Department of Public Protection
Sites for Plumber Exam Expanded

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 08, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jim Carroll, 502-564-7760  

Taking the state test to become a licensed journeyman plumber is now more convenient.  The Office of Housing, Buildings and Construction (OHBC) has joined with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System to expand plumber testing sites from only Louisville to nine more cities.  OHBC has purchased a mobile testing facility that will travel to community and technical colleges throughout the state.


“We are excited to expand our services to reach more Kentuckians,” said Van Cook, executive director of OHBC.  “Now hundreds of citizens will be able to take the five-hour test closer to home.”


Tests were administered April 21 in Hazard and April 28 in Lawrenceburg. Upcoming testing will take place in Florence, Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Madisonville, Somerset, Morehead and Paducah.


Randall Slone of Knott County was glad to see the change. Instead of driving more than three hours to Louisville, he drove only a half hour to Hazard Community College.


“I didn’t have to take off work,” said Slone. “It was much easier to get up and drive over (to Hazard), instead of having to drive to Louisville to take the test.”


            Eventually, OHBC plans to expand its journeyman testing to up to 11 locations besides Louisville. The office also has plans to offer its master plumber test at several sites.  At present, it is conducted only in Frankfort.              


      The current schedule of journeyman plumber tests is:  Madisonville Community College, May 12; Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, June 2; Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence, June 9; and Bowling Green Technical College, June 23.  More locations and dates will be added later in the year.


            For more information visit the OHBC Web site at\plumbing\plumbing+license.htm.


            The Office of Housing, Buildings and Construction is a part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.