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’ll usually need GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in maths, English and science.

You'll also need to get an industry-recognised qualification like a level 2 or 3 Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating. You’ll need gas related units at level 3 to work with domestic gas heating systems.

You could take a course in plumbing skills at college. This may help you find a trainee position with a company.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Go Construct has more information about careers and qualifications in plumbing.

Career Path and Progression

You can develop your skills by taking further training in areas such as 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 take an HND or degree and become an engineer. This would give you 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

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • You will need to be a practical person who is good at problem solving
  • You'll also need the ability to follow technical drawings and plans
  • You need to be well organised
  • You'll need decent communication skills
  • You should have some numeracy skills

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £40,000

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