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Award Levels

Credit Hours Required

Time to Completion



2 Years


The Plumbing certificate program is a 21-credit hour program that includes theory and hands-on application. The program prepares students to take the Journeyman Plumbing exam. In Kansas, individual cities and counties issue licenses for plumbers. Check in your local area to determine specific licensing requirements. Two years of field experience under the supervision of a licensed journeyman or master plumber is required to sit for the journeyman license exam in Kansas. This program prepares you with the technical skills necessary to work efficiently under a journeyman or master plumber.

The program utilizes the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum. NCCER is a nationally recognized credentialing and certification system. Students completing the program will cover NCCER Core and Plumbing Level 1. Successful students will also obtain OSHA 10 certification.

Plumbers assemble, install, or repair pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water or drainage systems in homes and businesses according to the International Plumbing Code. Students may enter the industry with journeyman skills, ready to perform on-the-job training in preparation for licensure. US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment of plumbers is expected to grow 16 percent (much faster than average) from 2016 to 2026. The median annual wage for plumbers was $51,450 in May 2016.

In this program, students will learn about the plumbing trade including an overview of the profession, safety, plumbing tools, plumbing math, and blueprints. Students will learn about plastic, copper, cast-iron, and carbon steel plumbing materials and the differences of each. Students will have hands-on experience with fixtures, drains, waste, vent systems and water distribution systems.





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Program Path

Recommended Sequence of Courses

(Fall) Semester I


Credit Hours

CMCT 105

OSHA 10 Safety Orientation


CMCT 106

Introduction to Craft Skills


ELEC 107

Print Reading





(Spring) Semester II


PLMB 102

Plumbing Fundamentals


PLMB 104

Plastic and Copper Pipe, Tube, and Fittings





(Fall) Semester III


PLMB 106

Cast Iron and Carbon Steel Pipe and Fittings


PLMB 108

Fixtures and Drain, Waste, and Vent Systems





(Spring) Semester IV


PLMB 110

Plumbing Externship





Total Plumbing Certificate Credits



                      Associate of Applied Science Option  

Students interested in completing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Engineering Technology should visit with an advisor to determine general education requirements. The AAS Degree requires 64 credit hours including a minimum of 42 technical credits hours. First-time, full-time students are required to take CURR 100, First Year Seminar.


         Required General Education Courses include:  

ENGL 101 English Composition I, 3 cr hrs
COMM 213 Interpersonal Communication, 3 cr hrs
CSIS 100 Computer Concepts and Applications, 3 cr hrs
Additional General Education Hours to bring degree total to 64.




Program Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of OSHA safety standards.
2. Demonstrate the ability to correctly use power and hand tools.
3. Demonstrate the ability to read blueprints.
4. Use basic math to perform plumbing-related calculations.
5. Demonstrate proper techniques to measure, cut, and join plastic pipe and copper tube.
6. Demonstrate proper techniques to measure, cut, and join cast-iron and steel pipes.
7. Demonstrate proper installation techniques for plumbing fixtures, drain, waste, and venting systems.
8. Demonstrate employability skills.