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.

NEW Plumbing Year 2018 -2019 will begin on September 4, 2018! 

Contact the PHCC Academy of San Diego Office at (858) 693-3855 for Enrollment Details

Please review the Entrance Exam Schedule at the bottom of this page.

The 2018 Enrollment Application is Available Here.

Journeyman Plumbing Apprenticeship Program
Begins Week of September 4, 2018
Classes run through June 2019
One night per week always from 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 include 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 8000 hours of on-the-job training, more than 600 hours of classroom and hands-on learning, and are given the chance 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 blue print 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.

HVAC Technician Certification

Begins Week of September 4, 2018

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 prior to enrollment.


Tuition can be paid in full for a 10% discount, or in monthly installments. This is on a per student basis:

  • 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) **

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


To Apply for Academy Training Programs

Enrollment will open on August 1, 2018.  

2018-2019 Enrollment Application (Coming Soon)



August 16, 2018


August 28th OR August 29th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Bring your completed application and the testing fee of $50
(fee waived for PHCC Contractor Member Companies)


Plumbing Classes for the 2018 - 2019 will begin on September 4th, 2018

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)
  • No less than first month's tuition (10% discount applies for full tuition payment) *
  • $100 Enrollment Fee *

* First month of tuition + enrollment fee must be paid no later than the first night of school.