June 26, 2017 — For plumbing system designers early in their careers, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) offers the Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) designation to recognize those who have achieved a high level of professional competence in the practice of plumbing design at the technician level. To achieve the designation, a candidate must pass the CPDT Exam, which this year is being held at testing sites around the country on October 5 and 6. Registration for the 2017 Exam is now open at aspe.org/CPDT-exam.
Part of ASPE’s international certification program, the CPDT is considered a precursor to the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) certification, which sets the standard of professional excellence in the plumbing engineering industry. In fact, the CPDT program is intended to encourage plumbing designers to become lifelong learners and participate in a continuing program of professional development to eventually attain the CPD designation. ASPE is a recognized provider of continuing education for plumbing industry professionals, and the Society offers numerous ways for designation holders to earn the CEUs required for recertification.
“The CPDT credential is an important step in a plumbing engineer’s or designer’s career,” says Don Strickland, CPD, GPD, ASPE’s CPD Committee Chair and Region 4 Director. “By studying and preparing for the Exam, candidates dive deeper into specialties they might not otherwise know about, and this shows their employer and colleagues competence in this field for someone early in their career. We have found that CPDTs have a higher pass rate when sitting for the CPD Exam, which is the flagship credential in this industry.”
To be eligible to take the CPDT examination, a candidate must have:
- A bachelor’s degree in engineering with one year of experience designing plumbing systems; or
- An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a field related to engineering (physics, mathematics, architecture, civil, environmental studies, construction, HVAC, etc.) and a minimum of two years of experience designing plumbing systems; or
- Four years minimum of plumbing design experience.