Course Packages

Air Source Heat Pump Course (ASHP) - Featured Image
Classroom & Workshop

Air Source Heat Pump Course (ASHP)

Skills Training Group's Air Source Heat Pump Course covers the service, maintenance and installation of ASHP's.

2.5 Day Course
Gas Managed Learning Programme – Full Time - Featured Image

29 Week Central Heating Training Programme for New Entrants Into the Domestic Heating Industry. Includes Gas Boilers, Cookers & Air Source Heat Pumps.

29 week course
Gas Managed Learning Programme – Part Time - Featured Image

45 Week Part Time Gas Training Programme for New Entrants Into the Domestic Gas Industry including Air Source Heat Pumps.

45 week course
Domestic Gas Heating Installer Course - Featured Image

For Plumbers or Candidates With 2 Years or More Experience Working Alongside a Gas Engineer

18 week course
Hot Water Systems and Safety (Unvented Cylinders) Course - Featured Image

Skills Training Group’s Hot Water Systems and Safety (HWSS) course supersedes the unvented cylinders course and now covers all hot water systems.

1 Day
Legionella Risk Assessment & Treatment Course - Featured Image

Skills Training Group's course will equip you with all the necessary skills to carry out legionella risk assessments and produce a professional Legionella report.

1 Day
WRAS Water Byelaws Course - Featured Image

WRAS certification is essential for any plumber looking to apply to their local water authority's “Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme”.

1 Day

Plumbing Courses Overview

We want to make sure that our plumbing training courses are available to anyone who wants to get started within this sector, so we offer different levels: beginner, intermediate and experienced. Not only this, but we also offer our fundamental gas managed learning programme over a full-time or part-time period to work around your schedule and help you become qualified in plumbing and heating in no time.

How long does it take to train to be a plumber?

Depending on the course and training you choose to specialise in, this can impact the time frame dramatically. A traditional plumbing apprenticeship can take up to four years to complete, whereas our fast-track plumbing courses can take anywhere between 4-16 weeks to complete. If you’d like to work on gas appliances as well, the training will take in the region of 6 months for the fast-track course.

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Part time, evening & night plumbing courses

Training as a plumber can be a time-consuming process, but one of the biggest difficulties with learning a new trade can be sustaining a full-time income while you learn. If you’re searching for part-time courses, you’re clearly ambitious and looking for a new career. Skills Training Group has a solution for your problem: introducing our part-time plumbing & heating course.

You’ll attend our training centre for 38 weeks part-time. During this time, you’ll learn all of the theory and practical skills required for the job.

The next step is to work alongside a registered gas engineer for seven weeks allowing you to build a portfolio of gas work and gain some important on-site work experience. The gas portfolio is a mandatory requirement for any candidate who wants to become qualified and register with the Gas Safe Register.

Finally, you’ll return to our training centre for 1-week to complete your ACS Assessments, which every gas engineer must pass and then renew every five years.

How do I start my career in plumbing?

There are multiple different avenues to choose from when starting your career in plumbing, these include traditional plumbing, fast-track plumbing or working as a plumbing assistant. Each has different advantages and disadvantages outlined within our how to become a plumber guide, which will assist you in understanding the best avenue for you.

What career opportunities are available for plumbers?

Now is a great time to become a plumber. Not only is the thriving industry rarely affected by economic downturns, but it is also the case that there are large gaps in the jobs base, as more and more experienced plumbers are reaching retirement age. There is no better time than today to seize the opportunities available and take advantage of the unusually favourable imbalance between supply and demand. The high demand and lack of suitable supply mean that qualified plumbers have never enjoyed more challenging and rewarding work, as well as higher salaries – and that trend is only set to continue.

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Students who have passed their training and are displaying their certificates

What does the future hold for the plumbing industry?

Since the beginning of civilisation, plumbers have played a crucial role in providing comfort and convenience to homes, organisations and businesses. In the 21st century, qualified plumbers are needed more than ever before, as the demand for premium-grade plumbing work in a wide range of new buildings, as well as in renovation, is only expected to rise over the coming years.

Plumbing technology has always evolved in order to keep up with the changing landscapes of human development, but in recent years the surge of smart products and green energy systems have truly revolutionised the plumbing industry, which has given rise to a profile of new knowledge, technologies and approaches. Today, plumbers are installing, maintaining and repairing an ever-growing selection of devices that did not exist just a few years ago. As a result, skilled workers are in great demand and there is an abundance of opportunities for plumbers new to the trade.

The rapid pace of change means that plumbers must be familiar with all the newest technologies, such as smart energy-saving systems, like taps and showers, that are designed to meet the demand for tankless water heating and thereby reduce the homeowner’s carbon footprint. Furthermore, they must understand precisely how they work and how they should be installed, maintained and repaired. This level of knowledge and skill is beyond that of any normal homeowner, which is why entering the profession at this point in time really is a smart thing to do!

Plumbing is a great career choice and a lucrative way to make a living due to the simple fact that there is currently a shortage of professional plumbers in the UK. It is also the case that many existing plumbers have expressed how satisfying and enjoyable their work is and would not hesitate to recommend the trade as a career.

If you are thinking about changing careers and learning a valuable, rewarding, future-proof trade, then plumbing is something you should seriously consider.

Who can enrol on our plumbing training courses?

Skills Training Group welcomes clients from all backgrounds, regardless of age, gender, or previous experience. We pride ourselves on providing equal opportunity to all and accommodating learners from across the UK and beyond.

If you are interested in joining us, we would be more than happy to hear from you.

Our Localised Courses

Our plumbing courses are delivered at the following locations.

LCL Awards Accredited Qualifications

We are accredited by LCL Awards who are an industry recognised awarding body for heating & plumbing qualifications.

Our facilities and staff have passed stringent quality management procedures and training is delivered to the highest standard.

Certification turnaround times for LCL Awards courses are 20 working days. Fast Track Certification is also available, which brings the certification turnaround down to 5 working days.

Award-Winning Customer Service

Only the best of the best are rewarded with a Feefo Gold Trusted Service award. Every business that wins goes above and beyond to provide exceptional customer experience, year-round!

To achieve Feefo’s coveted Gold Trusted Service 2019 award, a company must have collected at least 50 reviews between January 1st 2019 and December 31st 2019 and achieved a Feefo service rating of at least 4.5.