Plumbing Course 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 plumbing training courses at 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 helping you become qualified in plumbing and heating in no time.

Why should I complete plumbing training?

The plumbing industry as a whole includes various career paths, respectable salaries and provides the opportunity to run your own business. As plumbing continues to advance, it’s important to stay on top of technological advancements so you can be at the top of your career.

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


Depending on the area you choose to specialise in and the plumbing training course you select, the timeframe can vary significantly. A traditional plumbing apprenticeship can take up to four years to complete, whereas our fast-track plumbing & heating courses can take anywhere between 16-46 weeks to complete. Although you can finish a fast-track plumbing course in such a short space of time, the pace of teaching means that you’ll pick up everything that you would have learnt through an apprenticeship.

Part-Time & Evening Plumbing Courses

We understand that many of our students would like to change career and train as a plumbing & heating engineer, but can’t afford to take the time off work or risk leaving employment, so we have both full-time and part-time plumbing courses available.


Our part-time courses take longer to complete as you’re spending less time in the training centre every week but they allow you to earn as you learn. Many of our trainee plumbers opt for part-time plumbing courses during evenings or at weekends to fit around their work schedules.


Part-Time Course Hours:

Our part-time plumbing & heating courses run from 18.30-21.30 on a Tuesday & Thursday and from 8.30 – 15.15 every Saturday.


Our part-time Gas Managed Learning Programme takes 46 weeks to complete, including a 7-week work placement with a Gas Safe Registered company where you can gain vital on-site work experience. We would recommend this to anyone looking to change career path.

How much can I earn as a plumbing & heating engineer?


Your salary will depend on a number of factors such as where you live, how experienced you are, whether you are employed or self-employed and if you are Gas Safe Registered.


Information from job website Adzuna, which has statistics on earnings in the plumbing & heating industry, shows that Gas Safe Registered plumbers earn significantly more than normal plumbers.


The average salary for a plumber is £31,228, whilst Gas Safe Registered plumbers earn on average £6,500 more at £37,796.


This is because Gas Safe Registered engineers are in higher demand and whilst no formal qualifications are required to become a plumber, the Gas Safe Register requires you to complete ACS Assessments.

What’s the difference between a plumber and a heating engineer?

Heating Engineers

Heating engineers focus on work related to heating your home such as fitting, servicing or repairing boilers, as well as installing pipework and fitting radiators. Depending on their qualifications they will also work on gas fires and cookers. They are in high demand due to cold temperatures in the UK and legislation for Landlord’s who require annual Gas Safety Certificates to allow them to rent out their property.


Plumbers usually work on water-related jobs, and whilst many people think that plumbers are qualified to work on heating, this is only true if they are Gas Safe Registered.


Some of the jobs that plumbers may work on are:


  1. Water leaks
  2. Installation of dishwashers
  3. Installation of bathrooms
  4. Dripping taps
  5. Water blockages
  6. Issues with toilets
  7. Drainage, irrigation and sewage systems


For more information on this, see our dedicated plumbers vs heating engineers post.

Are plumbers in high demand


A lack of investment in apprenticeships over the previous decades has left the industry short of qualified plumbing & heating engineers. With many of the current workforce near the end of their careers, there has never been a better time to retrain.


A study by HPM Magazine showed that a lack of skilled workers and poor training opportunities are the most pressing concerns within the industry.


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.

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.