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WaterSafe approved plumbers are certified by our national accreditation body, with specific training in the UK’s Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.
Hiring a WaterSafe approved plumber ensures that all plumbing work meets high standards and protects the quality of drinking water in your home and business, in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
When planning a plumbing project, you may wish to hire specialised contractors, rather than a fully qualified WaterSafe Plumber.
These Water Support Services contractors include:
These contractors are not approved WaterSafe plumbers, but they are recognised by the water company schemes APLUS, TAPS, WaterMark and WIAPS to carry out specific types of work in compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws.
Groundworkers can work on the supply pipe (the underground pipe) supplying your property, up to the internal stop valve.
Catering Installers can install commercial kitchen equipment.
Point of Use Installers can install cold water chillers connected directly to the mains.
For further information or help, you should contact the relevant water company scheme.
Find a local WaterSafe approved plumber to help with your emergency.
For leaks, burst pipes, or other plumbing emergencies, WaterSafe’s emergency search will give you the contact details of a plumber who can help right away.
If you have no water, very low pressure or concerns about the quality of your water, you should contact your local water company straight away.
Proper classroom and on-site training is vital for anyone wanting to become a plumber. During National Apprentice Week, Madeline Fish, of SNIPEF, shares her advice on good training and apprenticeships.
“High-quality apprenticeships can improve the job prospects of the future workforce, offering people the chance to gain qualifications through hands-on training. Over recent years apprenticeships have become increasingly popular, offering people an excellent career path.
Many people are now choosing to complete an apprenticeship over attending university as there is no worry of incurring debt that the majority of university students face. Furthermore, people are able to gain first-hand experience of the real working world in their industry and receive an income in the process.
High-quality apprenticeships are well structured, splitting the time between college or training centres and gaining experience and training with their employers. This helps people to learn and develop all the skills and knowledge required for their career. Also, it is important that apprenticeships are supported by professional and well-organised training providers.
SNIPEF Training Services Ltd is part of SNIPEF and is the plumbing and heating industry’s training provider for the Modern Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing & Heating SVQ Level 3 in Scotland. Most apprenticeships typically take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type and level of the apprenticeship.
The Modern Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing & Heating is a four-year apprenticeship, so apprentices are fully qualified with a SVQ Level 3. In an attempt to close a gap that has been created due to a lack of good apprenticeships, fast-track courses are offered.
However, courses of this sort are not nationally recognised and will not offer sufficient experience. Some people may not undertake any training and therefore are not considered qualified and not recognised by the plumbing industry. Both routes limit people’s career paths and significantly reduce the quality of work within the industry.
Through the process and completion of high-quality apprenticeships such as the Modern Apprenticeship in Domestic Plumbing & Heating SVQ Level 3, apprentices receive excellent training and experience to put their skills into practice. They are all gaining the confidence in a working environment toward a nationally recognised qualification, which will ensure individuals have the required skillset to maintain high standards in the industry.”
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