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How To Become A Plumber

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Plumbing Course Overview

Exploring new career paths and avenues is your journey and we’re here to help! Our courses work around your current circumstances making the journey to becoming a plumber more than a pipeline dream (pun intended), with plenty of flexibility and support from tutors that have been selected for their competence, communication skills and experience. You’re in good hands. 

Not only do we have excellent on site experience and hands on training centres, we can provide live online instructor LED tutorials so you can continue learning from the comfort of your home! The LED tutorials are taught by experienced plumbers from around the UK and will work with you, every step of the way to ensure you get the results you want.

All of your work will be marked by your personal tutor who will guide you through this new exciting chapter in your life. There are 2 courses to choose from which will give you the qualifications which employers actually want to see. Don’t delay, get on the course for plumbing today!


Plumbing Qualifications Once Complete

The Trades College focuses on what employers want to see. With the 2 courses that you can complete with us, you receive different qualifications that can help you showcase your new found skills. These qualifications are:


Domestic Plumbing & Heating Installer

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma (6035) in Plumbing Studies
  • BPEC 1999 Water Regulations
  • BPEC NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating

Professional Plumber

  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma (6035) in Plumbing Studies
  • Part P Defined Scope Electrical Qualification
  • BPEC Domestic Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems Certificate
  • City & Guilds NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating

Please note that all examinations and assessments are conducted by an accredited external organisation and all BPEC qualifications are delivered through BPEC approved training centres. When qualified, you will work as a fully qualified plumber running your own business or working for a firm. This entails a list of highly requested skills such as (but not limited to):

  • Installing or maintaining heating systems
  • Repairing sanitation systems
  • Fitting domestic appliances (such as dishwashers)
  • Installing air-conditioning units
  • Fitting bathrooms
  • Emergency repairs


Plumbing Salary To Expect 

With your new plumbing experience and enthusiasm to get into the world with your new profession, you’re probably wondering what kind of pay you can be expecting. The average salary for a Plumber is £15.85 net per hour (£32,000 gross per year), which is £2,400 (+8%) higher than the UK’s national average salary. A Plumber can expect an average starting pay of £7. The highest pay rates can exceed £29.80.

A Plumber with less than three years of experience can usually expect to earn an average total earning of about £7 per hour. A mid career Plumber with between 4 and 9 years of experience earns an average of £13.20 per hour, while a senior Plumber with 10-20 years of experience makes on average £21.70 per hour. Plumbers with more than 20 years of experience can expect to earn £25.30 per hour on average.

As you can see, like most trades, the work experience of a plumber heavily dictates how much they can expect to be earning. With the average pay being £15.85 an hour a mid-career earns about 17% less and a no experience/new plumber can expect 56% less than the average. When you get more towards a senior plumber you earn 37% more than the average and with a late career plumber you can upwards of 60+ more than the average plumber. These numbers can differ depending on location, for example, Sheffield (£17.58 per hour) plumbers are scarce in comparison to Nottingham (£16.66 per hour) meaning the value goes up. So it’s always worth checking around your local area to see what plumbers are being paid and how much you can expect to charge if you are self-employed. 

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