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 24-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 to 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.

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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 $48,680


    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).


    Tuition: 24 credits x $214 per credit = $5,136.

    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 2022 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 $48,680, according to 2021 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

    Karen Smith

    Dean, Business & Industrial Technologies


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 14, Rm. 118


    Timothy Newsome

    Building Construction Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 16, Rm. 121