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Essential Domestic

Our three-week essential domestic plumber training is ideal if you’re looking to learn the essential skills and knowledge of domestic plumbing & bathroom installation, maintenance and repair.

No experience is required to enrol, as this comprehensive training programme will introduce you to the plumbing trade. In addition, it will equip you with a solid understanding and teach you how to deal with common plumbing issues and jobs that arise in a domestic setting.


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With our introductory plumbing course, you can open the door to a lucrative career and take advantage of the increasing demand for plumbing throughout the UK. (Source: PHPI)

Throughout the 15-day course, you’ll be working in our fully-equipped workshops to learn the fundamental skills of the plumbing industry.

The course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to launch a career in plumbing, carrying out domestic plumbing work, from essential health & safety to bathroom installation and everything in between. Upon completion, you will be in a great position to begin working in the plumbing industry and look to increase your skill set by moving into the gas and heating industry.


To Plumbing

During week one, you will learn essential health & safety regulations and techniques, cutting, bending, soldering and jointing of copper piping and the cutting and jointing of push-fit plastic fittings.


Plumbing & Heating

In week two, training will focus on cold and hot water systems, domestic waste pipework systems, essential domestic plumbing repairs and replacements, and central heating systems. 


Bathroom &
Radiator Installation

Throughout week three of your plumbing course, you will plan, measure, design and install a complete bathroom suite and radiator, focusing on water regulations and building regulations.


  • Importance of personal protective equipment.
  • COSHH Regulations.
  • Risk Assessment.
  • Safe use of hand tools.
  • Safe use of electrical power tools.
  • Use of propane blow torch and basic fire protection measures.
  • Protection of domestic premises.
  • Practical jointing copper tubes.
  • Cutting and jointing 15mm and 22mm copper tubes.
  • Soldering common domestic plumbing fittings.
  • Compression type fixings for common domestic plumbing fittings.
  • Safe manual handling techniques.
  • Safe working at heights including step ladder, extension ladder, assemble, use and decommission of mobile tower scaffold.
  • Jointing Copper tubes.
  • Fabrication and pipe bending of 15mm and 22mm. copper tube, to include: Right-angle bends, offsets, full and partial passovers.
  • Completion of set copper frames and bench tasks combining skills learnt.
  • Cutting and jointing of 15mm and 22mm push-fit type plastic fittings commonly used in domestic plumbing systems. Review of practical sessions and review of the week.
The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content are subject to change at the discretion of the training manager & individual course tutors.
  • Understanding basic domestic plumbing systems Cold water and hot water systems, cold water entry into the property.
  • Typical hot and cold water systems and pipe runs and pipe identification and position of control valves.
  • Use of control valves in an emergency situation, internal and external.
  • Procedure to cap off and make safe both hot and cold water systems.
  • Identification of various taps used for domestic hot and cold water systems.
  • How taps work and how to replace and repair to include:
  • Stop Cock.
  • Hose Union Bib Tap (Garden tap)
  • Washing Machine Taps.
  • Kitchen Sink Pillar Taps.
  • Bath Taps/Combined Shower and Bath Taps.
  • Wash Hand Basin Taps.
  • Understanding domestic waste pipework systems.
  • Various types of waste pipe sizes and where they would be used.
  • Connections to soil and waste pipework.
  • Identification of traps for kitchen sink, wash hand basin, bath, and washing machine/dishwasher.
  • Common faults and repair and unblocking waste pipe work and traps.
  • Cutting and jointing waste pipe work using the push-fit and glue method.
  • Cutting and jointing 110mm soil and vent pipe.
  • Jointing and repairing rainwater guttering systems.
  • Fabrication and pipe bending of 15mm and 22mm copper tube, to include:
  • Right-angle bends
  • Offsets
  • Full and partial passovers
  • Understanding basic domestic central heating systems and pipework.
  • Identify flow and return pipework from the boiler to the radiator.
  • Identify central heating radiator valves and operation.
  • Identify Combination boiler systems.
  • Identify Unvented hot water and heating systems.
  • Understand work that can and cannot be carried out on heating systems.
  • Understand procedures to ensure heating systems are made safe in the event of a leak or emergency.
  • Make up the radiator with valves, hang the radiator, and connect it to the radiator valves.
  • Fixings to different wall finishes.
  • Lifting floorboards (non-electric tools).
  • Practical catch-up session.
  • Review of course
The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content are subject to change at the discretion of the training manager & individual course tutors.
  • Understanding the principles involved in designing and installing a domestic bathroom suite.
  • Types of suites and sanitaryware, including shower trays and showers.
  • Understanding of Water Regulations and Building Regulations.
  • Bathroom installation preparation.
  • Collate measurements and create a materials list.
  • Installation of bathroom suite and radiator
  • Installation of bathroom suite and radiator
  • Practical catch-up
  • Course Review
The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content are subject to change at the discretion of the training manager & individual course tutors.


When you enrol on our essential domestic plumber training, you’ll be eligible to apply for twelve months of free Checkatrade membership. 

Checkatrade is the leading tradesperson directory, with over 13 million people using them to help find a reputable tradesperson.

