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2016 Bulletin of Information

A NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE


CERTIFICATION OF PLUMBING
DESIGN PROFESSIONALS
The Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) program is an international certification program for engineers and designers
of plumbing systems. Completion of the CPDT program and examination confers upon the successful candidate the Certified
Plumbing Design Technician designation (CPDT). The certification program provides the profession, the plumbing industry, and
the general public with a comprehensive qualification of professional competence for designers of plumbing systems. It sets the
standards within the industry and provides formal recognition of outstanding professionals with skills in the design and specifica-
tion of plumbing systems. The CPDT provides professional recognition of plumbing designers who do not yet have the experience
required for the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation.

The statement and designation Certified Plumbing Design Technician and the acronym CPDT are registered Marks of the Ameri-
can Society of Plumbing Engineers.

The CPDT and the Bulletin were based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No 1103826. Any
opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of ASPE and do not necessarily reflect
the views of the National Science Foundation.

2016, American Society of Plumbing Engineers. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

2016 CPDT Examination Summary.................................................. 4


Certified Plumbing Design Technician Program.............................. 4
Who is Eligible?............................................................................ 5
CPDT Examination........................................................................... 5
CPDT Examination Date............................................................... 5
CPDT Examination Registration................................................... 5
CPDT Examination Fees............................................................... 5
Where to take the CPDT Examination.......................................... 5
Examination Schedule.................................................................. 5
Special Accommodation Requests............................................... 6
Registration Changes, Refunds, and Cancellations...................... 6
Examination Admission Ticket...................................................... 6
Identification at the Testing Site................................................... 6
Electronic Sign-in.......................................................................... 6
Testing Procedures....................................................................... 6
Examination Results...................................................................... 7
Retaking the examination............................................................. 7
Complaints and Comments.......................................................... 7
CPDT Sample Questions.................................................................. 8
CPDT Sample Question Explanations.......................................... 9
2016 CPDT Examination Summary
Examination dates
October 6-7, 2016 (Thursday and Friday)

Last day to register


September 16, 2016

Examination time
Three and a half hours are allotted for the test; test times will be determined by the test site hours.

Examination site
Nearest test center determined through application process.

Cost
ASPE Member: $200
Nonmember: $425

CPDT Examination Registration Procedure


Start the registration process at aspe.org/CPDT. After registration, emails will be sent to assist candidates with choosing a test site,
exam payment, and completing the registration.

Certified Plumbing Design Technician Program


The Certified Plumbing Design Technician Examination was developed by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)
to provide professional recognition of qualified individuals who design plumbing systems. The CPDT certification was developed
to articulate 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.
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 Societys Board of Directors. The CPDT is the first step toward a CPD (Certified in Plumbing Design) designation. ASPE
encourages all CPDTs to continue their education and work toward a CPD designation.
Note: The CPDT designation does not allow individuals the right to sign drawings or specifications or to use the title
Engineer in states where this is restricted by law.

Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible to take the CPDT examination, a candidate must:
Have a bachelors degree in engineering and have one year of experience designing plumbing systems; or
Have an associates or bachelors degree in a field related to engineering (physics, mathematics, architecture, environmental
studies, construction, HVAC, etc.) and have a minimum of two years of experience designing plumbing systems; or
Have four years minimum of plumbing design experience

Approved experience may include:
Internship
Co-op programs/cooperative education programs

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Documented and approved employer-based internship or work experience
Plumbing Journeyman, Plumbing Master
Individuals who have passed the CPDT examination and have achieved the CPDT designation are required to maintain the
designation through a biennial recertification program.

