Plumber becoming qualified

A question we get asked a lot here at Access Training is “what qualifications do I need to be a Plumber?” We hope to address and answer this question for many of you in today’s blog post.

To become a qualified plumber you will need to gain an industry recognised qualification, this could be a City & Guilds award, or a NVQ and at level 2 or higher. The level is dependent of the experience you have. If you have no previous experience, we provide an NVQ Level 2 Certification – For New Plumbers Course.  While it is still possible to get paid work without completing your NVQ Level 2 certification, you may be limited with the jobs that you are able to perform, and you will not be able to make nearly as much money as more qualified plumbers.

Depending on which environment you would like to work in, domestic or commercial does dictate what qualifications you will need to succeed. If you would like to embark on a career as a domestic plumber, you may be interested in out Essential Plumbing Course. Our Essential Plumbing course covers all the key areas of plumbing, including, how to run pipework, Fitting radiators and bathrooms, installing external guttering, Waste pipe and installing hot/cold water storage tanks. We also cover other essential areas, such as;

  • Health and safety
  • Electrical principles
  • Scientific principles
  • Domestic hot water systems
  • Sanitation
  • Central heating
  • Drainage and more!  

Our Essential Plumbing Course covers the all of the basics of plumbing and will provide you will all the key skills necessary to work for recognised water companies, set up your own plumbing company, and work as a plumber in other countries.

If, after completion of this course you would like to expand your skill set as a plumber, enrolling onto the City & Guilds 6189-57 Level 2 NVQ Diploma in plumbing and heating. This practical assessment will set you apart as a fully qualified plumber, and will test your ability to install bathrooms and repair, maintain heating and water systems.

To become a successful professional plumber you will need to become an “approved contractor” by your local water authority. This certification will allow you to take on contracts from your local housing associations, local authorities, health care trust and building contractors, Most employers will also require you to have this qualification.  Our specially developed WRAS – Water Regulations Advisory Scheme Course will equip you with all the knowledge you will need to gain an “approved” status. 

If you are really wanting to stand out from the crowd we also offer some advanced courses, such as the Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems course which will equip you with the skills you need to install and maintain unvented hot water systems, while familiarising you with the G3 Building Regulations and how to follow then when working with a Hot Water Storage System.

You may even wish to enrol onto our City and Guilds Bathroom Fitting Course which will equip you with all the knowledge you need to design and install bathrooms. Throughout this course you will learn how to produce plastic and copper pipework, How to fit bathroom interiors and how to select the resources to complete each job.

On top of these qualifications many of our students go on to study for their ACS Gas certificate which allows you to progress and become a gas safe registered allowing you to work on domestic gas appliances. 

Here at Access Training, your success is important to  us, which is why we have also developed 3 courses that will guide you to become a fully qualified plumber in the shortest time possible. If you are interested in any or all of the courses mentioned in this blog post, click here to view all of the plumber courses we offer. Alternatively, you can contact us to speak to one of our course advisor's.

Electrician Happy at Work
 
With Employee Motivation Day approaching on the 25th of February, Electrical Times decided to take a closer look at the job satisfaction of UK tradespeople. According to statistics, a third of tradespeople felt motivated to succeed in their career every day, while 70% said that they felt positive about work more than three days a week. This positive work life is also combined with a growth in demand within the construction industry, which is set to grow by 3% a year between 2015-2019, making this the perfect time for skilled professionals to be entering the profession or seeking work.
 
While job security and availability is no doubt a contributing factor when it comes to job satisfaction, statistics also show that this could come as a result of appealing to the specific personality traits that are possessed by many tradespeople. An example of this, is the 'Captain Questions' character, which refers to workers who enjoy exploring different approaches to work and problem solving. A fifth of workers place themselves in this category, which is why it's highly likely that a career as an electrician would appeal to these types of workers. 
 
Requiring thorough attention, along with the ability to identify the best course of action, a career as an electrical engineer is an excellent choice for job satisfaction, due to the fact that it presents constant challenges and problem solving opportunities. It also provides individuals with a choice as to how they would like to work, granting them the opportunity to work independently in terms of residential operations, and also to work as part of a team in larger projects such as commercial developments. 
 
