How to become a plumber

Do you want to be your own boss? Do you like working with your hands? Being a plumber has many perks but it can also require long, unscheduled work hours. If you think this profession would suit you find out how to become a plumber.

One of the advantages of becoming a plumber is the reliability of this career. Regardless of the economic situation in the country there will always be a need for plumbers.

Which skills do plumbers need?

Generally plumbers are good at problem solving, have the ability to follow technical plans, and understand the importance of health and safety. People skills are also important.

Plumbers don't need to have a college degree but industry-recognised training is required to become a qualified practitioner. A common entry way into the plumbing industry is through an apprenticeship. There are a variety of plumber apprenticeships and courses available in South Africa.

During training you will learn how to install water supplies, find faults, fix domestic appliances and attend to emergency call-outs, among other things.

The Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) is responsible for evaluating and accrediting all suitable training courses for use by prospective plumbers. You will need to complete Ceta accredited training in order to become a licensed plumber.

Once you have the required skills you will be in demand and have the ability to earn a decent wage as a plumber in South Africa.

You will probably start your career as an assistant plumber where you will work alongside an experienced and qualified plumber while servicing residences.

Work opportunities for plumbers

As you gain experience you will be able to explore opportunities in the field of building maintenance. This will mean resolving issues as they arise and doing general maintenance tasks.

There are many opportunities in plumbing in South Africa. Some plumbers work for companies in the construction industry, as well as for plumbing companies, while others are independent contractors working on a self employed basis.

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By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing