Experienced plumber seeking guidance for NVQ?


If you are already working as a Plumber but have never achieved a Plumbing NVQ then Able Skills has Assessors in place who can visit you at your place of work to establish your competence, give guidance on portfolio completion and help you on your way to achieving a Plumbing NVQ. We have developed a specially designed route for those who already work and have a good fundamental knowledge of the trade to achieve an NVQ in a more straight forward and approachable way than was previously known.

Please understand that gaining an NVQ isn't something you should do straight out of the gate...This isn't a qualification that's recommended for those who have just started out in the industry, however. Ideally, you need to hold enough experience working on a variety of Plumbing jobs within both a domestic and commercial dwelling in order to feel confident enough - Once you think that you are ready and you have that experience under your belt then gain the help of Able skills so that you can say you are NVQ Level 2 qualified!


What is an NVQ?


An NVQ or National Vocational Qualification is a work based test that will check your competency whilst working on-site...The existing Plumbing qualifications that you hold will likely map over to the NVQ and you will just need to be assessed in the work-place.


For level 2, the work-based Plumbing assessments will be to establish your competence in being able to:

  • 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.


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Novice seeking training?


If you have stumbled upon this article seeking training or considering a career in the world of plumbing...Then you are in the right place, we have been teaching the subject for well over 10+ years! If you are a completely new entrant to the trade of plumbing then we would recommend that you take our Introduction to Plumbing course. This course will give you the fundamentals to work from - the course will provide you with all of the basics and give you a taste of the trade - with a City and Guilds certificate at the end.

If you have completed the above course or you have some previous experience then the next logical step is to take on our City & Guilds Level 2 Plumbing Course. If you are looking to become a qualified Plumber then this industry-recognised entry-level 2 will be your starting point. The qualification forms the basis of knowledge for all modern domestic plumbing and is, therefore, an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a career as a Plumber. Equally, it is also suitable for those of you already working in the plumbing industry and who require in-depth technical knowledge and qualifications without completing an apprenticeship. You will learn a variety of subjects over the 6-weeks and this course is primarily a hands-on practical training programme.


Contact us:


If you would like some more information regarding any of the _ courses talked about throughout this article, then do not hesitate to get in contact with us by calling on 0808 100 3245. Otherwise, if you would prefer to speak to a representative in person then simply come into our office during opening hours (8:30 - 16:30) we are happy to help, answer any questions, help with the enrolment process and even take you around on a quick tour of our facility so that you can gain an understanding of where and how you will be learning this trade!

Live too far away? If you live a considerable distance from Able Skills but you are still very much interested in gaining some quality training with us (Obviously for the NVQ specifically our assessors will come to you) then, please be aware that we have accommodation available a short distance from our training centre for the reasonable price or £20 / per night!

Find us at:


K5, Riverside Industrial Estate, Riverside Way, Dartford DA1 5BS


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