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How Much Does Plumbing Training Cost?

 
low costOnline Training: $800-$1,000average costCertificate in Plumbing: $1,250-$3,000high costAssociate's Degree in Plumbing Technology: $3,000-$23,000
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Plumbers are trained at technical schools, community colleges and apprenticeships offering on-the-job training. For example, a one-year certificate program prepares students to install and repair plumbing systems, while a two-year associate's degree may also include related coursework in pipefitting, basic electricity, pump system design and basic heating, according to Education Portal[1] . This added coursework can lead to advanced careers in plumbing and pipefitting, as well as the related fields of heating and gas technology. Although apprenticeship training programs take longer to complete, students may earn a salary while they learn on the job.

Typical costs:

  • An online training program in plumbing costs $800-$1,000. For example, Penn Foster[2] offers a plumbing technology program for $868, and Ashworth College[3] has similar coursework for about $800.
  • A certificate program in plumbing costs $1,250-$3,000. For example, AC/C Tech[4] in Indianapolis offers a five-course program in plumbing technology for $1,250.
  • An associate's degree in plumbing technology costs $3,000-$23,000. Southwestern Illinois College[5] offers an associate's degree program for $6,080 for in-district students and $23,744 for out-of-state tuition. Montana State University in Havre, MT, offers a similar program for $23,000.
  • Apprenticeships in plumbing cost $0-$1,000 and last 4-5 years. The Construction Industry Training Council[6] in Colorado offers plumbing apprenticeships from $710 per semester and $120 to $150 for books for the four-year program, while the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union[7] sponsors apprenticeships for a $620 fee to cover books.
  • State licensing for plumbers costs $75-$300 and lasts 1-2 years. Tennessee[8] issues a two-year plumbing license for $75. Georgia[9] 's plumbing license fee is $30 for the application and a $75 renewal fee every two years, and Alaska's fee is a $50 application and $200 license fee every two years.
  • Certification through the American Society of Plumbing Engineers[10] costs $300-$625 based on the individual's membership and practical work experience. Certification is voluntary in most states.
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What should be included:
  • Apprenticeships typically last 4-5 years and include at least 144 hours of coursework per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics[11] . Coursework often includes blueprint reading, drafting, mathematics, applied physics and chemistry; on-the-job training covers local plumbing codes and regulations, plumbing supplies, tools and safety.
Additional costs:
  • Additional costs for plumbing training range from $500-$10,000, and may include books, tools, uniforms and living costs. AC/C Tech[12] in Indianapolis estimates additional plumbing program costs as $328 for tools and $369 for books, uniforms and safety equipment. New England Tech[13] in Warwick, R.I., estimates additional costs as $1,200 for books and supplies, $3,000-$7,000 for room and board and $4,300-$5,900 for other expenses, with higher rates for students living on campus.
Discounts:
  • Scholarships may be available for qualified applicants attending a plumbing technology program. For example, the national Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association[14] awards more than $25,000 in scholarships each year. A state chapter of this organization, the Tennessee Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors[15] offers several $1,000 scholarships each year.
Shopping for plumbing training:
  • The Contractor's License Reference Site[16] details licensing qualifications and costs for plumbers practicing in each state. Most states require plumbers to have 2-5 years of work experience and to pass a licensing exam.
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External Resources:
  1.  education-portal.com/plumber_schools.html
  2.  www.pennfoster.edu/programs-and-degrees/construction-and-maintenance/plumber-career-dip...
  3.  www.ashworthcollege.edu/career-diplomas/plumbing/tuition
  4.  www.acctech.us/program_fees.cfm?programID=8
  5.  www.swic.edu/Tuition/
  6.  www.abcrmc.org/Education/Apprenticeship_Training.aspx
  7.  www.plumberslu130ua.org/site/section/3/89
  8.  www.tn.gov/regboards/contractors/documents/PlumbingLicReq112905.pdf
  9.  sos.georgia.gov/plb/faqs/45%20faqs.htm
  10.  www.aspe.org/CPDCertification
  11.  www.bls.gov/ooh/Construction-and-Extraction/Plumbers-pipefitters-and-steamfitters.htm
  12.  www.acctech.us/program_fees.cfm?programID=8
  13.  www.neit.edu/About-Us/Public-Disclosure/Total-Cost-of-Education
  14.  www.phccweb.org/Tools/content.cfm?ItemNumber=10677&navItemNumber=10156
  15.  www.taphcc.com/Scholarships.html
  16.  www.contractors-license.org
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