Already working as a Plumber but need to achieve an NVQ?


If you are already working out on the tools as a plumber but have never achieved a National Vocational Qualification also known as an NVQ then we can help. Here at Able Skills we have assessors available who can visit your place of work and generally help you to complete a Plumbing NVQ.  They will test your competence on the job and provide guidance on how to properly put together a portfolio. Gaining this qualification is essential for working on most construction sites around the country.


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You can get your own JIB Plumbers card, which will allow you to get on-site after completing a Level 2 NVQ.


How does it work?


If you already hold qualifications in the trade and you are looking to take on an NVQ, those qualifications will likely map over to the assessment and you will just need to be tested in the workplace. Our assessor will need to arrange two separate occasions to visit your place of work, this can be anywhere you are carrying out plumbing tasks, such as within somebody's home. You will be assessed on  you ability to complete the following tasks...


  • Maintain the Safe Working Environment when Undertaking Work Activities.
  • Maintain Effective Plumbing Working Relationships.
  • Contribute to the Improvement of the Plumbing Work Environment.
  • Install Non-complex Plumbing Systems and Components.
  • Decommission Non-complex Plumbing Systems.
  • Maintain Non-complex Plumbing Systems and Components


Don't hold any qualifications? If you are an experienced plumber but happen to not hold any qualifications then don't worry. We have developed a process to assist you in gaining an NVQ. This doesn't mean that you will need to start training, if you have at least a few years on the job then you are eligible for this route...


Firstly, you will be provided with a 'Home-Study Pack' which contains all of the theory knowledge, you'll need to study this in your own time before being assessed by multi-choice tests / assignments – undertaken in the training centre. From there you'll need to prove your practical ability, again, achieved by a mix of knowledge and practical activities in simulated conditions within the centre.


Then, once we have established that you do have a good working knowledge of the trade it will be time to have work-based assessments completed. We will send an assessor to your place of work to test your competence on the job over two occasions.


How do I get started?


To get started  working towards a Level 2 Plumbing NVQ with our help you can either give us a call on 0808 100 3245 to discuss how long you have been working in the industry, what qualification you hold if any and to arrange your starting date. You can also visit our centre in person, where we can discuss your options and get you started as soon as possible. We are located in Dartford, Kent at the Riverside Industrial Estate just a short distance from the local train station and town centre.


Need to know more?


To learn more about our range of Plumbing courses give us a call on 0808 100 3245. We are happy to help you over the phone by answering any questions, providing advice and securing your place on a course. You are also completely welcome to visit our centre in person, if you come into our office we can help you to decide on the right Plumbing courses that meet your personal career goals and even show you around the centre so that you can see for yourself the great work that we do here. We are open 7-days a week between the hours of 8:30 - 16:30!


If you live too far to travel then you may be thinking about staying in accomodation for the duration of your Plumbing courses. you should know that we have our own accommodation available. Our accommodation, located just a short walk from our centre is available exclusively to our students at the reasonable price of just £20 per night! - If you are interested make sure to contact us ahead of your courses starting date as spaces are limited!


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