Courses

Apprentice Plumbing
Tier Program for
Licensure

Courses

Apprentice Plumbing
Tier Program for
Licensure

2022-2023 Program

The plumbing tier courses are designed by test review clock hours and tiered based on previous tier knowledge. (248 CMR 11.06(2)(b) 1-7). Each Tier shall contain 110-clock hours, shall be consecutive, and shall be designed to coincide with the years of experience of the apprentice student. Students shall be required to demonstrate proficiency and competency in each tier by passing an examination designed by the school and/or the instructor. Students may not advance from one Tier to another until the clock hour and examination requirements of the preceding Tier have been successfully completed and documented. Regular class hour attendance is required. Each class time is posted in the calendar advertisement and kept through the class total hour period.

Registration: Currently Open. Deadline is up to the first day of class or until the class is full.

Start Dates: September 19, 20 & 21, 2022

Course Details

For all Tier courses:
28 classes @4 hours/class = 112 clock hours
Minimum of 8 students to run each class

PT1 - Plumbing Tier 1

 

PT1 – 110 hour Tier 1 First Year Lesson for Journeyman Plumber Licensure

Both In-Person & Virtual Online Learning Available

Registration Deadline: Currently Open. Deadline is up to the first day of class or until the class is full.

Start Date: Monday, September 19, 2022 from 5:30pm – 9:30pm

End Date:
April 17, 2023
See the calendar for scheduled class dates

Requirements:
An unlicensed individual, who by definition may not accrue work experience, may complete Tier 1 of the education requirement prior to licensure. All remaining education and work experience must be accrued in compliance with the licensing and time frames described in 248 CMR 11.02(1)(b)2&3. A licensed apprentice may complete Tier 1 and Tier 2 in a single calendar year. Per lesson 2 guidelines – Each apprentice must attend and receive an OSHA 10 card through an OSHA certified instructor or program. Mandatory OSHA 10 hour Construction Safety Course Card must be on file to receive issued credit of hours. (see OSHA-Authorized Online Outreach Training Providers at: https://www.osha.gov/training/outreach)

Tuition:
In-Person: $1200
Virtual Online: $1500

Application Details Below

PT2 - Plumbing Tier 2

PT2 – 110 hour Tier 2 Second Year Lesson for Journeyman Plumber Licensure

In-Person Learning Only

Registration Deadline: Currently Open. Deadline is up to the first day of class or until the class is full.

Start Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 5:30pm – 9:30pm

End Date:
April 18, 2023
See the calendar for scheduled class dates

Requirements:
Apprentice card effective date on or after Sept. 1, 2008 with NO prior Vocational day course plumbing registration, completion certificate of 110 hours of Tier 1.

Tuition:
In-Person: $1200

Application Details Below

PT3 - Plumbing Tier 3

PT3 – 110 hour Tier 3 Third Year Lesson for Journeyman Plumber Licensure

In-Person Learning Only

Registration Deadline: Currently Open. Deadline is up to the first day of class or until the class is full.

Start Date: Wednesdays, September 21, 2022 from 5:30pm – 9:30pm

End Date:
April 20, 2023
See the calendar for scheduled class dates

Requirements:
Apprentice card effective date PRIOR to Sept. 1, 2008 OR Apprentice card effective date on or after Sept. 1, 2008 WITH prior Vocational plumbing day course completion OR completion certificate of 110 hours of Tier 1 & 2.

Tuition:
In-Person: $1200

Application Details Below

PT4 - Plumbing Tier 4

PT4 – 110 hour Tier 4 Fourth Year Lesson for Journeyman Plumber Licensure

In-Person Learning Only

Registration Deadline: Currently Open. Deadline is up to the first day of class or until the class is full.

