Foundations of Plumbing (Tools Included)

With an aging infrastructure and dwindling trade workforce, the demand for more skilled plumbers has never been greater. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that plumbing jobs will increase at a faster-than-normal rate over the next ten years. With the proper plumbing 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 is perfect for teaching you the fundamental, job-ready skills relevant...

12 Months / 145 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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University of the District of Columbia

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Course code: GES7011

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
  • How to identify piping materials and fixture types used in plumbing work
  • Methods to perform the essential math functions, calculations, and interpretation of the plumbing codes required to complete standard plumbing services

How you will benefit

  • Communication and active listening skills
  • Skills to be more productive
  • Reasoning skills
  • Wide knowledge of plumbing skills
  • You will be given a 55-piece tool kit to help ensure you launch your career with the tools needed for success
  • Ability to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 145 course hours
  1. Plumbing History, Codes, and Principles
  2. Tools of the Plumbing Trade
  3. First Aid and Safety
  4. Basic Math for Plumbing
  5. Water Supply, Water Sources, Waste Disposal, and Sewage Disposal
  6. Mechanical Properties and Protection of Building Materials and Structure
  7. Piping Materials Used in Plumbing Work
  8. Joining Methods for DWV and Pressure Piping
  9. Squares, Square Roots, and Basic Geometry
  10. Plumbing Fixtures
  11. Faucets and Related Devices
  12. Valves
  13. Water Heaters
  14. Building Plans, Drawings, and Scale Rulers
  15. Sketching
  16. Communication and Skills Professionalism
  17. Pipe Joining Techniques
  18. Special Applications of Plastic Pipe and Fittings
  19. Introduction to Welding
  20. Soldering, Brazing, Cutting, and Gas Welding
  21. Piping Materials, Sources, and Distribution for Potable Water
  22. Water Pipe Sizing: Main-and-Branch and Individual Run Systems
  23. Water Heaters and Hot Water Distribution
  24. Cross-Connection Protection and Pipe Identification
  25. Sewers & Sewage Disposal Methods
  26. Drainage Fixture Units
  27. Building Drains
  28. Stacks
  29. Applied Plumbing Mathematics
  30. Applied Geometric Concepts
  31. Properties of Water and Air
  32. Venting Plumbing Drainage Systems
  33. Sump Pumps, Sewage Pumps, and Sewage Ejectors
  34. Plumbing Traps
  35. Fixture Supports
  36. Hoisting and Rigging
  37. Safety Concepts
  38. Rough-In Sheets, Single Line Drawings, and Isometric Drawings
  39. Venting Plumbing Drainage Systems
  40. Winning Customer Service
  41. Customers Revealed
  42. Customer Expectations
  43. Customer Service: Why Do It?
  44. The Decline (and Revival) of Customer Service
  45. Moving Forward with the Four P's
  46. Traits of Outstanding Customer Reps
  47. Measuring Customer Service
  48. Customer Service Communication
  49. Helping Upset Customers

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 complete this course.


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Access to state-wide plumbing codes is beneficial to building familiarity with the codebook.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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

The following tool kit will be shipped to you approximately 10 business days after enrollment:

  • The 55-piece tool includes a jobsite backpack, featuring the following items:
    • 12pc 3/8" socket set
    • 11pc wrench set
    • 7pc nut driver set
    • 5pc general purpose utility blades
    • 3 saws
    • 3 wrenches
    • 3 pliers
    • 2 fine point markers
    • 2 tubing cutter
    • 1 reaming pen
    • 1 ratcheting multi bit driver
    • 1 hammer
    • 1 tape measure
    • 1 safety knife
    • snips

Material Fees are non-refundable upon registration

Please note: Due to the high cost of these items, tools will not be shipped until 10 days after your start date.

Salaries for a plumber can vary depending on location, experience, etc. For example, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of a plumber is $60,090 or $28.89 an hour. On the other hand, reports that the average base annual salary for an apprentice plumber is $45,756 or $19.56 per hour.

The requirements for a plumber vary by state. You will need to research what requirements must be met to earn a license in your state and career level. In many states, there is no license required to work as an apprentice or helper.


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

After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

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 the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

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 may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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