If you want to become a plumber you need to be prepared that it may take several years of training. It is an industry where there are also many parts of technology which keeps advancing and changing at a fast pace. This means you also need to be prepared for lifelong learning and updating yourself on the latest way to do certain parts of the job.
Science and maths are two very important subjects to be good at if you want to be a plumber. It also helps to be able to work in cramped conditions. Also having the stamina to work long hard days will also be needed in pluming if you want to excel at your job. You also need to be trustworthy, have good communication skills when dealing with customers.
The main qualifications you need as a plumber are a level 2/3 (NVQ) Diploma in domestic Heating and Plumbing and a level 2 (NVQ) Diploma in Maintaining and Installing domestic heating systems. On top of this and we touched a bit on this earlier but A-C level in Maths and Science is also needed.
This will vary from person to person but the hours for most plumbers will be 40 hours per week, and sometimes overtime. You can also be a plumber that can be called out in 24 hours at any time if you like.
This will change from the different regions of course, but in general for a newly qualified plumber starting salaries from £18,000 – 22,000 a year is pretty normal. But for the more experienced you can expect a salary of up to £35,000 per year. So this is definitely an industry where you can generate a good income for you self and plumbers are not going to go away anytime soon.