Start Date: Monday, September 19, 2022 from 5:30pm – 9:30pm

End Date:
April 17, 2023
See the calendar for scheduled class dates

Requirements:
Apprentice card effective date PRIOR to Sept. 1, 2008 OR Apprentice card effective date on or after Sept. 1, 2008 WITH prior Vocational plumbing day course completion OR completion certificate of 110 hours of Tier 1, 2 and 3

Tuition:
In-Person: $1200

Application Details Below

PT5 - Plumbing Tier 5

PT5 – 110 hour Tier 5 Fifth Year Lesson for Journeyman Plumber Licensure

In-Person Learning Only

Registration Deadline: Currently Open. Deadline is up to the first day of class or until the class is full.

Start Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 5:30pm – 9:30pm

End Date:
April 18, 2023
See the calendar for scheduled class dates

Requirements:
Journeyman plumber license OR Apprentice card effective date PRIOR to Sept. 1, 2008 OR Apprentice card effective date on or after Sept. 1, 2008 WITH prior Vocational plumbing day course completion OR completion certificate of 110 hours of Tier 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Tuition:
In-Person: $1200

Application Details Below

Plumbing Hour Make-up Theory Classes for any Tier

4 Hour Class

In-Person Learning Only

Registration Deadline: Currently Open. Deadline is up to the first day of class or until the class is full.

Start Date:
Any class at the end of the school year if paid in full (see makeup policy)

Requirements:
Apprentice card effective date PRIOR to Sept. 1, 2008 OR Apprentice card effective date on or after Sept. 1, 2008 WITH prior Vocational plumbing day course completion OR completion certificate of 110 hours of previous Tiers and statement of hours for incomplete Tier.

Tuition:
In-Person Make-up Class: $100 – prepaid

Application Details Below

Application Details

HBTI will be starting the Tier 1 – 5 Classroom Plumbing Programs September 19, 20, & 21, 2022.

All students may signup using the form below. After you’ve completed and submitted the form, a representative will contact you to confirm your enrollment and complete payment. The tuition is to be paid in full by cash, check, money order or charge card unless a finance agreement is set up, signed and approved by the school office. Checks should be made to HBTI.

Tier 1 students do not need an apprentice registration to attend class and receive credit.

Tiers 2 – 5 – All students must have a current apprentice registration or journeyman license from the Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters, and state form copies of previous schooling hours for previous tiers.

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In-Person Classroom Application

Complete the pdf application on screen, print and mail, fax or hand deliver to the address provided along with your payment. All fields must be completed including email, phone number, dated, and signed. All information is deleted once the application window has been closed. All dates/details can be found in the pdf.
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Virtual Online Application
Coming Soon!

2022-2023

Tier Plumbing
School Year Calendar

All school policies and procedures for the Tier Plumbing program can be found in the link below.

Additional Information

New Code Requirements – Effective 4/30/21

248 CMR 11.02(b) 3d
Exception 3. An unlicensed individual, who by definition may not accrue work experience, may complete Tier 1 of the education requirement prior to licensure. All remaining education and work experience must be accrued in compliance with the licensing and timeframes described in 248 CMR 11.02(1)(b)3.

248 CMR 11.06(2)(b)3
Each Tier shall be consecutive and shall be designed to coincide with the years of experience of the apprentice student.

248 CMR 11.06(2)(b)5
Students shall be required to demonstrate proficiency and competency in each Tier by passing an examination designed by the school and/or the instructor with a 70% or better.

248 CMR 11.06(2)(b)7
Students may not advance from one tier to another until the clock hour and examination requirements of the preceding tier have been successfully completed.
Please attach copies of proper school state forms of previous tiers attended if attending tiers 2 – 5 for licensure.

248 CMR 11.02(1)(a)1
Apprentice License prior to 9/1/08 – Experience – The applicant shall furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed practical work experience performing plumbing and gas fitting that totals no less than 8,000 clock hours as a licensed apprentice working as an employee under the direct supervision of a Commonwealth of Massachusetts licensed master plumber or under the direct supervision of a Commonwealth of Massachusetts licensed journeyman plumber who is in the employ of a master plumber. Experience installing HVAC components for the installation of heating systems, steam piping and hydronic heat piping or other work not requiring a plumbing or gas fitting license shall not be considered qualifying experience.