With such promising career prospects and so many opportunities for personal development, now is the perfect time to enrol on one of our electrician courses. Equipping you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the field, our training will allow you to experience the satisfaction that comes from pursuing such a challenging and rewarding career, setting you up for years of career contentment.
 
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How much do plumbers make?

If you're considering a change of career, plumbing can be a very lucrative choice. Plumbers are always in demand - every home needs water, after all - and whether you start your own business or get a steady job with a contracting firm, there's a lot of money to be made in this evergreen trade.

So how much do plumbers make?

Once you have completed a professional plumbing course with Access Training Academies, it would be reasonable for you to expect a yearly salary of around £18,000 – £20,000 if you begin your plumbing career in a medium-sized firm. As with nearly every profession, plumbers working in the London area can expect a higher salary then those elsewhere in the UK.

Once you have become more experienced, your wage will increase, and you can probably expect a healthy yearly salary of roughly £21,000 – £30,000 (if working within an established medium-sized plumbing firm). To earn this wage, you will need to possess additional qualifications as well as holding a more supervisory / managerial position within your company.

Alternatively, you can enrol on our Premier Plumbing Course and gain multiple gas and electrical qualifications that will allow you to join the Gas Safe Register and complete a wider range of work, including installing and wiring boilers. If you have completed your Gas Safe training as well as your standard plumbing training, you may be able to earn as much as £35,000 per year.

Many of our learners choose to become self-employed once they've got their plumbing qualifications under their belt. Being your own boss gives you a lot of flexibility, allowing you to choose:

  • The hours that you work
  • The kind of jobs you do
  • The amount you charge per job

Not surprisingly, self-employed plumbers tend to earn more than plumbers who choose to work for a firm. Some self-employed plumbers make up to £60,000 a year.

Self-employed plumbers can charge up to £90 an hour, and could potentially make £1,000 per week. This obviously depends on how in-demand your services are in your area. But with the current skills shortage only set to intensify over the coming years, a skilled tradesperson can dictate their own prices. It is not unheard of for an experienced plumber to earn in the region of £100,000 per year. If you are prepared to put the hours in and offer a 24-hour emergency plumbing service as well as your day-to-day service offering, you can do very well for yourself indeed!

Access Training Academies can help you to achieve your career goals and earn the qualifications necessary to succeed as a plumber.

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Professional Electrican and Installer recently reported the news of a terrible flat fire in Southampton, which was connected to the presence of a plastic consumer unit. Luckily, no one from the flat was injured on this occasion, but the damage caused by the fire was truly devastating and extensive. 
The IET and BSI recently launched a new requirement for non-combustible consumer units, due to work with the London Fire Brigade which highlighted a rising number of house fires, which were caused by traditional consumer units. While this fire is evidence that these new requirements have yet to be fully employed in UK properties, it is further evidence for the need of steel consumer units and tighter electrical safety regulations.

While there are concerns that new building projects which began before the regulation was introduced will continue to use plastic consumer units, the IET are hopeful that increased awareness regarding the subject will eventually allow them to prevent domestic fires in the future.

Yet again, we are reminded of the importance of safe electrical installation, and what this means for UK electricians. As professional installers, electrical engineers have a responsibility to keep up to date on all the latest changes to safety regulations, and a duty to provide a safe installation for their customers.For this reason, we ensure that all of our electrician courses provide a through understanding of how to work safely and correctly, providing our candidates with all the knowledge required to become a first-class electrician. Taught by experienced teaching staff with a wealth of experience and knowledge, we ensure that each individual who completes our courses achieves the standard of training required to obtain their City and Guilds awards, and eventually start or resume their careers.

If you are looking to begin your career as an electrical engineer, you can enrol on one of our electrician courses today, to ensure that you go on to provide a safe and secure service to your future customers. If you are an experienced installer that needs to update their knowledge or expand their skills, you can get in touch with us today and find out about the trade professional electrician courses we offer.

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Only last week we announced that apprentice winner Joseph Valente was looking to expand his business, by recruiting gas engineers for his company Impra Gas. Following suit, HomeServe have also announced a swathe of new positions in their company, as they recently revealed  their plans to take on over a 160 gas, plumbing and drainage engineers.

