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Plumbing Course Description

The Plumbing Course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to perform a professional plumbing system inspection
Gate Valve illustration
Gate valve — This illustration shows the operation of common shut-off valves. An important and valuable part of a home inspection is locating the main shut-off valve, and showing the client where it is and what it does. It is from our Plumbing Course, Public Water Service chapter. All of our 10 Courses are richly illustrated.

Course Overview

The Online Plumbing Course is broken into four parts — supply piping, water heaters, waste piping, and plumbing fixtures. The physics of water is covered at the beginning in a simple, common-sense way. You will also learn how systems work and common failure modes.

Within each section are several Study Sessions to guide you through the material. The Quick Quizzes will help you check your progress.

Course Outline

Supply Plumbing

  • Private water sources, public water service, supply piping in-house — materials

Water Heaters

  • Fuel supply, meter, gas piping, combustion air, burner, venting systems
  • Conventional, high-efficiency, combination, tankless

Drain, Waste and Vent Plumbing

  • Public, private waste disposal
  • Piping, traps, floor drains, vents, sewage ejector pump, sump pump

Fixtures and Faucets

  • Basins, sinks, laundry tub, faucets, toilets, bidets, bathtubs, tub and shower enclosures, shower stalls, whirlpool baths

Course Duration

  • 42 hours

Learning Assessments

  • One midterm and one final exam — online
  • 70% passing grade overall (ON & BC slightly different)


  • $4,495* for the full Program (all 10 Home Inspection Courses) or $495 for any single Course** Includes all learning materials, tests, exams, tutor support and ongoing postgraduate support

    * For students in Ontario, the full Home Inspection Training Program is approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 and successful completion leads to a certificate. ** Not available in Ontario.

  • Financing options available. Speak to one of our Education consultants to learn more

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