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What will I learn in the IPC plumbing course?

The IPC plumbing course and license prep program is designed to help you gain the skills that you need during your apprenticeship to succeed in this field. During your license prep class, you’ll study the Illinois Plumbing Code book, assembly techniques, troubleshooting, and more. Be prepared to work hands on and to study codes and licensing regulations.

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What is included in the plumbing course curriculum?

At IPC, we combine classroom instruction with hands-on practice to ensure that you have a well-rounded understanding of the field of plumbing. Our professional educators and guest lecturers from the industry will provide you with the tips that you need to get ahead in this competitive industry. The IPC plumbing curriculum includes all of the following:

  • Hands-On Shop Instruction
  • Practical Assembly and Repair Techniques
  • State of Illinois Licensing Law
  • State of Illinois Plumbing Code
  • Practical Application of Codes and Standards
  • First Aid and Safety Procedures
  • Preparation for The Illinois State Licensing Exam

How can I become a licensed plumber?

In Illinois, the Illinois Department of Health requires anyone seeking a plumber’s license to work as an apprentice for a minimum of four years and by completing the following steps:

  • Obtain a strong general education
  • Enter an apprenticeship program
  • Work as an apprentice plumber
  • Enroll for the Illinois mock exam

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Will the IPC plumbing course prepare me for the Illinois Plumbing Consultants Mock License Exam?

In short, yes. Illinois Plumbing Consultants offer two yearly plumbing practice tests for those who are looking to take the test. These practice exams:

  • Prepare you for the actual exam.
  • Increase your confidence level.
  • Help you identify areas for improvements.
  • Allow you to learn and practice test-taking strategies.

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When do plumbing classes begin?

You can find out information about the class schedule, dates, and times here.

Where are IPC classes located?

We have two locations for classes:
Chicago Class Location
Illinois Plumbing Consultants
1400 Miller Parkway Suite I
McHenry, IL 60050

Rockford Class Location
Illinois Plumbing Consultants
3548 35th Street Suite C
Rockford, IL 61109

What materials will I need for class?

As a student, you’ll need to buy a copy of the Illinois Plumbing Code, which currently costs $40.

How do I register for the Mock Exam?

In order to register, fill out this registration form. The dates for the mock exam will be listed here as well.

How much does the plumber license prep program cost?

As with any educational program, you’ll need to plan ahead so that you can budget for your training needs. We require that all tuition be paid prior to the first class of each semester. We offer classes in Crystal Lake, IL in the fall and spring. You can pay by semester or yearly with the costs as follows:

  • $700 per semester
  • $1,300 per year

On average, our courses cost at least $100 less than comparable courses offered at other technical and community colleges in Illinois.

How does a plumbing apprenticeship work?

To hold a plumber apprenticeship, you must first acquire a sponsor. A sponsor is required in order for your time as a student to be counted towards an apprenticeship. Illinois Plumbing Consultants does not act as a sponsor (Note that you are always welcome to take classes without a sponsor just to learn, but they will not count towards your four years).

What sets IPC apart?

IPC’s plumbing courses are taught by industry professionals who understand the unique demands of Illinois markets. With over a century of combined experience, our teachers know their craft well. Instructors include current plumbers and plumbing inspectors who will provide keen insight into what new plumbers need to know and understand. While up-and-coming plumbers can get training at local trade schools and community colleges, our program is unique in the fact that it provides guidance directly from these industry experts.

When will I need to attend class?

The Illinois Plumbing License Prep program holds classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesday classes are presentations and lectures, while Thursdays classes are practical application of the items taught in the classroom. Because the classes build on one another, students will need to plan to attend regularly. Classes are held in Chicago and Rockford.

Do I need any other training prior to attending the IPC program?

Students should have a high school degree or equivalent, but other college instruction is not a prerequisite for this program. Students should consider pursuing classes in math and science to best prepare themselves for this career. Also, plumbers who plan to launch their own businesses will benefit from some business training.

What types of classes are available through IPC?

Illinois Pluming Consultants offers three basic types of training. Our primary program is the Plumbing License Prep course. This two-semester course teaches students all they need to know to pass the Illinois plumbing exam and get an apprenticeship.

In addition, we offer a changing schedule of continuing education programs designed to help current plumbers stay abreast of the changes in the industry and get continuing education to help them excel.

Finally, we offer the Illinois Mock Test. While not a training program, the Illinois Mock Test will give students a chance to practice for the real plumbing exam, so they can see what areas they need to improve before paying for and taking the real exam.

This combination helps make IPC stand out as one of the top Illinois plumber training programs available.

Can IPC help me get an apprenticeship or fulfill apprenticeship requirements?

The training from IPC makes helps those in an apprenticeship, but the program does not serve as a sponsor. If you wish for your time in the courses to count towards your apprenticeship, you must have a sponsor before applying for the program.

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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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