Plumbers fit, service and repair hot and cold water systems, and heating systems in homes and businesses. They also work with gas fires and cookers. If you want a varied job that makes good use of your practical skills and takes you out and about, this could be perfect for you. You will need to be good at solving problems, have the ability to follow technical plans, and understand the importance of health and safety. You’ll also need good customer care skills.
If you do not have an apprenticeship, you can do our level 1 and Level 2 full time courses in Plumbing. This will equip you with many of the skills needed for the job and will help you when applying for an apprenticeship. This will take you two years. Afterwards to become a fully qualified plumber, you would need to do an apprenticeship for the level 3 , which can take up to to two years.
To achieve the Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills (Plumbing) learners must achieve a minimum of 15 credits
Introduction to health and safety in construction
Removing and refitting water-filled radiators
Working with non-manipulative fittings
Introduction to the construction industry
Bending and jointing copper pipes
Connecting pipes and fittings to appliances
Constructing combined frames
Installing rain water goods
Working with low carbon steel pipes and fittings
To achieve the Level 1 Diploma in Plumbing Studies (7202-01), learners must achieve 40 credits from the mandatory units.
Structure of the construction industry
Fundamental safe working practices
Environmental and sustainability measures in domestic dwellings
Site preparation for working in the construction industry
Above ground drainage
Plastic pressure pipework
Low carbon steel pipework
Installation, repair and maintenance of plumbing systems
Three GCSEs at grade 2 or above including English and maths or successful interview with an initial assessment in English and maths at Entry Level 3 or above
Successful completion of Level 1 can lead to progression to the Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing studies or an apprenticeship.