The traditional entry route is completing a traditional plumbing apprenticeship lasting four years. To do this, you’ll need to be employed by a plumbing company that will give you access to on-site work experience.
The apprenticeship is usually completed on a block release basis over the four years, with one week spent completing theory and practical training and two weeks working alongside a plumber repeated over this four-year programme.
Usually, on the third year of your apprenticeship, you’ll undertake training on domestic heating systems which will allow you to become Gas Safe Registered at the end of your apprenticeship.
The final year of your apprenticeship is all about gaining work experience, which after successfully finishing, will make you ‘time served’.