Plumbing: Certificate | Technical College of the LowCountry

Plumbing: Certificate

A career that pays.

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

Program Description

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

The S.C. annual mean wage for plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters is $43,330, according to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

TCL’s 8-credit-hour certificate program can be completed in as little as one semester, 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.

Accreditation & Accolades

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

Quick Facts

Quick Fact 1
South Carolina’s annual mean wage for plumbers is $43,330.
Quick Fact 2
Hands-on: learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.
Quick Fact 3
Learn from the best: TCL instructors are LEED certified.

What People Are Saying

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

Tim Newsome Program Director

FAQs & Additional Information

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What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 8 credits x $170 per credit = $1,360.

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 TCL students attend for free.

*Based on Fall 2016 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Qualifications vary.

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 to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor 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.

Other Resources

Program Dean

Kenneth Flick

Division Dean/Business & Industrial Technologies


Timothy Newsome

Building Construction Instructor/Industrial Technology

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