This course is designed for somebody wanting to change their career and gain the basic skills to enter the plumbing industry. It will give you the basic underpinning knowledge which a Level 2 apprentice would complete at College. All theory elements will be self study over the year, enabling a fast track to employability.
Note - you will not become a qualified plumber after this course. You will need to obtain a job with a plumbing company and complete an on-site NVQ portfolio to be industry recognised. The course is designed to move you towards this goal, ensuring you gain the employability skills employers require.
As this course is very intensive, a personal interview will be completed along with an entry assessment. This covers the basic maths and English requirements which the plumbing industry needs. It will also ascertain if this is the correct career path for you as an individual.
The course covers practical pipework skills in plastics and rigid pipe materials, copper and steel. You will be given training and assessment - from simple jobs to installing a bathroom suite. Maintenance and fault finding are also covered.
Theory elements covered via self study include:
Assessment for theory is by online assessments.
Practical skills will be assessed by your trainer via a practical assessment portfolio.
A full day-time week at the end of the course will be needed for the final assessment piece.
Candidates will be required to purchase boots and overalls for the workshop activity.
A course book will be provided.
This course is designed for you to be able to complete all the College elements of becoming a plumber. You will then need to obtain employment in the industry and sign up for an NVQ in Plumbing at Level 2. (Further charges apply.)
Taking a part-time domestic gas course with Derby College is enabling experienced plumber Paul Prime to grow his business.Paul, who runs Prime Plumbing Services in Ilkeston, took the evening course in order to gain Gas Safe certification – the industry's recognised safety standard for gas central heating engineers. Holding a Gas Safe licence means Paul can now safely and legally undertake all aspects of central heating work alongside plumbing jobs.
Paul's nephew and business partner Liam, already had the certification but having two Gas Safe plumbers on their books has increased the amount of domestic and light commercial work they can take on.Paul was so impressed with the standard of teaching on his course that his firm installed an unvented cylinder at the college which can be used by students for test and inspection purposes.
He is also in regular contact with his former lecturers to talk about latest changes in the plumbing and heating sector.
He said: "The course content and the quality of teaching was excellent – so much so that I've been back to the college since to talk to other people on the course about how it's benefited me and my business."
Prime Plumbing Services – which is a proud member of the Derbyshire Trusted Trader scheme – is now looking to take on more plumbers, and when it does, Paul has every intention of sending them to Derby College to gain any further qualifications.
He added: "Having well trained people is important to us. As qualified plumbers and heating engineers, one of our main aims is to provide customers with a reliable, reputable service they can trust – and keep the rogue traders out."