Licensing Information

Effective Sept. 1, 2013 all WSSC trade exams will be based on the following three code editions: the 2013 WSSC Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code; the 2012 International Plumbing Code; and the 2012 International Fuel Gas Code.

 

Note: WSSC’s Code Book is a free download or $30 in print (sold at the Permits counter); both ICC code books are available at www.iccsafe.org.

 

 

 
Master Plumber

A WSSC Master Plumbers license shall authorize the licensee to provide plumbing and sewer and drain cleaning services.

 

Master Gasfitter

A WSSC Master Gasfitter license shall authorize the licensee to provide gas fitting services.

 

Journeyman Plumber

A WSSC Journeyman license shall authorize the licensee to provide plumbing and sewer and drain cleaning services under the direction and control of a WSSC licensed Master Plumber.

 

Journeyman Gasfitter

A WSSC Journeyman Gasfitter license shall authorize the licensee to provide gas fitting services under the direction and control of a WSSC Master Gasfitter.

 

WSSC Exams

WSSC Exams – Master Plumbing, Master Gas Fitting, Journeyman Plumbing and Journeyman Gasfitter
The exams are administered by PSI. All of candidate’s requirements and qualifications can be found in the PSI Application.
 

At the completion of the test, the PSI center will issue you an exam score report. If you have a passing score, instructions on how to obtain a WSSC license will be printed on the report.

 

Reciprocal License

Reciprocal License Requirements

  • WSSC will reciprocate Plumber and/or Gasfitter from the State of Maryland and the State of Virginia.
  • The applicant must appear in person at the Regulatory Services counter located in the One Stop Shop at 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707.
  • The applicant must bring with them the following:
    • Current State license (either Maryland or Virginia)
    • Current Cross Connection/Backflow Certification Certificate (for plumber applicants only)
    • For Master licensees wanting to purchase permits, they must also bring a Certificate of Liability Insurance that names WSSC as the Certificate Holder.
    • Appropriate registration fees, (cash or check accepted, NO credit or debit cards)

 

 

Apprentice Licenses 

Apprentice applicants must be at least 16 years of age at date of license application, and must currently be employed by a WSSC Master licensee of record. Please attach supporting documentation to this application. The attachments will be destroyed by WSSC after application approval unless instructed otherwise by the applicant. At the time of renewal, an Apprentice shall provide evidence that the applicant is currently employed by a WSSC licensee of record.

 

Apprentice Plumber License

An Apprentice Plumber license authorizes the licensee to assist in providing plumbing services and sewer and drain cleaning services, under the direction and control of a WSSC-licensed Master Plumber or Master Plumber/Gasfitter; or under a WSSC-licensed Journeyman Plumber or Journeyman Plumber/Gasfitter who is under the direction and control of a WSSC-licensed Master Plumber or Master Plumber/Gasfitter. There is no expiration date for this license.

 

Apprentice Gasfitter License

An Apprentice Gasfitter license authorizes the licensee to assist in providing gas fitting services under the direction and control of a WSSC- licensed Master Gasfitter or Master Plumber/Gasfitter; or under a WSSC- licensed Journeyman Gasfitter or Journeyman Plumber/Gasfitter who is under the direction and control of a WSSC-licensed Master Gasfitter or Master Plumber/Gasfitter.

 

Apprentice Plumber/Gasfitter License

An Apprentice Plumber/Gasfitter license authorizes the licensee to assist in providing plumbing and sewer and drain cleaning services, and gas fitting services, under the direction and control of a WSSC-licensed Master Plumber/Gasfitter; or under a WSSC-licensed Journeyman Plumber/Gasfitter who is under the direction and control of a WSSC- licensed Master Plumber/Gasfitter.

