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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