Qualifications Needed to Become a Plumber

uk plumbing apprenticeshipsIf you’re thinking about becoming a plumber then I guess you’re wondering just what qualifications you’ll need, well, hopefully here I will answer all the questions that you are asking yourself.

First of all though I would like to say, Well Done for choosing such an exciting and rewarding career to be entering into, plumbing offers job security as they are always in such high demand are there just simply isn’t enough of them to go around and also you can keep on broadening your portfolio, there is always the option to keep on improving yourself within this trade.

So read on and I will try and help you gain a little more info on the qualifications you’ll need.

The basic qualifications that’s required

To become what’s known as a “fully qualified” plumber you will need to have an industry recognised qualification at NVQ Levels 2 or 3. You gain your NVQ when you either start working as a plumber or when you begin working for another plumber, for example on a plumbing apprenticeship scheme. An NVQ assessor will come and visit you at your place of work where they will watch and mark you as you carry out different tasks and then if they are happy with the work that’s been carried out you will gain your NVQ award.

If you are already a plumber but are thinking about broadening your portfolio then you may be able to start off at a different level to those who are total beginners for example.

If you are a total beginner then you will need to start from the very beginning and you will need to have either:

  • Level 2/3 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
  • Level 2/3 Diploma installing and maintaining domestic heating systems


Level 2 Diploma

To be introduced to the plumbing industry this is the best qualification for you, here you will be gaining the basic skills that are required for the plumbing industry.

The mandatory units at level 2 and these include:

Understanding and being able to carry out safe working practices in building service engineering.

Learning how to install hot water systems, and maintenance in the home

You will also be taught how to install above ground drainage systems and also the techniques in how you go about maintaining them.

You will also be able to install heating systems and the maintenance that is involved.

Level 3 Diploma

If you have completed level 2 then this is the next step and is for those who have a good understanding of the plumbing industry and for those who have a good experience in the plumbing world and can work under the minimal supervision.

Within level 3 you will have a wide range of options that will include, solar heating, drainage, hot and cold water systems, oil and gas fires appliances and water recycling systems.

In the level 3 Diploma you will also cover the ACS safety assessment which is needed if you’re planning on working with gas. You need this ACS assessment for when you go to the gas safe register which was originally called CORGI. By registering with the Gas Register you will greatly improve your chances of getting work. Customers are far more likely to go for a plumber who is gas registered than with those who are not.

If you can it is recommended that you try and get a work placement as soon as possible once you begin your training. So you can be learning all the theory at your local college or training centre and then putting it all into practice at your work placement. This will help you greatly with your Diploma.

Part P

If you’re looking to improve yourself as a plumber then try gaining the Part P qualification. The Part P qualification enables you to carry out work without the need for it to be signed off by the local authority. The Part P qualification will prove to customers that you are competent and can safely work with electrics. This will benefit your workload greatly. Some training package will include Part P.

That’s about it from me I hope I’ve helped you gain more info about plumbing qualifications and the best ones for your requirements.

I wish you the very best of luck with your training.

If you would like to read more check out: http://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

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