Certificate in Plumbing

Plumbing certificate(KNEC) programs prepare students to work in residential, commercial, and industrial situations. Students explore plumbing theories, system layouts, and tools of the trade. They also learn safety procedures, pipe identification, and trade terminology.
Plumbing Classes, Courses and Training Overview
Plumbing classes and training programs are available at colleges and technical schools, and many states require an apprenticeship program for licensing. Keep reading to get the essential information about training for potential plumbers.

Plumbing courses are offered through certificate programs in plumbing, mechanical systems, plumbing technology and construction plumbing technology. Students explore plumbing principles, fixture and pipe installation methods and environmentally safe plumbing techniques.

Programs include hands-on work with plumbing systems combined with classwork that covers plumbing codes, piping, venting and blueprint reading. Basic math skills and some understanding of the construction industry is helpful for students in plumbing classes. Most training programs will require a series of courses as well as an internship or apprenticeship experience to qualify candidates for state licensure.

Here is a list of common concepts taught in plumbing classes:

Building trades
Plumbing codes
Tools and equipment
Treating municipal wastewater
Water heaters

Plumbing Installation and Repair
Students enrolled in intermediate plumbing classes gain a great deal of knowledge about pipes and pipe systems. Topics discussed include appliance and fixture installation, pipe sizing, pipe installation, installation techniques and pipe system repair. Plumbing classes of this level are taken after introductory coursework in plumbing.
Plumbing Lab
Students gain experience installing plumbing fixtures, wastes, drains, vents and water lines in this plumbing course. The hands-on experience provides the ability to apply the skills they’ve acquired in previous plumbing courses. Often, the lecture portion of this class covers state laws and regulations for plumbing, which allows students to practice using proper techniques from the beginning, although laws are different from state to state.


Career progression: upon completion, a student may proceed for diploma,higher national diploma,bachelor`s degree,masters and PHD in the same or related field
Entry requirement: KCSE mean grade-D(plain)

Exam body: KNEC/NITA

Mode Of Study

  • Full time/Regular
  • Part time
  • Weekend Classes
  • Distance learning