CPD Review Classes

Class 1: February 13, 14, and 20: 10 am - 3 pm CST daily with Donald Taylor
Class 2: February 27, 28 and March 6: 10 am - 3 pm EST daily with David Bailey

Are you considering taking the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) Exam in the future? Have you been unsuccessful in passing the exam in the past? Join ASPE for these virtual review classes where the instructors will cover topics such as:

  • A review of the new CPD Study Guide (check the bookstore for when it'll be updated for 2020)
  • Q&A about the exam
  • Key terms and definitions
  • Review of the five domains (Gathering Information, Administration, Design, Specifications, and Construction Services)

The workshop includes a CPD practice test (a $50 member value). This class is not a plumbing design 101 course, and it is not intended to teach students the material required for the exam. This class helps students learn HOW to study for the exam. Because there will be a high-level overview of the domains and content areas, this class will enable students to become aware of areas they need to focus their attention on leading up to the exam. In turn, this class will be helpful to students in their preparations for the exam. The courses are $300 for ASPE Members and $500 for nonmembers.

These two events will be held over the course of three days each for a period of 5 hours. The instruction time is roughly 4 hours per session, plus breaks, for a total of 5 hours. Partial registration is not available. Students will register for one or both classes.

What should you bring to the virtual review class?

  • The calculator you intend to use during the CPD Exam (Candidates can bring in and use any non-programmable, battery-operated calculator into the exam.)
  • Any reference materials you intend to use during the exam (review the Open-Book FAQ page here)
  • Writing utensils and scratch paper will be provided for you


David Bailey, CPD, GPD, FASPE

David Bailey has been in the industry for more than 40 years and has been successful in designing plumbing systems for multi-residential and commercial projects. He has an extensive undergraduate education with baccalaureates from Frostburg State (1976) and the University of Maryland College of Engineering (1990) where he was inducted into Tau Beta Pi’s national engineering honor society. 

David has been an ASPE member since 1985 and originally earned his CIPE and EIT in 1990. He has served on the Washington, D.C. Chapter Board of Directors (1996-2002, 2014-2015, 2017-present) and is the former Society’s Bylaws Committee Chair. He was inducted into ASPE’s College of Fellows in 2010. Since 1998, David has conducted annual CPD review classes in the Baltimore-Washington area. He also has conducted CPD review sessions for the Richmond and Philadelphia Chapters. 

Donald Taylor, CPD, GPD

Donald Taylor grew up in Purvis, Mississippi. He earned his bachelor’s of Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1999 and has also been an ASPE member ever since. Donald began his career as a plumbing designer in Houston and began by designing different types of local commercial projects. After two years, he advanced to senior plumbing designer at one of the largest AE firms in the world. In 2002 he earned his CPD credential with just 3 years’ experience in the industry. It was just after, in 2004, that he decided to start helping other designers in Houston prepare for the CPD exam. Donald conducts annual CPD classes for the Texas region which has expanded to the southeast region of the United States.

Donald’s ASPE involvement includes serving as a delegate for the Houston Chapter in 2004, 2010-2020. He is currently the  President of the Houston Chapter and has been on their board of directors since 2015. He is also on the Society Education Committee. He has served as chair and co-chair of their annual ASPE Houston Product Show, which is one of the largest ASPE chapter product shows. He was instrumental in helping launch the Oklahoma City Satellite Chapter where he served as interim president for two years. 

Donald is currently with Page as a senior plumbing designer.

Miscellaneous and FAQs 

  • CEUs/PDHs are not awarded for this class.
  • Each class consists of three days of training. See times at the top of this page for dates/times, or the respective class pages.
  • Participation in this class is not a guarantee to pass the CPD or CPDT Exam.
  • Participation in this class does not include CPD or CPDT Exam registration.
  • Classes are limited to 30 students.
  • Registration closes the week prior to the start of the class.
  • Classes are virtual and held via ASPE Education / Zoom.
  • Registration is not available for partial class participation.
  • Registration is NOT transferrable.
  • Questions? Email certification@aspe.org


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