

  1. The renewal deadline date (expiration date) for all Board of Plumbers licensees is September 1 of each year.
  2. Renewal opens 60 days prior to your expiration date.  We encourage you to renew your license early in the renewal cycle.
  3. Please note that our online system is available 24/7 during the renewal cycle; however, there is no staff available to assist you after 5:00 p.m.  Waiting until the last hours to renew could mean that there is no one available to assist you, and this may cause your renewal to accrue late fees.

Plumber-Master

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the license application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

Please review the Master Plumber checklist here.

Fees: All Fees are Non-Refundable

Experience Requirements:
Four years legally obtained experience as a licensed journeyman with three of the years working either in a supervisory capacity or with a licensed master plumber. Nine years experience verified by notarized statements or letters.

Examination Information:
Successful completion of the master examination in Montana with a grade of 70% or better.

Continuing Education Requirements:
4 hours annually code-related. Course must have prior approval of Board.

Plumber-Journeyman

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the license application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

Please review the Journeyman Plumber by Exam checklist here.

Please review the Journeyman Plumber by Reciprocity/Out of State here.

Fees: All Fees are Non-Refundable

Education Requirements: Completion certificate from a registered apprenticeship program.

Experience Requirements:
Experience verification affidavit of 5 years experience, legally obtained in the field of plumbing. Voucher completed by an active licensed master plumber or plumbing contractor.

Examination Information:
Passing score of 70% or better on written and practical examination.

Continuing Education Requirements:
4 hours annually code-related. Course must have prior approval of Board.

Medical Gas Endorsement

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the license application which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

Please review the Med Gas Endorsement checklist here.

Fees: All Fees are Non-Refundable

Education Requirements:

Attached proof of successful completion of training program approved by Board.

 

 

Exam Information

When can I take the exam?

Once you have been approved by the Board to take your examinations, you will be provided an admission letter that allows you to schedule your examination with IAPMO.

2012 UPC Examination Information Sheet

2018 UPC Examination Information Sheet

2018 UPC Amendments by Building Codes

I failed the exam; can I get another temporary license?

The Department may issue a second temporary Journeyman license if you failed the practical examination with a score of 65% - 69%, and you are scheduled for the next examination and paid the applicable fees. All other requests for temporary licenses must be submitted to the Board in writing.

 

Regulations

All of the Statutes and Rule listed here are applicable to this board.

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to plumbing licensure are written and adopted by the Board of Plumbers. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The Board of Plumbers continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by emailing at SOSARM@mt.gov

For web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Administrative Rules

Rules Notices

Click here to find rules notices older than one year at the Montana Secretary of State website.


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-308

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.417 registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT (published May 29, 2020)

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT (effective July 25, 2020)

Statutes

Master Plumber of Record Advisory Opinion

Complaints

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry and Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards are charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. To learn more about the complaint process or to file a complaint, please visit our Complaint Information page.

How to File a Complaint

Continuing Education

Licensed Journeyman and Master Plumbers:

Journeyman and Master plumbers are required to accumulate 4 hours of Board approved continuing education annually. As a licensed professional you may view available upcoming courses as well as check your individual credits taken. In addition to the providers listed on the approved continuing education page, the board has approved CODE RELATED courses taught by IAPMO and our reciprocal states (Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota and Oregon).

 

Continuing Education Provider:

Once approved by the Board you will have the opportunity to schedule course events and, after the event has been completed, enter the roster of attendees.
Please email the Board office or call 406-444-5696 for specific questions regarding continuing education.

 

 

CE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING ROSTERS   

CHECK YOUR CE CREDITS

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