Penn Foster

Program Details

The Plumber Diploma program, offered by Penn Foster, allows students to earn their diploma from home, on their own schedule. The independent Plumber courses contains eight Instruction Sets designed with specialized courses to help students gain crucial knowledge for a career in plumbing.

The students begin the courses by learning basic plumbing regulations, pipe-fitting, and standard licensing and certification. Students practice interpreting construction specifications and drawings, also identifying tools for layout and assembly. The students learn how to calculate pipe sizes, and how to install, repair, and test gas piping systems. Students learn about disposal systems, the function of sewers, and determining the grade of a drain. Students are taught how to install rain leaders and test drainage systems, as well as cut cast-iron soil pipe and install bathroom fixture supports.

Individuals practice determining pipe weights and fitting allowances, including pipe length calculations. The students learn how to install circulating pipes, automatic gas water heaters, and electric and solar water heaters. Students are taught special plumbing systems, how to understand heat loss and ventilation requirements for commercial buildings.

The latter part of the program consists of installing plumbing fixtures. Students learn troubleshooting for plumbing systems and common plumbing problems that might be encountered. Students practice reading piping prints and diagramming fluid-power systems.

Interested students may fill out an online application that can be on Penn Foster’s website.


  • Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent

School Accreditation Statement

Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses

  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
  • Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.

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