Kentucky Licensing Information
Plumbing, electrical and HVAC contractors must be licensed in Kentucky.

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                                                   Electrician's Licenses

To operate an electrical business in Kentucky you need a license. To apply, contact:

Department of Housing, Buildings, & Construction
Division of Fire Protection
Electrical Licensing
101 Sea Hero Drive, Ste 100
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 573-0364
http://ohbc.ky.gov/fp/els/  

Forms are available online at http://ohbc.ky.gov/fp/els/elsformspubs.htm.  

                                                   Electrical Contractor
In order to contract with the public to perform electrical work. Only licensed electrical contractors
may pull electrical permits. To qualify for the license you need:

Two years verifiable experience as an electrical contractor in Kentucky.  
Proof of $500,000 General liability insurance
Proof of Worker's Compensation insurance
Completed application form
$200 application fee
Passport sized photo
Pass the required International Code Council exam
Master Electrician

Each electrical contractor must employ at least one master electrician. Master electricians are
responsible for all electrical work performed under their supervision. To qualify for the license you
need:

Six years verifiable experience as an electrician in Kentucky
Completed application form
$100 application fee
Passport sized photo
Pass the required International Code Council exam
Electrician

All electrical work must be performed by, or under the supervision of, a licensed electrician or
master electrician. In order to work Unsupervised, an electrical worker must be licensed as at least
an electrician. To qualify for the license you need:

Four years verifiable experience as an electrician in Kentucky
Completed application form
$50 application fee
Passport sized photo
Pass the required International Code Council exam

In order to contract with the public and pull permits, your business must be licensed as an electrical
contractor. Each electrical contractor must employ at least one master electrician. Therefore, if you
are running a one-person electrical business, you must obtain both an electrical contractor and a
master electrician license.

You will need to pass the International Code Council exam.

International Code Council
900 Montclair Road
Birmingham, AL 35213
(877) 783-3926
http://www2.iccsafe.org  

Exams are administered by LaserGrade, LP. Contact them to find the nearest testing center.

LaserGrade, LP
(800) 211-2754
http://www.lasergrade.com

Electrician's fees: It will cost $200 to apply for the contractor license, $100 for the master license and
$50 for the electrician license.
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                                                    Plumber's Licenses

To operate a plumbing business in Kentucky you need a master plumber license. To install plumbing
you need a journeyman license. A journeyman plumber applicant must document two years of
experience as an apprentice plumber working under the supervision of a licensed plumber. A master
plumber applicant must have possessed a valid journeyman license for two years before taking the
exam. To get an application for a plumbing license, contact:

Department of Housing, Buildings, & Construction
Division of Plumbing
1047 US Highway 127 S, Suite 1
Frankfort, KY 40601-4337
(502) 564-3580
Fax: (502) 564-0690
http://ohbc.ky.gov/plb/plblic.htm

Forms are available online at http://ohbc.ky.gov/plb/plbfap.htm.

Plumber's license fees: You need to be a U.S. citizen or have applied for your first papers to get a
license. You also have to pass an exam. The master exam, which lasts three hours, is based on
written questions and chart analysis. It will cost you $150 to apply and $250 for the license. You need
to have a journeyman's license to take the master exam.

The journeyman exam has written questions, chart work, and a practical section. The chart work will
ask you to complete a drawing of a layout. The written and chart sections of the exam together last
two and one-half hours. The practical section lasts two and one-half hours. The journeyman exam will
cost you $50.

The exams use the Kentucky State Plumbing Law, Regulation and Code book. You can get the book
from the Division.

Kentucky doesn't have a reciprocal agreement with any other state.
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                                   HVAC Contractor's Licenses

You need a license to do HVAC work in Kentucky. For an application, contact:

Department of Housing, Buildings, & Construction
Division of Fire Protection
Electrical Licensing
101 Sea Hero Drive, Ste 100
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 573-0364
http://ohbc.ky.gov/

The Division issues master, journeyman, limited journeyman duct and limited journeyman installer
licenses. To obtain a master license, you must pass an exam (including a business and law portion)
and have two years mechanical experience. You must also provide show proof of insurance showing
general liability insurance coverage from a Kentucky authorized company in the minimum amount of
$800,000 general aggregate ($500,000 for general liability and $300,000 for property damage). The
journeyman and limited journeyman license applicants must have two years experience, pass an
exam and work under the supervision of a master contractor. The Division also registers
apprentices. Upon registration, apprentices can start receiving credit for experience gained under
the supervision of a master contractor.

You will need to pass the International Code Council exam.

International Code Council
900 Montclair Road
Birmingham, AL 35213
(877) 783-3926
http://www2.iccsafe.org  

Exams are administered by LaserGrade, LP. Contact them to find the nearest testing center.

LaserGrade, LP
(800) 211-2754
http://www.lasergrade.com

HVAC license fees: It will cost you $250 to apply for a master's license and $50 for the exam. It will
cost you $50 to apply for the journeyman's license and $40 for the exam.