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Continuing Education


NEW Continuing Education Requirements For Renewal
Of PHCC of California Journey-level Certification Card  

Effective January 1, 2013, all PHCC Journey Level Certification Card Holders are required to obtain 6 hours per year of PHCC-approved Continuing Education.  Our mission is to provide workforce development, management education and technical training to advance the growth and career success of those employed in the plumbing and HVACR industry.

Continuing education plays an important role in ensuring that industry professionals of all kinds are armed with the latest knowledge in the field.  It takes a great deal of training to learn the skills needed to do the job properly and efficiently, and also to reach personal career goals.  Skills that are constantly improving should be considered a life-long practice.

In order to maintain up-to-date knowledge, understanding, and installation techniques, the Board of Directors of CAPHCC established CE training requirements and credits which will help keep you informed of the ever-changing climate in the plumbing-heating-cooling industry.

Each PHCC Local Association across the state offers PHCC-Sanctioned Continuing Education.  For information on contacting your local PHCC Association click here.  You’ll find a variety of programs that group together related coursework and are designed for flexibility, addressing the professional and personal needs of each individual and each business.

A PHCC-sanctioned class is defined as a class held by the California PHCC or a Local PHCC Association using state-approved curriculum. i.e. the PHCC of California code up-date class, the 2009 UPC or IAPMO materials, etc.

Additional PHCC sanctioned classes would include:

  • A code update class taught by a PHCC instructor or local plumbing inspector.
  • Water heater/boiler/tankless training or similar training provided by a factory representative or equivalent.
  • GreenPlumber USA Training
  • Any Safety class, Forklift Training, Scissor Lift Training, OSHA Training Class etc. provided a certificate is given.
  • Class would have to be at least 2 hours minimum with a certificate of completion provided by the manufacturer.
  • A backflow prevention certification or re-certification class.

Any Industry related class that is 2 hours or more and can produce a certificate may be submitted to the state office for approval.  Classes should be pre-approved in advance by the PHCC of California Executive Vice President if not a PHCC-sanctioned class.

The card for PHCC members is valid for three (3) years, at which time a renewal test must be taken to renew the card and CAPHCC must have on record that 18 hours of Continuing Education have been met, (6 hours per year) preferably in a PHCC-sanctioned class.

The card for non-members is valid for one (1) year, at which time a renewal form must be completed and fees paid to renew the card.  Non-members must also take a renewal test every three (3) years.  In order to meet renewal requirements, a form will be provided to all PHCC Journey Level Certification Card Holders for documentation of CE requirements, and once completed, an approval signature from CAPHCC will document that 6 hours of approved Continuing Education has been met.   For more information, contact Theresa Perez, Training Coordinator, PHCC of California at or 916-925-7390.

Following is a suggested timeline from January 1, 2013 for card renewals:

  • 0 – 1 year – 6 CE hours
  • 1-2 year – 12 CE hours
  • 2-3 years – 18 CE hours

CLICK HERE for CE Form to track hours