How to become a Plumber

FAQ on how to become a plumber and the advantages involved

If you’ve landed on hard times and finding employment is becoming a challenge or you are simply just looking for a career change; plumbing could be the answer. Given that there are currently a shortage of qualified plumbers and that good plumbers are always in demand, not to mention that the profession is recession proof, plumbing is a very safe and lucrative option.

How do I become a plumber?

You’ll need an industry recognised qualification as well as some training to get your plumbing career off to a good start.  NVQs (National Vocation Qualifications) are the most recognised and you will need to have NVQ level 2 at least.

What qualifications do I need to be a plumber?

The main awards that are required are as follows:

Level 1 (NVQ) Certificate Introduction to Plumbing

Level 1/2 Diploma in Plumbing Foundation

Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering

Level 2 (NVQ) Diploma in Installing and Maintaining Domestic Heating Systems

Level 2/3 (NVQ) Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating

How do I achieve these qualifications?

The qualifications are usually achieved on the job while working usually through an apprenticeship.  These qualifications are accredited by awarding bodies, EAL, City & Guilds and BPEC. The plumbing and heating apprenticeship combines work and college based study and typically takes between two to three years. Check out your local colleges, job listings and recruitment agencies for courses and apprenticeships.

What are the advantages of being a plumber?

Plumbing is a fantastic career choice from the start. Unlike other professions where you’ll have to fork out thousands in tuition fees, plumbing qualifications are hands on and achieved whilst working and getting paid at the same time, so forget accumulating years of massive student debt. Once qualified the sky is the limit, there is plenty of earning potential in this lucrative industry. Always in demand even during recession time, plumbers in London can count on a lifetime of job security. If you enjoy being out and about and a varied work environment as opposed to being stuck behind a desk, then this is the profession for you. As long as you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, there really isn’t much to not shout about with this exciting industry.

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