248 CMR 11.02(1)(a)2a
Apprentice License prior to 9/1/08 – Diploma – The applicant shall furnish documentary proof of having received a high school diploma or the equivalent.

248 CMR 11.02(1)(a)2b
Apprentice License prior to 9/1/08 – EducationThe applicant shall furnish documentary proof of having successfully completed 300 clock hours of plumbing and gas fitting theory culminating in a school or instructor designed examination to ensure competency. This education must take place over a period of no less than four years and must meet the requirements of 248 CMR 11.00. For each calendar year, no more than 165 hours of education may be credited for licensure purposes.

248 CMR 11.02(1)(a)4
Apprentice License prior to 9/1/08 – Expiration – The provisions of 248 CMR 11.02(1)(a) shall expire on May 1, 2021. All applicants for a journeyman plumbing license who submit an application on or after May 1, 2020 shall, without loss of any lawfully earned education or work experience, be subject to the same upgrading requirements as those imposed on apprentice licenses issued pursuant to 248 CMR 11.02(1)(b).

248 CMR 11.02(1)(b)1
Apprentice License on or after 9/1/08 – Experience – The applicant shall furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed practical work experience that totals no less than 6,800 clock hours as a licensed apprentice working as an employee under the direct supervision of a Commonwealth of Massachusetts licensed master plumber or under the direct supervision of a Commonwealth of Massachusetts licensed journeyman plumber who is in the employ of a master plumber. Experience installing HVAC components for the installation of heating systems, steam piping and hydronic heat piping shall not be considered qualifying experience.

248 CMR 11.02(1)(b)2a
Apprentice License on or after 9/1/08 – DiplomaThe applicant shall furnish documentary proof of having received a high school diploma or the equivalent.

248 CMR 11.02(1)(b)2b
Apprentice License on or after 9/1/08 – EducationThe applicant shall furnish documentary proof of having successfully completed 550 clock hours of plumbing and gas fitting theory culminating in a school or instructor designed examination to ensure competency. This education must take place over a period of no less than four years and must meet the Board administrated requirements of 248 CMR 11.00. For each calendar year, no more than 165 hours of education may be credited for licensure purposes.

248 CMR 11.02(1)(b)2c
Apprentices shall begin their education program within nine months of the initial issuance of their apprentice license.

248 CMR 11.02(1)(b)3a
General Rule. An applicant will not receive credit for any work experience or education unless they were completed in conjunction with one another as measured by calendar years. For each year in which an apprentice obtains 165 clock hours of education (1 1/2 tiers), that apprentice must accrue 1,700 clock hours of qualifying work experience as a licensed apprentice. 248 CMR 11.02(1)(b)3.a. is subject to exceptions as described in 248 CMR 11.02(1)(b)3.b. and c. See Exception 3d above for an unlicensed individual.

248 CMR 11.02(1)(c)
Limitation on Examination Attempts. A licensed apprentice shall not be permitted to attempt the journeyman license examination more than six times without special Board approval demonstrating good cause.

Apprentices Please Note:

Effective June 23, 2012, meeting of the Board of Examiners of Plumbers and Gasfitters with all board approved plumbing school directors, PSI EXAMS and the BOARD can only accept the proper state form signoff for school hours. School certificates for hours of class attended will no longer be accepted as proof of schooling. The proper forms are listed below and are available on the board website.

Plumbing School Time
550 hour for Certification of School Hours

Plumbing Statement of Experience for Work Hour From Master

Application for Reinstatement of Expired Apprentice License

Registration Now Open: 2022/23 School Year

Registration Deadline:
At first Class or Until Full

Classes Begin:
Monday, September 19, 2022

Seats are limited. First come, first serve registration. Don't miss out! Once registered, you'll be contacted to confirm your acceptance and payment.