What are the basic plumbing qualifications that are needed?
If you’re a total beginner to the plumbing industry then you will obviously have to start from the very beginning, the courses you will need to take include:
- Level 2/3 Diploma in plumbing and heating
- Level 2/3 Diploma installing and maintaining domestic heating systems
Obviously the course you start with will be determined by whether or not you already have some previous knowledge of the plumbing industry, for example you may be working as a plumber and may just want to broaden your portfolio so then it makes sense that you don’t have to start where a total beginner would have to start or maybe even with a full plumbing apprenticeship.
Level 2 Diploma
If you are a total beginner then this is where you should begin your training, here you will be introduced to the world of plumbing and the mandatory units include:
Being able to fully understand and carry out work safely in building service engineering
Learning how you go about installing and maintaining hot water systems for domestic use
Learn how to install above ground drainage systems and also the techniques used to maintain them
You will also be taught how to install heating systems and how to maintain them.
Level 3 Diploma
Once you have successfully completed level 2 then this is your next step. This course is suited for those who already have been introduced to the plumbing industry either by completing level 2 or if they have some knowledge of plumbing previously. This course enables you to work under the minimum supervision.
Level three has many nits including solar heating, hot and cold water systems, drainage, oils and gas appliance and also recycling systems.
The level 3 diploma also covers the ACS safety assessment which is necessary if you want to work with gas. You will need this when you want to register with the Gas Safe register which was originally known as CORGI. Registering with the Gas Safe register really will broaden your work portfolio as you are far more likely to get more work then someone who isn’t registered as Gas Safe.
It is recommended that as soon as you begin training to become a plumber you should try and get on a work placement as this will enable you to get hands on experience which will help you greatly with the practical sections of your Diploma.
What is Part P?
Well, if you are already working as a plumber and want to broaden your work portfolio then Part P might be the way to go as it will greatly improve your chances of getting work and you will be able to sign off on your own work without the local authorities having to come out after you have carried out a job to sign it off for you. The Part P qualification will prove to potential customers and also employers that you have the skills, knowledge and also the experience needed to carry out a job properly and safely.
To become what’s known as a “fully qualified” plumber you will have to have gained your NVQ award and this award is your proof to potential customers and also employers that you are fully competent and have had all the training required to meet with certain standards.
An NVQ assessor will come and visit you at your place of work and will mark you as you complete certain tasks and if they are happy with what they have seen they will award you with your NVQ award. If you don’t pass on the first go don’t worry as you can have many attempts at gaining your NVQ award.
If you want more information I recommend taking a look at: www.cityandguilds.com
That’s it from me for now I do hope you’ve gained more knowledge on how to become a plumber. The plumbing industry is a great trade to be involved with and many opportunities to keep broadening your work portfolio.
I wish you the very best of luck with it all.