Who’d Be A Plumber?

October 23rd, 2009

There are a huge number of people who ply their trade as a plumber. The UK has around 20,000 plumbing businesses, and most of them operate as sole traders. A quick search on a well known Internet directory can return over 4,000 results to a query for plumbers in London. Although, like any trade, there are those who operate without any formal qualifications, many are time-served and fully qualified. What, though, does ‘fully qualified’ mean? Well, it means a great deal more than simply leaving school with a talent for wielding a spanner while storing a pencil behind your ear. You may be surprised at just how well qualified your plumber should be.

At IQ Plumbing Services, all our engineers are time served, qualified professionals, and getting to the level they’ve attained has been hard work.

Although the trade can be learned on the job, NVQ qualifications are a good indication of ability and commitment to learning a trade. At NVQ level 2 a plumber has two-years industry experience while working on the course for the same amount of time. Topics covered are drainage, water and sanitation.

A further two years at college can secure a NVQ level 3 qualification. This covers training in water regulations, system design, gas and unvented systems.

There are other routes into the profession, such as private colleges. Many of these courses though, do not result in City & Guilds NVQ certification.

So the next time you call in emergency plumbers or an emergency drainage company, ensure you call a reliable, professional engineer such as ours. You can then be confident they have skills and qualifications you can rely on.

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