If you’re considering signing-up for plumbing classes, you’re probably wondering just what to expect. In this overview of plumbing training, we’ll take a look at a typical plumbing course curriculum and provide answers to some of the common questions that students have when first entering a program.
What Will I Learn in Plumbing Classes?
The objective of most plumbing training courses is to give students a well-rounded foundation in basic plumbing technology concepts, and to help them gain a working familiarity with the skills they’ll use on a daily basis.
While each program presents its material in its own unique way, each has the same basic objectives. These typically consist of the following:
- Familiarize students with the tools and materials required to install and repair residential plumbing systems
- Cover basic safety precautions including equipment used to protect plumbers while on the job
- Review current plumbing codes and learn how to adhere to them on standard types of jobs
- Practice the assembly and construction of standard water supply and piping systems, as well as water-based appliances
- Identify the types of plumbing systems that support heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, swimming pools and other related systems
- Discuss the key characteristics of successful plumbing professionals and the career opportunities available to them
What is a Typical Plumbing Course Curriculum?
This sample curriculum is from the New Hampshire Department of Education, but is very typical of the curricula one can expect to find at any NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) approved training program. The course is 600 hours in total and is broken out over four school years.
|Sample Plumbing Class Curriculum|
|1||Introductory Craft Skills||27.5|
|1||Introduction to the Plumbing Profession||5|
|1||Introduction to Plumbing Math||7.5|
|1||Blueprints and Plumbing Drawings||12.5|
|1||Various Pipes and Fittings||45|
|1||Fixtures and Faucets||5|
|1||Intro Drain, Waste, & Vent Systems||10|
|1||Intro Water Distribution Systems||10|
|2||Reading Commercial Drawings||20|
|2||Installing and Testing Piping||20|
|2||Installing Roof, Floor & Area Drains||5|
|2||Types of Valves||5|
|2||Installing and Testing Water Supply Piping||20|
|2||Installing Fixtures, Valves, and Faucets||15|
|2||Introduction to Electricity||15|
|2||Installing Water Heaters||5|
|2||Fuel & Gas Piping/ Fuel Gas Systems||30|
|2||Servicing Fixtures, Valves and Faucets||5|
|3||Water Pipe Sizing||17.5|
|3||Potable Water Treatment||15|
|3||Back flow Preventers||12.5|
|3||Types of Venting||10|
|3||Sewage and Sump Pumps||17.5|
|3||Sizing DWV and Storm Systems||10|
|3||Corrosive-Resistant Waste Piping||7.5|
|3||International Plumbing Code||30|
|4||Water Pressure Booster & Recirculation Systems||17.5|
|4||Indirect and Special Waste||12.5|
|4||Servicing Piping Systems, Fixtures & Appliances||20|
|4||Private Water Supply Systems||10|
|4||Private Waste Disposal Systems||10|
|4||Hydronic and Solar Heating Systems||15|
|4||Water Supply Treatment||15|
|4||Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs||10|
|4||Plumbing for Mobile Home Parks||10|
|4||International Plumbing Code
|Total Classroom Hours:||600|
How Long is Plumbing Training?
Although the curriculum featured above is for a training course that lasts four years, the typical plumbing school program lasts between three months and a year. Keep in mind that this does not include the amount of time required to complete your apprenticeship (which usually lasts four to five years).