PHCC Academy of San Diego Training Programs

The PHCC Academy of San Diego currently offers trade certification programs for the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Industry, including Journeyman Plumbing Apprenticeship and HVAC Technician Certification. We also provide regular UPC Update classes and other industry-specific courses throughout the year.


Journeyman Plumbing Apprenticeship Accelerated Program

Year 1 Class Now Forming


Learn A Trade – Advance Your Career!

One Evening a week and One Saturday a month!


January 14, 2019 – August 12, 2019

Mondays from 5:30pm – 9:30pm


Submit your Application for Admission TODAY!!!

Class size is limited to 20 students!


For more information, please email or call 858-693-3855


See HELPFUL DOCUMENTS Section Below for Student Application and Additional Information

Journeyman Plumbing Apprenticeship Program
Started the Week of September 4, 2018
Classes run through June 2019
One night per week *

Plumbing Year 1 ~ Tuesdays 5:30pm-9:30pm
Plumbing Year 2 ~ Wednesdays 5:30pm-9:30pm
Plumbing Year 3 ~ Thursdays 5:30pm-9:30pm
Plumbing Year 4 ~ Thursdays 5:30pm-9:30pm

Academy Location:
PHCC Academy of San Diego
9920 Scripps Lake Dr #102, San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 693-3855


The Journeyman Plumbing Apprenticeship Program is a four-year program approved by the Office of Apprenticeship, Department of Labor. Licensed contractors are able to Federally register their employees as apprentices, while they are enrolled in our  training program. We provide 156 hours of hands-on labs and classroom instruction over the full four-years. Curriculum includes safety, state and local code and regulations, mathematics, drafting and blueprint reading.  This Program gives technicians a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the plumbing trade.  By the end of their fourth year, Apprentices will have clocked 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, more than 600 hours of classroom and hands-on learning, and are given the opportunity to take the California PHCC Journey-Level Certification Exam to ultimately earn their well-deserved PHCC Journeyman Card.

  • Journeyman Plumbing Year 1 - Introduction to the plumbing trade, history and careers, common plumbing tools and materials, tool safety, trade mathematics, related sciences, introduction to blueprint reading and sketching, fixture and fitting identification.  Introduction to basic plumbing codes requirements, occupation safety practices and procedures, first aid, customer service and installation practices.
  • Journeyman Plumbing Year 2 - Service and Repair problems and solutions, basic electricity and applications, residential and commercial fixtures installation, local UPC code applications, water, waste, gas, systems, job safety, review of customer relations, math, hands-on applications of commercial, residential, industrial and new construction. Introduction to welding, ladders and scaffolds, plumbing vents and sewage pumps.
  • Journeyman Plumbing Year 3 - Isometric drawing, plan reading, sizing water, sizing gas, and sizing waste and vent.  Installation practices both commercial and residential, tool use and methods, water heaters and venting blueprint and specifications, job pre-planning, productivity and profitability.
  • Journeyman Plumbing Year 4 - IAPMO Uniform Plumbing Code, California Code, plumbing heating systems, handicap requirements, earthquake valve and seismic requirements, plumbing curriculum review, Journey-Level exam.

* Some classes will meet one Saturday every other month for hands-on labs and/or manufacturer training.

HVAC Technician Certification

Begins Fall 2019
One night per week *

HVAC Year 1 ~ Mondays 5:30pm-8:30pm

Academy Location:
PHCC Academy of San Diego
9920 Scripps Lake Dr #102, San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 693-3855



This two-year program offer a chance for service technicians to become EPA608 certified, and upon completion of the program the ability to take and pass the NATE ICE certification exam, and ultimately become a NATE Certified Professional. The course is designed to provide a working knowledge of the latest tools, equipment and technologies.  It provides superior hands-on information needed to successfully maintain and troubleshoot today's complex heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.  The program fosters a solid foundation and understanding of environmental problems and their solutions, and displays a depth of theory, diagnostics, and repair procedures.

  • HVAC Year 1 - Introduction to systems and major components, basic electricity, thermodynamics, basic refrigeration cycle, scheduled maintenance, systemic problem solving, basic installation and repair methods, compressors, refrigerants and lubrication, condensers, metering devices, refrigeration accessories, evaporators, evacuation and charging procedures. Students can receive a Universal EPA 608 Refrigerant Certification by taking this course.
  • HVAC Year 2 - Heating, electrical, electrical troubleshooting, introduction to motors, cooling equipment, mechanical troubleshooting, advanced installation techniques, control systems, psychrometrics and basic sizing, servicing and troubleshooting systems, TAB, energy efficient mechanical systems, fluid handling systems, applied electrical problem solving, applied refrigeration system problem solving, troubleshooting with the psychrometric chart, cooling towers and evaporative condenser, commercial air conditioning and refrigeration systems, indoor air quality, energy efficient installations & selling and customer service.  ICE Certification.
PHCC Academy of San Diego


To enroll in PHCC Academy of San Diego programs, students must:

  • Be 18 years of age at time of enrollment
  • Pass the Math Entrance exam with a score of 70% or greater *
  • Pass the English Entrance exam with a score of 70% or greater
  • Attend the Enrollment Interview and be granted acceptance into the program

Additionally, for the Journeyman Plumbing Apprenticeship Program, prospective students must be employed by a licensed plumbing (C-36) contractor within the first 30 days of class.


Tuition can be paid in full for a 10% discount, or in (10) monthly installments.**

Tuition Per Student / Per Year:

  • Open Rate: $3696.00 per year or $369.60 per month
  • PHCC Contractor Member: $2,175.00 per year or $217.50 per month
  • Students at Large: $3000.00 (for students without a sponsoring company)
  • Enrollment Fee: $100 **
  • Testing Fee: $50.00 (waived for PHCC members) **
  • Advanced testing fees applies. Inquire with PHCC Academy staff

The required books below must be obtained and brought to class each night. Students can purchase books through any source, as long as the book title and edition match the descriptions below:

  • 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code Book (illustrated or non-illustrated)
  • NCCER Core Curriculum Training Guide (Year 1 only)
  • NCCER Plumbing Curriculum Level 1, 2, 3, 4 Training Guide (pertaining to the year you are enrolled in)


** Non-Refundable fees include first (2) months of tuition, enrollment fee, and testing fee.

To Apply for Academy Training Programs

Monday, August 06, 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Tuesday, August 28th OR Wednesday August 29th
5:00pm - 7:00pm
$50 per student (waived for PHCC Contractor Member Companies)

Application + Fees are Due on 1st Night of Class
[(2) Months tuition + books + administration fees]

Plumbing Year 1 ~ Tuesday, September 4
Plumbing Year 2 ~ Wednesday, September 5
Plumbing Year 3 ~ Thursday, September 6
Plumbing Year 4 ~ Thursday, September 6
HVAC Year 1 ~ Monday, September 8

Your application package must be returned to the PHCC Academy of San Diego office during Open Enrollment, and must contain the following:

  • Signed application with all portions completed
  • $50 Testing Fee (waived for PHCC members)
  • First (2) month's of tuition (10% discount applies for full tuition payment) *
  • Book fees
  • $100 Enrollment Fee

Payment Terms: First (2) months of tuition + book fees + enrollment fee(s) must be paid via cash, check or credit card no later than first night of school. Thereafter, tuition is due on the first of every month November-June for a total of (10) total payments. A grace period of (10) days applies to students and/or sponsors in good standing. Students are suspended for non-payment of tuition dues after 30 days, no exceptions. Additional terms and conditions apply per the PHCC Academy of San Diego Student Application.