Being a plumber can be a varied and rewarding career, with good earnings potential. There are different areas for plumbers to go in to, for example domestic plumbing, central heating, gas plumbing and commercial plumbing. Plumbers are in plenty of demand as every home and business has some type of plumbing. However, in order to be a good plumber it is important to gain the right qualifications.

A good start is to enrol on an intensive short course in plumbing, or a plumbing taster course. These will provide an overview of the trade and are suitable for those looking for some basic knowledge for use in general DIY or a specific DIY project.

Alternatively, for those seeking a career and formal qualifications in plumbing, it is possible to start with a City & Guilds Level 2 plumbing qualification, as this is suitable for those who are starting their studies for the first time. City & Guilds qualifications are nationally recognised.

Following the successful completion of Level 2 plumbing, the City & Guilds Level 3 plumbing course is available which gives students a more in-depth knowledge of plumbing to improve their skills and make them more attractive as a tradesman.

Qualified plumbers can go on to study further qualifications including specialised plumbing courses to enhance their knowledge, for example gas training courses. These can help tradesmen to specialise in specific areas of plumbing and gain valuable qualifications that encourage customers to choose them.

Many plumbing courses can be studied either full-time or part-time, and some may even be studied via distance learning.