Industry Recognized Credentials for Plumbing

Essential Safety IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve Essential Safety credentials to all students in the program. The essential Safety Credential(s) must be recognized state-wide, if not nationally as valuable and should be most applicable to specific program area.

CertificationCertifying Organization
OSHA 10 General IndustryOSHA
Hot Work Safety Certification

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Essential Industry IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Program Credentials.

  1. The certification must have high-value currency in the market, which can be gained through various processes including transparency initiatives, general awareness, endorsements and validations, regulations, hiring policies and practices, and/or procedures that can be used to translate the credential into academic credit.
  2. Must lead to improved hiring outcomes and/or increased earnings for students who attain the credential.
  3. Credentials required for employment in program field must be included.


For this Program area, students must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve earn
at least one of the listed Essential Program credentials.

The curriculum must offer at least 1700 hours of instruction to deliver the minimum level of required competencies in this framework.

Students who successfully complete a CHAPTER 74 State-Approved Plumbing Program approved by the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters may be granted a maximum of 1,700 hours of Work Experience credit and up to Tier 3 of Theory Experience from that program towards their journeyman license. Related theory classes must follow the scope and sequence outlined in the tiers which are designed and approved by the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gasfitters, for students to receive credit toward licensure.

The Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters APPROVED this DESE C.74 Plumbing Framework during the May 5, 2021 Board Meeting.

CertificationCertifying Organization

Credit toward Massachusetts Plumbing License (248 CMR 11 Education and Work Experience Standards.)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Supplemental IRC(s)

Programs may choose to differentiate and expand upon their program by offering additional credentials. Credentials listed as Supplemental/Specialized may include:

  • Credentials that are endorsed by local or regional industry associations or workforce boards
  • Must be attainable for students in the program who master the competencies outlined in the relevant Career Technical Education Framework such as an advanced/stacked credential above the essentials
  • May be equipment, tool, software or process specific if valued by industry.
CertificationCertifying OrganizationPostsecondary
Hot Works Safety CertificationNational Fire Protection Association
ASME Section IX 1G Pipe Welding CertificationAmerican Society of Mechanical EngineersX
Certified Welding InspectorAmerican Welding SocietyX
Senior Certified Welding InspectorAmerican Welding SocietyX
Certified Welding Educator ProgramAmerican Welding SocietyX
Certified Resistance Welding TechnicianAmerican Welding SocietyX
Certified Radiographic InterpreterAmerican Welding SocietyX
Certified Welding SupervisorAmerican Welding SocietyX
Certified Welding Sales RepresentativeAmerican Welding SocietyX
Certified Welding EngineerAmerican Welding SocietyX
Certified Robotic Arc WeldingAmerican Welding SocietyX
Cwi By Iiw DiplomaAmerican Welding SocietyX
Cwi By ReciprocityAmerican Welding SocietyX
Asnt Vt Certification By Cwi/ScwiAmerican Welding SocietyX