So you want to be a plumber?
Then you’ve come to the right spot, because in this post, we’ll take you on a journey through the plumbing world, showing you how to become a plumber step-by-step.
What is a plumber’s job description?
Every day at work, you’ll be able to do different things depending on your skill set and expertise, like:
Estimating the job’s approximate cost and timeline
Identifying the source of your customer’s problem and providing the best answer
Water, drainage, and heating systems are serviced, installed, and repaired.
Responding quickly to issues such as clogged drains or leaks
Pipes, taps, washers, boilers, and other appliances or parts that need to be repaired or replaced.
Pipes and fittings are cut and joined.
And there’s a lot more to look forward to!
What is the average time it takes to become a plumber?
It can take anywhere from 3 to 4 years to obtain your full certification as a star plumber, depending on the path you pursue. That is, unless you choose to pursue a more traditional, fail-safe route like an apprenticeship (about four years) or a S/NVQ Level 3 qualification (around three years).
You might also consider enrolling in a fast-track plumbing course, which can take anywhere from 4 to 16 weeks to complete. A college or an accredited course (like NVQ Level 2) is the best way to make sure that your education will be accepted by the people who want to use it.
What qualifications do you need to work as a plumber?
It goes without saying that you should love more practical, hands-on work, as it is mostly what you will be doing on a daily basis. To become a true expert and thrive in your profession, you’ll also require specialized industry-related hard skills. These hard skills will be based on your education and interests, and you can always take more classes to learn more.
You’ll also require the following items:
Manual dexterity and physical strength are required to meet the job’s everyday demands.
Mechanical abilities to apply your training and think quickly on your feet, particularly in an emergency.
Skills in customer service
Computer and administrative skills
Knowledge of health and safety procedures
Teamwork, problem-solving, flexibility, and dependability are examples of soft skills.
What are the requirements for becoming a plumber?
Qualifications and experience as a plumber are essential for ensuring that you can work safely and to a high standard.
Older plumbers might have City and Guilds qualifications, which were the precursors to today’s NVQs. These are industry-recognized plumber credentials.
Pearson or City & Guilds must issue qualifications for people to be able to get them.
So, what qualifications do you need to work as a plumber in the United Kingdom?
Foundational Diploma in Plumbing
If you have no prior experience or believe you could use a refresher, an entry-level certificate such as the Diploma in Plumbing Foundation could be a good place to start.
It’s intended to teach you the fundamental abilities you’ll need as you work toward becoming a plumber.
There are 19 courses in Levels 1 and 2 of this certificate that will help you learn about everything from safe working practices to basic scientific ideas.
Since the 1980s, National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) or Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) have been the most common type of qualification for plumbers. In 2008, the NVQ program amalgamated with the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), which later merged with the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
Regardless, the phrase “NVQ” is still widely used. On
-the-job training is provided for all NVQs.
The NVQ Level 1 includes routine and fundamental industry knowledge that can assist you in obtaining a traineeship or junior employment with a company. This will help you get valuable plumbing experience by teaching you a variety of practical skills that you’ll need before moving on to the more advanced NVQ Level 2.
This course can take anywhere between four months and a year to finish, but there is no set time restriction, so you can go at your own pace.
Level 2 NVQ (SVQ 2 in Scotland)
To start a job as a plumber, you must have at least this qualification.
There are some things you need to know about plumbing or heating to finish this class.
You’ll need to do a work placement as well as supervised learning to get the NVQ Level 2.
To get on the course, you’ll have to take an exam that assesses your scientific and numerical abilities, which are crucial for any plumber.
You can select between two NVQ Level 2 plumbing qualifications:
Heating and plumbingNVQ Level 2 Diploma in
Installation and upkeep of domestic heating systemsNVQ Level 2 Diploma in
Within Business Services Engineering (BSE), these entail knowing and using the following:
Working conditions that are safe
Interacting with others
Measures to protect the environment
Principles of science: Techniques
for site preparation and piping fabrication
Techniques for installing and maintaining cold and hot residential water systems. techniques
for installing and maintaining central heating systems.
People who take the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating also learn about these things:
Techniques for installing and maintaining a rainwater system in the home. Techniques
for installing and maintaining above-ground drainage systems in the home.
Assessment of NVQ Level 2 plumbing
You must pass a series of evaluations as well as practical and theory exams to earn your NVQ Level 2. These are held in a training facility.
To show off your skills, you’ll need to show off a portfolio of work and get good reviews at work.
Level 3 NVQ (SVQ 3 in Scotland)
It may take three years to reach this level, but once there, you will be fully qualified in plumbing.
This is ideal for a plumber who already has a strong skill set and can work alone with little supervision.
You will be required to take the following units:
Understanding and performing electrical repairs on plumbing and heating systems and components in the home is difficult.
Oil-fired pressure jet appliances need to be serviced and maintained on a regular basis.
‘Active’ solar thermal hot water systems are installed, commissioned, and handed over.
Understand the requirements for installing, commissioning, and handing over greywater reuse and rainwater harvesting systems.
There are six pathways accessible with this qualification, so you can specialize:
domestic plumbing and heating. Domestic plumbing NVQ Level 3 Diploma
and heating. NVQ Level 3 Diploma (Gas Fired Warm Air Appliances)
Domestic Plumbing and Heating NVQ Level 3 Diploma (Gas-Fired Water and Central Heating Appliances)
Domestic Heating NVQ Level 3 Diploma in
Domestic Heating NVQ Level 3 Diploma (Gas Fired Warm Air Appliances)
Domestic Heating NVQ Level 3 Diploma (Gas Fired Water and Central Heating Appliances).
You’ll have to complete practical and theoretical tests, as well as workplace evaluations, much like you did for NVQ Level 2.
If you have passed the NVQ 2, you are a fully qualified plumber.
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