 

Required Documentation for a WSSC Apprentice License

  1. Copy of driver’s license or birth certificate (for age verification)
  2. Letter from employer verifying employment.
  3. Copy of recent pay stub.
  4. Check or money order made payable to WSSC in the amount of $10.00
  5. Completed WSSC Apprentice application

All of the above should be mailed or dropped off to:

WSSC
Attn: Beverly Houser
14501 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, MD 20707
 

Sewer and Drain Cleaning 

Sewer and Drain Cleaner's License

WSSC Sewer and Drain Cleaner

 

Applicants may qualify for registration as a WSSC Sewer and Drain Cleaner after furnishing satisfactory proof of work experience in the sewer and drain cleaning business, under the direction of a WSSC-licensed Sewer and Drain Cleaner, Master Plumber, or Master Plumber/Gasfitter, for a minimum of 3,750 hours and two years. Proof of work experience must be submitted by written notarized statements from one or more employers (WSSC licensee of record) of the applicant, and W-2's from the employers. The applicant must also submit referral evidence from a minimum of three persons familiar with the applicant's trade qualifications and character.

A Journeyman Plumber or Journeyman Plumber/Gasfitter is considered a qualified applicant in lieu of the work experience requirements. A Master Plumber or Master Plumber/Gasfitter does not need to additionally hold a Sewer and Drain Cleaner's license in order to conduct Sewer and Drain Cleaning business. Journeyman Plumbers and Sewer and Drain Cleaners who conduct sewer and drain cleaning business as the Licensee of Record must submit a certificate of insurance listing WSSC as the certificate holder. Expired insurance certificates invalidate a Sewer and Drain Cleaner's license, and must be renewed and resubmitted to WSSC in order to continue conducting sewer and drain cleaning business in the WSSC. Sewer and Drain Cleaners must renew their license every two years, and pay the associated fees approved by the Commission at time of license registration/renewal.

*Initial registration of each license must be made in person.


 

Fees 

Registration and Renewal Fees

*Initial registration of each license must be made in person.


*Unless otherwise specified, licenses may be renewed by mail upon receipt of a license renewal notice from WSSC.

  • Examined Master Licenses - $105.00 (renews every 4 years)
  • Reciprocated Master Licenses - $80.00 (renews every 2 years)
  • All Journeyman Licenses - $30.00 (renews every 2 years)
  • Cross Connection License - $25.00 (renews every 3 years)
  • Sewer and Drain Cleaner License $40.00 (renews every 2 years)
  • Apprentice License - $10.00 (no expiration)

WSSC Additional Licensing Fees:

  • Change of company fee - $30.00
  • Duplicate license fee - $15.00

Late Renewal Fees

  • All Master Licensees - $50.00
  • Sewer and Drain Cleaners - $20.00
  • All Journeyman Licenses - $20.00

 

 

*Lapse of registration and/or insurance renders a WSSC license invalid, and no work authorized by the license may proceed until WSSC registration is made current.

 


*If a WSSC licensed Plumber or Gasfitter fails to renew his/her license within four years of the date of expiration; or if a passing examinee fails to register within three years of the date of passing notification; the licensee or applicant will be required to re-apply for licensure with WSSC in accordance with licensure requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.

 

*If a WSSC licensed Sewer and Drain Cleaner fails to renew his/her license within two years of the date of expiration, the licensee will be required to re-apply for licensure with WSSC in accordance with licensure requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.

 

*If a WSSC licensed Cross-Connection Technician fails to renew his/her cross connection certification (by successful completion of an 8-hour refresher class) prior of certification expiration, the licensee may be required to re-take the 32-hour cross connection certification program in order to regain WSSC licensure as a certified Cross-Connection Technician.


 

Cross Connection Training Providers

The WSSC accepts certification from the following State of Maryland Approved Cross Connection Class Providers:
 

 WSSC approved Cross Connection Class Providers

 

Contact Info

Beverly Houser – Licensing Specialist
phone: 301-206-8588
email: bhouser@wsscwater.com

WSSC
One Stop/Shop - Lobby Level
Licensing and Plan Review Office
14501 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, MD 20707
(Directions)
 

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