Do you recommend trainee plumbers to aim for a particular NVQ level?

Yes. WaterSafe will accept NVQ Level 2 as a minimum, accompanied by a Water Regulations Certificate, but recommends S/NVQ Level 3, to be fully competent.

In England, the new plumbing apprenticeships developed for plumbing and domestic heating are level 3 only.

Take a look at the  48 list of accepted qualifications and reference entry routes - when your work will be assessed for competency. 

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