Journeyman / Master - Certificates - Trade Testing

MABCD requires that journeyman and master trades people (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) get trade certificates to work in Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita. Please see the sections below that describe requirements for all trades.

New Certificates

Journeyman - Requirements

Electrical

One year of field experience AND one year of electrical trade school OR Two years of field experience
AND
75 percent or better score on the following Approved International Code Council exams: 558 Journeyman Electrician, or 565 Residential Electrician (Residential Only). All ICC EXAMS MUST be 2014 or 2017 NEC exams until further notice. OR Prometric Exam Sponsored by the Chief Electrical Inspector Only. ALL PROMETRIC EXAMS MUST be 2014 NEC exam until further notice.

Mechanical

One year of field experience AND one year of mechanical trade school OR Two years of field experience
AND
75 percent or better score on the following International Code Council Exams: K9G Journeyman Mechanical, 559 Journeyman Mechanical OR IAPMO Exam OR Prometric Exam Sponsored by the Chief Mechanical Inspector Only.

Plumbing

One year of field experience AND one year of plumbing trade school
OR Two years of field experience
AND
75 percent or better score on the following International Code Council Exams: K9R Plumbing with Gas, 560 Journeyman Plumber with Gas OR IAPMO Exam OR Prometric Exam Sponsored by the Chief Plumbing Inspector Only.

Master - Requirements

Electrical

Electrical Journeyman
AND Two years of field experience as a certified Journeyman AND 75 percent or better score on the following Approved International Code Council exams: G16 Master Electrician, F16 Master Electrician, 554 Master Electrician OR Prometric Exam Sponsored by the Chief Electrical Inspector Only.

Mechanical

Mechanical Journeyman
AND Two years of field experience as a Journeyman OR Four years of field experience AND 75 percent or better score on the following Approved International Code Council exams: K9L Master Mechanical, 556 Master Mechanical OR IAPMO Exam OR Prometric Exam Sponsored by the Chief Mechanical Inspector Only.

Plumbing

Plumbing Journeyman
AND Two years of field experience as a Journeyman OR Four years of field experience AND 75 percent or better score on the following Approved International Code Council exams: K9F Master Plumber with Gas, 557 Master Plumber with Gas OR IAPMO Exam OR Prometric Exam Sponsored by the Chief Plumbing Inspector Only.

  1. Bring a copy of your test results.
  2. Bring a copy of your trade school transcripts (if applicable).
  3. Bring proof of field experience.
  4. Fill out the Trade Certificate application.
  5. Pay the $35 fee.

Renewals

Journeyman and Master (Trade Certificates may not be renewed online).

  1. Fill out the Trade Certificate application.
  2. Include your CEU Certificates.
  3. Pay the $35 fee.

*You must have the CEUs COMPLETED by the expiration of your certificate. There are no exceptions.

Twelve CEUs must be completed by the certificate expiration.

Each year every Journeyman and Master are required to complete three (3) trade specific CEUs AND three(3) general CEUs. Certificates are good for two years. This means that six(6) hours of CEUs relating to your specific trade PLUS six(6) hours of CEUs of general trade education must be completed to renew your certificate.

Expired Certificates

Additional CEU hours will be required if the trades person allows their certificate to expire. The table below shows the additional hours and actions if the certificate expires.

Certificate Expire Period Same Year Additional Hours Above Required Hours
April 1 through June 30 1.5 hours
July 1 through    August 31 3 hours
September 1 through December 31 4.5 hours
After expiration year See Section Chief

Testing Facilities

Approved testing facilities include:

  1. Block
  2. Experior
  3. Prometric
  4. ICC
  5. IAMPO

Trade Testing

ICC Testing

The International Code Council's Contractor/Trades examination program is an independent testing program designed to provide licensing agencies with information regarding qualified contractors and trades professionals. Participating in the Code Council examination program does not guarantee that a licensing agency will award you a license. However, the Code Council examination program serves as an independent appraisal of your competency in the construction field, and your test results may be used by licensing agencies to satisfy the requirements for testing.

Examination information, including registration/scheduling requirements, dates, locations, fees, and references, are subject to change. Candidates should make sure they have the most current information before registering for/scheduling a Code Council examination by visiting www.pearsonvue.com/icc/ or by calling 1-877-234-6082.

IAPMO Testing 

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) provides exams for Uniform Plumbing Code Journeyman Plumber, Master Plumber, Uniform Mechanical Journeyman Mechanical, and Master Mechanical. These exams are designed to evaluate the competency of professionals in the plumbing and mechanical trades and provide individuals who pass with the credentials needed to attain a license from licensing bodies throughout the state. Although licensure is not guaranteed, passing an IAPMO Uniform Code exam provides individuals with a third-party verification of their competence that satisfies the state requirement. 

To schedule IAPMO Uniform Plumbing or Uniform Mechanical exams throughout Kansas, please click IAPMO certification-testing or call 708-995-3005.

PROMETRIC Testing

MABCD sponsors the following exams administered by Prometric: Master and Journeyman Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Elevator, Burglar, and Fire Alarm.

Candidates wishing to take any of the exams listed above, please visit the specific page associated with your trade and complete the appropriate application and submit to MABCD for approval. All testing must be processed and approved by MABCD prior to scheduling an examination. Please allow up to 14 business days for processing. For more information regarding Prometric exams in your area in Kansas, please visit www.prometric.com or call 1-800-280-3926

ATTENTION

Currently, Prometric Electrical exams are given based on the 2014 NEC only, and ICC Electrical exams are given based on the 2014 or 2017 NEC only (See List Above for Approved Exams). Mechanical and Plumbing exams are given based on either the 2015 or 2018 International Codes.