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The career of a plumber is a vastly satisfying one, perfect for anyone who enjoys problem-solving and is looking for a good amount of variety in their day-to-day work life.

As is the case right across the board with trade roles at the minute, the ongoing skills shortage in the UK means plumbers are in incredibly high demand, which in turn translates to strong job security and healthy earning potential. 

The profession also offers the very achievable route of working for yourself should you choose, giving you greater command over your own work-life balance, and the chance to further increase your salary depending on the rates you set, and the workload you want to take on. 

The City & Guilds Level 2 Plumbing Course offers the ideal route to becoming a qualified plumber. Throughout the programme, participants will form a solid base knowledge of all modern domestic plumbing, making it the perfect starting point for anyone taking their first steps towards a career in plumbing.

Alternatively, it can also serve as a suitable option for anyone already working within the industry, who might require in-depth technical knowledge and qualifications without completing an apprenticeship.

What does the course cover? 

Combining both hands-on and theory learning, participants will be assessed through a series of practical and online examinations. 

The course will provide you with a range of plumbing skills covering various essential topics including: electrical principles and processes, common plumbing processes, cold water systems, domestic hot water systems, sanitation, central heating systems and drainage systems.

How long will the course take to complete? 

There are a number of flexible options available for how to complete the course. One method is training full-time, over a six-week period. There is also the option to enrol on a part-time basis, where you will complete two consecutive weekends per month. 

Along with this, we now offer a home study alternative, where you can start your learning from home and then complete the practical elements of the course at the training centre at a later date. 

Each option can be paid for in flexible, affordable instalments, for the latest pricing and payment information, visit the course page.

What can I do once I’ve completed the course?

Once you have achieved City & Guilds Level 2 certification, you’ll be qualified to carry out a variety of jobs within a domestic setting. You may want to consider additional specialist courses such as Water Regulations, Energy Efficiency or Unvented Hot Water Systems to broaden your knowledge.

There is also the opportunity to pursue your NVQ Level 2 qualification, which will open up the possibility of carrying out commercial work–this assessment can also be arranged through Able Skills. Beyond that, undertaking the relevant training towards becoming a Gas Safe Registered engineer can significantly increase the scope of work you’re able to carry out, making it an incredibly worthwhile consideration. 

Whether you’re ready to begin your career in plumbing, or are already working in the industry but require formal qualifications, the City & Guilds Level 2 Plumbing Course offers the perfect foundation and a strong base for employment and further training. 

If you’re ready to enrol, or need a little more information, our team would be happy to arrange and advise. Give us a call on 01322 280 202, request a brochure or pop into our training centre for a chat.