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What Qualifications Are Needed To Become A Plumber?

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Our plumbing courses are designed for people with little to no previous experience in the plumbing industry, or plumbers who are looking to receive their level 3 NVQ qualifications.

Our plumbing course guides you right through all the skills necessary to become a fully qualified plumber, and achieve every essential industry recognised certifications. Whether you intend to start your own business or find the right employer, our flexible course will get you there.

We have over 40 years of experience in skills-based learning, with a success rate of over 10,000 people becoming qualified each year. We provide all the knowledge, expertise, and guidance you need to succeed and become a fully qualified plumber.

With plumbing involving the redirection and implementation of precise plumbing and water systems, plumbers need to go through a rigorous training process before they can work legally. The advantage of training to become a fully qualified plumber through The Trades College is that we remove the need to obtain any apprenticeships by including the level 3 NVQ qualification into our plumbing course, reducing your qualification time by around 30%.

What qualifications do I need and what will I obtain from the course?

The full range of qualifications received from our plumbing courses are: 

Domestic Plumbing and 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.

What happens once I’m qualified?

Once qualified, you will be able to:

Install or maintain heating systems

Repair sanitation systems

Fit domestic appliances (such as dishwashers)

Install air-conditioning units

Fit bathrooms

Perform emergency repairs and more.


Becoming a fully qualified plumber offers a world of opportunities for you, with no two days being the same. If you would like to know more, you can check out our plumbing course page, or you can sign up and receive a call from one of our members of staff who will answer any questions you may have and hopefully get you on board to improve your quality of life.




Let one of our friendly staff call you to ask a few simple questions