The journey level pipefitter certification exam contains 100 multiple choice questions covering areas such as pipefitting mathematics, welding, rigging, hydronics, A/C refrigeration and other general pipefitting knowledge. The exam is offered through the National Inspection Testing Certification or NITC.
To qualify for the exam, an individual must demonstrate skill in fabricating, preparing, rigging and installing pipes and have completed the UA training or equivalent program. Candidates must document a minimum of four years experience in pipe installation. A candidate may perform these tasks alone or through the supervision of other individuals. Qualified candidates are also required to have general knowledge of state and national codes of conduct and ethical standards.
The test, to be taken at a certified testing center, requires a passing grade of at least 75 percent and costs $116, as of 2015. If a candidate fails the examination, he or she may retake the exam but must pay the examination fee again. The certification is valid for five years after which the individual must take a recertification exam. The recertification exam consists of 25 multiple choice questions, is non-proctored, open book and requires a minimum score of 68 percent to pass. The candidate must pass the recertification exam within 30 days of his or her certification expiring.