Announcements

Effective July 1, 2017, exam fees will increase to $99.


Kirkwood Community College Summer Business Hours
May 15 - July 28, 2017
Monday through Thursday, 8AM to 5PM
Friday 8AM to 12PM


Kirkwood Community College examination sites will be closed during the following dates:

  • June 28, 2017
  • November 22-24, 2017
  • December 23, 2017 - January 2, 2018


State Disciplines Exam
The Iowa Legislature passed the “Iowa Plumber and Mechanical Professional Licensing Act” that created a licensing Board under the Iowa Department of Public Health. The Board is responsible for establishing the rules of examination and licensure for plumbing, HVAC, refrigeration, mechanical, hydronics and sheet metal professionals who work in the state of Iowa. The Board has contracted with Kirkwood Community College to conduct its examination program.


This document is your guide to the process of taking Iowa plumbing, HVAC/Refrigeration, Mechanical, Hydronics examinations and the Journeyperson Sheet Metal examination.


To obtain your license

  1. Submit your examination candidate application and appropriate fees to the Board.
  2. Once you receive approval from the Board to take your exam(s), you must register for your exam with Kirkwood Community College.
  3. Call for an appointment with the test center of your choice.
  4. Prepare for your exam, using the content outlines in this bulletin and other materials.
  5. Present your required identification at the test center and take the exam.
  6. Once you pass, you will need to contact the Board office to submit a Post-Examination Licensure application.


To get answers not provided in this bulletin
For questions about scheduling exams:
Kirkwood Community College, Continuing Education Department
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Phone: 319-398-7768 or 319-398-5529
Email:contactce@kirkwood.edu 


For questions about examination applications and licensing:
Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Iowa Department of Health
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 866.280.1521
http://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb


Plumbing, HVAC/Refrigeration, Mechanical, and Hydronics Journeyperson and Master Examinations and Sheet Metal Journeyperson Examination

The application, along with a $35 sponsorship fee must be processed by the Board prior to registering with Kirkwood Community College to sit for an examination. Once the Board has approved your examination candidate application, you will be mailed a notification from the state. Upon receipt of the notification, you must contact Kirkwood Community College to register to take your exam and pay for your exam. If you require ADA accommodations, see Special consideration section.


Registering for Your Exam
You may register for your examination by calling 319-398-7768 or 319-398-5529 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Central time), Monday through Friday. Please have your Visa, MasterCard or Discover information available and an active email account.
 

Important communications to keep
Once registered you will receive several emails. The following are those that you should save and keep in your records.


DAY OF REGISTRATION

  • Receipt of payment-please keep for your records
  • Registration confirmation-this will contain information to direct you to test site location and contact numbers to make an appointment for your exam.

 
Within 1 Hour of Registration-Very Important

  • Email subject line "Exam name" (online) class log in information. PLEASE KEEP AND TAKE WITH YOU THE DAY OF TESTING. If you do not have this information with you at the test site you will be unable to log into the test. It will contain your user name and password to log into the test. Only you will have this information and it is your responsibility to have it at your scheduled testing appointment.


Exam fees
You may pay the exam fee(s) by Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Exam fees are Non-refundable and non-transferable.

Effective July 1, 2017, all exam fees listed below will increase to $99.

Master Plumber with Gas $95
Journeyperson Plumber with Gas $95
Master HVAC-Refrigeration with Gas $95
Journeyperson HVAC-Refrigeration with Gas $95
Master Hydronics with Gas $95
Journeyperson Hydronics with Gas $95
Master Mechanical $95
Journeyperson Mechanical $95
Journeyperson Sheet Metal $95
 

Test centers
You may take your exam at any of the qualifying test centers in Iowa and once registered with Kirkwood you will need to contact the test center of your choice to schedule your testing time. This list is provided in your confirmation email sent after you have completed your registration with Kirkwood Community College.

Test center cities include:
Ankeny IA
Des Moines IA
Dubuque IA
Cedar Falls IA
Cedar Rapids IA
Council Bluffs IA
Creston IA
Estherville IA
Fort Dodge IA
Ottumwa IA
Marshalltown IA
Mason City IA
Sheldon IA
Sioux City IA
Tipton IA
 

Holidays
Testing generally does not occur on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Additional state holidays may be observed where you schedule your exam appointment.
 

