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Plumbing Classes – An Inside Look

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
Year Course Title Hours
1 Introductory Craft Skills 27.5
1 Introduction to the Plumbing Profession 5
1 Plumbing Safety 20
1 Introduction to Plumbing Math 7.5
1 Plumbing Tools 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 Intermediate Math 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 Applied Math 10
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 NFPA 54 20
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).

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