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  1. toddycink

    toddycink New Member

    I have just finished a 10 week intro to plumbing course ,
    Because I'm not in the trade I would be doing the level 2 diploma plumbing course am I classed as qualified after this course ? And would anyone employ me with this level?
    Thanks Chris
  2. wanttolearn

    wanttolearn GSR

    Diploma is all the college course work you would need to be on site and be doing your nvq level 2 whilst being assessed by a lecturer. They would need too visit you a few times plus you would need to provide evidence in a portfolio of other work on which you would of done
  3. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR

    10 week course called a diploma !! , this doesnt sound like City and Guilds / NVQ , those are the only qualifications recognised in the plumbing industry .
    From what I have heard about these courses they promise you the earth .
    Sorry !!
  4. toddycink

    toddycink New Member

    Thanks for getting back to me really appreciate it
    Sorry maybe I write it wrong there are 3 different courses they offer ,

    10 intro course - 10 weeks
    Level 2 diploma - 62 weeks
    Level2 nvq - 62 weeks

    Can I go straight on to the nvq and miss the diploma as they are advertised as 2 different courses ?
    I have asked them not really got a clear answer!!
    They have told me I would have to do the level 2 diploma course for 62 weeks 3 hours a night then on completion of that then do the nvq ,
    Not sure if they just want to take my money or help people to get in the trade !!
  5. king of pipes

    king of pipes Trusted Plumber GSR

    Stick with the NVQ if you can you will need to have part 1-2 before you can do 3 and do Gas related work you will be qualified with 1-2 once you have compleated your portfolio regards kop
  6. firemant

    firemant Plumber GSR

    I don't really understand all this NVQ malarkey, being C&G qualified decades ago, before NVQs thought of! What I do know is - there are a lot if semi qualified guys with no chance of getting a proper job, and if the course provider is being obtuse, steer clear.
    SE guys are constantly being asked to help complete portfolios in return for free help. In truth, there is normally no benefit to the tradesman, and plenty of downside. I have done it a few times, but only for those who know me via a friend. it is, frankly, a pain.
    However, if you can get qualified, then there is a future to be had, just be careful how you spend cash, especially if you have to end up borrowing to fund it
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  7. moonlight

    moonlight Plumber GSR

    I started with the level 2 Technical course, which is the first part of the NVQ level 2 and it was a year. Your are not qualified after this, it gives you the opportunity to then complete your NVQ level 2 at which point you will be qualified. As I was older when I decided to start plumbing it was difficult to find someone to take me on. I worked free part time for a year while I was doing my NVQ level 2. If its something you really want to do, then go for it. Good luck. There is always a route. :)
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