NOTE Special consideration
ADA accommodation: Reasonable testing accommodations are provided to allow candidates with documented disabilities recognized under the Americans with Disabilities Act an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. There is no additional charge for these accommodations.

To request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please go to the Kirkwood Community College, Learning Services office in Cedar Rapids located at 2036 Cedar Hall to fill out an application.  You may also click on the link provided to print out the application and return the completed form to Learning Services: CE Accomodations Request Form. For additional information and questions on receiving ADA accommodations please call the Learning Services office at 319-398-5574.

ESL note. If English is your second language, please note that a language barrier is not considered a disability.


Rescheduling your appointment
If you miss your appointment or arrive late and are not allowed to test, you will need to reschedule your exam.
If you are unable to attend your scheduled exam due to illness or emergency, please notify the test center where you have scheduled your exam.


Emergency closings
Severe weather or an emergency could require canceling scheduled exams. If this occurs, you will need to contact the test center to reschedule your exam.


Test Day Requirements
Make sure to take the email that was sent to you within 1 hour after your registration. Subject line "Exam name" (online) class log in information. Remember this has your user name and password needed to take the test

Arrival: You should arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled examination appointment in order to verify your identification and allow time for you to sign in.


Identification: You must present a valid form of identification before you can test. That identification document must

  • Be government-issued (e.g., driver's license, state-issued identification card, military identification card or passport)
  • Contain both a current photo and your signature
  • Have a name that exactly matches the name used to register for the exam (including designations such as "Jr", or "III").


Important: Failure to provide appropriate identification at the time of the exam will prevent you from taking the exam and you will need to reschedule for a different day.


Process on exam day Test Center Regulations

References: Plumbing, HVAC/Refrigeration, Mechanical, and Hydronics Journeyperson and Master Examinations and Journeyperson Sheet Metal Examination

To ensure that all candidates are tested under equally favorable conditions, the only approved, bound references are allowed during the exam.
 

  • Code references may be brought into the exam room in loose-leaf format.
  • Photocopies of reference materials may not be used.
  • No handwritten or additional notes (letters, words, diagrams, etc.) are allowed in reference books. Any reference material that has been written in during the exam will be confiscated.
  • Highlighting and permanent tabbing added before your arrival at the test center is acceptable.
  • Post-it notes are not considered permanent tabbing and will not be allowed. Reference materials will be checked at the examination site before and after the examinations.
  • Sharing reference materials is not allowed
  • No other reference materials, papers or study materials are allowed at the test center. If you are found with these or any other aids, you will not be allowed to continue the exam and your answers will not be scored.
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Eyeglasses, if necessary
  • Architects' scale or rule
  • Battery-operated calculator that is nonprogrammable, not capable of stroing examination information, no ribbon or printing capabilities
  • foreign language/English translation dictionaries if needed


We recommend that you avoid bringing personal items to the testing center.
Note the following:

  • Electronic equipment-cell phone, PDA's, pagers, cameras, tape recordings, laptops, etc are not permitted in the testing area.
  • Other personal items-watches, outerwear that is not being worn while testing (sweater, jacket, etc.), briefcase, purses, etc.- are not permitted in the testing area.
  • If you leave the testing room while an exam is in progress, you must sign out/in on the roster and you will lose exam time.
  • You are not allowed to use any electronic devices or phones during breaks.
  • No guest, visitors or family members are allowed in the testing area.
  • Candidates who engage in any kind of misconduct or disruptive or offensive behavior may be dismissed from the examination. Examples are: giving or receiving help, sharing supplies, taking part in an act of impersonation, removing test materials or notes from the testing room, using rude or offensive language and behavior that delays or interrupts testing.
  • Weapons are not allowed at the testing center.
  • All college campuses are smoke-free.


Test center administrators are not allowed to answer any questions pertaining to the exam content. If you do not understand a question on the examination, you should answer the question to the best of your ability. At the end of your exam, your score will be shown on the screen. The report will indicate percent of correct answers. Exam results are confidential and will be revealed only to the applicant and the Board.


