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Thinking of becoming a Plumber or Gas Engineer? – Here are things to consider…..

When you make that all important decision to start a new career as a Plumber or Gas engineer it is very important to make sure you pick the right training centre.

Many training centres will be quick to get you to sign on the dotted line and start asking you for money before you know enough about the course. Private training centres that worry more about taking your hard earned money than helping you on your way to studying for a new career are usually the ones that give insufficient training; therefore students can leave their centres with poor training and move into the plumbing and gas industry at the risk of carrying out unsafe work.

Training centres that employ a sales team will make sure that they tell their potential customers everything they want to hear and not the truth about what is needed to achieve the qualifications required by industry. Once they have your personal details they will bombard you with emails, call you constantly or even start knocking on your door to get you signed up.

These types of training centres will care more about getting your money and getting you in the door rather than seeing what is best for you and allocating the training you need.

The most important thing is to do your research and take the time to go and have a look around a training centre; you should be able to do this unannounced; this will give you the opportunity to see how the business is run on a day to day basis. Doing the correct research will help you find the best centre that suits you and will provide you with the best and correct training. In the long term, good research will save you time and money.

To obtain work within the plumbing or gas industry you will need to show potential employers proof that you have undertaken the correct training and also, the qualifications that you have achieved. This is why it is so important to make sure you complete your training at a centre that will offer you the right training and qualifications and teach you to carry out work safely in people’s homes.


If you want to come and look around a centre please feel free to come down to Able Skills and we will happily show you around, we are here 7 days a week from 8:30 to 4:30! No appointment required – Just turn up and we will show you around.

  • Jason Spencer

    This article is bs. I've been a plumber my whole life. My father owns a plumbing company and had operated it for over 40 years. I've never heard of a training center for plumbers nor do I know of anyone that has ever went. In order to become a plumber you have to 1. Work under a Master Plumber who documents your hours 2. Accrue enough hours (6,000+-) to apply for the test 3. Pass the test. So all this schooling is bs. Just as the ad warns people about facilities taking their money - that's exactly what this article is designed to do. Go work for a plumbing company and get your hours. Don't waste your time at a facility.