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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Plumbing (4061)

Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.
September 2010- Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: demonstrate personal safety, including personal protective equipment (PPEs) and work environment safety; demonstrate tool safety; demonstrate proper trenching methods; use formulas; add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers and fractions; convert measurements; calculate slope and angles with a builder' s level/laser; size drain/waste lines and storm drains; identify and use plumbing tools; analyze blueprint reading; interpret an isometric view of a drain, waste, and vent (DWV) system; identify plumbing materials and fittings and plumbing pipe protection methods (i.e., fire caulk, nail plates); interpret and comply with general plumbing practices; Interpret manufacturer' s specifications, including testing of plumbing systems; identify plumbing terminology and plumbing symbols; join copper pipe, tubes, and fittings and join plastic pipes, tubes, and fittings; join steel pipes and fittings and cast iron pipes and fittings, and dissimilar materials; install drain/waste lines and storm drains (i.e., interior and exterior); describe sizing of basic drainage systems; calculate proper pitch; describe purpose and appropriate locations for clean-out; install a vent system for soil or waste drainage; differentiate between types of vents and venting systems; lay out/rough-in water service and distribution lines; install water lines, including water hammer arrestors and/or air chambers; identify various valve types and required locations and cross-connection and back-flow devices and functions; install basic types of water heaters (i.e., electric and gas) and install and identify purposes of pressure/temperature relief valves on a water heaters; identify water heater components (i.e., electric and gas); display proper venting of a gas water heater; explain trap function, installation, and placement; distinguish between approved and non-approved traps; identify trap components and causes and prevention for trap seal loss; install kitchen and lavatory fixtures, water closets, bathtubs and showers, faucets, and urinals; repair washer and washerless type faucets; display ethical practices in service and repair; replace ball cocks and flush valves; unclog drains and traps; and replace kitchen plumbing appliances. Performance Component: Install and Prepare to Leak Test a DWV System (50%) and Install and Prepare to Leak Test a Water Supply System (50%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Plumbing or General Technology (5/12) (5/17 revalidation) (12/21 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.