Get the Skills to Begin a Career in Plumbing in as few as 12 Months

Are you looking for a plumbing school in Connecticut? Porter and Chester Institute's experienced, qualified instructors provide the individual attention needed to practice the techniques and obtain the skills you'll be using each day in the plumbing field. Plumbers install and repair water, drainage, gas, and other piping systems in homes, businesses, and factories.

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Fast Facts

  • Hybrid Program – Lecture online, Labs on campus
  • Program offered at: Bridgeport CT, Hamden CT, New London CT, Rocky Hill CT, Waterbury CT
  • Diploma
  • Program Length: 12 months
  • Total cost $29,735 (Includes: Tuition, electronic device, eBooks/books, materials, uniforms, and student fees)
  • Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Our team will work with you to determine what you’re eligible for and how to pay for school.

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This program has been approved at the CT campuses for the 720 related instruction hours required for the Connecticut P-2 license.  Students must achieve a 75 or better in a course for the instruction hours to count toward their “related hours”. Candidates also need to accrue 8,000 hours of work in the field prior to being able to apply to sit for the licensing exam. 

Students have the opportunity to earn their OSHA 30 certification.

How/When to Apply

We start new sessions on a regular basis.
Next Start Date: August 15, 2022

At Porter and Chester Institute, we're making it easier than ever for you to enroll using our automated application portal. Upload your documents and start the financial aid process without the hassle of drawn-out application processes. And our admissions staff is still available to help you every step of the way. Taking control of your career just got easier!

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Delivery of Hybrid Instruction

On Campus Labs

  • Campus Lab Hours Day Program: 9am - 3pm
  • 2-3 Lab sessions per week, based on course needs
  • Campus Lab Hours Evening Program: 5pm - 9pm
  • 2-3 Lab sessions per week, based on course needs

Online Learning

  • Students will need approximately 30 hours per week for instruction, activities, labs, reading assignments, and homework
  • All materials are accessible in an asynchronous format 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • First week includes acclimation to the systems

Classes in the residential option meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at select campuses only.

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Course Listings

Trade Math
Construction Blueprint Reading
Intro to Plumbing
Plumbing Math
Fixtures, Appliances & Installations
Drain Waste Vent I
Drain Waste Vent II
Sewer, Storm & Water Lines
Water Supplies
Wells, Pumps & Piping I
Plumbing Code Part I
Wells, Pumps, & Piping II
International Mechanical Code
Special Piping
Plumbing Code Part II
Related Codes & Standards
Water Treatment
Gasoline Tank, Venting & Pumping
Brazing, Cutting & Metallurgy

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How Can I Afford It?

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Our team of Educational Funding Specialists will work with you to determine what you’re eligible for and how to pay for school.

There are federal, institutional and private programs that can make your career training more affordable, as well as grant and scholarship opportunities that may be available to you.

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Will I Get A Job?

While employment is not guaranteed, our Career Service Advisors are dedicated to helping you find the right job for you! We'll help you with your job search, and also with resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills.

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Why PCI?

If you’re looking for a plumbing school that is right for you and you are eager to begin a career as a plumber, pipefitter, or steamfitter, here are a few reasons to choose the Plumbing program at Porter and Chester Institute:

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Concrete Skills: 
You’ll be trained to install pipes and fixtures. You’ll learn to repair and replace worn parts, and troubleshoot malfunctioning systems. You’ll also learn how to prepare cost estimates for clients, how to read blueprints and follow state and local building codes, and how to determine the material and equipment needed for a job.

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Hands-on Training: 
It’s not just what you learn; it’s also how you learn it. If you’re a hands-on learner, then you’ll appreciate all the time you’ll get to spend in the lab working on real plumbing systems with actual industry equipment.

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Soft Skills: 
We’ll teach you more than just core plumbing training; we’ll also help you understand how to work with professionals and customers in the industry. At Porter and Chester Institute, we’re proud of our students because they make great employees! Are you ready to get to work?