LESSON 1: Introduction to Plumbing 6 hours
LESSON 2: Safety & Installation Practices 10 hours
LESSON 3: Education and Experience Requirements 248 CMR 3.00 and 11.00 6 hours
LESSON 4: Materials, Tools, and Joining Methods used in Plumbing 18 hours
LESSON 5: Valves and Devices Used in Plumbing 9 hours
LESSON 6: Residential Blueprint Reading 15 hours
LESSON 7: Math 40 hours
LESSON 8: Definitions 6 hours

TOTAL

 110 hours

 


 

LESSON 1: Introduction to Plumbing  (6 hours)

  1. History of the Plumbing Trade
    1. Ancient Plumbing and the Need to Separate Waste and Drinking Water
    2. Development of the Modern Water Closet
    3. Development of Hot Water Heating Methods
    4. Development of Local, State, and National Codes
    5. The Importance of Plumbing and the Plumber in Modern Society
      1. The Importance of Plumbing in the Health Industry
      2. The Development of Pride in the Plumbing Industry
      3. Plumbing and Gas Fitting as a Career
      4. Chapter 142 of the Massachusetts General Laws

 

LESSON 2: Safety & Installation Practices    (10 hours)

Each apprentice must attend and receive an OSHA 10 card through an OSHA certified instructor or program.


 

LESSON 3: Education and Experience Requirements 248 CMR 3.00 and 11.00 (6 hours)

  1. Scope and Application 11.01
    1. What does 11.00 cover and to whom does it apply.
  1. Education and Experience Requirements for Apprentices and Licensees 11:02
    1. Qualifications for admission to the Journeyman Plumber Examination 11.02 (1)
      1. Apprentice Plumber Licensed before September 1, 2008
        1. Experience
        2. Education
        3. Public Vocational School Programs
      1. Apprentice Plumber Licensed on or after September 1, 2008
        1. Experience
        2. Education
        3. Education and work experience done contemporaneous
        4. Public Vocational School Programs
      1. Limitation on Examination Attempts
      2. Apprentice Plumber License Renewal Limitations
    2. Qualifications for admission to the Master Plumbers Examination 11.02 (2)
      1. Experience
      2. Education
    1. Qualifications for admission to the Journeyman Gasfitters Exam 11.02 (3)
      1. Apprentice Gasfitter Licensed before September 1, 2008
        1. Experience
        2. Education
      1. Apprentice Gasfitter Licensed on or after September 1, 2008
        1. Experience
        2. Education
        3. Education and work experience done contemporaneous
    1. Qualifications for admission to the Master Gasfitters Exam 11.02 (4)
      1. Experience
      2. Education
    1. Qualifications for admission to the Undiluted Liquefied Petroleum Gas Installer Exam 11.02 (5)
      1. Experience
      2. Education
    1. Qualifications for admission to the Limited Undiluted Liquefied Petroleum Gas Installer Exam 11.02 (6)
      1. Experience
      2. Education
    1. Out-of State/Country Licensee Waiver and Equivalency Requirements 11.02 (7)
    2. Unlicensed Practice 11.02 (8)
  1. Application Requirements and Examination Administration 11.03
    1. Application Materials 11.03 (1)
    2. Reasonable Accommodations for Examination 11.03 (2)
    3. Examination Scores 11.03 (3)
    4. Examination Review 11.03 (4)
  1. Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) Requirements 11.04
    1. General Continuing Education Provisions 11.04 (1)
    2. Requirements for  License Renewal 11.04 (2)
    3. Qualifications for Exemption of the Continuing Education Requirements 11.04 (3)
      1. Exemptions
      2. Waivers
    1. Failure by a Licensee to Complete Continuing Education Requirements 11.04 (4)
    2. Reinstatement of lapsed/expired/suspended licenses 11.04 (5)
    3. Initial Documentation of  Completion of Continuing Education Requirements 11.04 (6)
    4. Duplicate Continuing Education Certificates 11.04 (7)
    5. Falsification of Continuing Education Certificates 11.04 (8)
  1. Qualifications and Requirements Continuing Education Providers and Educators 11.05
    1. Qualifications and requirements for Continuing Education Providers 11.05 (1)
    2. Instructor Qualifications to Conduct Continuing Education Courses 11.05 (2)
    3. Mandatory Record Keeping Requirements 11.05 (3)
    4. Formats for Providers to offer Continuing Education Courses 11.05 (4)
    5. Expiration and Denial of Board Approval 11.05 (5)
    6. Course Material 11.05 (6)
  1. Education Hours and Course Content Requirements 11.06
    1. Board Certification Required 11.06 (1)
    2. Administrative Requirements for Educational Programs 11.06 (2)
      1. Instructor Qualifications
      2. Education Requirements for 550 hour Program
      3. Education Requirements for 330 hour Program
      4. Education Requirements for 220 hour Program
      5. Grandfathering
    1. 248 CMR, Section 3.03 Apprentice Licenses
    2. 3.03 (2) (a) General Provisions
      1. 1. Working as an Apprentice
      2. 3. Apprentice registration form
      3. 6. Retaining W-2 records of employment
    1. 3.03 (2) (b) Master’s Duties Regarding Apprentice Licensure
      1. 1. Responsibility to insure Apprentice is compliant
      2. 3. No fees allowed
      3. Apprentice leaving employment of the Master

