Plumbing student and instructor at Able Skills Construction Training Dartford, Kent

A chance to expand on existing plumbing skills

Even after you’ve completed your training as a plumber and have started working out in the field, there’s no reason why you can’t continue adding to your skills throughout your career. 

The chance to expand on existing skills offers plumbers the opportunity to boost their earning potential and employability, and these additional courses can often be completed around your existing workload, meaning you don’t have to lose out while training. 

Below we’ve run through a few of the options that existing plumbers may want to explore, along with the benefits of doing so. 

Qualified plumbers looking to expand their skillset

Naturally, the more tasks you’re qualified to carry out, the more favourable you’ll appear to potential employers and the more work you can take on if you go down the route of starting your own business. 

There are a number of courses that are perfect for complementing any plumber’s skillset.

A Water Regulations (WRAS) course is ideal for anyone wanting to work with a water company and join the WIAPS, allowing them to carry out work freely without having to be approved by local water companies. 

The Energy Efficiency course has become increasingly important as customers look for greener alternatives and advice, and it teaches the best way to install a system to comply with Part L of the Building Regulations.

Completing a Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems course allows a worker to join a Competent Persons’ Scheme which in turn allows for self-certification of hot water storage system installations.

Experienced plumbers who need an NVQ

Throughout the years we’ve seen plumbing rules and regulations frequently change, meaning despite someone having an abundance of experience in the field, they may not have all the relevant certifications.

The NVQ Level 2 Plumbing Assessment is aimed at those already working as a plumber and who hold a level 2 Plumbing Certificate or Diploma (C&G 6035-02 or 6129-22) but have never achieved a Plumbing NVQ. Rather than completing a full training course, Able Skills will organise for a qualified assessor to visit you at your place of work, establish your competence and give guidance on portfolio completion.

Becoming Gas Safe registered

Unsurprisingly, It’s common for qualified plumbers to add gas work to their capabilities, allowing them to offer a more complete service. 

Anyone wanting to legally and safely carry out gas work must be a member of the Gas Safe Register. Able Skills offers a range of gas courses to suit all levels of experience that will ensure you’re up to the standard needed for Gas Safe registration.

Looking for new ways to expand your plumbing skillset? Able Skills has a wide variety of training courses that are perfect for any plumber wanting to add new services to their offering. To find the course that’s perfect for you, we recommend popping into our training centre for a chat. If you can’t make it in, feel free to give us a call on 01322 280 202 or request a brochure online.