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No experience is required to enrol on any of these plumbing courses.

Essential Plumbing Course

Learn the basics and become a domestic plumber.

You will learn how to…
  • Install pipework and above-ground drainage systems
  • Fit bathrooms and radiators
  • Install water storage tanks (hot and cold)
  • Carry out paid plumbing work in other people’s homes
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Professional Plumbing Course

Become a fully-qualified plumber with this comprehensive course.

What you can achieve on this course:
  • Learn how to install hot and cold water systems
  • Achieve the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
  • Earn your WRAS Certificate and Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems Certificate
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Premier Plumbing Course

This combined training course includes plumbing AND gas qualifications!

Course summary:
  • Learn plumbing and gas fitting skills
  • Work towards taking your ACS gas assessment
  • Also includes all qualifications from the Professional Plumbing Course
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Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems

This training programme is designed to earn you the Unvented G3 Certificate, which is the qualification required to install and maintain unvented hot water storage systems.

Here’s what you can expect to learn on this course:
  • Operating principles of unvented hot water systems
  • How to design and install these systems
  • How to maintain and repair unvented systems
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WRAS - Water Regulations Advisory Scheme

Professional plumbers must be granted ‘approved contractor’ status by their local water authority. This training course has been developed to help candidates earn the WRAS Certificate of Competence in a short timeframe.

Course content includes:
  • Water system design
  • Hot and cold water services
  • Installation and fittings
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Bathroom Fitting Course

Bathroom fitting is a great skill to have, and adding it your skillset could earn you a lot of lucrative work going forward. This course will equip you with all the knowledge needed to fit a bathroom suite to a professional standard.

Here are some of the areas we cover:
  • Working with plastic pipes
  • Working with copper pipes
  • Fitting bathroom interiors
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NVQ Level 2 Certification – For Experienced Site Plumbers

If you already have some plumbing experience and wish to work on-site at a professional level, we can help you to achieve your NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating.

Experienced plumbers only. Access Training will conduct the NVQ assessment at your place of work. There will also be in-centre assessments and theory tests if you do not hold the relevant qualifications.

You will:
  • Gather evidence of your work
  • Undergo a review with a professional assessor
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Plumber Salary Range

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Explore a career in plumbing

Plumbers may be employed by construction companies, agencies, mechanical services contractors or maintenance departments of larger companies and factories. But many plumbers start their own businesses instead.

Plumbers often prefer to be self-employed, and some even go on to employ other plumbers while managing numerous larger projects. There are also overseas opportunities available if you want your plumbing career to take you to other countries.
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Job description: what’s it like being a plumber?

There are many reasons why you might choose to become a plumber. Firstly, there remains a shortage of trained plumbers in the UK. So it stands to reason that a variety of different work options will be available to you as soon as you’re qualified.

Most plumbers opt to work in residential development plus maintenance and repair sectors, but some build their business in new construction and industrial settings instead. There are many reasons why a plumbing career could be right for you.
A plumber’s duties include:
  • Designing, fitting and maintaining water systems in buildings
  • Installing toilets, baths, showers, sinks, washing machines and dishwashers
  • Installing central heating systems (wet elements only) and new pipework
  • Servicing older systems, identifying and fixing faults
  • Attending emergency call-outs when water or heating systems are damaged

How to become a plumber

No experience is necessary to enrol on a plumbing course, but professional qualifications will make you stand out from the crowd.

While there are a number of ways to become a plumber, if you’re an adult looking to retrain in pursuit of a new career, there is one bespoke route designed for you. Our fast-track plumbing courses are available for students who are looking to train as a plumber quickly – these training programmes are designed to give you the maximum learning opportunity needed to get qualified and into the trade.

These fast-track courses are as in-depth as any traditional apprenticeship or college course, and they cover all the vital subjects required to get you started in your plumbing career.

Generally, this is the best option for those who cannot afford to spend the time studying on an apprenticeship and want to get into the industry without delay. As plumbing is a skilled trade, you will need certain relevant qualifications in order to progress. These qualifications are included in our Professional and Essential courses along with instruction on building and water regulations.
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What does the future hold for the plumbing industry?

Qualified plumbers will always be needed. Demand for plumbing work in new buildings (and renovation work on existing buildings) is expected to continue increasing over the coming years.

Plumbing technology has been evolving rapidly for a long time now, but the surge of smart products and green energy systems have truly revolutionised the plumbing industry. Plumbers are installing, maintaining and repairing new devices that didn’t exist just a few years ago – keeping skilled workers in demand and creating more opportunities for new plumbers to the trade.

The fast pace of change means plumbers must be familiar with all the newest technologies, understanding how they work and how they should be installed, maintained and repaired. The latest products include energy-saving systems (such as taps and showers) that are designed to meet the demand for tankless water heating and reduce the homeowner’s carbon footprint, saving them money on bills.

Plumbing is a great profession and a lucrative way to make a living due to the simple fact that there is a shortage of professional plumbers in the UK right. Also note that professional plumbers have stated that they enjoy their work and many would recommend the trade as a career.

If you’re thinking about changing careers and learning a trade, plumbing is a very useful skill to have and a great choice for a new career. Rewards remain high due to the sheer demand for skills in this trade, and if you choose this profession, it could give you the rewarding career that you wished for.

What career opportunities are available for plumbers?

Now is a great time to become a plumber. Not only are there large gaps in the jobs base, but more and more experienced plumbers are getting older and retiring. Now is the time to take advantage of the laws of supply and demand, which will mean better wages for you.

Economic downturns rarely impact the trades. Plumbing work is still needed in good times and bad, with especially strong demand predicted for plumbers.

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Why become a plumber?

  • A lucrative trade
  • Skills you’ll use for life
  • Job stability
  • Independence
  • Professional qualifications
We provide flexible plumbing training that’s designed to accommodate work and family commitments – no matter where you live or what your circumstances are, we are confident that we will be able to deliver the perfect course for you. Call 0800 345 7492 now to speak with a course advisor!
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Intensive Training, Tailored to Suit You

It would normally take years to achieve a professional plumbing qualification, but unlike most colleges, Access Training Academies provide intensive plumbing training that leads to recognised qualifications in a matter of months.

Our courses are fully accredited, and you will have a huge range of training programmes to choose from – no matter what your goals are, we can help you to achieve them.

View our locations to find a plumbing training centre near you.

Who can enrol on our plumbing training courses?

Access Training welcomes clients from all backgrounds, and regardless of your age, gender, or previous experience, we would be more than happy to hear from you. We accommodate learners from all over the UK and beyond.

Why Access Training?

Here are a few reasons to complete your plumbing training with Access Training Academies:
Access Training Academies always keep class sizes to a minimum, ensuring that everyone receives plenty of guidance from the tutor
The plumbing courses that we provide focus on practical, hands-on learning, whilst still covering all of the theoretical knowledge that you’ll need to get qualified
Upon completion of your training course, we will help you to join the unvented hot water competent persons scheme (or another industry-recognised scheme), enabling you to legally work on hot water systems
Our fully-equipped training facilities provide trainee plumbers with a realistic learning environment
We have an outstanding pass rate – historically, we have consistently been above the national average
Our plumbing courses can be tailored to your personal needs and circumstances, including family commitments and your current job

Do You Already Have Plumbing Experience?

Our plumbing courses aren’t exclusively for those who wish to change their career. If you are already a practising plumber, we can help you add new accreditations to your skillset – this will ensure that your skills remain up-to-date, and it may even give you the edge over other plumbers in your area. Get in touch to find out what we have to offer experienced plumbers like you.Contact Us

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