Plumber

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Job Description

Plumbers ensure the effective operation of heating and water systems that we use in our every day lives. They install pipework, drainage units and heating systems in houses, commercial properties and other buildings.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:

College

You could do a Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating.

This would teach you some of the skills needed for the job and will help you when applying for a trainee position with a plumbing company.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

The following local colleges offer courses in Plumbing:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.

Apprenticeship

You can do an intermediate and advanced apprenticeship in plumbing and domestic heating. This can take up to 4 years.

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as a plumber's assistant or 'mate' and do training on the job to qualify.

You'll usually need some GCSEs, including English and maths, along with good practical skills.

Direct Application

You could apply directly for jobs if you've got qualifications and several years' experience from related industries, like building services or heating and ventilation engineering.

More Information

You'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site. 

You can find out more about becoming a plumber from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering and Go Construct.

Career Path and Progression

You can develop your skills by taking further training in areas like heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, and renewable energy technologies like solar powered heating.

You can also join the Gas Safe Register or get certified with the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC). These would show you're qualified to work on gas or oil-fired appliances.

You could go on to study for a higher national diploma or degree and become an engineer. This could lead to career options in building services engineering, estimating and contract management.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Heating and ventilation engineer
  • Gas service technician
  • Kitchen and bathroom fitter
  • Refrigeration and air-conditioning installer
  • Domestic appliance service engineer

Required Skills

  • practical person who is good at problem solving
  • ability to follow technical drawings and plans
  • organised
  • communication skills
  • numeracy skills
  • the ability to use your initiative

Salary Range

£15,000 to £40,000

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