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.


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: 

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.

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.

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.

If you are interested in taking the PVF exam, you are encouraged to thoroughly read the study questions and exam content provided in the Candidate Handbook. Once you feel prepared to take the exam, click the link below.

Enroll in the PVF Exam


  • Member price: $139
  • Nonmember price: $189
  • Special price (IAPD member with 3 or more applicants) – $129 each
  • Special price (IAPD member with 20 or more applicants) – $109 each
  • The PVF exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions
  • You must achieve a passing score of 85 percent or above. If you score 70 percent or below and opt to retake the exam, you must purchase and complete the full exam at the $139 IAPD member or $189 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 $59 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
  • Candidates must agree to the terms of the Candidate Confidentiality Agreement
  • Please allow up to two-days to receive your password after applying
  • The PVF exam is open-book and can be completed using the accompanying study guide and candidate handbook
  • Reduced fee for a retake: $39 IAPD members; $59 nonmembers


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.

Candidate Confidentiality Agreement

All Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF) Program participants must agree to the following Candidate Confidentiality Agreement. By applying for the Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF) Program, you indicate you understand, acknowledge and agree to the following:

  1. The questions and answers on the exams are the exclusive and confidential property of IAPD.
  2. You may not disclose exam questions or answers or discuss any of the content of exam materials with any person, without prior written approval of IAPD.
  3. Not to copy or attempt to make copies (written, photocopied or otherwise) of any exam material, including, without limitation, any exam questions or answers.
  4. Not to sell, license, distribute, give away or obtain from any other source other than IAPD exam materials, questions or answers.
  5. Your obligations under this agreement shall continue to be in effect after the examination and, if applicable, after termination of your certificate, regardless of the reason or reasons for termination, and whether such termination is voluntary or involuntary.