 

LESSON 4: Materials, Tools, and Joining Methods used in Plumbing      (18 hours)

  1. Copper Tubing
    1. Types of Copper Tubing and Fittings
      1. Wall Thickness
      2. Figuring Hole Sizes for Drilling and Sleeves
      3. Commercial Lengths
      4. Brass and Bronze
    1. Soldering and Brazing
      1. Soldering and Brazing Theory
      2. Tools for Cutting, Cleaning and Assembly of Copper Tubing
      3. Types of Gases and their Application on Soldering
    1. Flared Joints
      1. Flaring Tools
      2. Flaring Block
    1. Ferrell Connections
    2. Press fit
    3. Roller Groove
  1. Steel Pipe
    1. Types of Steel Pipe and Fittings
      1. Black Steel, Galvanized, Ductile and Sleeves
      2. Wall Thickness Schedules
      3. Figuring Hole Sizes for Drilling and Sleeves
      4. Commercial Lengths
    1. Tools and Methods for Cutting and Assembly Using Hand Dies
    2. Tools and Methods for Cutting and Assembly Using Pipe Machines
    3. Welding
    4. CSST
    5. Roller Groove
  1. Cast Iron Pipe and Connections
    1. Types of Cast Iron Pipe and Fittings
      1. Service Weight and No-Hub
      2. Wall Thickness Schedules
      3. Figuring Hole Sizes for Drilling and Sleeves
      4. Commercial Lengths
    1. Tools and Methods for Cutting Cast Iron Pipe
    2. Tools and Methods for Assembly of Cast Iron Pipe Using Lead and Oakum
    3. Tools and Methods for Assembly of Cast Iron Pipe Using Neoprene Gaskets
    4. Tools and Methods for Assembly of Cast Iron Pipe Using No-Hub Fittings
  1. Plastic Pipe and Fittings
    1. Types of Plastic Pipe and Fittings, PVC, CPVC and ABS
      1. Solvent Weld Joining Methods
      2. Expansion Rates and Protection Methods
    1. Cross Linked polyethylene (PEX)
    2. Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings
    3. Polypropylene Pipe and Fittings
  1. Transition Fittings

 

 


 

LESSON 5: Valves and Devices Used in Plumbing   (9 hours)

  1. Gate Valves
  2. Globe Valves
  3. Ball Valves
  4. Corporation Stops
  5. Ground Key Valves
    1. Curb Stops
    2. Corporations Stops
    3. Gas Cocks
  6. Outside Stem and Yoke (OS&Y)
  7. Check Valves
  8. Pressure Reducing Valves
  9. Relief Valves
    1. Pressure Relief
    2. Temperature Relief
    3. Vacuum Relief
  1. Faucets, Shower Valves, Ball cocks and Flushometers
  2. Meters

 

 


 

LESSON 6: Residential Blueprint Reading   (15 hours)

  1. Symbols and Abbreviations
  2. Framing Terminology
  3. Floor Plans
  4. Elevation Views
  5. Sectional Views
  6. Detail Views
  7. Plot Plans
  8. Mechanical Drawings
  9. Electrical Drawings
  10. Specifications
  11. How do Blueprints Relate to Contracts

 


 

LESSON 7: Math         (40 hours)

  1. Basic Math Review
    1. Manipulation of Fractions
    2. Perimeter, Area and Volume
    3. Basic Algebra
  1. Angle Measurements
  2. Conversion of Length Measure
  3. Calculating Fitting Allowance
  4. Calculating Equal Spacing
  5. Offsets
    1. 45 Degree Offsets
    2. 60 Degree Offsets
    3. 22 ½ Degree Offsets
    4. 11 ¼ Degree Offsets
    5. Parallel Offsets
    6. Jumper Offsets
    7. Rolling Offsets
  1. Offset Terms

 


 

LESSON 8: Definitions                       (6 hours)

  1. Massachusetts State Plumbing Code 10.03
    1. Definitions should be incorporated in the curriculum as appropriate.
  1. Massachusetts State Gas Code NFPA-54-2012 Chapter 3
    1. Definitions should be incorporated in the curriculum as appropriate.
    2. Definitions, 248 CMR 5.03 Modifications to NFPA 54-2012, Chapter 3