Plumbing Course in New Jersey with Training Information

Sep 05, 2018

New Jersey has two schools that offer plumbing programs. Get some information about these courses and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision about plumbing training in NJ.

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New Jersey Plumbing Courses

Aspiring plumbers in New Jersey can develop the skills needed for this trade by enrolling in apprenticeship programs through technical schools. These plumbing training programs in NJ include both classroom instruction and work experience and can last for a few years. Students learn all aspects of the trade, from installation to repair of water and waste lines. These programs also prepare students for required state licensing exams. Some schools provide this type of vocational training through their continuing education departments.

Two New Jersey technical schools that offer plumbing training are profiled below. Get curricula details and information about licensing for this career. Read more details about these two schools in the table.

  • Bergen County Technical Schools (BCTS) offers several construction trade programs, including one in plumbing, at various campus locations in Bergen County, New Jersey, such as Paramus, Teterboro, or Hackensack.
  • HoHoKus School of Trade and Technical Sciences offers several accredited programs in construction trades. The school is located in the downtown area of Paterson, New Jersey.

Comparison of Schools

It is important to consider all details of a school before making a decision about entering a plumbing program in New Jersey. Below find statistical information regarding student population, tuition, and admissions, along with graduation and retention rates for each school.

Bergen County Technical Schools HoHoKus School of Trade and Technical Sciences
School Type Less than 2-year, public Less than 2-year, private for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 78* 190*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018) $12,050* $13,170*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 79%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 100% (open admissions policy)* 100% (open admissions policy)*
Retention Rate (2017) 73% (full-time students)* 77% (full-time students)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2017 94%* 90%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Bergen County Technical Schools

Bergen County Technical Schools provide technical and vocational training. The Adult and Continuing Education division offers training in construction-related trades and emergency medical technology, as well as customized programs for groups of employees.

Plumbing Apprenticeship

To enroll in the Bergen County Technical Schools' plumbing apprenticeship, students must obtain full-time employment in the trade and be sponsored by their employer or union. The program takes 4-5 years, depending on the student's current knowledge and experience in the trade.

To fulfill licensing requirements, students spend a minimum of 144 hours in the classroom during each year of the apprenticeship. The program offers students an opportunity to combine classes in technical training with on-the-job experience. After successfully completing the apprenticeship training, students are qualified to take the state's licensing examinations for plumbers.

HoHoKus School of Trade and Technical Sciences

HoHoKus School of Trade and Technical Sciences is operated by Eastwick Colleges, a for-profit network of colleges. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology accredits Eastwick College programs.

Plumbing Apprenticeship

The program provides students with the training and skills needed to qualify for the plumber's licensing exam. After students learn skills through the initial training, in installing water and waste lines, pipefitting and plumbing repairs, they continue as second-year apprentices. Students also have access to the career services office in their job search. The HoHoKus apprenticeship program is affiliated with the New Jersey Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association.

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