There are many routes into the plumbing industry you can train at your local college, training centre and of course there are those lucky enough to be accepted on an apprenticeship scheme. Plumbing is a great career move and one that will provide you with a good, reliable income. You’ll have job security and with that comes peace of mind. Remember plumbers are in high demand and the reason is because there are just not enough of them, and it’s not just here in the UK but all over the world.
So here I would like to explain in detail all about plumbing training courses and the best options that will suit different circumstances, training courses are usually taken at training centres, so I’ll discuss these first.
What exactly are training centres?
Training centres have been purpose built especially for the construction industry so that students can be trained up for different trades.
Training centres are located all over the UK, so there is bound to be one close to you and if not then you could always consider staying in a B &B to be near to where your nearest training centre is located. By staying close to where your training centre is will cut down on your travelling costs and you’ll be able to put much more time on your course rather than on travelling to the centre.
You don’t need to have any formal entry qualifications to train to become a plumber, you can begin your training as soon as you’re ready to commit.
All your theory lessons and practical will take place at these training centres. You’ll be trained up by experts in their trade, who will train you up to the required City & Guilds standards in order to become fully qualified. Everything you’ll ever need to know about plumbing is included in the course. Make sure that your training centre is City & Guilds accredited, this is really important as you are supposed to be trained up to meet with their standards, so that your plumbing qualifications are up to industry standards..
Once you successfully complete your course you would have earned your City & Guilds technical certificate, which will be your proof that you are fully competent and have been trained up to the highest of standards and have all the required skills and knowledge to complete a task successfully and safely.
Full time and part time courses are available so please don’t worry if you cannot commit to full time training, some of those training for example have family commitments and they can’t commit or they may still be working and have to fit in their training on their days off. Training centres give you the opportunity to work Mondays to Fridays and also weekends and evenings, so that everyone has an equal chance to carry out their course as they wish.
If you take the full time option then you can expect to finish your course in 4 to 8 weeks, depending o how much time you can give to training. If you go part time then you can take your time and finish the course in months or if you like even years. It really doesn’t matter it all depends on how quickly you want to begin your new plumbing career, and your other commitments.
Training centres are fully equipped with everything you could possibly need as you train, there are air conditioned classrooms, which will make training much more comfortable for you.
The training centres are very hands on which makes training all the more enjoyable, you’ll begin from the very beginning and gradually work your way up to the more complex tasks that you’ll be asked to carry out. Just think you’ll enter the training centre as a novice and will leave with your head held high on your new path as a plumber.
What’s included in my course?
Your plumbing course covers everything you need to know to become a plumber. The course will include:
· Level 1Certificate Introduction to plumbing
· Level 2 Diploma in access to Building Services Engineering
· Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Studies
Once you have completed these courses you then have the option of setting your sights even higher, you can use these courses as a springboard, if you like, to better yourself even further. These courses will greatly help you get on an apprenticeship scheme or if you want to work as a trainee plumber.
It is recommended by all the plumbing industry organisations that once you first start your plumbing training you should look for a work placement or even look at working for a plumber. By doing this you can put all your theory into practice which will greatly help you when it comes to the practical parts of your Diploma. Your local college or training centre may be able to help you find a plumber who’s willing to take you on.
If you’re already working as a plumber but don’t have any qualifications then you can have your knowledge, skills and experienced examined against the current industry qualifications. The qualifications you’ll get will depend on the results, but it’s definitely worth a go! Contact your local college or training centre for more info on this.
Classrooms and workshops
It’s in the classrooms where you learn all about the plumbing industry, the qualified instructors will be there guiding you through your work and they will demonstrate to you how to carry out different tasks. You’ll also be taught all the underpinning that you could possibly need to know and also all the health and safety regulations that are required, in order for you to begin working in the workshops. It’s there in the workshops where all the theory you’ve learnt about can be put into practice. You will be carrying out work that plumbers meet everyday throughout their working days, for example, pipe work, bathroom installation, radiator installations and also plumbing fittings and systems. The workshops themselves are fully fitted with all the latest mod cons and you’ll find a variety of all the equipment, materials and tools that you’ll need to carry out your practical training, all of this makes for quick training with no delays, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing that all you need is with you at all times, so you can just get on with your training with no worries.
How much do plumbing courses cost?
Plumbing courses don’t come cheap unfortunately, however, think carefully about the cost and then think about how much money you’ll be earning as a fully qualified plumber, and you’ll discover that the rewards you’ll reap once qualified far outweighs the initial expense. So think of it as an investment, in your future, we all have to start somewhere, and by spending a little now you will get it all back and tons more once you begin your new career as a plumber. Remember plumbers earn very good money because they are in high demand. Never let this fact leave your mind and let it push you forward towards your ultimate goal in becoming a plumber.
Plumbing courses usually cost around £4,000 and £6,000.
What’s an NVQ?
You may have noticed throughout this article I discuss when someone becomes a “fully qualified” plumber well it all really comes down to an NVQ. So an NVQ is what is known as the last requirement before you can become qualified properly. When you finish training and you begin your working life as a plumber either working for yourself or someone else an NVQ advisor will come and visit you wherever you’re working at that time and will assess you as you carry out different tasks and then once they’ve seen all they need to and they’re happy with your work you’ll gain your NVQ award and you’ll be known as a “fully qualified” plumber.
Long distance learning and short intensive courses
There are many short intensive courses available and also long distance courses, they are great as an introduction to the plumbing industry, however, they probably aren’t going to go in depth enough for you to really get to grips with what life as a plumber is and the tasks that they have to carry out every working day. If you do decide to enrol on a short or long distance course then please, make sure that enough time is given to work placements and please check out whether or not they are recognised by industry organisations for example City & Guilds.
So there you have it, I hope I’ve helped you learn more about plumbing courses and training centres, they really are a great way into the plumbing industry and you’ll know that you are being trained up to the highest of standards that are required in this exciting industry. So good luck with it all and enjoy your plumbing course!