Looking to get some more training after completing a plumbing course?


If you have just completed a City & Guilds Level 2 Plumbing Course and you are lost for the next step, obviously you will be looking towards employment, but you may want to consider some of our beneficial extra training courses like Water RegulationsEnergy Efficiency or Unvented Hot Water Systems or maybe progress to C&G 6035 level 3 which includes lots of beneficial additional training and qualifications!


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Plumbing Courses at Ableskills


An NVQ is also a very advantageous qualification to pick up! An NVQ or National Vocational Qualification is a seal of approval in the industry and is gained by completing a competency test. 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. An NVQ is a work-based qualification, meaning that you will need to be already in employment to achieve this qualification. Our Able Skills assessor will need to make an inspection of your work on two separate occasions.

Another option could even be to take up some Gas training courses, the two trades are very similar in a range of ways and this is a well-known route for plumbers to take. Especially when working on a self-employed basis it is very beneficial to be able to carry out both types of work, you will have access to more jobs and in turn more earnings! Let's take a look at our most popular plumber to gas engineer package:


Qualified Plumber Gas Training Package 2:


Qualified Plumber Gas Training Package 2 begins with 5-weeks of training, which consists of Domestic Gas Safety Training. Upon successful completion, you will earn a  Bpec Gas Foundation Certificate - To gain this certificate you will need to complete a written and online examination to prove that you have understood and learnt correctly over the courses period. Over the 5-weeks you will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Gas safety controls
  • Pipe sizing
  • Gas rates / Heat inputs
  • Flueing
  • Appliance installation and servicing
  • Ventilation
  • Unsafe situations

The next stage is work placement portfolio completion; Part of the process of becoming Gas Safe registered is to prove your competence whilst working on various aspects of gas. This will need to be undertaken under the supervision of a Gas Safe registered Engineer whereby a portfolio is completed detailing the gas work that has been done, supported by photographic evidence and signed by your Gas Safe registered Engineer (You can find the engineer yourself, or if you can't, then we can provide one for a fee.).

The third and final stage of this package is ACS or Approved Certification Scheme. Which is an industry-wide recognised 'test of competence' and will act as proof to employers and clients that you are capable and able to carry out work correctly and safely... It is also needed when applying to become 'Gas Safe Registered'.


Looking for plumbing courses?


If you have stumbled across this article and you are looking for plumbing courses, simply click the links throughout this article to get some more information on our range of training. Alternatively, if you would like to get in contact with us then you have a few options, firstly, give us a call on 0808 100 3245. We do have an open policy - meaning that we encourage potential candidates to come into our office with no prior arrangement, come in we are happy to help, we will answer questions, show you around and provide as much guidance as we can.

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