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Old 05-13-2020, 01:20 PM   #1
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If you’re an apprentice or journeyman plumber thinking about taking the master plumber exam in the near future, you might be confused about what you need to study to be prepared for the exam. Unfortunately, there’s not one study guide we can recommend for everybody since the requirements vary so much by state, but this article has ideas for general study tips and resources that should help you no matter what state you live in.

Check with your State

First off, each state will have slightly different requirements for who is eligible to take the master plumber exam. They’ll also have different test formats and requirements. Find the people in your state who are in charge of licensing and check with them to make sure you know what to expect on the exam. Your state might even have a website that includes all the information you should study, so start there before you do any other test prep to make sure that you’re studying the material that will help you most.

Talk to Other Master Plumbers

Do you know other plumbers who have taken the exam? Even if it’s been a while, ask them their advice, what they wish they’d known, etc. You’ll probably get some great tips on what to study and how to prepare.

Get the Study Guide for the Code Used in Your State

Your state probably uses either (or both) the UPC or IPC. Get the study guide for the code used in your state and study, study, study. The UPC Study Guide includes a CD so you can work at the computer if that’s your preference and includes over 1,600 practice questions. Roger Wakefield, a master plumber on YouTube, recommends that you highlight all the correct answers in the UPC study guide and review those without worrying about the other answers. Check out his video as he shares some other great preparation tips for plumbing exams.

The IPC Study Companion has 375 questions. Since the format of the IPC book is different, Roger Wakefield recommends that you look up the code for every question in this book so that you know your answers are 100% correct.

Both books contain detailed explanations to make sure you have a firm grasp on what code questions might be asked on the exam. If you spend a lot of time in a vehicle, another idea is to record yourself reading the actual code book out loud so you can listen to it during your travel time.

Online Test Prep

The internet hosts some incredible test prep resources. For example, the Plumbers Training Institute has complete test prep programs that are individualized for your state. They include videos and lessons on interpreting isometric drawings, reading and creating plumbing plans, venting systems and theory, plumbing math, and more. Depending on how broad your experience is and how much you need to learn for the exam, the cost for the course (around $390–$700 depending on your state) might be well worth the investment.

There are other resources online, like practice tests, study guides, and exam prep courses. We recommend you do a bit of research to find the programs or materials that are the best balance between what your state requires and what you need to learn.

The Day of the Exam

Take your exam day seriously. You’ve paid for the exam and studied hard, so make sure you follow basic pre-test recommendations and get a good night’s sleep, eat a good breakfast, and get to the testing center at least half an hour early. You’ll need that time to make sure you can find a parking spot, get to the right room, fill out any paperwork you need to, and get set up on your computer.
Taking the master plumber exam is a big deal and an exciting step in your career! The best way to ensure you pass it is to prepare as thoroughly as possible and go into the exam not only knowing your stuff but also knowing that you’re prepared for your state’s specific exam.

We’d love to hear from you. How much time are you spending preparing for the master plumber exam? If you’ve already taken it, what do you wish you’d known beforehand?

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is the writer even a licensed plumber or even a plumber???
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I remember the anxiety before. I couldn't sleep the night before...LOL.


Studying a lot was the way that I approached it. In my state of FL, we have to do these isometric drawings which are not that difficult once you learn how to draw them.

Our master's exam was actually two tests spread out over {16} hours. It takes two days to do them both. But once I passed, I let out a big "WHEW!" What a great feeling to pass those. Those were great days.
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is the writer even a licensed plumber or even a plumber???



No, of course not lolz How could you even suggest such a thing?








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nope, everyone that is on this forum is a bunch of unlicensed hacks.
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nope, everyone that is on this forum is a bunch of unlicensed hacks.







Schmitz Plumbing, I actually am a licensed plumber.

So I'm a hack with a license....LOL...….
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Schmitz Plumbing, I actually am a licensed plumber.

So I'm a hack with a license....LOL....
i got lucky. made up a fake name and profile and lied my way in. you fools let me in with open arms. dumb arses.
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So I'm a hack with a license....LOL....
some time we will have to hook up. went to longboat key 4 times in the last 5 years. trying to book now but no luck.
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