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Residential Plumbing Certificate

Residential Plumbing Certificate

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 1 Semester
Award: Certificate

Completed Online: No
Completed in the Evenings: No
Pathway: Career Path
Career Cluster: Industrial Technology and Transportation
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program


The Residential Plumbing Certificate program of study prepares students for entry-level skills positions in residential plumbing industry. Classes focus on safety, hand and power tools, materials, pipe joining methods, code book layout, plan and print reading and trade calculation. Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate.


New program pending state and regional accreditation approval

Career Information

Those who complete plumbing education programs can find jobs as general plumbers, pipefitters, or sprinklerfitters.

Plumbers install, repair and maintain systems for transporting water, sewage, and gas. Plumbers who work for construction companies hook up and install a building's plumbing and water systems to the available municipal or other water supply, adhering to codes and using a variety of tools and measurements to ensure accuracy. Those who work for plumbing repair companies visit homes and businesses to repair water, sewer, and plumbing systems, fix sinks or toilets, or replace worn or broken pipes.

Pipefitters work with high and low pressure pipe systems used in manufacturing, power generation, and heating and cooling systems. They install and maintain these specialized systems and work on the control systems that allow for their operation and monitoring. Some pipefitters specialize in one particular area, such as the movement of high pressure liquids or gases. Unlike plumbers, their sole concern is the proper functioning of pipes and their connections.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:


  • Describe basic materials and tools used for standard residential projects.
  • Adhere to safety rules and regulations relevant to the industry.
  • Interpret plumbing blueprint reading.
  • Summarize plumbing codes.
  • Explain the components and assembly techniques required for standard pipe and water supply systems.
  • Diagnose residential plumbing systems.
  • Repair residential plumbing systems.

Average: $30.54
Entry Level: $15.32
Experienced: $43.44

* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.