How to Become a Plumber in the UK | FREE Guide

How to Become a Plumber in the UK. Where do I start if I want to become a Plumber?

There is no doubt this is ne of the most commonly asked questions. Considering a career in Plumbing could be highly rewarding, especially considering that the job demand remains consistently high and there are plenty of progression opportunities which can enhance earning potential with the right training and experience.

Plumbing is a trade for individuals which enjoy problem-solving and challenging themselves at work but also looking with an element of creativity which is often required on more complex tasks.

Why is Plumbing a good career?

In short: there are fewer young plumbers and there is limited availability of training. The average salary for a Plumbers in the UK currently stands at approximately £35,000.00 per annum, according to Reed – which is well above the UK’s average full-time salary which is around at £31,461.00.

Qualified Plumbers are often able to take advantage of the on-going skill shortages and earn premium rates due to their services being in such high demand.

Like most trades, earning potential can significantly increase with the very achievable possibility of setting up your own Plumbing business, once qualified and experienced.

You can start by browsing a wide range of Plumbing accredited training courses offered by CDC Group by clicking here.

What does a Plumber do?

Plumbers are primarily responsible of installing, repairing and maintaining water supplies, heating systems, sanitation units and other related fixtures in both residential/domestic and commercial settings. They may also assess, design and produce plumbing systems in order to ensure they follow all codes and regulations. Plumbers typically work alone and may travel long or short distances on a regular basis to complete their tasks.

They also install toilets, sinks, bath tubs, radiators, central heating systems, towel rails and other related appliances. Tips on starting a successful career can vary from opening your own business after you’ve completed your training and gained some experience, to make connections in the industry, maintaining your knowledge on regulation changes and prioritise safety. You can also considering in further enhancing your knowledge by becoming a qualified Gas Safe Engineer.

Fast-Track Plumbing Courses

Once you’ve got the grips with the basics, you can being to seek professional recognition. So how can you start your journey to becoming a Plumber?

  1. Our City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate is an essential formal trade qualification and the perfect starting point for anyone looking to begin their career as a professional Plumber.
  2. As soon as you’ve completed your Level 2 Technical Certificate at our purpose-built Plumbing & Heating Training Centre in Hemel Hempstead, you can then look into a variety of options available, including considering an Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing & Heating full qualification with us.
  3. Excellent add-ons to your training can include Water Regulations Courses and Unvented Hot Water Systems Courses, all available with CDC Group.

Progression Opportunities

Once you’ve qualified as a Plumber and gained some experience in the trade, you can consider registering for our full-time Manage Learning Programme (MLP) and start your journey towards your ACS Assessment to become a certified Gas Safe Engineer for Domestic Natural Gas.

Doing a Gas Safety Training Course and becoming a member of the Gas Safe Register is a common progression route taken by plumbers, as it will significantly increase your earnings and scope of work and you are essentially legally able to carry out gas works.

Need a little more information about How to Become a Plumber in the UK? Call our specialist customer service advisors for a friendly chat on 020 8191 9090 or request a brochure, or even visit us in the training centre for a chat.

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CSCS to end NVQ exemptions for CITB HS&E Test from 2 September 2019

The CSCS skills card scheme is ending an exemption to the CITB health, safety and environment test following the consultation with its partners including the CITB. Normally, most applicants are required to achieve a recognised construction related qualification (usually an NVQ or SVQ) as well as pass the CITB safety test within the last two years.

CITB health, safety and environment test

If applicants have achieved an SVQ or NVQ within the last two years they currently do not have to sit the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test.

CSCS’s Director of Operations Gordon Jenkins commented saying: “ CSCS are bound by the requirements of the Industrial Strategy for Construction. The Industrial Strategy is overseen by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) who, in 2015, announced that all card schemes displaying the CSCS logo should only issue skilled cards to applicants who hold nationally recognised construction related qualifications and have passed a separate health and safety element.

