How to become a 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:

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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:

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Plumbing apprenticeships

You can also learn while you earn with a plumbing apprenticeship:

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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

APPRENTICESHIPS

City & Guilds Apprenticeships cover 170 job roles in 28 industries

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