Certificate in Plumbing Technology

Developed with the assistance of employers in this field, this competency-based, modularised programme usually takes two years to complete. Students will experience lectures, practical assignments and self-directed activities as they progress through the modules, working with an instructor and being evaluated on a skills basis. Graduates will be able to sit the City and Guilds Scheme 6129 examinations and also meet the Bermuda National Training Board and National Centre for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) standards for entering the plumbing trade.

Pre-requisite: NCCER Core (8CR)

Programme Details


Year 1

First semester - 17 credits

CSC 1110 Learning Strategies for Student Success 1
CSM 1101 Computer Skill Module 2
ENG 1044 Communications for Industry I 3
MAT 0014 Preparatory College Mathematics I or 3
TMM 1001 Technical Math I
PLM 1101 Introduction to the Plumbing Profession, Safety and Tools 4
PLM 1102 Plastic Pipe, Copper, Cast Iron, Steel Pipe and Fittings 2
PLM 1103 Fixtures and Faucets, Drain, Waste and Vent Systems, Water Distribution Systems 2

Second semester - 16 credits

MAT 0015 Preparatory College Mathematics II or 3
ENG 1045 Communications for Industry II 3
TMM 1002 Technical Math II
PLM 1104 Commercial Drawings, Hangers and Supports, Installing DWV Piping 4
PLM 1105 Types of Valves, Installing Water Supply Piping, Installing Fixtures and Faucets 3
PLM 1106 Installing Water Heaters, Servicing Fixtures, Valves, and Faucets 3

Year 2

First semester - 13 credits

PLM 2107 Sizing Water Supply Piping, Potable Water Treatment 3
PLM 2108 Backflow Preventers, Types of Venting, Sizing DWV Systems 4
PLM 2109 Sewage Pumps, Compressed Air 2
TSM 1101 Technical Science I 4

Second semester - 12 credits

TSM 1102 Technical Science II 4
PLM 2110 Business Principles for Plumbers, Water Pressure Systems 3
PLM 2111 Codes, Private Water Supply Well Systems 3
PLM 2112 Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs, Plumbing for Mobile Homes 2

NCCER Core Courses

Basic Safety NCC 1101 1 SP/SM

Complies with OSHA-10 training requirements. Explains the safety obligations of workers, supervisors, and managers to ensure a safe workplace. Discusses the causes and results of accidents and the impact of accident costs. Reviews the role of company policies and OSHA regulations. Introduces common job-site hazards and identifies proper protections. Defines safe work procedures, proper use of personal protective equipment, and working with hazardous chemicals. Identifies other potential construction hazards, including hazardous material exposures, welding and cutting hazards, and confined spaces.

Mathematics NCC 1102 1 SP/SM

Reviews basic mathematical functions such as adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying whole numbers, fractions and decimals, and explains their applications to the construction trades. Explains how to use and read various length measurement tools, including standard and metric rulers and tape measures, and the architect’s and engineer’s scales. Explains decimal-fraction conversions and the metric system, using practical examples. Also reviews basic geometry as applied to common shapes and forms.

Hand Tools NCC 1103 1 SP/SM

Introduces trainees to hand tools that are widely used in the construction industry, such as hammers, saws, levels, pullers, and clamps. Explains the specific applications of each tool and shows how to use them properly. Also discusses important safety and maintenance issues related to hand tools. 

Power Tools NCC 1104 1 SP/SM

Provides detail descriptions of commonly used power tools, such as drills, saws, grinders, and sanders. Reviews applications, proper use, safety, and maintenance. Many illustrations show power tools used in on-the-job settings. 

Introduction to Construction Drawings NCC 1105 1 SP/SM

Familiarises trainees with basic terms for construction drawings, components, and symbols. Explains the different types of drawings (civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing/piping, electrical, and fire protection) and instructs trainees on how to interpret and use drawing dimensions. Four oversized drawings are included. 

Basic Communication Skills NCC 1107 1 SP/SM

Provides trainees with techniques for communicating effectively with co-workers and supervisors. Includes practical examples that emphasise the importance of verbal and written information and instructions on the job. Also discusses effective telephone and e-mail communication skills. 

Employability Skills NCC 1108 1 SP/SM

Identifies the roles of individuals and companies in the construction industry. Introduces trainees to critical thinking and problem solving skills and computer systems and their industry applications. Also reviews effective relationship skills, effective self-presentation and key workplace issues such as sexual harassment, stress and substance abuse. 

Introduction to Materials Handling NCC 1109 1 SP/SM

Recognises hazards associated with materials handling and explains proper materials handling techniques and procedures. Also introduces materials handling equipment and identifies appropriate equipment for common job-site tasks. 

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