This article is all about plumbers and anything you might need to know about them.
In the UK, you don’t need to have any qualifications or certification to call yourself a plumber as long as you are not touching gas.
If you want to be gas safe registered then you will need to be a fully qualified plumber.
Also, if you want to work on any medium to large construction site you will need to have proof that you are fully qualified by having a CSCS card identifying you as a qualified plumber. You can only get a CSCS card by 1) completing an apprenticeship 2) achieving an NVQ Level 2 in plumbing.
The quickest way to become fully qualified as a plumber is to complete an apprenticeship with an experienced plumber.
If you are already very experienced you can choose to apply for an NVQ Level 2 in plumbing which is essentially a review of your work onsite.
You can also enrol in some courses that cover plumbing that include:
However, its important to note that no matter how many diploma qualifications you complete unless you finish your apprenticeship or get your NVQ Level 2, then you will not be able to get a CSCS card for works on larger sites.
If you are not qualified as a plumber you can still provide plumbing services on most ‘wet-work’ items including installing sinks, baths, showers, taps, radiators, hot and cold water pipes and so forth. It is just that you cannot touch the gas boiler. You need to get a gas registered engineer to carry out that part of the works.