Passing score: a score of 75 percent or above is required to pass each exam. Once you pass your exam, you will need to contact the Board Office to submit a Post-Examination Licensure Application.
 

Retake information
If you do not pass the exam, you must register for a new exam.  To schedule for a retake exam, contact Kirkwood Community College at 319-398-7768 or 319-398-5529.


Duplicate score reports. You may call or write to Kirkwood Community College to request a duplicate of your score report. The cost of the duplicate score report is $15.


Appeals Process Exam Content Outlines
If you are requesting a response about exam content, registration, scheduling or test administration (testing site procedures, equipment, personnel, etc.), please submit an appeal in writing. Your appeal letter must provide your name and Social Security number, the exam title, the date you tested and the details of your concern, including all relevant facts. Be sure to include your signature and return address.
 

Mail your appeal letter to:
Kirkwood Community College
ATTN: Carlton Goodwin
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Faxed appeals are not accepted because an original signature is required.

 

The following outlines are the basis of the Iowa plumbing and mechanical exams.

Each outline lists all topics covered in the exam and the approximate percentage of questions asked about each topic. Each outline also indicates the total number of questions on the exam and the maximum time allowed to take the exam.

Exam References: each outline lists references that were used to develop the exams, including those references that may be used during the exam. NOTE: Code references may be brought into the exam room in loose-leaf format.

The following information is for the 2015 exam editions which will take effect August 1, 2016. 

IA Master Plumber with Gas
Open Book, 125 questions, 5 hours

Subject Area Percent
Chapter 2 - Definitions 2%
Chapter 3 - General Regulations 4%
Chapter 4 - Plumbing Fixtures and Fixture Fittings 3%
Chapter 5 - Water Heaters 20%
Chapter 6 - Water Supply and Distribution 12%
Chapter 7 - Sanitary Drainage 12%
Chapter 8 - Indirect Wastes 2%
Chapter 9 - Vents 2%
Chapter 10 - Traps and Interceptors 3%
Chapter 11 - Storm Drainage 2%
Chapter 12 - Fuel Gas Piping 4%
Chapter 13 - Health Care Facilities and Medical Gas and Medical Vacuum Systems 4%
Chapter 14 - Firestop Protection 2%
Chapter 15 - Alternate Water Sources for Nonpotable Applications 2%
Sizing - Water Systems Sizing 9%
Sizing - Drain, Waste and Vent Systems Sizing 10%
Sizing - Fuel Pipe Sizing 6%

References allowed during the exam
1 Iowa State Plumbing Code (2015 Uniform Plumbing Code with Iowa Amendments), International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) www.iapmo.org/
2 Iowa State Plumbing Code 2016 – Amendment Booklet, Iowa Dept. of Public Health, http://www.idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/iowa-code
 


IA Journeyperson Plumber with Gas
Open Book, 75 questions, 3 hours

Subject Area Percent
General Knowledge of the Uniform Plumbing Code 31%
Drainage, Waste, and Vent Systems 36%
Water Supply and Distribution 22%
Fuel Piping 11%

References allowed during the exam
1 Iowa State Plumbing Code (2015 Uniform Plumbing Code with Iowa Amendments), 2015, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) www.iapmo.org/
2 Iowa State Plumbing Code 2016 – Amendment Booklet, Iowa Dept. of Public Health, http://www.idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/iowa-code
 


IA Master HVAC/Refrigeration with Gas
Open Book, 100 questions, 4 hours

Subject Area Percent
HVAC Terms, Principles, Administration 16%
HVAC Installation 14%
Venting, Duct, Combustion Air 18%
Gas Piping 8%
HVAC Electrical 13%
Protection 11%
Refrigeration Term System, Operation 20%

References allowed during the exam
1 International Mechanical Code, 2015, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org
2 Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, 19th Edition, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-61960-199-4 Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc., 18604 West Creek Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477-6243, http://www.g-w.com/hvac-r
3 NFPA 54 – National Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02619

 

IA Journeyperson HVAC/Refrigeration with Gas
Open Book, 75 questions, 3 hours

Subject Area Percent
HVAC Principles, Terms, Administration & Safety 21%
HVAC Installation Requirements 15%
Venting, Combustion, Gas Piping 23%
Boilers, Ducts, Electricals 17%
Refrigeration, Terms, System Operations 24%

References allowed during the exam
1 International Mechanical Code, 2015, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org
2 Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, 19th Edition, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-61960-199-4 Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc., 18604 West Creek Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477-6243, http://www.g-w.com/hvac-r
3 NFPA 54 – National Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02619

 

IA Master Hydronics with Gas
Open Book, 100 questions, 4 hours

Subject Area Percent
Water Treatment & Feed 6%
Fuels & Firing methods 14%
General Code 10%
Startup and Shutdown 6%
Piping, Pumps, Valving 10%
Controls & Control Systems 15%
Maintenance & Repairs 15%
Tests & Inspections 9%
Refrigeration 10%
Turbines 5%

References allowed during the exam
1 International Mechanical Code, 2015, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org
2 Boiler Operator's Guide - Anthony Kohan, 4th Edition, Hardback McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Release Date 10/1/1997 ISBN-13 9780070365742 | 978-0-07-036574-2
3 Steam-Plant Operation - 7th edition by Thomas F. Lammers, Everett B. Woodruff and Herbert B. Lammers,
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, ISBN 13: 978-0070361508
 


IA Journeyperson Hydronics with Gas
Open Book, 75 questions, 2 hours

Subject Area Percent
Water Supply Treat & Feed 7%
Fuels & Firing Methods 17%
General Code 18%
Piping, Pumps, Valving 16%
Controls & Control Systems 16%
Maintenance & Repairs 8%
Tests & Inspections 7%
Refrigeration & Turbines 11%

References allowed during the exam
1 International Mechanical Code, 2015, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org
2 Boiler Operator's Guide - Anthony Kohan, 4th Edition, Hardback McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, Release Date 10/1/1997 ISBN-13 9780070365742 | 978-0-07-036574-2
3 NFPA 54 – National Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02619
4 Steam-Plant Operation - 7th edition by Thomas F. Lammers, Everett B. Woodruff and Herbert B. Lammers,
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, ISBN13: 978-0070361508

 

IA Master Mechanical with Gas
Open Book, 100 questions, 4 hours

Subject Area Percent
General Requirements 34%
Appliances & Equipment 11%
Exhaust & Vent 10%
Duct Systems 12%
Combustion Air 9%
Chimneys & Vents 7%
Fuel Supply System 6%
Electrical 9%
Water 2%

References allowed during the exam
1 International Mechanical Code, 2015, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org
2 NFPA 54 – National Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02619
3 National Electrical Code 2014 by National Fire Protection Association www.nfpa.org,  1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02619

 

IA Journeyperson Mechanical with Gas
Open Book, 75 questions, 2 hours

Subject Area Percent
General Requirements & Plan Reading 36%
Appliance & Equipment 13%
Exhaust & Ventilation 11%
Duct Systems 13%
Combustion Air 8%
Chimneys & Vents 7%
Fuel Supply Systems 5%
Electrical 7%

References allowed during the exam
1 International Mechanical Code, 2015, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org
2 NFPA 54 – National Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02619
3 NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code 2014 by National Fire Protection Association www.nfpa.org, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02619

 

IA Journeyperson Sheet Metal
Open Book, 75 questions, 2 hours

Subject Area Percent
Principles and Terminology 4%
Worker Safety 8%
Duct System Materials 13%
Combustion Air 5%
Exhaust Systems 11%
Fresh Air & Ventilation 11%
Grease Hoods 9%
Supply & Return Duct Systems 16%
Appliance Venting 9%
Testing, Adjusting & Balancing 3%
Plan Reading & Analysis 11%

References allowed during the exam
1 International Mechanical Code, 2015, International Code Council, 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795, www.iccsafe.org
2 NFPA 54 – National Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition National Fire Protection Association, www.nfpa.org, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02619
3 HVAC Duct Construction Standards-Metal & Flexible, 3rd Edition by SMACNA (Jan 15, 2005), http://www.smacna.org/bookstore Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association 4201 Lafayette Center Drive Chantilly, Virginia 20151-1219