ROUTES TO BECOME A PLUMBER
An apprenticeship combines practical training with study.
Training will take place at your place of work, a college or online. As an apprentice, you must spend 20% of your working hours’ training.
Apprenticeships are aimed at those aged 16 and over and generally take 1-5 years to complete.
Plumbing Training Course
A training course delivers practical training and study over a few months before you go out to work on-site.
You’ll complete the initial stage of the course in the training centre, learning through a combination of practical workshop training and theoretical study. Online resources may also be available.
For more information, see our Domestic Plumber Training.
As a plumber’s mate, you’ll work alongside a professional plumber to learn the skills and knowledge of the trade. There are no age restrictions for adults or existing qualification requirements.
However, as it’s not an official route, you may have to go to college or a training provider to gain official qualifications after a few years as a plumbers mate.