Last year the company managed to create a network of 600 plumbing, heating and drainage engineers, and are now looking to expand the business even further to provide coverage throughout the UK. It is certainly heartening to see such a large number of jobs being created in the  sector, a figure which should only continue to grow over the coming years as new eco technologies come to the fore, bringing with them new installation requirements.

This is a great opportunity for the lucky candidates who are successful in their applications, as HomeServe were recently named 'Best Employer in Business Services and Supplies' in an independent employee survey. Their workers were asked to rate their job satisfaction based on a number of different factors, including whether or not they would recommend their current employer to a prospective candidate. It's clear from the results that the company recognize the importance of creating a positive working environment to provide the best service to their customers, demonstrating the level of job satisfaction individuals are able to achieve from a career in gas and plumbing.

With opportunities coming up left right and centre, it really is the perfect time to enrol on one of our plumbing courses, to strike while the iron's hot. As with any area, employers are particularly keen to take on multi-skilled engineers, which is why a programme like our Premier Plumbing Course could put you at a distinct advantage. Allowing you enter the trade as a qualified plumber and heating engineer, this course is ideal for individuals who wish to distinguish themselves from their fellow candidates once they have completed the course, and are able to seek full time employment. It will allow you to gain a keen grasp of plumbing work, but will also allow you to achieve multiple electrical and gas qualifications to join the Gas Safe Register, an essential requirement for any reputable company.

Of course if you are already a qualified gas engineer or electrician, we also offer a number of other plumbing courses, allowing to to add another skill to your portfolio and advance your career. For qualified plumbers looking to expand their skills within the sector, we also off a number of trade professional plumbing courses, which are ideal for individuals who are looking to offer the complete package in their services.

If you're interested in enrolling on one of our plumbing courses, or simply want to find out more, then get in touch with us today!
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DIY is something of a sticky situation for both tradespeople and homeowners, but when it comes to electrical safety, mistakes or mistrust from either party could prove to be fatal. According to a news article published by Electrical Times a few days ago, electricians are the trade most often called out to rescue DIY jobs gone wrong, and half of severe electrical shocks are caused by failed or misguided DIY attempts. No puns about 'shocking statistics' here, but it is worrying to see such a widespread disregard and ignorance of electrical safety. We've all heard the warnings about not sticking utensils into toasters, but it seems that on the whole, the average citizen and even some professionals are not giving electrical safety the attention it deserves.

According to Electrical Times and the charity Electrical Safety First, young people have become more at risk due to the growing popularity of online tutorials, which can sometimes cause inexperienced individuals to carry out work that they are unfit to complete. Hand in hand with the skills crisis we're seeing in the professional sector, people under 35 are losing the ability to perform what would have once been described as 'basic skills', and are picking up their knowledge from untrustworthy resources on the web. Electrical Safety First has demonstrated the risks of such overly-ambitious and dangerous undertakings as part of their 'Don't Die for DIY' campaign, in a series of videos which can be viewed here. This demonstrates the risks that come from following unregulated advice, and the threat posed by undertaking electrical work without the proper training or experience. 

While it is possible to understand why homeowners would want to carry out electrical jobs themselves, with money being tight in many households and 'rouge traders' becoming a growing concern due to media exposure, the fact remains that these kind of undertakings often pose serious health and safety risks to everyone involved. In terms of the average homeowner, there needs to be an improved awareness of the knowledge and experience needed to carry out these dangerous projects, and in relation to the professional sector, there has to be a greater emphasis placed on keeping your skills up to date, and continuing to abide by the rules set out by regulatory bodies. 

