They may not be high on one’s list of glamorous professionals. Still, it is next to impossible to lead a comfortable life without Plumbers who install and maintain pipes and fixtures in any location that needs running water.
Also known as drain technician, residential plumber, service plumber, and commercial plumber.
This Diploma in Plumbing Studies course will be of great interest to professionals who want to learn more about plumbing and the advancements made in the trade. Learners who are interested in knowing how the plumbing system works will also benefit from the information provided in the course. Acquiring these skills and knowledge sets will be invaluable for your career.
Having completed this course the learner will:
- Recognize the importance of plumbing as a profession
- Discuss the personal protective equipment and safety signs
- Describe the various types of tools used for measuring and layout, leveling, cutting, drilling, assembling, and holding pipes and fittings.
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of different materials in plumbing
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Learn all you need to know about important plumbing processes and procedures with this free online plumbing course.
This hybrid course in plumbing will introduce you to the plumbing profession. Plumbers are highly trained professionals, responsible for the installation of safe and efficient plumbing systems which provide a myriad of essential services. From heating to sanitation, a plumber’s knowledge is essential to society. This hybrid course will help you get started in the plumbing profession, and cultivate the skills that go with it.
All of our courses are easy to study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an KV Training Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire an official Diploma, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world.
This course begins with an introduction to plumbing, where a brief history of plumbing from the ancient to modern times is discussed. You will then learn the importance of plumbing as a profession as well as the typical skill set of a plumber. You will also tackle the subject of personal protective equipment, safety signs, plumbing tools, and the basic tool safety practices adopted and used by plumbers on a job site.
Then, you will look into the materials that are used to make plumbing pipes and fixtures. You will learn the features and the advantages as well as the disadvantages of using materials such as plastic, copper, cast iron, carbon steel, and Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing(CSST). You will also study the major components of a drainage system, the health issues related to the improper installation and maintenance of DWV systems, and the water purification process in water treatment plants.
Plumbers almost never work in the same place for too long, you can rest assured that you will always be taken to new jobs, new projects, which means meeting a lot of people while having a lot of variety in the sorts of jobs and work you do. You’ll never get too bored of any one thing for very long.
Plumbing is one of the most popular up an coming fields which also sports a shortage of workers. Old plumbers are retiring making room for new plumbers to join the ranks and fill in their shoes. This mean great job opportunities!
Most of the economic woes that affect the white collar sector almost never have an impact on the trades, in fact on the contrary, as a plumber there will always be jobs. Either service calls to repair or replace plumbing or installation jobs to support the construction of new buildings and properties. It would take a significant economic downtown to have a large impact on the plumbing sector.
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As a plumber you will be able to help people to fix their problems and install running water into their homes and businesses. Many plumbers take pride in this part of their work, helping people to resume their water service as it is such a large part of people’s lives.
10. Possessing the knowledge and skill to execute a job from start to finish with exacting precision leads to incredibly job satisfaction for many. Working as a plumber can really help peoples self-esteem and confidence in the long-run.
Becoming a plumber has many benefits and these are merely a quick rundown on some of the most obvious benefits of the trade.
A Plumber would typically need to:
Install and maintain pipes in residential, commercial and industrial buildings for potable water, heating, drainage, irrigation and sewage purposes
Read blueprints and drawings to understand or plan the layout of plumbing, waste disposal and water supply systems, keeping in mind local building codes
Determine the materials and equipment needed for a job; prepare cost estimates for the clients
Cut, assemble and install pipes and tubes with attention to existing infrastructure such as the electrical wiring
Inspect and test installed pipe systems and pipelines to ensure they are airtight and watertight
Maintain, troubleshoot and repair malfunctioning plumbing systems; repair or replace broken drainage lines, clogged drains, and faucets
Install and fix home appliances such as showers, sinks, cookers, gas fires and washing machines; service air conditioning and ventilation units and radiators
Attend emergency calls to locate and fix issues with water supply lines (e.g. leaks), especially during cold weather; fix weather-proof material to roofs, chimneys and walls
Fitting and joining rainwater, soil and drainage pipes; undertake routine servicing of boilers and other appliances
Assist in the maintenance of septic systems – large, underground holding tanks that collect waste from houses not connected to a public sewer system
Help develop blueprints that show the placement of pipes and fixtures when working as a master plumber; ensure the plumbing meets building codes
Save architects time and money by sharing their expertise in determining the best positions for wall passage and fixture locations
Plumbers work in factories, homes, businesses and wherever running water is an essential feature. They climb ladders, lift heavy material and work in tight spaces.
