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author RocketCert Staff
date 08.15.2022

Colorado electrical and plumbing licenses must be kept current in order for professionals to maintain the legal status that allows them to work for their customers. It’s important that you understand some of the key points regarding your license to make sure you remain compliant with the state mandates that are in place.

Questions About Plumbing and Electrical Licenses in CO. 

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about these two types of licenses in Colorado:

How Often Do Licenses Need to Be Renewed?

Future renewals can always change, but currently, the renewal period is a three-year cycle for electricians and a two-year cycle for plumbers

How Can I Change Important Personal Information Regarding My License?

You must make sure that changes to information like your email address, phone number, and mailing address are changed in your online profile that is tied to your license. You don’t ever want to miss critical updates or communications about the codes, rules, renewal dates, or statutory requirement changes.

Why Does My Apprentice License Say “Expired,” “Pending Supervision,” or “Canceled?”

These statuses mean that you cannot perform plumbing or electrical work in Colorado unless you have a relationship with a contractor that ensures you are properly supervised at all times. If you see one of these statuses, you are not currently attached to a contractor license even though you might be employed by one of these professionals.

You must remain supervised until you receive at least a journeyman license in your trade issued by the state. When this license is activated, a new copy will be sent to the email address you provided on your account. If your employer is having a hard time linking you to their license, electrical and plumbing instructions are available. 

If I Want to Start or Expand a Plumbing or Electrician Business in Colorado, What Do I Need to Do?

You will first need to fill out a master electrician or master plumber license application. You will need to document the experience you have on letterhead from the verifying company or via an Affidavit of Experience letterhead. It’s important to note that you cannot validate your own experience. 

However, an office manager or company co-owner can verify it for you. In addition, you can hire a master plumber or electrician to act as Responsible Master, but only if they are not attached to another company.

When you create a business account and apply for a master license, this serves as registration of your Colorado business. A master license is required in order to fill out the form properly.

Which Code Book Is Required for the License Exam? 

The 2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC) is the current code in use for plumbers. For electricians, the current code is the 2020 National Electric Code (NEC). The PSI Testing Agency website has important information that can help further.

If you have any other questions about preparing to obtain or renew your plumbing license or electrical license in Colorado, get the help you’re looking for with RocketCert. If it’s time to renew or apply for a license, sign up with RocketCert to make sure you’re properly prepared.