Plumbing skills are in high demand. Plumbers will always be required in the construction industry to install central heating systems, fit out bathrooms and kitchens, and respond to emergencies. Find out how to train to be a plumber with our quick guide below.  

Applying for a plumbing apprenticeship

There are a number of routes to becoming a plumber. Whether you start work or undertake a training course or college course, you won’t qualify as a plumber without gaining the NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 diplomas. They are nationally recognised plumbing and heating qualifications, and the best way to achieve them is by taking a plumbing apprenticeship.  

Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised by employers, and one of the ways you can apply is by searching the latest vacancies on the Talentview Construction website.  

How long is a typical plumbing apprenticeship?

Plumbing apprenticeships usually take up to 4 years to complete and lead to an advanced Level 3 diploma. Level 3 also provides a pathway for plumbers to become Gas Safe registered.  

How much can you earn as a plumbing apprentice?

Salaries vary, but you could earn up to £20,000 as a plumbing apprentice. Salaries can rise to £60,000 once you’re fully qualified and experienced. Check the latest vacancies on the Talentview website to see the salaries that are being offered.   

What will you be doing day-to-day?

You will be learning all the key plumbing skills involved in working in the trade. This could involve installing new central heating systems or repairing issues on existing pipes and systems. 

You could be doing any of the following things as you train to be a qualified plumber: 

  • Installing hot and cold water systems, sanitation and drainage 
  • Installing domestic fuel-burning appliances using gas, oil or solid fuel 
  • Cutting and joining pipes and fittings 
  • Measuring or assessing sites to provide clients with an estimate 
  • Servicing domestic plumbing systems and fixing faults 
  • Responding to emergency callouts such as floods or boiler breakdowns. 

Train to be a plumber