Plumbing Schools Directory
Make sure the school fits your needs
Knowing what plumbing schools to apply to and what programs offer the best education can seem impossible with all the choices that are available. But it doesn't have to be that difficult.
What kind of learner are you? - do you prefer hands-on, in-class or at home? Decide what style of training suits you best and find a school that offers it. Research the school before applying to find out if the program offers the outcome you're looking for.
Questions to consider:
- Can you transfer credits if you want to continue or further your education elsewhere?
- Does the program meet requirements of professional organizations in your field of study?
- Will you be eligible to take licensing exams after graduation?
Don't rely on the school's word, seek out local unions or organizations and ask them what training is necessary and if the program will cover it. You can also find out what the licensing requirements are for your area. Employers are a great resource; they might even be able to offer recommendations. It seems like a lot of work, but a bit of extra time spent now can save you a lot more time and money down the road.
Choosing the best training
- Apprenticeships - They are usually the recommended course of action, but these training programs often last for many years and may have limited spaces available, which can discourage or disqualify some candidates.
The National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors is one organization that offers home study apprenticeships, where students find an employer to take them on as an apprentice and complete the required learning materials and courses from home. A program like this lets students make their own schedule and complete their apprenticeship at their chosen pace. It's also good for students who live and work in areas where there is no training school within driving distance.
- Technical or trade school programs - This training can be completed quickly if classes are taken full-time. Many schools also offer flexibility for students who work full-time jobs and want to take nighttime courses or learn through distance education.
Plumbers must become licensed in most areas of the U.S. and Canada. There aren't any National Standards so each area will have its own requirements, such as a certain number of accumulated working hours. Generally the process involves an examination that tests the workers' knowledge of the job, as well as their knowledge of codes and regulations.