CPDT Examination
The Certified Plumbing Design Technician examination consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. The CPDT examination score
is based on the number of correct answers. No penalties are assessed for wrong answers. Therefore, it is advantageous to answer
every question, even if it is a guess. If time is left when you have finished the test, you can go back and review the questions of which
you were unsure.
ASPE invests in the long-term reliability of the CPDT examination by pretesting examination questions.Most of the
questions answered by candidates are used to determine the candidates score on the test. Some of the questions are evaluated for
future use as scored questions and are not included in candidates scores. Pretesting questions is a common practice that increases
the validity of professional assessments.
The questions in the CPDT examination are linked to 10 broad job domains or job categories of a plumbing design technician.
These job domains include:
A) 12% Set up small projects or a portion of large projects
B) 7% Collect utility data prior to layout
C) 4% Research codes, ordinances, and building certifications
D) 16% Lay out general systems
E) 16% Coordinate with other disciplines
F) 16% Perform sizing calculations
G) 12% Select equipment
H) 5% Prepare documentation for submission
I) 7% Support construction administration
J) 5% Prepare project closeout documentation

CPDT Examination Date


The Certified Plumbing Design Technician examination is offered annually in electronic form only. Approximately 760 test centers
offer the proctored examination. The electronic examination is held the third week of November.
The next CPDT examination dates are: Thursday and Friday, October 6-7, 2016.

CPDT Examination Registration


To register for the Certified Plumbing Design Technician examination, go to www.aspe.org/CPDT. Complete the form
and indicate payment. After registration, emails will be sent to assist candidates with choosing a test site and completing the
registration. The testing company will send a detailed email with the testing site, test examination code, parking directions,
necessary IDs, and other testing information.
To be processed, online registration and payment must be completed no later than September 16, 2016. Registration and
payments received after the filing deadline will not be processed.

CPDT Examination Fees


ASPE Members: $200
Nonmembers: $425
Examination fees are not transferable to another test date.

Where to Take the CPDT Examination


Approximately 760 testing sites for the electronic examination are located in the United States, Canada, and internationally. When
you choose a testing site, the testing company will make an arrangement with a facility as close to your location as possible. These
facilities are secure sites such as a testing room at a university or college, a training facility, or a specialized testing center. There is no
way to know in advance your exact test site. Test sites are used for other examinations, so the assigned test site may not be your first
choice. Register early, as the later you register, the more difficult it will be to find a test site that is nearby or convenient to you.

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Examination Schedules
Each CPDT examination candidate is permitted 3.5 hours to complete the CPDT exam. No one will be permitted to work on
the test beyond the allotted time. Each test site may have specific hours of operation. A sample of a typical CPDT examination
schedule is:
1:00 p.m. Onsite exam registration begins.
2:00 p.m. Registered examination candidates report to the testing site.
2:15 p.m. CPDT examination begins.
5:45 p.m. Examination ends.
The actual hours for the CPDT examination depend on the testing site hours and will be part of the information detailed on
the email from the testing company.

Special Accommodation Requests


Any individual who has a physical or cognitive limitation that prevents him/her from taking the test under standard conditions
may request special testing arrangements. For the electronic examination, ASPE and the testing company require written
documentation of the special condition at the time of registration. Documentation should be in the form of a letter on the official
letterhead of a licensed or certified professional qualified to diagnose and treat special conditions. The written documentation
must be emailed to the Certification Department at certification@aspe.org. Candidates with religious beliefs that preclude taking
examinations on certain days should send an email to the Certification Department explaining their situation. This email should
include a self-certification confirming their affiliation with a recognized religious organization.
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers or its testing company will send an email confirming the special arrangements
(an alternate date, if appropriate, time and location) for the examination to the candidate approximately 10 days prior the
examination date. There is no additional fee for special arrangements or accommodations.

Registration Changes, Refunds, and Cancellations


Changes, additions, and modifications to registration information and data can be done using the account established with the
testing company up to 10 business days before the date of the test. Changes in testing sites are not recommended, as availability
is limited. All examination cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing to the Certification Department at
certification@aspe.org. A registration, processing, and administration fee of $100 will apply if a cancellation is less than 10 business
days before the exam. Refunds will be issued two to three weeks after the examination date.

Examination Admission Ticket


All CPDT examination candidates are required to bring a copy of the email received from the testing company along with two
forms of identification as described in the email. This email will have the examinees test examination code. The code is necessary to
take the examination and is specific for the date, test center, and examinee. You cannot take the CPDT exam without this email.

Identification at the Testing Site


In addition to the email, you will be required to present two forms of identification as listed on the email.

Electronic Sign-in
The testing site proctor will assist the candidate in entering the required information to start the exam. This information will be
listed on the email from the testing company. Remember to have your email with you.

