Plumber

Want a career with loads of opportunities? Then you could do worse than become a plumber.

As a plumber you can choose to focus on a range of different areas: from piped water systems for bathrooms and radiators to drainage or even branching out into the gas industry to install central heating systems.

A career in plumbing can lead you down many different career paths, to good wages and the chance to run your own business. Don't believe us? Well, next time you see a plumber's van, ask yourself how 'J Bloggs, Plumbing and Central Heating' started out.

Plumbing Qualifications

'J Bloggs' probably set out right where you will - with our Basic Plumbing Level 2 Certificate. This is designed for beginners and covers the key areas of the profession.

If you're already working in the plumbing industry and want to build on what you already know, then why not give our Plumbing NVQ a try.

You can also learn while you earn with an Plumbing apprenticeship.

For more information, browse for a qualification using the qualifications finder.

Where to study

Search for a centre that offers your chosen qualification by using the Find a Centre search box (on the top right of each page).

KEY INFO

Type of work:
Practical, hands-on, skilled. On building sites, in people's houses and other buildings.

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Who you could work for:
Small family-run companies, larger contractors or you could work for yourself.

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Likely hours:
Daytime, but probably involving early starts or late finishes. You could also be called out at weekends.

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Earning power*:
Apprentice's wages start low but qualified plumbers can earn over £20,000. If you run your own business, you set your own prices. Emergency call outs are extra.

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Perfect for you if you are:
Good with your hands, problem solving, not afraid of getting mucky.

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You could even go on to:
Run your own business.

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*Remember

Salaries are only a guide. We've quoted average figures and there will be some variation around the country and from employer to employer.

Apprenticeships at City and Guilds

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