If You're a DIY Enthusiast:

  • Don't be swayed by the financial allure of saving money by performing a DIY job! If things go wrong, which they very often do, you will eventually end up spending money on calling out an electrician to put things right. This could even cost you more than the original fee due to factors such as emergency call-out rates, and the increased attention required to rectify a botched job.
  • Know the risks - Qualified electricians have spent a long time training and gaining experience in their field; something which can't simply be supplemented with 'quick fix' options. Saving some money is not worth putting yourself and others at risk of receiving a fatal injury, so keep that in mind before starting your job.
  • Train Properly - If you are serious about performing DIY jobs yourself, then why not invest in your abilities and take one of our electrician courses? While our courses are intended to help people make electrical work their career, we can tailor our programmes to suit any individual's needs, making them more than suitable for someone who simply wants to undertake domestic work in their own home. Most importantly, you'll be taught by professional, accredited teaching staff with years of experience.
If You're a Professional:
  • In order to build a bond of trust with your clients, it is important that you always strive to provide them with an honest and courteous service. If people feel that they are being overcharged or inconvenienced in any way, it is highly unlikely that they will choose to hire your services (or those of another professional for that matter) in the future. Make sure that you display professionalism at all times, to instil confidence in your services and those of the sector as a whole.
  • Don't become overly confident, careless or take things for granted! As humans, our brains are constantly looking for ways to make things easier for ourselves, but when it comes to electrical safety and performing dangerous work at a professional level, this is a risk that simply cannot be taken. This goes for business owners and managers as well, who should always ensure that their employees are fully trained, and are following health and safety guidelines.
  • As well as new career courses, we also provide electrician courses for experienced professionals who need to refresh their skills or add additional knowledge to their portfolio. From Portable Appliance Testing to Combined Inspection and Testing, we have a range of courses to expand your professional knowledge and improve your ability to work safely.
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A new book recently released entitled “My Mummy is a plumber” encourages young children to start thinking about a career in plumbing. This book published by butterfly books, in collaboration with the UK’s accreditation scheme for plumbers – watersafe.  Not only does it aim to reduce the current skill gap by encouraging young people to learn a trade, it also encourages girls to consider a career in trade.

Even though these books are a brilliant idea and we really think that they will help get children interested in trade work in the future, these books are aimed at children who are between the ages of 3 and 7. So, unfortunately, they do not help the close the skill gap that we are presently experiencing.  

Not only does a career in plumbing need to be encouraged to young children to ensure that the skills are not lost to an ageing population, a career in plumbing, its benefits and how people can enrol onto plumbing courses through training centres, needs to be promoted to people who are aged 18 and above, so that the present skills gap can be decreased.

To help bridge the gap, we offer a wide range of plumbing courses for people who are over the age of 18.  Access Training’s plumbing courses are so popular because they have been specially developed for students who have no prior experience or knowledge about plumbing and work with them so they can gain relevant, and industry recognised qualifications, such as City & Guilds awards and NVQ diplomas.

In our state-of-the-art training centres we aim to emulate real life situations, so our students leave our courses confident that they can tackle any domestic plumbing issue presented to them. Because our students leave our courses fully competent plumbers it is easy for them to find jobs working for an already established plumbing firm, or set themselves up as a self-employed plumber.   

So if you fancy a new challenge and always fancied a trade career, enrolling onto one of plumbing courses couldn’t be easier. Simply get in touch with us either by phoning us on 0800 345 7492 or fill out our contact form, and a member of our team will get back to you.

Everyday electricians are called out to commercial and domestic properties to help fix and minor issues, test their electrical equipment or to complete a full installation or re-wire. However, just like plumbers and gas engineers, electricians are struggling to keep up with the increasing demand for their skills.  

In 2010 the amount of electrical wiring firms and employees was at an all-time high, there were roughly 37,000 wiring firms with 198,000 employed electricians. Now over the last few years we have seen the number of employed electricians decrease to levels lower than before the onset of the economic downfall.  

During the economic downfall, many skilled traders left their industry; either took an early retirement or retrained in a new industry.  Like many skilled trade industries, the ageing demographics of electricians also meant that many electricians have retired and have not since been replaced by new industry entrants.

Because of the increase demand in electricians this means that there are a lot of jobs and opportunities out there for new electricians, helping their new business or firm to quickly become established. So if you are thinking about starting a new career, or thinking about retraining to become an electrician there has never been a better time.

Access training offers a wide variety of electrician courses, from specially designed courses for people who have little to no experience with electrical work through to professional electrician courses – aimed at people who are just looking to expand their skill set and increase their service offering.

