PHRC Workshop

PCCA Workshop - RA 501: Residential Plumbing Academy (4 days)

This four-day program is a comprehensive review of Chapters 25-33 of the 2015 International Residential Code. It includes examples, exercises, and case studies designed to illustrate daily practices performed by a Residential Plumbing Inspector or Plans Examiner. Material includes a review of how the UCC amends certain provision of the IRC, especially with regard to residential alterations and exclusions.

Hydraulics, pneumatics, and how water, air, and gases interact to make a plumbing system work properly are explored and common plumbing materials such as piping and fittings are introduced. Building permit issuance is discussed with an emphasis placed on the most important issues to be addressed and resolve during the review process.

Interactive learning will be implemented through conducting virtual inspections. A checklist of critical issues associated with plumbing installations will also be developed. Emphasis will be placed on addressing plumbing and sprinkler system installation issues that should be resolved at the permit application stage of the project.

After attending this program, attendees will be able to:

Topics include:

  • General plumbing requirements
  • Protection, testing, trenching, and workmanship
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Water supply systems
  • Backflow prevention
  • Water and waste drainage systems
  • Traps and vents
  • Sumps and sub-soil drains
  • IRC provisions relating to on-lot septic systems and water/sewer laterals
  • Residential automatic fire sprinkler systems

Course Materials

The 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) and a standard calculator are required. Continental breakfast and lunch included.

Course Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Instruction time


Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

Credit Hours

24 PA L&I Contact Hours

Registration Fee


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The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304