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Unlike other plumbing schools, Stratford lets you study plumbing basics at home in your spare time!

Our in-depth course offers instruction that can be helpful for a number of do-it-yourself plumbing projects. It could also help you take the first steps in learning more about how to become a plumber or working toward a plumbing apprenticeship.

Stratford’s training methods make learning plumbing basics at home easier than ever. Other plumbing schools require long hours in a classroom. With Stratford, you can study when and where it is most convenient for you. Plus, you can use our online student center and digital content to submit exams, review grades and contact instructors.
Plumbing Module 1
Introduction to Plumbing

• History of Plumbing
• Plumbing Apprenticeships
• Development of Plumbing Technology
• Development of Plumbing Codes
• Plumbing as a Career
• Starting a Plumbing Business

Plumbing Module 2
Plumbing Safety & Tools

• Understanding Plumbing Tools
• Leveling Instruments
• Mathematics for Plumbers
• Hydraulics and Pneumatics
• Print Reading and Sketching
• Rigging and Hoisting
• Building and Plumbing Codes
• Soldering, Brazing, and Welding
• Excavating

Plumbing Module 3
Plumbing Systems

• Water Supply Systems
• Water Treatment
• Plumbing Fixtures
• Piping Materials and Fittings
• The Use of Valves and Meters
• Water Heaters

Plumbing Module 4
Designing & Installing Plumbing Systems

• Preparing for Plumbing System Installation
• DWV Pipe and Fitting Installation
• Installing Water Supply Piping
• Supporting and Testing Pipe
• Installing Fixtures, Faucets, and Appliances

Plumbing Module 5
Residential & Commercial Plumbing Projects

• Septic Systems
• Storm Water and Sump Pumps
• Installing HVAC Systems
• Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas
• Irrigation Systems
• Repairing DWV Systems
• Repairing Water Supply Systems
• Remodeling

This program is specifically designed to serve as an introduction or enhancement of the theoretical knowledge required for the vocational application of this subject. It is intended to help individuals in the furtherance of their vocational training and is not intended as a substitute for licensing or certification requirements, which may include an apprenticeship or additional training, as required by law.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date plumbing textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your plumbing training. The order in which the material is presented may vary.

Plumbing Program

"At my age of 66, my boss was so impressed that I moved out of my comfort zone to gain more knowledge."

Bud S.

"The material was very informative and clear."

Homayoun R.