Accepting the recent completion of an SVQ or NVQ as an exemption to taking the test is no longer in step with the wishes of the industry and as such the exemption will be withdrawn.”

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The power of an NVQ Diploma in Construction

NVQ Diploma in Construction, it has never been a more important time to upskill yourself and your workforce.

With the CLC (Construction Leadership Council) decision firmly establishing NVQ standards across all UK.  Construction trades and with the uncertain times after Brexit, all the contractors will have to focus on obtaining a formal qualification for their already-skilled staff involved in the Construction Industry.

CLC’s decision: The minimum standard for skilled occupations is an NVQ Level 2 qualification relevant to the occupation plus a separate health and safety element.

What is an NVQ diploma in construction and how can I get it?

A National Vocational Qualification – NVQ in construction is a qualification designed for existing skilled trades in construction industry, which requires a formal qualification to attest their skills and expertise, accredited by Ofqual.

You can simply apply for any of our approved NVQ training & assessment programmes at

What’s the benefit?

The benefit of achieving an NVQ diploma in construction qualification in your specific trade/occupation in construction, is that demonstrates your competency and expertise across your role and it can also take you places. For example, the NVQ Level 7 Diploma in Construction Senior Management leads to MCIOB (Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building).

All of these NVQs provides access to the CSCS Cards Scheme.

What’s the process?

You’ll be professionally assessed by one of our assessors which will, anytime convenient to you, come and see you at work, on your construction site, how you ‘outperform’ – you are not required to sit any formal exams.

We’ll tailor and agree on your assessment plan and dates prior to your site visits. Therefore, you’ll not be required to attend to any classrooms or workshops to achieve your goal with us.

Can I be assessed anywhere in the UK?

Yes. We cover nationwide and can visit you anywhere in the UK.

Can I pay for my NVQ in installments?

Absolutely. We also provide tailored payment plans for our candidates.

What happens if I cannot complete my assessment process?

You’ll be allocated a period of 12 months from registration to complete the assessment process and supply the required evidence to your assessor.

To find out more, you can always call CDC on 020 8349 8002 or where we’ll get back to you in 24 hours.

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NVQ Assessors and Verifiers do not require CSCS Cards

Did you know NVQ Assessors and Verifiers do not require CSCS cards for accessing construction sites?

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) agreed that from January 2015 the industry, including trade associations, contractors, clients, and the government should specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted.

This is good news for the industry as it provides a consistent means of recognizing that an individual has achieved the agreed standard of qualification and skill for the occupation they are working in.

The CLC also recognizes that due to the diverse nature of construction projects, there are occasions when non-construction personnel needs to access a construction site, such as a delivery driver, machine maintenance personnel, and other non-construction related occupations.

On these occasions, the CLC accepts the person visiting a construction site would not be expected to carry a CSCS, but there should be clear industry guidance for non-construction personnel.

Amongst the occupations not required to carry a CSCS card are NVQ Assessors and Verifiers.

Following the agreement with Build UK, CSCS has issued the following guidance for NVQ Assessors and Verifiers:

  1. CSCS cards are intended for construction-related occupations only
  2. Whilst vitally important to the industry, the activity of assessing or verifying a worker on a construction site is not considered a construction-related activity
  3. Therefore, NVQ Assessors and Verifiers are not required to hold a CSCS card
  4. It is the responsibility of site managers to ensure all non-construction related personnel are inducted to the site and kept safe at all times
  5. A risk assessment should be carried out if necessary, and the site visitor should be escorted at all times
  6. NVQ Assessors and Verifiers will be visiting candidates who hold valid CSCS cards and these individuals could act as the Assessors and Verifiers escort whilst on site.

CSCS is aware that some constructions sites still operate a fully carded workforce policy. If your entry to such a site is refused because you do not hold CSCS card, please ask the site manager to view this article on the CSCS website.

The advice issued above is fully in line with industry desire to only issue CSCS cards when workers are engaged in a construction-related activity.

Read the original information on the official CSCS website HERE.

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