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Foundations of Plumbing

We’re facing a shortage of skilled plumbers. With an aging infrastructure and dwindling trade workforce, the demand for plumbers has never been greater. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that plumbing jobs will increase at a faster than normal rate over the next 10 years. With the right training, you could enter and build a scalable career in this high-demand field. 

If you want to work as a plumber, the Foundations of Plumbing course will teach you the fundamental, job-ready skills relevant to the plumbing and piping industry. In this self-paced course, you’ll learn how to work on modern plumbing systems from in-depth course material developed by industry experts and employers. By course completion, you will possess the specialized skills and technical knowledge needed to start a career in plumbing.  


12 Months / 145 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Cleveland State Community College

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Learning Method


Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Foundations of Plumbing

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES788

What You Will Learn
  • Basic concepts of plumbing safety and the safety procedures for material and equipment use
  • The function of components required for the construction of standard piping and water supply systems
  • The use and meaning of specialty drawings associated with construction detail
  • The application and installation of standard plumbing fixtures
  • To identify piping materials and fixture types used in plumbing work
  • To perform essential math functions, calculations, and interpretation of plumbing codes required to complete standard plumbing services
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 145 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Communications and active listening skills
  • Skills to be more productive
  • Reasoning skills
  • Wide knowledge of plumbing skills


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Plumbing History, Codes, and Principles 


Tools of the Plumbing Trade 


First Aid and Safety 


Basic Math for Plumbing 


Water Supply, Water Sources, Waste Disposal, and Sewage Disposal 


Mechanical Properties and Protection of Building Materials and Structure 


Piping Materials Used in Plumbing Work 


Joining Methods for DWV and Pressure Piping 


Squares, Square Roots, and Basic Geometry 


Plumbing Fixtures 


Faucets and Related Devices 




Water Heaters 


Building Plans, Drawings, and Scale Rulers 




Communication and Skills Professionalism 


Pipe Joining Techniques 


Special Applications of Plastic Pipe and Fittings 


Introduction to Welding 


Soldering, Brazing, Cutting, and Gas Welding 


Piping Materials, Sources, and Distribution for Potable Water 


Water Pipe Sizing: Main-and-Branch and Individual Run Systems 


Water Heaters and Hot Water Distribution 


Cross-Connection Protection and Pipe Identification 


Sewers & Sewage Disposal Methods 


Drainage Fixture Units 


Building Drains 




Applied Plumbing Mathematics 


Applied Geometric Concepts 


Properties of Water and Air 


Venting Plumbing Drainage Systems 


Sump Pumps, Sewage Pumps, and Sewage Ejectors 


Plumbing Traps 


 Fixture Supports 


Hoisting and Rigging 


Safety Concepts 


Rough-In Sheets, Single Line Drawings, and Isometric Drawings 


Venting Plumbing Drainage Systems 


Winning Customer Service 


Customers Revealed 


Customer Expectations 


 Customer Service: Why Do It? 


The Decline (and Revival) of Customer Service 


Moving Forward with the Four P’s 


Traits of Outstanding Customer Reps 


Measuring Customer Service 


Customer Service Communication 


Helping Upset Customers

Instructors & Support

Edward Moore

Edward Moore is Department Chair of Building Construction Trades for York Technical College. He is also building automations engineer, licensed master plumber, and NATE-certified HVAC technician. For the past21 years, he has worked as a college professor teaching industrial piping/plumbing, air conditioning, and construction trades. Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Science in manufacturing engineering from East Carolina University.

Adam Seek

Adam Seek has more than 25 years of experience in the plumbing industry. He is a licensed plumber, pipefitter, instructor, and maintenance/service technician with an excellent track record of success in safety, quality control, planning, development, and project management. His career in plumbing started at a young age, when he first joined his family’s plumbing business. He then went on to a four-year program where he was awarded for his aptitude and academic achievements.




There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:  

  • PC: Windows 10 or later operating systems. 
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible. 
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader. 
  • Software is not included in the cost of enrollment. All software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

How can I get more information about this course?

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