IAPD Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF) Certificate Program

In response to the demand for increased educational content specific to the pipe, valves and fittings distribution industry, IAPD has developed the Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF) Certificate Program. Working with the IAPD Education Committee and Pipe, Valves and Fittings Common Interest Group (PVF CIG), Dick Birch created the course materials and a 100 multiple-choice question exam.

The main objectives of the PVF Certificate Exam are to introduce the basic principles of industrial and commercial piping systems and describe how plastic materials of construction affect the applications and design of such systems. Industry newcomers and experienced personnel will benefit from the specific discussion of plastic materials, features and benefits of such materials as well as limitations and misapplications of such materials.

"Even with 30+ years in the plastic business, I gained knowledge from the content that will help me assist my customers in the future. I was impressed with the exam and would encourage everyone in the PVF business to take it." — Lorrie Simer, vice president, Indelco Custom Products, an Indelco Plastics Company

Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF) Exam

The PVF Certificate Program is divided into three main sections, each of which has its own set of objectives:

  1. Piping Systems Overview
    This section contains technical terminology, basic piping principles, various piping standards and the various joining techniques available. The objective is to familiarize yourself with general piping terms and principles, regardless of materials, and to detail the differences that result from using thermoplastic materials. One of the key objectives is to clarify how thermoplastic materials affect the many principles that govern the design and application of industrial and commercial piping. Even seasoned veterans of industrial piping systems will likely learn the important differences between metallic and non-metallic piping products.
  2. Valves
    After the pipe itself, the next most important aspect of industrial and commercial piping are the valves. There are a wide variety of valves available in thermoplastic piping systems. Many of these are very similar in design and application to their metallic cousins but understanding the differences can result in successful applications that cannot be handled by metallic products. A key objective is to familiarize yourself with the many types of valves available and the proper application of each one.
  3. Accesory Items
    Because plastic piping systems are used in very corrosive or high purity applications, many of the accessory items that are used with these products must have similar physical properties. Thus, a thorough knowledge of strainers, filters, pumps and actuation enables the candidate to provide his customer with a complete system that meets his needs. Identifying and satisfying the needs of a customer leads to successful relationships, perhaps the most important objective of anyone supplying thermoplastic piping products to their customers.

What you need to know about Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF)

  • Member price: $129
  • Nonmember price: $179
  • Special price (IAPD member with 3 or more applicants) – $119 each
  • Special price (IAPD member with 20 or more applicants) – $99 each
  • The PVF exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions
  • You must achieve a passing score of 85 percent or above.
  • If you score 85 percent or below and opt to retake the exam, you must purchase and complete the full exam at the $129 IAPD member or $179 nonmember exam price. If you score between 71 and 84 percent and opt to retake the exam, you may retake only the exam questions you missed at the $39 IAPD member or $55 nonmember retake fee. A pass/fail notification will be automatically sent to you via email upon completion of the exam.
  • You have 60 days to complete the PVF exam
  • Learners must agree to the terms of the Learner Confidentiality Agreement
  • Please allow up to two business days to receive your password after enrolling in the exam
  • The PVF exam is open-book and can be completed using the accompanying study guide and candidate handbook


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Before enrolling in the PVF exam, you are encouraged to thoroughly read the study questions and exam content provided in the Candidate Handbook.

About Dick Birch

Dick Birch has more than 40 years of experience in technical service, sales and marketing of chemical process equipment and has been involved with exotic metals, ceramics, glass and a wide variety of plastics as they relate to resistance to corrosive chemicals. Most recently, Dick was director of sales and marketing for the Flow Control Division of Hayward Industries and has taught various marketing courses at High Point University and the University of North Carolina. He has a B.S. degree in chemistry and an M.B.A from the University of Detroit.