Essential Electrical Course

If you would like to learn the basics of electrical work them this specialist electrician’s course would be perfect for you.  The Electrical Essential course is ideal for the complete beginner or people who are looking to add electrical knowledge to their existing skill set.  

Upon completion of this course you will have an intricate understanding of installation and maintenance of lighting, sockets, cooker circuits and consumer units. You will also learn how to certify domestic installations such as full house re-wires.

You will also complete your C&G 17th edition Electrical Regs  proving that you have a good working knowledge on the current wiring regulations.  

Professional Electrical Course

If you are looking to acquire a deeper level of understanding of electrical work, our bespoke professional electrical course will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of electrical installations. This course covers a wide range of circuits and will introduce you to the theory of electrical work.

Completion of our professional electrical course will provide you with 5 sort after qualifications including Part P domestic installer, 17th edition,  C&G PAT testing and, C&G 2392 & 2395.

For more information about our professional electrician’s course, click here.

Premier Electrical Course

Finally our Premier electrician’s course will guide you from being a complete beginner to electrical work through to having an advanced understanding of electrical installations and how they work. This course consists of 6 vital industry qualifications and upon completion of the course you will be able to complete domestic and commercial electrical work to an extremely high standard.

To read more about our premier Electrical Course, click here.

 To find out more about access trainings specialist electrician courses, click here. Alternatively,  you can contact us by using our contact form, or telephoning 0800 345 7492


Recently, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors reported a shortage in the amount of trained plumbers in the UK, signalling an obvious opening for a fresh group of ambitious candidates who are keen to train in this field. In order to keep up with the demand for skilled professionals in the workplace, and to cater to the various needs of our candidates, we have devised a range of plumbing courses to suit a variety of abilities and requirements.

Essential Plumbing Course

Of all our plumbing courses, this is the option that best suits absolute beginners! Designed for individuals with little to no experience in the field, our Essential Plumbing Course is a fantastic way to gain a foundational understanding of plumbing work, upon which to build a prosperous new career. From fitting radiators to installing hot/cold water storage tanks, this course will give you an understanding of the essential aspects of plumbing work, allowing you to achieve a City and Guilds qualification as evidence of your achievements. Most importantly, you will learn how to perform all of these tasks safely, making it a great starting point for further training.

Professional Plumbing Course

If you're looking to cover a more comprehensive range of plumbing skills, then our Professional Plumbing Course is ideal. Like all of our plumbing courses, it is designed to suit the needs of individuals with no previous experience whatsoever, making it an ideal choice for both beginners and candidates with some previous knowledge of plumbing. Allowing you to train on a full or part-time basis, this course is both efficient and flexible to the needs of the individual. By the end of your training, you will have achieved four accredited qualifications, putting you on track to begin your new career as a professional plumber. 

Premier Plumbing Course

The most encompassing and advanced of all our plumbing courses, this training programme is ideal for candidates who wish to begin their career as a professional plumber and heating engineer. As part of our Premier Plumbing Course, you will gain gas and electrical qualifications as well as those in plumbing, enabling you to join the Gas Safe register and undertake a greater number of jobs. Despite the advanced nature of the course, it is still open and tailored to individuals with no experience in plumbing, as well as those who are simply looking to update their existing knowledge. On completion of the course, a successful candidate will have obtained six recognised qualifications, making it the perfect choice for those who wish to begin or resume their professional careers right away.

For more information about our plumbing courses, browse the selection here, or get in touch with us today.

Last year the government announced that they are planning on building 1 million homes by the end of the current parliament in 2020. To reach this target 200,000 new homes will have to be built per year. This will be the biggest building level of house building seen in England since 1989. During the last financial year, there were only 124,520 new homes built in England - a serious shortcoming if the government wants to hit their ambitious target.  

Sarah McMonagle, head of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders said: “there’s a growing consensus that the skills shortage within the construction sector is one of the greatest threats to the government’s ambition to build 1 million homes by 2020”… “More than 400,000 tradespeople left the industry during the prolonged economic downturn and that talent has not yet been replaced. The construction sector has been growing steadily for two or three years and as it grows, the skills gap continues to widen”

Research also found that “one in two SME construction firms are struggling to hire bricklayers and 52% are reporting difficulties finding carpenters and joiners.” Carpenters and joiners are core trades to house builders; with the current shortage it presents a real barrier to growth in the housing sector.

