Ga. PMA launches online education program

After receiving state approval of online continuing education, the Plumbing & Mechanical Association of Georgia, affiliated with the Georgia chapter of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association, has launched a Web-based program that will expand the education and professionalism of Georgia's licensed p-h-c contractors.

CUMMING, GA. — After receiving state approval of online continuing education, the Plumbing & Mechanical Association of Georgia, affiliated with the Georgia chapter of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association, has launched a Web-based program that will expand the education and professionalism of Georgia's licensed p-h-c contractors.

The course content, which was launched Sept. 1, covers technical and business management programs that will help contractors run their businesses, as well as know the latest code updates, installation/repair tips and sales techniques. The material is presented in the form of streaming videos and graphic-oriented Power Point presentations.

The initial one-hour modules include commercial drawings, plumbing code updates, understanding overhead, and making the sales pitch for energy- and water-efficient products. Some of the future courses will include math for plumbers, safety & OSHA, graywater systems, and recession-proofing your business. The State Licensing Board has approved the courses for credit toward state of Georgia plumbing license renewal requirements. License holders are required to obtain four hours of continuing education every year.

Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association, the PHCC Educational Foundation and other leading industry experts developed the curriculum. It is available to licensed plumbers in the state of Georgia. A special promotional price of $55 is offered until Dec. 31.

“The beauty of this offering is that PMA members and their employees can now earn four hours of continuing education credit from the comfort of their homes,” said PMA's Executive Director Ellen Whitaker. “This is very beneficial for those who may live in remote areas, but also is a worthwhile option to others who want a time- and cost-effective option for achieving CE credits toward their licensing requirements.”

PMA will continue to offer in-person continuing education options that have been popular throughout the years. The association began the approval process for an online format because of an increased interest among members for an affordable, high-quality Web-based option for their employees.

PMA has been representing the interest of the plumbing industry in Georgia since 1892. This program is in keeping with the commitment to provide the highest quality education to members of the plumbing industry. PMA is a trade association comprised of plumbing and mechanical firms and industry professionals, who are working to meet the needs of Georgia's plumbing and mechanical industry. It is affiliated with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association. Additional information is available at: www.plumbingpros.com.

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