A plumber is one of the most ‘in demand’ jobs available in the UK at the moment, and therefore it comes as no surprise that more and more people are heading into the industry. However, like all ‘well paid jobs’ it does require a degree of skill, and that is what an NVQ in Plumbing will aim to teach you.
About NVQ Plumbing
The majority of colleges out there which offer NVQ courses will provide a course for plumbing, although it is worth checking. There are few entry requirements, and in fact many colleges don’t have any entry requirements, although a desire to work as a plumber is of course required. There are three levels to NVQ Plumbing, and you will need to complete all of them in order to become ‘qualified’.
The main aim of the Level 1 NVQ in Plumbing is to teach the potential plumber the basics about the industry. For example, during this course you will learn safety regulations and how to stay safe whilst at work. You will then move onto the basics of plumbing installations. The basics include carrying out repairs to piping systems, testing systems, installing household appliances and dealing with blockages. Once you have completed this section of the course you will be able to apply to work as a trainee plumber. All assessment is carried out in a ‘practical’ environment where your skills will be tested.
The Level 2 NVQ in plumbing looks to build upon the skills that you learned during Level 1, many people start to do this course whilst working as a trainee plumber, although you can still complete this in a college environment. Here you will learn important skills such as hot and cold water systems, weathering systems, installation of various different kinds of systems and various customer service skills. Again, the assessment will be carried out in a ‘practical’ environment where your skills on what you have been taught will be assessed.
In order to under the NVQ Level 3 in Plumbing you will need to be employed in the plumbing industry and hold an NVQ Level 2 in Plumbing qualification. This course looks at your ability to design systems, including cold water systems and hot water systems. You will also be tested to see whether you are able to maintain and diagnose problems within these systems. This is the stage where you begin to learn one of the most important functions of a plumber, installing boilers and central heating systems. In order to complete the NVQ Level 3 in Plumbing you will also need to obtain a Gas certification. The assessment of this position is carried out ‘on job’.
Plumbing Training Audience
This is just a brief overview of the NVQ in Plumbing. If you wish to find out any more information then you are urged to get in touch with your local college who should be able to help you out. Remember, you will need to complete an NVQ in Plumbing if you intend to work in the industry.
NVQ Plumbing Levels
The following levels are available for this NVQ:
- NVQ Plumbing Level 1
- NVQ Plumbing Level 2
- NVQ Plumbing Level 3