Allowing you to reach new customers in your local area and further afield, Checkatrade and Options Skills will help you launch your career and grow your business.

Options Skills and Checkatrade banner for 12 months free membership when enrolled on the domestic gas training or domestic plumber training course
Student filing plastic piping as part of our plumber skills training
Student in a workshop bay installing a radiator as part of our domestic plumber training
Student cutting plastic piping as part of our domestic plumber training


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Amy KeayAmy Keay
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Option Skills - BirminghamI’m not usually a person who will write feedback on Google, but I am someone who will give credit where credit is due.I found myself in a position where I had been made redundant, and id had a conversation with someone who’d decided to go on a gas course and do this through Option Skills. After speaking with the individual, I decided that id give this a go myself to give myself a trade.I can honestly say that it is better than anything that id ever expected. Iv always been someone who had worked in finance, so doing this was new to me and I was a bit apprehensive with how it would go.I have nothing but praise to the employees at Option Skills, and I feel that they are a credit to the company.Andrew, Leanne and Shaun have been the people taking the training sessions, and what incredible people they are.They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful in every way possible with an extra desire to wanting to see you achieve.I have done the course for 8 weeks, and the knowledge I have picked up already is immense.If you are someone looking to get into the gas trade, I would highly recommend Option Skills as you will not be disappointed.Carl Evans
Samuel LauSamuel Lau
19:46 05 Jan 22
Although this course is intense and you will find yourself picking up a lot of information in a short space of time, Options Skills are the best way to get into the trades if you are a fast learner and are willing to work hard. The trainers are excellent (John, Steve, Thomas) and they will help you wherever they can, however be prepared to put in the work yourself in the evenings and weekends to revise and pass exams. Josh and James from the recruitment team were a joy to work with, they work tirelessly to find us all placements to start working in the industry while you complete the portfolio part of the course. I just finished the Electrical 6 week course and the lads found me a job in Birmingham city centre. With a number of exams left to do and portfolio to complete after you finish the 6 weeks in-centre, you can expect the total time to reach being qualified to be around 1-2 years.
beau clarkebeau clarke
08:12 24 Nov 21
Really recommend this training centre. Just finished a 6 week electrical installation course. Tutors Colin and John were great, they were knowledgeable professional and very supportive throughout. Josh and his recruitment team managed to find me a job in the industry starting the Monday after I finished the training. 5 stars all round from me. Thank you to everybody at option skills and keep up the good work!!!
Tom McdonaldTom Mcdonald
17:52 03 Nov 21
Great service from start to finish. Course is very well run & enjoyable. Prepares you for the world of electrics, with constant support from trainers Colin or John when needed. After the course is finished Josh and his team work around the clock to help you get a foot in the door at an electrical company. Constant support & updates, giving you confidence in what can be a hard process. Making it very smooth and simple
Kiril IvanovKiril Ivanov
07:37 14 Oct 21
John, I would like to express how much I enjoyed your classes. Thank you for making your classes special and interesting and enjoying with your innovative teaching.Thank you, for all the fun activities you included in the class to enhance learning, proving the fact that learning can indeed be fun.Great Teachers never try to be the best teachers. They simply bring out the best in their students. You definitely are one and I want you to know this. Thank you for everything.


Frequently asked questions about our domestic plumber training course.

No previous experience is required to enrol on our plumbing course. So, whether you’re just leaving formal education or looking for a career change, you can train with us.

Training as a plumber comes with a vast number of benefits. With regular demand for plumbers, it’s a career choice that offers job stability. With this demand, comes the opportunity to earn a significant wage and enjoy job satisfaction.

It’s also a very flexible career with a number of different areas you can specialise in, as well as offering a number of paths to progress into e.g. gas engineering, heating engineering, etc.

Training takes place over three weeks.

You will be required to be in the centre Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm.

The cost of our essential domestic plumber training is £2500.

For more information on payment options, please speak to our course advisors on 0800 802 1306.

Training is available at the following training centres:


With the skills and knowledge you’ve learnt throughout the essential plumbing skills training, you can work on an employed or self-employed basis, enhancing and adding to your skillset as you progress in your career as a plumber.

Gas Engineering

With plumbing experience behind you, you’re perfectly positioned to add to your skillset with gas qualifications and join the Gas Safe Register.

You can upskill with our ACS Domestic Gas Training Course.

Heating Engineering

With plumbing and gas experience and qualifications, you can take your learning further with renewable energy courses and become a heating engineer.

We offer a range of renewables training courses to enable you to upskill in your career.

We are trading standards approved training provider, meaning we have been audited by trading standards and meet their criteria.

We have over 1000 5-star views from past students across our training centres.

Established nearly ten years, we have four training centres across the UK.

We put a significant focus on practical, hands-on learning.

We keep class sizes small to ensure focused learning and plenty of individual tutor time for students.

We offer two free exam resits when necessary, deliver refresher training and provide ongoing support to all our students.

We boast our own purpose-built online learning platform to support students in their training.

Our in-house recruitment team assist students in finding employment upon completing their training.

We have new plumbing classes starting regularly, so you’ll never have to wait long to begin training with Options Skills.

To find out more, you can request a call back via our contact form or call us directly on 0800 802 1306.