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Plumbing Apprenticeship

Hawkeye offers four levels of plumbing apprenticeship curriculum approved by the Department of Labor for individuals who are sponsored by an employer or local business. The apprenticeship classes fulfill the 144 classroom training hours required by an approved apprenticeship program. The curriculum is offered in both face-to-face and online class formats.

Attendance is a required.

For more information or to register for the Plumbing Apprenticeship program, contact the trade and industry coordinator.

Plumbing Apprenticeship Level 1

Level 1 face-to-face classes are offered for beginner apprentices. Online classes are available for individuals who live or work more than 45 miles from the Cedar Falls Center.

Experienced apprentices may earn credit by passing the Plumbing Apprenticeship Level 1 exam.

Preparation Class and Exam
Class Meets

Mondays, 5:00–9:00pm
October 23–December 11, 2017

  • October 23, 30
  • November 6, 13, 20, 27
  • December 4, 11
Exam December 11, 2017 at 5:00pm
Instructor Bob Osgood
Location Cedar Falls Center
Cost $925
Level 1 Classes
Hours 144 training hours
Cost $1,825
Date Call 319-296-4290 for start dates.

Plumbing Level 1 Apprenticeship program topics will include:

  • Introduction to the Plumbing Profession
  • Plumbing Safety
  • Plumbing Tools
  • Introduction to Plumbing Math
  • Introduction to Plumbing Drawings
  • Plastic, Copper, Carbon Steel, and Cast Iron Pipe and Fittings
  • Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing
  • Fixtures and Faucets
  • Introduction to Drain Waste Vent and Water Distribution Systems

Plumbing Apprenticeship Level 2

Level 2 face-to-face classes are offered for beginner apprentices. Online classes are available for individuals who live or work more than 45 miles from the Cedar Falls Center.

Experienced apprentices may earn credit by passing the Plumbing Apprenticeship Level 2 exam.

Preparation Class and Exam
Class Meets

Mondays, 5:00–9:00pm
January 8–March 5, 2018

  • January 8, 22, 29
  • February 5, 12, 19, 26
  • March 5
Exam Date March 5, 2018 at 5:00pm
Instructor Don Thompson
Location Cedar Falls Center
Cost $925
Level 2 Classes
Hours 144 training hours
Cost $1,825
Date Call 319-296-4290 for start dates.

Plumbing Level 2 Apprenticeship program topics will include:

  • Plumbing Math
  • Reading Commercial Drawings
  • Hangers, Supports, Structural Penetrations, and Fire Stopping
  • Installing Roof, Floor, and Area Drains
  • Types of Valves
  • Installing and Testing Water Supply Piping
  • Installing Fixtures, Valves, and Faucets
  • Introduction to Electricity
  • Installing Water Heaters
  • Fuel Gas Systems
  • Servicing of Fixtures, Valves, and Faucets

Plumbing Apprenticeship Level 3

Level 3 classes are offered face-to-face, as well as online classes for individuals who live or work more than 45 miles from the Cedar Falls Center.

Level 3 Classes
Class Meets

Mondays and Thursdays, 5:00–9:00pm
September 14, 2017–April 9, 2018

  • September 14, 21, 25, 28
  • October 2, 5, 12, 16, 19, 23, 30
  • November 2, 9, 16, 30
  • December 7, 14
  • January 4, 11, 18, 25
  • February 1, 8, 15, 19, 22
  • March 1, 5, 8, 15, 19, 22, 29
  • April 2, 5, 9
Instructor Bob Osgood, Jeff Siebel, Scott Strader
Location Cedar Falls Center
Cost $1,825

Plumbing Level 3 Apprenticeship topics will include:

  • Applied Math
  • Sizing Water Supply Piping
  • Potable Water Treatment
  • Backflow Preventers
  • Types of Venting
  • Sizing DWV and Storm Systems
  • Sewage Pumps and Sump Pumps
  • Corrosive-Resistant Waste Piping
  • Compressed Air

Plumbing Apprenticeship Level 4

Level 4 classes are offered face-to-face, as well as online classes for individuals who live or work more than 45 miles from the Cedar Falls Center.

Level 4 Classes
Class Meets

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:00–9:00pm
August 23, 2017–February 21, 2018

  • August 23, 29
  • September 5, 12, 13, 19
  • October 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 24, 31
  • November 1, 7, 14, 15, 21, 28, 29
  • December 5, 12, 13, 19
  • January 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 24, 30
  • February 6, 7, 13, 20, 21
Instructor Rick Coffman
Location Cedar Falls Center
Cost $1,825

Plumbing Level 4 Apprenticeship classes will include:

  • Uniform Plumbing Code Administration, Definitions, General Regulations, and Reference Standards
  • Plumbing Fixtures and Fixture Fittings
  • Water Heaters
  • Water Supply and Distribution
  • Sanitary Drainage
  • Indirect Waste
  • Vents
  • Traps and Interceptors
  • Storm Drainage
  • Fuel Gas Piping
  • Healthcare Facilities, Medical Gas, and Vacuum Systems
  • Firestop Protection
  • Alternate Water Sources for Nonpotable Applications
  • Nonpotable Rainwater Catchment Systems
  • Exam Preparation

License Renewal

A variety of plumbing classes are available for plumbers to fulfill license requirements, brush up on skills, or learn new techniques. Hawkeye plumbing classes are approved by the Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board to provide continuing education units for those working in plumbing, hydronic, HVAC, and refrigeration fields.  Review license renewal requirements.

View and Register for Plumbing Continuing Education Classes.

Business & Community Education

Cedar Falls Center
319-277-2490
319-266-6772 (fax)
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Trade & Industry Coordinator

Jerry Orr
319-296-2329, ext.3010
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