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Becoming a Plumber - Adult with an employer

Starting out

If you are already working in the industry but don't have the necessary qualifications then the C&G6189 qualification is the qualification you should now be looking at. Completing it through to Level 3 means that you can become Gas Safe registered and get the Gold CSCS card through working within the industry (if you choose the gas route as an option).

The apprentice route - for adults?

You can now qualify as an apprentice at any age.  There are financial implications between the age of 19 and 25 and these increase as you go over 25 but it is now possible to have a recognised apprenticeship past the age of 18.

To become a fully qualified Plumber through the apprentice route, you need to complete all of the qualifications within the "framework" as laid out by the Sector Skills Council, the Summit Skills. To claim your framework, you need the following qualifications:

  • City and Guilds 6189
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2 (1)
  • English Functional Skills Level 2 (1)
  • Employers Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) (2)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) (3)

1. Provided you have a GCSE completed at grade C an A/AS Level at grades D/E within 5 years of starting, you can be exempted from these parts of the framework. Please speak to your training provider for more in depth information.
2. You will evidence that you have met the criteria is needed to claim your apprenticeship.
3. You will evidence that you have met the criteria is needed to claim your apprenticeship.

The non-apprentice route

If you are just looking to study via a college or training provider, then you can opt to just complete the following:



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