This is the worst skills shortage Britain has seen in 30 years, but if you are thinking about changing your career, or learning a trade, now is the best time! The skills shortage means that there are loads of opportunities for skilled carpenters and bricklayers, so you can be certain there will be a consistent work flow, and because of the scarcity of skills means that people who are willing to train and plug the gap will be heavily rewarded for their work.

At Access Training strongly believe that it is important to help reduce the skills gap that Britain is currently facing, and to prevent there being a skills shortage in the Britain in the future. This is one of the reasons why we dedicate our time to delivering some of the best, bespoke, trades training packages in the UK, from our state-of-the-art training centres around the UK. 

For more information about our carpentry or bricklaying courses, get in touch and speak to one of our advisor's today!

On Tuesday 2nd February, the mayor of London announced The London Boiler Cash back scheme, as part of his commitment to help reduce London’s carbon emissions by 60 per cent in 2025. This is the first major boiler scrappage scheme in England since the launch of the campaign in 2010.

The London boiler cash back scheme will provide home owners with £400 cash back when they upgrade their old, inefficient boilers, with new A-rated gas, renewable or low carbon heating boiler. Currently this scheme will be open to home owners and private residential landlords with properties within the 33 London boroughs. However, it will increase the demand for gas engineers when people decide to upgrade their boilers. This is a great opportunity for a newly qualified gas engineer to increase their work load!

For the home owners to be eligible for the scheme, their boilers must have an energy efficiency rating of 70 per cent or less, and be using gas, oil, LPG or solid fuels. The boilers must also be in full working order, and it must be the homes main boiler, not just the boiler that they use to heat water. The boilers will be replaced with boilers that have a minimum energy efficiency of 90 per cent, and should be gas, Air or ground source heat pumps, solar thermal systems or a boiler with a passive flue heat recovery device.

All of the boiler replacements must be installed by fully qualified, gas safe registered installer. With the announcement of this scheme, it means that there has never been a better time to train and become a fully qualified Gas engineer!

Currently this scheme is only exclusive to London, and only available for 6,500 home owners, however, we are confident that this scheme will prove to be a success. There is a strong possibility that other larger cities, such as Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester and Newcastle will follow and introduce similar schemes.

So, if you have been thinking about training to become a gas engineer – now is a very exciting time to do so! Click here to view the courses we offer here at Access Training. If you would like to talk to us about enrolment, please call us on (Freephone) 0800 345 7492 and a member of our team will be happy to help you!

Here at Access training we provide a number of plumbing courses in Kent that have been tailor-made for people who are looking to change their career. All of our courses are perfect for the absolute beginner, through to people who are industry professionals who are looking to expand their skill –set.

We know that you are all living busy lives, and changing your career path, especially when you have no prior experience can be a scary prospect. Here, at access training, we aim to make the transition as smooth as possible; we work tirelessly with our students and teach them everything that they need to know to become a fully qualified plumber in the shortest time possible.  

If you are living in Kent, or living near Kent, you can train to be a plumber at our state-of-the-art training centre located in Edenbridge, a quick 30 minutes’ drive from Tunbridge Wells.

If you are not currently living in the Kent area, we provide a range of appealing accommodation packages. It’s a good idea to stay near the training centre for the duration of your course as it is imperative that you arrive on time every day. Furthermore, some of our plumbing courses require you to read in the evenings and prepare for the next day. Straying away from your family and friends will minimise distractions allowing for you to complete your course quicker. Click here for more information about accommodation packages we offer in the Kent area.

Finally, all of our plumbing courses and training centres are accredited by City & Guilds, NVQ, and Logic. And our plumbing courses in our Kent training centre are no exception. So when you enrol on a plumbing course in our Kent training Centre, you can be confident that you will receive the highest training, and receive a nationally recognised qualification.

If you would like more information about the plumbing courses we offer in Kent, and all of our UK based training Centres. You can contact us by telephoning us on 0800 345 7492  or  you can fill out an enquiry form here and a member of our team will get back to you.