The demand for qualified plumbers is high; get the skills you need to fill the void.

Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Plumbing certificate program teaches basic residential plumbing skills and explores water distribution and sewer collection.

TCL’s 22-credit-hour certificate program can be completed in as little as two semesters, or choose to take a course as it fits into your already busy schedule. Evening classes are offered.

Topics include water recovery systems, rain water harvesting and gray water strategies. Emphasis on these “green” building techniques, as outlined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles, ensure you have the skills needed for today and tomorrow.

Hands-on learning is emphasized, and classes include print reading, installations and repairs and green plumbing concepts. Plus, this program is eligible for the S.C. Wins Scholarship, which can pay up to $65 per credit hour.

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  • Quick Facts


    Here in the rapidly growing Lowcountry, construction jobs are always in demand.


    Learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.


    The S.C. annual mean wage for plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters is $47,150.


    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

    Many TCL instructors are LEED certified. Emphasis is placed on “green” building techniques outlined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles.


    Tuition: 22 credits x $200 per credit = $4,400.

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.

    *Based on Fall 2021 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.


    “At TCL, our focus green building benefits the students and the entire community.”

    Tim Newsome

    Building Instructor


    The Career & Education Opportunities

    Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. New construction should drive demand for these workers. Overall job opportunities are expected to be good, with some employers continuing to report difficulty finding qualified workers, according recent reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    The S.C. annual mean wage for plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters is $47,150, according to 2020 reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Is this program for you?

    The program is a great fit for those who:

    • Have strong math and business skills.
    • Like hands-on projects.
    • Enjoy troubleshooting and problem solving.

    Program Dean


    Timothy Newsome

    Building Construction Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 16, Rm. 121