Certified Plumbing Design Technician

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The CPDT Study Guide is now available!

The Certified Plumbing Design Technician Examination was developed by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers to provide professional recognition of qualified individuals who design plumbing systems. The CPDT certification was developed as a precursor with the Certified in Plumbing Design, CPD certification. The Certified Plumbing Design Technician program has four primary objectives:

  1. Provide a standard of professional competence in the practice of plumbing design at the technician level.
  2. Identify and recognize those individuals who successfully complete the certification examination, thereby demonstrating their acquired knowledge and abilities in the field of plumbing design.
  3. Encourage plumbing designers to become lifelong learners and participate in a continuing program of professional development and reach CPD certification.
  4. Provide a standard for educational programs in plumbing design and encourage implementation of such programs.

The Certified Plumbing Design Technician program is under the guidance of an independent committee appointed by the Society’s Board of Directors.  The CPDT is the first step towards a CPD (Certified in Plumbing Design) designation.  ASPE encourages all CPDTs to continue their education and work towards a CPD designation.

A CPDT designation does not allow individuals the right to sign drawings or specifications, or to use the designation, Engineer, in states where this is restricted by law. 


If you have any questions about the CPDT program or any related issues please email certification@aspe.org
The CPDT Exam is only held once per year.