Testing Procedures
To ensure equality and the quality of the CPD examination, all testing sites follow standard procedures and policies that will be
explained at the testing site. General testing site information is as follows:
The CPDT examination will be administered only on the day(s) and at the time(s) scheduled.
Examination candidates are urged to be prompt. No one is admitted into the examination room after the testing session has
begun.
All test sites give the CPDT examination in accordance with the same schedule.
The examination will end on time; no examination candidates are permitted to continue beyond the established time limit for
any reason. The examination candidate is responsible for his/her test-taking pace and may wish to bring a watch. Candidates

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leaving the examination room for personal reasons must first obtain the test supervisors permission; there will be no
examination time extension for any reason.
No books or papers of any kind (except blank scratch paper for calculations provided by the testing center) may be taken into
the examination room.
Information such as charts, equations, and tables are included within the questions.
Candidates should be sure to have pencils or pens to do any side calculation they may feel are required for an answer.
Examination candidates may only bring and use silent, hand-held solar or battery-operated, nonprogrammable calculators; no
portable or laptop computers are permitted.
Cell phones are not allowed in the testing room. Cell phones will turned off and placed into a lockable storage unit prior to
entering the testing room.
Examination candidates determined to be engaging in any kind of misconduct by the test supervisor will be dismissed from the
examination room and not permitted to return.
It is the responsibility of the examination candidate to inform the test supervisor of any special arrangements that have been
approved. Examination candidates are encouraged to provide feedback about the CPDT examination or a question.

Examination Results: Release of Information


CPDT examination results will be available approximately six to eight weeks after the examination date. Candidates will receive
either a pass or fail notification. Examination results are mailed simultaneously to all candidates. The CPDT examination results
are confidential and reported only to the examination candidate. Examination results will not be given over the telephone and
will not be released to anyone unless there is a written request by the candidate. As the certifying organization, ASPE will issue
each successful candidate a Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) certificate approximately six to eight weeks after the
examination results have been received. Names of successful candidates will be included in an online CPDT directory at aspe.org
The CPDT Committee, under the guidance and direction of a psychometrician, established the level of overall examination
performance/passing score that the CPDT examination candidate must demonstrate to be entitled to the ASPE CPDT
designation.
ASPE reserves the right to cancel or withhold test results if, in its opinion, there is adequate reason to question the
examinations validity or a candidates conduct, such as:
An examination being rendered invalid because of circumstances beyond the examination candidates control, such as faulty
test materials or mistiming. When warranted, the testing company will conduct an investigation. In the event examination
results are ruled invalid, arrangements will be made for a no-cost reexamination.
Doubts raised about the validity of an examination candidates test results because of suspected misconduct. In such
circumstances, the candidate will be notified of established testing company and ASPE procedures for ensuring fair treatment.
An examination candidate is expected to cooperate in a certification investigation. Examples of misconduct include giving
or receiving help, using notes or unauthorized books or papers, removing test material or notes from the testing room, or
attempting to take the test for someone else.

Retaking the Examination


CPDT examination candidates who are absent from the examination on the date for which they were registered, or who fail a test
and wish to retake it, must submit a new examination registration form and include the complete examination fee.

Complaints and Comments


Complaints or comments about examination center facilities, examination supervision, examination content, or any other matter
related to the CPDT exam should be reported immediately on an examination candidates comment form available from the
examination supervisor or in a letter sent to ASPE in care of the Certification Department. When writing to ASPE regarding the
CPDT examination, please be sure to identify the examination date, the examination center location and its code number, and
your complete name, address, and examination candidate identification number. ASPE and/or the testing company will investigate
and respond to all complaints and comments.

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CPDT Sample Questions
Some sample items are provided below. These sample questions are indicative of the content areas covered by the CPDT
examination. The questions do not represent the full range of content or the levels of difficulty found in the actual examination.
The answers to the sample questions are provided after the questions.

