Plumbing Schools with Program Descriptions

Plumbers are contractors and trade workers specializing in maintaining and installing pipe systems. These may include drinking water, drainage, sewage and heating pipes. Plumbing degrees often take two years to complete and feature a majority of hands-on training.

When choosing between plumbing schools, prospective students may want to seek a degree program with a strong training curriculum. The goal of a plumbing school is to prepare the student for a direct entry-level position upon graduation, which necessitates a majority of hands-on work through supervised experience at affiliated businesses and in-school laboratory settings.

10 Schools with Plumbing Programs

Here are ten schools that offer plumbing programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition 2015-2016*
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,598 in-state, $7,554 out-of-state
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood,CO 2-year, Public Certificate $3,429 in-state, $13,145 out-of-state
GateWay Community College New Haven, CT 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,032 in-state, $12,096 out-of-state
Macomb Community College Warren, Michigan 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,495 in-state, $6,641 out-of-state
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh,NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Diploma $2,768 in-state, $8,912 out-of-state
Prince George's Community College Largo, MD 2-year, Public Certificate $5,762 in-state, $8,090 out-of-state
Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, IA 2-year, Public Diploma $4,194 in-state, $5,034 out-of-state
Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME 2-year, Public Associate's $3,694 in-state, $6,394 out-of-state
St. Cloud Technical and Community College St. Cloud, MN 2-year, Public Diploma, Associate's $6,568 (diploma), $10,651 (Associate's)
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Public Certificate $3,360 in-state, $3,756 out-of-state

Sources: School websites and *National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students may want to consider these points when choosing a program:

  • Students may want to consider a program that includes training in related activities, such as gas and heating, to expand one's work portfolio.
  • Students should choose a program depending on their career goals. Certificates, diplomas and associate degrees are the most common programs, and some can prepare for entry into the field while others might be better for those who aim for career advancement.
  • Students may consider a program that also contain business courses, which can be beneficial to those who might be interested in management or starting their own business.
  • Some schools' plumbing programs can transfer to 4-year universities for students who may want to get a bachelor's degree.

Plumbing degrees are often available at the certificate, diploma and associate degree level, and typically provide hands-on training. Students may also want to consider programs with training in related activities, as well as programs with business courses.

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