How to Become a Plumber - For New Entrants
Would you like to know how to become a plumber? Do you want to train as a plumber? Not sure what training or qualifications you need?
There are lots of great reasons to re-train as a plumber. Plumbers fulfill a vital role in society and have many varied roles and tasks. The question you need to ask yourself is what type of role do I want to fulfill?
Domestic Maintenance Plumber – Hot and Cold Water
Domestic plumbers carry out all sorts of work in the home from fixing leaks, replacing taps, hanging radiators, clearing blockages and replacing float valves and sanitary ware in toilets and bathrooms.
A domestic maintenance plumber does not need formal qualifications that will allow him to practice but knowing how to become a plumber and having an awareness of Water Regulations and the type of plumbing training that you undertake should reflect your requirements. If you are planning to work for yourself or use your plumbing skills to enhance your existing business then a practical plumbing course will be sufficient. A practical plumbing course will also allow you to obtain skills that will allow you to progress towards gas training quite quickly. If it is your intention to work for yourself or gain skills that will help you on a journey to become Gas Safe Registered we would recommend that you consider a Practical Plumbing Course. Contact us today for more details.
However, if you are seeking employment as a qualified plumber then many employers will expect to see NVQ Plumbing Qualifications. We would recommend that you try and gain a Plumbing NVQ if it is your intention to seek employment. We can help you achieve Plumbing NVQ qualifications – please contact us today for more details.
You will need good pipe-work and plumbing skills, you will need to hold a Water Regulations qualification and many bathroom fitters also would have excellent tiling skills. You will also need to be aware of Part P of the Building Regulations. If you want to know how to become a plumber, a Practical Plumbing Course will help you gain the plumbing skills that you need as a bathroom fitter if you are planning to work for yourself. Employers and Contractors will expect to see an NVQ in Plumbing. Please contact us today and see how we can help you.
Working with Gas
Any person that works on a gas appliance or gas supply must be registered with Gas Safe Register. If you work on a gas supply or gas appliance and you are not registered on Gas Safe Register you are breaking the law. In order to gain a place on the Gas Safe Register applicants must hold current and valid ACS Gas Qualifications.
If you are new to the industry but would like to become Gas Safe Registered there are a number of approved gas training programmes that you can join. You will need to already have good plumbing and pipe work skills to join a gas training course or enrol into a course that will include these skills as part of your training.
All gas training must include genuine on-site work experience, known as portfolio building, under the supervision of a registered gas engineer. Once this portfolio is complete you will be ready for ACS assessment. Make sure your chosen training provider can help you with your placement or you will struggle to complete your training.
ACS Gas Assessment is the final part of your training. Successful assessment will allow you to apply to join the Gas Safe Register. ACS Gas qualifications are not evergreen. They must be renewed every 5-years. Registration with Gas Safe Register is renewable every 12-months.
Gas Training is available on a full time or part time basis at different locations. If you would like to find out more please contact us today.