Plumbing Career Path with High School Diploma

Plumbers install and repair piping fixtures and systems in residential and commercial properties. If you’re considering a career as a plumber after graduating high school, our Plumber Career Pathway classes can help you learn plumbing basics while earning your high school diploma online. You’ll complete your online high school core classes, like English, science, and math. Then you will start our Plumbing trade school curriculum and take five elective classes that cover foundational plumbing skills., then you’ll take five elective classes that cover foundational plumbing skills. Your career-focused electives may be transferable to our online Plumber Career Diploma, giving you a head start on your training.

Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters







State Licensing

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

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General High School Courses






Social Studies

Health & Physical Education

  • Technology Requirements - As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® Sierra Version 11.2 or later, access to a word processing program to complete written assignments, and an email account to complete this program with Penn Foster.

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FAQ Questions

How long does it take to become a plumber?

Depending on your experience and education, it doesn’t necessarily take years to become a plumber! Most plumbers need to have a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as some training on the job and through a technical school program. With Penn Foster’s Plumber High School Career Pathway, you can get a head start on learning plumbing basics while you finish your high school diploma. Then, your classes can transfer to our online Plumber Career Diploma Program, which you can complete in as little as 8-12 months.

What qualifications do you need to be a plumber?

Plumbers need some education in the field and on-the-job training. Additionally, many states may require you to be licensed to work as a plumber.

How do I get experience to become a plumber?

Most plumbers will gain experience on the job or in an apprenticeship. Working under skilled, licensed plumbers, you’ll apply what you learned in school to real-world situations.

Does plumbing require math?

Yes, plumbing requires some basic math knowledge. Plumbers use several forms of math daily, from estimating the cost of a job to calculating pipe measurements.

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed June 16, 2021

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.