New Technician License for North Carolina Plumbing, Heating, and Fuel Piping.

“This Technician license is not a contractor license, and is limited to supervision of work within the technician’s qualification(s).” It is intended to provide relief to contractors who have multiple jobs over a large area.

So why should I be care about this new license as I want my contractor’s license?

“At any time after passing the technician license, the technician license may be upgraded to a contractor license by applying and passing the business and law examination.

This is huge for a couple of reasons. The bus/law exam is 50 questions in 60 minutes. The questions are not hard but the time limit makes this a tough exam. Most of my students report back that this test is frustrating. Why not take the technician exam and then go back later and take the business exam?

For people who are having problems getting their Plumbing or Mechanical License.

Sign up for both the technician exam and NCCTI Contractor Exam Prep Class. Your first exam will be your easiest. Preparation and practice is the key. Take a look at our Free Demo class. Continue reading

Free Plumbing Exam Question

Free Plumbing Contractor Exam Question

First, let’s define head – amount of water pressure in a column between points at different elevations that is expressed in feet.

Why do we care about pressure head? Because it’s on the exam, savvy?

Understanding Water Pressure

Let’s take a look at the following example:

Plumbing Head Description

Cubic feet conversion to psi

Now I will break it down further

psi head calculation

0.434 psi = 1 foot and 2.31 feet = 1.0 psi

What is the pressure loss for a 3/8”water supply pipe that travels 50’ vertically?

I look forward to your comments and will post the answer soon.

Get the correct Contractor Books

Make sure you have the current reference books!

The current Business and Project Management Book that is used by NC Board of Examiners is the 4th Edition. I know, it’s tempting to use an older version that a buddy used a few years back. The problem is that the 4th Edition is totally different from the previous Editions. The lay-out has been redone and some new info has been added. Since time is the biggest foe (50 questions in 60 minutes), not having the correct book is a recipe for disaster. You can order a copy of Business and Project Management from the NC Board of Examiners.

While we are at it…

ACCA has upgraded Manual D. Better get one if you are taking a Heating Contractor Exam. Make sure you have Manual D-Residential Duct Design, 3ird Edition, Version 1.00. You can go to NC Board of Examiners Web-site to view the current reference list.

Then click Exam Information, then Book Reference List

To improve look-up speeds…

You need to register for my Contractor Practice Exams. My exams are graded and timed – just like the exam you will face. The first exam will be the easiest. Make sure you are prepared!


PSI Exam Website

Before you take your Contractor Exam, I suggest visiting PSI’s Web-site. You can download the Candidate Bulletin and search a list of Exam Testing Sites. Pay particular attention of ID requirements. Be aware that some of the info is outdated. Due to cheating, PSI provides all reference materials for your exam. Please look at the FAQs on registration. Here is the URL for H-3.

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