Some travel to worksites every day and may also need to factor in overnight stays away from home. Outdoor work in all weather conditions may be necessary.
In general, Plumbers work full time, including nights, weekends and holidays. They are often on call to handle emergencies. Self-employed professionals may be able to set their own hours.
Finding a new job might seem challenging. Plumbers can boost their job search by asking their network for referrals, contacting employers directly, using job search platforms, going to job fairs, leveraging social media, and inquiring at staffing agencies. Self-employment and consultancy are viable options.
Plumbers are generally employed by:
- Building Contractors
- Construction Firms
- Architectural Firms
- Educational Institutions
- Municipal Authorities
- The Armed Forces
- Owners of Buses, Recreational Vehicles, Large Aeroplanes, Yachts and Cruise Ships
Unions / Professional Organizations
Most Plumbers belong to trade unions that provide training and certification programs in addition to health insurance, vacation and retirement benefits. You are likely to earn more money and have better job security if associated with a union.
Professional associations and organisations such as The World Plumbing Council are crucial for a Plumber interested in pursuing professional development or connecting with like-minded professionals in their industry or occupation.
Membership in one or more adds value to your resume while bolstering your credentials and qualifications.
- Susceptibility to injuries such as cuts from sharp tools, burns from hot pipes and soldering equipment and falls from ladders
- Neck, shoulder and back problems from carrying heavy tools and material and being on call 24/7/365
- The need to work at heights, in confined spaces around electrical work, natural gas lines and human waste and all sorts of weather
- Unsteady source of income until well-established in the field
- High probability of going home with the lingering smells from the drains and sewage
Self-employed Plumbers may not need any other qualifications apart from an established reputation for doing consistently excellent work.
However, individuals who seek employment will do well to enrol in an apprenticeship program where they receive four to five years of paid, on-the-job training and access to classroom instruction through a day or block-release course at a technical-vocational school.
Often, unions, trade associations and local businesses sponsor apprenticeship programs. Most applicants enter a program directly, but some begin as helpers or complete a pre-apprenticeship training program.
A high school diploma or equivalent is the typical qualification required to become a plumber. Vocational-technical schools offer courses in pipe system design, safety and use of tools.
It may take between four and seven years to become a journey-level plumber who does the job under the supervision of a Master Plumber. This period includes the time required to obtain a trade school diploma or associate degree and complete an apprenticeship.
Some educational providers offer diverse levels of technical certificates in mechanical engineering services – plumbing. Trainees learn about water regulations assessment, unvented hot water assessment and gas safety competence during short intensive training courses, some with home-study options.
Make sure your high school classes include math, physics and chemistry because your vocational-technical course will consist of all those subjects in addition to safety, drafting, blueprint reading, applied physics and local plumbing codes & regulations.
Certifications, Licenses and Registration
Optional certification in plumbing design from an objective and reputed organisation can help you stand out in a competitive job market and advance your career.
Aspiring Plumbers require a valid license to practice the profession. In addition, most employers mandate a driving license. Typically, licensure requires an application, processing fees, an examination to prove their trade knowledge, and relevant education and experience. Contact your local licensing board for requisite details.
Registration is a legal requirement for anyone installing or repairing gas fittings or appliances. Plumbers who work on gas installations must register themselves with the relevant local authorities and acquire the pertinent ID card before they start work.
Prospective employers also stipulate a background check. An employment background check can include but is not limited to a person’s work history, education, credit history, motor vehicle reports (MVRs), criminal record, medical history, use of social media, and drug screening.
Performance, experience, and the acquisition of professional qualifications drives career progression.
Significantly experienced Plumbers who pass a qualifying exam can become Master Plumbers, Supervisors or Project Managers. You can specialise in heating, ventilation, refrigeration or air conditioning. Some Plumbers advance into design consultancy, teaching and management.
You can also choose to become an independent contractor and run your own business or specialist firm after acquiring additional licensure.
Candidates who have certification in specialist areas, licensure and significant experience, have the best job prospects.
Continuing professional development (CPD) will help an active Plumber build personal skills and proficiency through work-based learning, a professional activity, formal education, or self-directed learning.
Journey-level Plumbers can raise their qualifications to master plumber level by preparing for and passing a comprehensive exam.
Those who meet the eligibility requirements may obtain endorsements for medical gas piping installation or expertise in multipurpose residential fire protection or water supply protection.
Tools of the Trade
Plumbers use drills, saws, welding torches, press-fitting tools, and drain cleaning tools in addition to copper, steel and plastic pipes.
A Rewarding Career
Licensed Plumbers tend to remain in the profession for their entire careers. Many continue part-time, past the usual retirement age, readying future generations with apprenticeships and learning opportunities.
There are plentiful opportunities in residential, commercial and industrial plumbing. The need for qualified plumbers is constantly growing.
Potential Pros & Cons of Freelancing vs Full-Time Employment
Freelancing Plumbers have more flexible work schedules and locations. They have full ownership of the business and can select their projects and clients. However, they experience inconsistent work and cash flow, which means more responsibility, effort and risk.
On the other hand, a full-time Plumber has company-sponsored health benefits, insurance, and retirement plans. They have job security with a fixed, reliable source of income and guidance from their bosses. Yet, they may experience boredom due to a lack of flexibility, ownership, and variety.
When deciding between freelancing or being a full-time employee, consider the pros and cons to see what works best for you.
Whether they are on call 24/7/365 as employees of a small plumbing company or the owner of the company, there will always be pipes, wrenches and elbow grease in the lives of Plumbers who install and maintain well-functioning systems that transport water, waste, gases or hot liquids.
Advice from the Wise
“Trade is the way to go. You get benefits, like no debt from college, a paid apprenticeship and paid internships. Education can be provided for you if you find the right company or go through a union. After four years, you have a license making a plumbing journeyman’s rate. After that, the sky’s the limit. You can be a worker, foreman, manager, road super, project manager or own your own company. It is all up to you.”
Travis P. Abaire, Owner of T.A.P. Plumbing.
Successfully completing this hybrid plumbing Certification program with a grade of 70% or more provides you with your OSHA 10-hour safety card (included); preparing an introductory competency path will give you the basic understanding of the industry you need to prepare you for a safe and successful career in plumbing
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate general safety practices in relation to Plumbing
- Read and interpret basic building and plumbing codes
- Recognize and name common tools used by plumbers
- Measure and calculate pipe offsets often used in plumbing
- Identify plumbing symbols and abbreviations used in architectural drawings
- Demonstrate the processes for soldering and brazing copper pipe
- Demonstrate the processes for welding plastic pipe and fittings
- Identify various fixture types
- Recognize and properly name various fittings and pipes
- Recognize and name the different types of valves and meters
- Describe how the controls and heating elements of water heating systems work
- Describe techniques for working with pipe and fittings made from PVC, CPVC, PEX, and copper
- Describe the proper installation procedures for installing fixtures, faucets, water supply, and DWV connections for each type of fixture and appliances
- Explain the operation of a simple septic system
There are several funding options and financing available. We do cater to paying in full so there is a discount for paying in full and not in installments. Mention that to your counselor in order to receive it.
OUTLINE OF INSTRUCTION:
- Plumbing Tools
- Leveling Instruments
- Soldering, Brazing, and Welding
- Piping Materials and Fittings
- Valves and meters
- Soft soldering
- Hydraulic and Pneumatics
- Rigging and Hoisting
- Water Supply Systems
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Water Heaters
- Designing Plumbing Systems
- Preparing for Plumbing System Installation
- DWV Pipe and Fitting Installation
- Installing Water Supply Piping
- Supporting and Testing Pipe
- Installing Fixtures, Faucets, and Appliances
- Septic Systems
- Storm Water and Sumps