How to become a Plumber

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: March 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Plumbers are skilled tradespeople who carry out installation and maintenance work for a range of customers, including householders, commercial and residential landlords, letting agents, housing associations, local authorities, schools and colleges. Many plumbers also carry out sub-contract work on new-build properties, extensions and refurbishments for construction firms, shopfitters and local builders.

Typical plumbing work ranges from installing new bathroom suites, showers and kitchen sinks, to repairing leaky taps, blocked toilets and faulty pipework.

Plumbers who carry out any kind of gas work, such as that involving gas boilers or heating systems, must hold an appropriate recognised qualification and be Gas Safe registered.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a plumber. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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