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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Introducing IPAF eLearning Courses

Introducing IPAF eLearning Courses eLearning training programmes for Operators & Managers, here at CDC.

As an IPAF Approved Training Centre, we have been working hard to find alternatives to traditional face to face training, but still to provide you with high-quality engagement as part of the delivery of our courses.

Benefits of IPAF eLearning with CDC:

  • Flexible
  • Trainees complete the theory part anytime, anywhere, at their own pace, on their own devices
  • Highly Interactive
  • Engages trainees with games, quizzes, videos and simulations

IPAF’s eLearning Courses provides a flexible and enhanced online learning experience for mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) Operators and Managers training programmes. It provides the same high-quality theory training as you would receive in our classrooms and can be completed on your own device, anytime, at your own pace.

The course is suitable for all abilities, from those no prior knowledge or experience through to operators seeking to renew their PAL Cards or to qualify to operate other categories of MEWPs.

MEWP Operator eLearning 

IPAF eLearning Courses for MEWP operators is available for all MEWP categories (1a, 1b, 3a, 3b) and takes from around three hours to complete, depending on your level of MEWP knowledge. The eLearning module is divided into manageable sections that you can complete at your own pace. You can save and resume your training at any time.

MEWP operator eLearning does not replace practical training. Upon completion of your eLearning pre-theory test, you must pass a supervised theory test at our IPAF Approved Training Centre, in Hemel Hempstead.

You must also successfully complete a minimum of a half-day of practical training and testing before you are issued with a PAL Card as proof of your qualification of IPAF operator training.

IPAF MEWP Operator eLearning is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

How to start your eLearning training:

  1. Contact us to register for IPAF MEWP Operator eLearning training.
  2. We will send you an email inviting you to begin your eLearning module.
  3. At the end of your eLearning module, you will need to complete an online pre-theory test.
  4. Once you have passed your pre-theory online test via eLearning, contact us again and schedule your theory test, practical training and assessment which will take place in person at our training centre.*

* Due to the coronavirus crisis, you now have up to 90 days (usually 45 days). From the date of completion of your pre-theory eLearning test to attend our training centre in order to take your supervised theory test and practical training and assessment modules. 

This timeframe will be monitored by IPAF in line with latest developments.

MEWPs for Managers eLearning Course

IPAF eLearning MEWPs for Managers training course covers what managers need to know for safe and effective use of MEWPs on site. This includes planning the job, conducting a risk assessment, selecting the right equipment for optimum cost-efficiency and mitigating all possible risks.

The course is suitable for all abilities and is open to those with no prior knowledge through to those who are very experienced.

This course is designed to be solely completed using our eLearning facility on your laptop, PC or tablet device. You should expect the course to take from around six to eight hours to complete, depending on your starting level of knowledge and experience. The course is divided into manageable sections that you can complete at your own pace. You can save and resume your training at any time.

How to start your eLearning training:

  1. Contact us to register for the IPAF MEWPs for Managers eLearning training course.
  2. We will send you an email inviting you to begin your eLearning training.
  3. At the end of your eLearning training, you will need to complete an online test.
  4. Once you have passed your online test, contact us again to apply for your IPAF MEWPs for Managers certificate.

Important: IPAF MEWPs for Managers eLearning programme utilises a sophisticated facial recognition system across online training and evaluation sessions to ensure your identity. This is to prevent any attempts to obtain the qualification through fraudulent means. Please ensure your device has a working camera facility.

CDC Group IPAF eLearning

For further information please contact our Customer Support Team at or 020 8191 9090.

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We have chosen WoRC to be our partner charity this year

CDC is delighted to sponsor WoRC – Work Rights Centre.

WoRC is a registered charity dedicated to ending in-work poverty by helping workers exit precarious work: poorly paid, unprotected, and insecure employment. Our common aims and mission are to help workers across all industries to learn about their rights and help them spot the signs of unsafe working conditions.

All workers in the Construction Industry must have the required skills, training and qualifications (NVQs). Incorrect training poses also a high health and safety risk to workers and construction companies.

The Construction Industry is a major component of the UK economy. In its diversity, it may range from infrastructure to mining, or from maintenance to workforce training. In 2014, construction output was £103 billion, 6.5% of GDP and in the first quarter of 2019 registered an output of £28.5 bn. In terms of employment, over 2.1 million people are employed in the Construction Industry. This places a huge responsibility on all stakeholders involved to protect all workers and prevent the exploitation at all levels. It is key therefore for construction workers to know how to access adequate training and recognized qualifications.

CDC is committed to working with all partners in the sector to help meet their social responsibility commitments and build meaningful support for causes such as combating precarious work.

Join us in supporting the Work Rights Centre by donating here.

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New Qualification Checking System launched by the ECS and City & Guilds

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) certifies the skills of electrotechnical workers across the UK.

Holding an ECS card proves your qualification status, main electrical occupation, identity, your health and safety awareness, as well as any additional disciplines in which you are skilled to work.

Many people try to falsify this certificate by lying. In order to keep the public safe from anyone who isn’t fully competent, the ECS and City & Guilds have launched a new qualification checking system. This checking system consists of a specially-designed computer programme which allows qualifications to be verified during an ECS card application and it has been developed by the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme and City & Guilds.

When an application is made to the ECS, the qualification details are searched for directly within the City and Guilds database to check the certificate number, name and date. In this way, fake certificates will be discovered easier. The new online system will also replace the previous method of manual checking between the two organisations, making the application process more efficient.

Anyone who is applying for an ECS Card should be prepared to have their qualifications checked. People who are trying to fraud the law are referred to the Fraud Investigations Team and to the police if necessary. They will investigate and decide upon appropriate action.

Martin Thurbon, ECS Contact Centre Operations Manager, said:

“We are continuously looking to improve our service and the robustness of the scheme overall. Our work with City & Guilds and other partners not only makes the application process more streamlined for customers but also importantly catches and deters those who attempt to gain an ECS card under false pretences. These people are potentially endangering the safety of themselves and others if they are carrying out work for which they are not qualified.”

David Phillips, City & Guilds Executive Director, Market Strategy, Products and Services, said:

“As an organisation, we are always looking to continuously improve our operational processes. This newly designed interface will ensure both organisations’ systems are communicating by providing a layer of security in identifying fraudulent certification and raising standards within the electrotechnical industry.”

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