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Plumber (Apprentice) License

A Plumbing Apprentice license allows an individual to perform plumbing work under the direction of a licensed Master Plumber. Plumbing work includes drainage, water piping, or the construction, alteration and repairing of any drainage, cesspools, trap, waste vent or water piping, and fixtures attached thereto, except gas or electric heaters.

This license must be renewed annually.


How to Apply

Apply online now via eCLIPSE or visit the Public Services Concourse of the Municipal Services Building

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be employed by a licensed Master Plumber. Written certification from the employer is required.
  • Photo ID
    • 2”x2” photo ID (passport quality)

Renewal Requirements

  • Confirmation of continued employment by a licensed Master Plumber. A change in employment must be submitted to the Department.


  • Initial Application
    • There is a non-refundable application filing fee of $20.00, which is applied towards the cost of the License ($25.00). The balance of the license fee is due upon application approval.
  • License Renewal Application
    • The renewal fee is $25.00

Payment Information

RETURNED CHECKS: If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, (1) you authorize The City of Philadelphia or its agent to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20; and (2) The City of Philadelphia or its agent may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment.