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    Getting qualified


    I'm in my mid twenties years old and would love to start a career in Plumbing. What is the best way to getting qualified?
    I was told that City of Guilds is one of the best options for getting a qualification. Is this true? Whether it is or not, I would really appreciate some more information on this matter. The sooner I can start the better.
    Thanks in advance

    Asked by Samuel on 9th Mar 2021
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    Gaone Ntime

    "Hi there.

    Thanks for asking and why I say this it’s because you’ve done the right thing to ask and it is the beginning of good things to come your way. But remember, if you’re prepared to work hard and I mean working hard.

    Plumbing it’s one of the best jobs in UK but also if you have a City & Guilds qualification, you will get any Plumbing jobs in countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. In a nutshell, anywhere in the world because the qualification itself is so powerful if you put what you’ve learned into practice.

    I’ve done it back in 2010 and so far it’s made me successful and to answer your question YES, City & Guilds is the right qualification. Should you enrol, you should take the Health & Safety part of it very serious as well.

    Good luck and all the best for you in your future endeavours."

    Answered on 9th Mar 2021 - Member since Jun 2017 - report
    Liam Raven

    "Hey, the route I took was to do my city and guilds level 2 in plumbing studies which I studied in the evening, then I did my NVQ level. Two in plumbing and heating which is site based assessments and a portfolio folder. I had already been commercial plumbing for 5/6 years so the NVQ was easy for me to pass. If you want to take the domestic route then I’d recommend sticking to city and guilds and work your way up to 2/3/4. You will need and NVQ to get a blue plumbers card for commercial building sites"

    Answered on 9th Mar 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    Water Gas Limited

    "Did you ever work in the building industry?
    You need some general knowledge of building and maintenance work. Getting a job as a general labourer is a great way to start.

    If you already have this experience I would try to get the job as Plumber's mate. Getting experience on the job is the best way. You can then see if you like it or not. After a few months, you can do a short plumbing course. Get Water regs and Unvented G3 qualification. Following a year or two you can go for a proper Gas Safety course and became a fully qualified Plumber and Gas Engineer. You can get experience and get paid at the same time."

    Answered on 9th Mar 2021 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
    Trust Heating Services ltd

    "Hi, I started my career in plumbing in my mid twenties. I paid to do a city and guilds level 2 qualification at a privately run training centre. After I had finished the course I was qualified but lacked the experience required. Luckily for me I managed to get an apprenticeship with British Gas. This allowed me to gain experience while still learning.

    My advice would be to try and find an apprenticeship or traineeship so that you learn and gain experience that way. Just paying to go on a training course to gain a qualification is not ,in my experience, the way to go about it.

    I wish you good luck in your future career."

    Answered on 9th Mar 2021 - Member since Aug 2020 - report
    Luxury building works

    "Hi mate Manchester college has recently started level 2 course for plumbing and heating

    Answered on 9th Mar 2021 - Member since Oct 2018 - report
    Jeff & Co Plumbing and Heating

    Plumbing and Heating is one of the most rewarding careers you can have, so good choice.
    I studied and trained at East Sussex College in Hastings for 2 years and gained city and guilds qualifications, so I'd advise you to do the same. Take the apprentice one and it's free of charge. Good luck."

    Answered on 9th Mar 2021 - Member since Jun 2019 - report
    Barratts home improvements

    "hi im currently in the middle of starting a college course for level 1 and they offer you cg and other qualifications aswell so might be worth speaking to your local collage"

    Answered on 9th Mar 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    DAAS Electric & Plumber and Handyman

    "It depends on you if you have more interest in plumbing and your willpower. You need a little bit of knowledge about plumbing, such as where the main service pipe is located and hot cold water knowledge."

    Answered on 9th Mar 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    GS Tech Elec LTD

    "Think your quickest way is to get in touch with the college bud and get your level 2. Also try and get on some work experience with a local plumber."

    Answered on 16th Mar 2021 - Member since Feb 2018 - report

    "Hi and thanks for asking this question, getting advice is the key to the beginning of a successful Career path.

    In answer to your question YES! City & Guilds is the right qualification and the right way to go about it. Go to a college get advice and make the best choice.

    Good luck.
    Hope that helps."

    Answered on 12th Mar 2021 - Member since Dec 2020 - report

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