Plumbing courses in Edinburgh - the best way to become a plumber?

Plumbing is one of the essential trades. No matter the status of the economy or the health of the construction industry, the demand for plumbers will always remain strong. While other trades may depend primarily on construction work and only minimally on maintenance jobs, plumbers can generally rely on a steady stream of house calls. This is why there is a large demand for plumbers in Scotland, and why there are multiple plumbing courses in Edinburgh on offer.

Plumbers may choose to be self-employed or to work for a single employer as part of a services team. Professional plumbers can earn over £30,000 per year and can expect to be employed in a range of locations. However plumbing courses themselves can cost thousands of pounds.

Those who are looking for plumbing courses in Edinburgh have multiple options to choose from. Courses are on offer through educational establishments and private companies, but there are a number of things to bear in mind when choosing your course.

Before signing on for any plumbing course always make sure that the course is recognised by the appropriate bodies. In order to work as a plumber in the UK you must hold Levels 2 and 3 diplomas in Plumbing and Domestic Heating, from either City & Guilds or EAL.

However the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employer's Federation advocates apprenticeship schemes as the primary training method for plumbers. Apprenticeships last for up to four years and candidates earn their qualifications while also gaining invaluable practical experience. Those seeking apprenticeship plumbing courses in Edinburgh are advised to contact licensed plumbers directly. A list of recognised plumbers in Edinburgh can be found at licensedplumbers.org.

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