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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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

Plumbing Technology/Plumber - Pennsylvania Customized Test (8117)

Course Category: 
NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.
September 2012 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: follow rules for fire safety, housekeeping safety, shop rules; material handling safety, eye protection, hearing protection, respiratory protection,  hand tool safety, power equipment ; follow rules for portable electric hand tool safety, MSDS safety, rules related to ECP (Exposure to Control Procedures: bloodborne pathogens, etc.); follow OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) regulations; discuss provisions, inspections, and citations of OSHA; identify the different types of ladders and scaffolds used on a worksite; describe how to use ladders and scaffolding safely; properly set up, inspect, and use stepladders, extension ladders, and scaffolding; identify basic hand tools and power tools, state their uses, and use them in the trade; identify usage and installation of backflow prevention devices; identify types of valves that start, stop, and regulate flow and valves that relieve pressure; explain the factors that influence valve selection; disassemble and assemble various types of valves (such as grade valve, glove valve, and flush valve); demonstrate skills in joining, cutting, and bending various types of copper tubing: solder, compression, flare, swage, and press fit; prepare and braze a joint; perform tests on all soldered and brazed joints; measure, cut, and assemble PVC, CPVC, and ABS and PEX and PE, HDPE; fabricate a crimp joint connection and a tubing type joint; thread steel pipe with an adjustable die, power threading machine, non-adjustable die; measure, cut, ream, thread, assemble, and test various types of steel piping; identify and use cast iron tools; measure and cut cast iron soil pipe with a chain cutter; assemble cast iron to various pipe types with no hub, Fernco, rubber gasket joints; construct various types and sizes of steel pipe projects using end to end, end to center, center to throat, and overall improvements; calculate simple pipe offsets; identify types of drawings and various lines used on drawings; interpret specifications and dimensions; identify the three basic views of a drawing; create isometric drawings; identify piping systems according to color-coding and set up a level and/or transit; set up the level and/or transit, shoot elevations and grade pipe; identify pipe and components according to specifications; describe pipefitting standards, codes, and specifications; read and interpret pipefitting specifications; identify and explain the types of piping systems and piping systems according to color-coding; explain the effects and corrective measures for thermal expansion in piping systems and types and applications of pipe insulation; identify various metals and specification process used in the plumbing and heating industry; use hangers to secure horizontal and vertical pipe lines to masonry, metal, and wood; perform water pressure tests on water supply systems, rough-in water supply lines for bathtubs, wall mounted urinals, water closets, clothes washer, kitchen sink, lavatories; describe steps to whirlpool tub installation and bidet installation; lay out and establish grade/slope for drain lines; install backflow prevention valves; water or air test a drain; install air admittance valves; rough-in water lines and vents for bathtubs, lavatories, dishwashers, water closets, showers, bidets and urinals; install a grease interception trap in waste lines; install garbage disposal units, sump pumps,  sewage pump,  soil or waste back vents or waste loop vents, vent terminals (roof-flashing); perform head pressure tests and hydrostatic tests; conduct leak tests on gas supply lines; install tank-type water closets, bathtubs, wall-mounted lavatories and urinals, kitchen sinks, prefabricated shower base drains, built-in lavatories, flush valve-type water closets, traps and cleanouts, install dishwashers, electric water heaters, gas water heaters, washing machines,  oil-fired water heaters, water re-circulating pumps. garbage disposal units, sump pumps, and sewage pumps; clear and remove obstructions from lavatory drains, main drain lines, and water closets; repair/replace lavatory trap drains and leaking water faucets or valves; repair leaking shower valves and water flush valves on water closets; replace a section of galvanized water supply line; explain how to thaw frozen pipes; disassemble " P" traps to clear lavatory drains; repair/replace any type of water closets; identify and explain various boiler fittings and accessories, including thermo expansion devices; discuss the various types of boilers; identify and explain various boiler, steam, and hot water fittings, and piping; explain feed water accessories and steam and hot water accessories; explain the operation of a boiler and its various controls and the operation of the draft controls; identify and explain boiler safety; describe and design a hydronic heating system and a primary and secondary loop; and explain operation of 3-way or 4-way mixing valve, injection pump, tempering valve accessories/controls of system. Performance Component: Install and Prepare to Leak Test a DWV System (50%) and Install and Prepare to Leak Test a Water Supply System (50%).


This exam assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a 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.