New and comprehensive advice on the correct routes to becoming a qualified plumbing and heating engineer has been made available by the Plumbing & Heating Skills Partnership (PHSP).
Aimed at both school leavers and those looking at changing careers, the guidance maps out what qualifications and training you need along with providing tips for choosing a training provider and the warning signs that could mean the training won’t lead to qualified status.
With some training providers offering intensive courses, run over just a few weeks or months, the clear advice from PHSP is that it typically takes four years to become fully qualified for those with no prior experience.
The importance of work experience is also stressed. It is essential that those engaged in training spend time on site with a qualified tradesperson to build skills, confidence and knowledge over a long period of time, alongside any classroom learning.
When choosing a training provider, the PHSP recommends looking carefully at the small print, avoiding hard sells, checking Awarding Organisation accreditations and finding out whether any existing qualifications can be recognised.
To read the full advice visit the PHSP website www.phsp.org.uk/training-advice/