What Certifications Do I Need as an Installer?
Though a thoroughly rewarding career, becoming a plumber is no easy feat and requires a high level of skill and knowledge. You work with water, gas, and other potentially dangerous materials, meaning plumbing is one role where it’s crucial to ensure you get the proper training and become certified.
Getting certified as a plumber is also a great way to demonstrate your skills and knowledge to potential clients. Proof of certification will not only reassure them, but over time your clients will start to recognise your professionalism.
Here is an overview of the must-have certifications:
Gas safety registration is a legal requirement, and must be renewed annually. Not only will installers without this certification receive a hefty fine, but any appliances they install pose a potential risk to life for customers using them.
Electrical Installation Certificate
To provide your clients with electrical installations, you’ll need to complete either a Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation or a Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. These courses cover the basic principles of electricity, as well as health and safety, inspection testing, and wiring.
Once you’ve finished your studies, you must pass an assessment to complete the course and obtain your certificate.
Meanwhile, it's always good to have gained some electrical work experience to further help become a fully qualified and licensed electrician.
Similar to electrical certificates, acquiring plumbing certifications requires installers to take an essential plumbing course. This covers all the critical areas of plumbing as well as an NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating which offers the advanced knowledge and ability to install, repair, and maintain heating and water systems.
It’s recommended that installers also complete the WRAS - Water Regulations Advisory Scheme Course.
This course gives installers the knowledge to gain an 'approved status'. The WRAS course then allows you to take on contracts from local housing associations, local authorities, health care trusts, and building contractors. This way you’re able to show potential clients your competency with installations, thus attracting more business.
With more renewable energy methods becoming a staple in modern homes, City Plumbing has partnered with GTEC Training.
This allows us to provide installers with accredited training for becoming MCS registered
and is hugely beneficial for helping you and your business stand out.
MCS is an industry-led scheme that demonstrates the reliability and quality of approved products and installation companies. It offers installers the chance to receive the proper training for heat pumps and solar panels as well as other renewable energy methods. Also, an MCS accreditation shows your customers that you’re able to install to the industry-expected level of quality every time.
With an MCS certification, you can offer your clients an extended warranty on heat pumps, as well as provide installation services for other renewable methods such as solar thermal and battery storage.