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Chicago’s Plumbing Educators

In order to get the best education, you need to have the best educators. The professional plumbing educators at Illinois Plumbing Consultants (IPC) bring decades of experience to our program. Our instructors are passionate about giving their students the tools and knowledge needed to succeed in this field.

Meet our educators below or give us a call to learn more about the plumbing programs we offer.

About Our Experienced Plumbing Educators

The educators at IPC represent some of the very best in the field. We are proud to highlight three of our experienced educators, who provide in-depth instruction to both apprentice students and professional plumbers.

Our educators are at the core of our program. As experienced professionals, they translate years of real-life experience into classroom teaching. Plumbers of all levels will appreciate their passion and knowledge. Our educators:

  • Have worked in the field as plumbers and plumbing inspectors.
  • Understand the ins and outs of Illinois Plumbing Code and how to apply codes to real-life applications.
  • Have excellent communication skills and can explain complex concepts with clarity.
  • Work at or own professional plumbing companies in the McHenry, IL area.

Meet Our Plumbing Educators

Rick Sperando

ed_josephRick Sperando has been in the plumbing industry for over 35 years. He successfully owns and operates a local plumbing and mechanical company as well as IPC. He is dedicated to inspire future plumbers to be prosperous by offering them the necessary tools for success through education.

John Bertram

John Bertram has been in the plumbing industry since 1985. He has worked in both commercial and residential shops for over twenty years, and John has been a plumbing inspector since 2005. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Platteville with a degree in Education, John recognizes the importance of passing on his knowledge and he looks forward to helping others enter the plumbing industry.

Scott Underwood

ed_josephScott Underwood brings over 20 years of industry experience along with 10 years of instruction. He currently holds his IL Plumbers License as well as his CCCDI license. Scott is currently a co-owner of a successful plumbing company in McHenry County. He mentors his staff and believes their education is key to staying successful in any industry.

Guy Curtis Smale

My duties as the City of McHenry plumbing inspector include plan review of all new plumbing work as well remodeling projects, inspection of all plumbing being installed or repaired in the City as well as the Village of Prairie Grove, property maintenance issues related to the State Plumbing Code, working with the County Health Dept. on issues pertaining to Plumbing Code compliance by local restaurants and other food service establishments, testing, certifying, and repairing all City owned backflow prevention devices, maintaining data base of all backflow prevention devices in the City for compliance with EPA as well as IEPA regulations.

About Our Plumbing Education Programs

Every aspect of our plumbing education programs are designed to support your professional development and enhance your knowledge of plumbing practices. Whether you are just beginning an apprenticeship or need to complete continuing education credits, you’ll benefit from working with educators who are truly passionate about plumbing.

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At IPC, we believe that the quality of your plumbing education determines your success in this field. We are proud to employ educators who are passionate about their subject. Our experienced instructors have the real-world experience needed to provide you with a comprehensive plumbing education.

For more information about our plumbing school, fill out our contact form or give us a call. Our office is open from 7:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Saturday.

Areas we service: Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Barrington, Belvidere, Buffalo Grove, Cary, Chicago, Crystal Lake, Deerfield, Elgin, Evanston, Geneva, Grayslake, Highland Park, Hoffman Estates, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Lake in the Hills, Libertyville, Loves Park, Machesney Park, McHenry, Naperville, Rockford, Roscoe, Saint Charles, Schaumburg, Skokie, Waukegan, and Wheaton.

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Our Instructors Have Real-World Experience
John Bertram

John Bertram has been in the plumbing industry since 1985. He has worked in both commercial and residential shops for over twenty years, and John has been a plumbing inspector since 2005.

Rick Sperando

Rick Sperando has been in the plumbing industry for over 35 years. He successfully owns and operates a local plumbing and mechanical company as well as IPC.

Scott Underwood

Scott Underwood brings over 20 years of industry experience along with 10 years of instruction. He currently holds his IL Plumbers License as well as his CCCDI license. Scott is currently a co-owner of a successful plumbing company in McHenry County.

Guy Curtis Smale

My duties as the City of McHenry plumbing inspector include plan review of all new plumbing work as well remodeling projects, inspection of all plumbing being installed or repaired in the City as well as the Village of Prairie Grove, property maintenance issues related to the State Plumbing Code, working with the County Health Dept.

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