1. The capacity of an electric water heater is generally a function of:


a. Storage capacity and voltage provided
b. Temperature of the water and voltage provided
c. Venting requirement, temperature of the water, and voltage provided
d. Storage capacity and temperature of the water

2. To close out a large project, O&M manuals are required to be delivered to the building owner. Manuals for what equipment
would most likely be required?
a. Floor drains, trench drains, and roof drains
b. Sanitary and water distribution piping
c. Cleanouts (wall and floor) for sanitary sewer
d. Water heaters, RPZ backflow preventers, and circulation pumps

3. A water flow pressure test is typically obtained from:


a. The architect
b. The civil engineer or geotechnical consultant
c. Data collected from the neighboring buildings
d. The municipality in which the project is located

4. How should the plumbing design technician obtain the owners preferences for fixtures?
a. Show the owner several fixture options
b. Ask the plumber to discuss it with the owner
c. Ask the owner to visit a plumbing display
d. Ask the architect to discuss it with the owner

5. What information must the plumbing design technician have to create the plot sheets for a project?
a. Layout of the drainage and water supply piping within the building
b. Scope of work, applicable local codes, and as-builts for any existing buildings
c. Scale of the drawings, the backgrounds, sheet size, and the orientation of the building
d. Civil engineer's drawings, the floor plans and elevations, and the plumbing fixture locations

6. The typical floor-to-floor height is 14 feet. The piping is sized


for a uniform pressure drop of 3 psi per 100 and the total
developed length (from point A to Point B) is 500 feet. The
street main (at point A) pressure reading is measured 5 feet
below the first floor. What is the total pressure drop due to flow
and elevation? The pressure relationship between feet of water
column (wc) and pressure (psi) is as follows:
1 ft wc = 0.433 psi
1 psi = 2.31 ft wc
a. 52.4 psi
b. 63.5 psi
c. 67.4 psi
d. 69.6

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CPDT Sample Question Explanations
1. Answer: d.
All plumbing designers must know the various types of water heaters and how to select them. While voltage is a factor in
considering/selecting a water heater, it does not impact the amount of available hot water that a heater will produce. However the
temperature of the stored water has a direct impact on the amount of available hot water.
References:
ASPE Domestic Water Heating Design Manual, 2nd edition
ASPE Engineered Plumbing Design II, Chapter 16: Hot Water System Design
ASPE Advanced Plumbing Technology, Chapter 6: Water Heaters
ASPE Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook, Volume 2, Chapter 6: Domestic Water Heating Systems
ASHRAE HandbookHVAC Applications, Chapter 50: Service Water Heating

2. Answer: d.
The owner needs operation and maintenance manuals to take care of and maintain their equipment.
References:
ASPE Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook, Volume 1, Chapter 5: Job Preparation, Drawings, and Field Reports

3. Answer: d.
The entities identified in a, b, or c, are not likely to have direct knowledge of the municipality system capability. They may,
however, be able to assist in acquiring the information. Only the municipality would have direct information related to their
service utilities.
References:
ASPE Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook, Volume 3, Chapter 11: Site Utility Systems
ASPE Advanced Plumbing Technology, Chapter 12: Preliminary Design and Outline Specifications
ASPE Engineered Plumbing Design II, Chapter 14: Water System Sizing

4. Answer: a.
It is important that the owner knows the type of fixtures that you are using. The owner may have an opinion on water conservation
vs. fixture usability in their facility. Also, you may be suggesting a particular fixture and/or manufacturer with which they have had
problems.
References:
ASPE Engineered Plumbing Design II, Chapter 1, Systems and Fixtures
ASPE Advanced Plumbing Technology, Chapter 12: Preliminary Design and Outline Specifications
ASPE Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook, Volume 1, Chapter 5: Job Preparation Drawings and Field Reports
ASPE Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook, Volume 4, Chapter 1, Plumbing Fixtures

5. Answer: c.
Setting up plotting sheets/drawings involves only the graphic reproduction of the construction documents. The items in a, b, and d
are not related to the set-up of plumbing plotting sheets/drawings.
References:
ASPE Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook, Volume 1, Chapter 5: Job Preparation, Drawings, and Field Reports

6. Answer: c.
The pressure drop from A to B due to flow is (3 psi/100 ft) x 500 ft = 15 psi. The pressure drop due to elevation is (8x14) + 5 + 4 =
121 ft. Convert ft to psi; 121 ft x 0.433 psi/ft = 52.4 psi. The total pressure drop is 15 psi + 52.4 psi = 67.4 psi.

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