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It doesn’t matter whether or not you have some existing plumbing experience. The courses are designed in such a way that even if you’ve never so much as changed a washer, you will be able to manage the course from first principles, with ease. Remember many of our students are adult career changers, and arrive from careers as diverse as nursing, long distance lorry driving and office work. Provided you are in reasonable health and can pass the assessment tests (e.g. for colour blindness) then you are eligible.

The learning programme is self-paced so designed to fit around your experience and learning speed. It is structured to fit around your existing commitments of work and family life too. Many of our students study in the evenings or at weekends, so that they can carry on earning whilst acquiring new skills and until they have gained the confidence to earn a living from them.

Working from home at your own pace, you will first acquire the underpinning knowledge you’ll need to master your trade. Then at key points in that process, you will join us for practical training in our state of the art training centres, usually, in blocks of one or two weeks at a time (so you may need to fit this in to your holiday schedule). Here you benefit from tutors who are ‘timed served’ professionals with many years’ experience ‘on the tools’.

The centres are thought to be the very best equipped in the country and here you will put into practice the theory you have learned and be taught all you need to pass your assessments. Our first time pass rate is in excess of 97%.

We offer the only course available in the UK where you can hone your skills and solve ‘real world’ plumbing problems in an award winning, safe PC-based virtual reality environment, to practise again and again, until you get it right.

Bear in mind though, our students can expect to spend more time in the workshop than students studying on college apprenticeships. And by using our three-way blended learning method, using video, TV and computer screens, it’s much easier to remember what you’ve seen and practiced.

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  • Steven says that trades training was the best investment he has made in the last 10 years and that it "paid for itself in no time".

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  • Hugh felt that he was going nowhere in his sales job and wanted to find himself a new challenge.

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  • David made the brave move to invest a chunk of his redundancy money re-skilling, rather than just trying to live off it until he got another job

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  • Ryan was a plumber in South Africa but knew he needed UK qualifications and certifications if he was going to work here in the UK

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  • Nurse Julie: I am earning an extra £800 a month on top of my nursing salary doing plumbing work mostly for female customers.

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