5-day Plumbing Course.  Limited Spaces

person installing pipework for a bathroom suite

Plumbing Course Learner Review

Very good course. I’ve been taught a lot in one week. Very good investment. Very good instruction. If you wanted to know something, nothing was too much trouble for the instructor. Highly recommendable

Mr Wilkes, Plumbing Course

You are welcome to arrange to visit our centre to see one of our plastering courses in action and see the high standard of work that all learners achieve.  Our  courses are limited to 10 people and they fill up quickly so visit now and book a place.  Join thousands of satisfied customers who have learned a trade with us.

Our 5 day plumbing course is aimed at people who have little or no previous experience in plumbing. The course is an exellent mix or practical and theory aimed at giving you confidence to complete installations using copper pipe and soldered fittings, using speedfit pipe and fittings and using compression fittings and flexi-hoses. You gain this confidence by completing installations in realistic training bays, on day one you will practice soldering and from day two of this plumbing course you will start to fit your first full bathroom suite.

Spaces are limited to 10 people on a course at any one time and each person will have their own training area, tools and materials.

During this plumbing course you will:

  • Install two full bathroom suite comprising of a bath, basin and w/c, and using copper pipe and soldered end feed fittings, speedfit pipe and fittings, compression fittings and flexi-hoses.
  • Put together all of the components of a bathroom suite – legs on the bath and level, taps, waste, contents of toilet cistern.
  • Know how to complete maintenance work to faulty taps, faulty toilets, damaged pipes, etc.
  • Understand domestic plumbing systems including drainage systems
  • Understanding fittings, traps, waste products, etc. and their suitable uses, terminology and jargon used.
  • Understanding the different methods used to price jobs, dealing with customers and overcoming problems that may arise. You will also be provided with support after completing your course and you are able to contact your tutor, email or call into the training centre to discuss your queries.
  • Fully answer all your questions related to the trade, you are taught by experienced tradesmen with a passion for the trade, ask as many questions as you wish during the course. You will never hear anyone say ‘We don’t cover that on this course’; we employ experts in each field so they are able to answer your questions.
  • Full support after completing your course. If you have any questions relating to anything that you have covered on your course you are free to contact your tutor or the centre by telephone, email or by calling into the centre. There is no charge for this and you can call at anytime in the future.

This plumbing course is designed for people with little or no previous experience in plumbing and is attended by people of all ages, and both male and female. The usual age range of people attending our plumbing courses is mid twenties to mid fifties although the youngest person to attend a course at our centre was 18 and the oldest was 72 years old.

Our plumbing courses are suitable for people who wish to learn a new trade so they can change their career, for existing tradespeople to learn additional skills, for people who wish to learn the skills to complete plumbing work on their own properties and for people who wish to learn a trade to supplement their income.

If you are unsure if the course is suitable please arrange to visit our centre when a plumbing course is running to speak with staff and see the high standard of work produced by all learners on the course.  If you are unable to visit our centre we can arrange for our tutor to give you a call, to answer any questions you have.

During this plumbing course you will be taught by an experienced Gas Safe registered plumbing and heating engineer who still runs his own business so you can be sure you will be taught the skills you need to complete work in the ‘real world’. As your tutor has 25+ years experience working as a plumber you can be confident of asking any plumbing related question you like whilst at the centre.

All tutors will give you their contact details so if you have any questions after completing our plumbing course you can just give us a call.So if you are wanting to change jobs and learn a trade at a centre where they know what they are doing and will help you succeed give us a call.

Support provided when choosing a course

We will provide you with as much information, advice and guidance as we possibly can and if we are not able to offer you the course that best suits your needs or give you the information you require we will signpost you to somewhere that is able to. We do not pressure you to book onto any course and if we feel that you would be better suited to a course we do not offer then we will give you the contact information of a college that does.

Hopefully the majority of the information you require is available on this website but if you have any questions at all then please contact us and we will help in any way we can.

We would like to invite you to attend the training centre to view the facilities and discuss the course with both the tutors and current learners. We suggest if possible that you visit our centre towards the end of a course as people in general are always happy at the beginning of training and you want to make sure that they are as happy at the end of the course. When you visit you will be free to discuss the course with current learners on a 1-to-1 basis, if someone has paid good money or used limited funding to attend a course and they are not happy they will definitely tell you. If you visit towards the end of a course you will also be able to see the standard that everyone on the course has achieved.

One of the most popular comments we receive on questionnaires is that people did not expect to reach the high standard that they do on a course, it is also one of the most popular negative comments that we receive by people who are not aware of what we offer as they will say ‘you won’t be any good after 10 days’, if you yourself are unsure then why not pop down for a pressure free look around.

During Training

During your time with us every member of staff will do their best to help you achieve your aims. You will be provided with supporting literature relating to your trade and have access to further reading to research the trade further in your own time.

If you struggle on any element of the course then we will provide additional training at no extra cost to ensure that you reach the required standard.

If you have any learning difficulties or disabilities or have any physical difficulties or disabilities then we will support you throughout and this additional support will remain between the centre and the individual. The majority of the training courses are practical based but if you do have any concerns then please contact the centre.

We will also provide you with additional IAG relating to progression routes available after completing the course including further training, finding employment and starting to work for yourself. Whilst on a course please contact a member of staff if you require any further in information.Whilst you are at the centre there may be other courses running so if you have any questions relating to another trade please feel free to speak to the relevant tutor – they are all here to help you.

After Training

We will continue supporting you after you have completed a course with us and you can contact us either by email, phone or in person to discuss any aspects that you covered on your course. For example you may wish to contact us to clarify how to complete a job or how to price a job or maybe to ask for information on writing a business plan.

Your tutors will give you their contact telephone numbers and email address so if you have any questions at all you can give them a call. It is invaluable to have this continuous support available and will give you the confidence to complete work away from the centre.

The commitment to putting the needs of learners at the heart of everything the service does was demonstrated in the ways support is provided. Extract from Matrix Assessment Report

Learning a new skill was what I needed to better my chances for a career change.  The tutor and college made every aspect of the course interesting/useful from start to finish.  Probably one of the most understanding companies I’ve come across. Helped me with health issues whilst on course – Martin Pearson

The course is 5 days in duration, Monday to Thursday from 8am until 4pm and Fridays from 8am until 1pm.

Our centre based in Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 2DJ.  Please arrive at the training centre at least 15 minutes before the course start time.

The cost of this plastering course is £500 INC VAT. You only need to bring yourself, work clothes and footwear and your lunch, we will provide everything else.

We ask for a non-refundable deposit of £150 to secure your place on our plastering course and full payment as per our booking terms and conditions.

You can pay for this plumbing course either via bank transfer, debit or credit card.

If you have ELC funding available due to leaving the armed forces please contact us as we have specific ELC approved courses available.

Our training centre is based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 2DJ.  We have no other training centres anywhere else in the UK and we are not associated with any other training providers.

There are several hotels and B&Bs within 5/10 miles of our training centre.

Below is feedback from people who have attended our plumbing related courses.  All feedback forms from everyone who completes our courses are available at the centre.

What I liked about the college was: Friendly staff & tutors, enough space to work in, provision of all tools and materials needed, facilities.  The most interesting was practical – seeing and doing things for yourself.  The most useful were classroom activities to back it up and test knowledge.  Darren Sharp, Plumbing and heating course

The theory side was very useful, giving an excellent all round knowledge of plumbing and heating.  Excellent value for money.  Mat Dale, Plumbing and heating course

The most interesting/useful part of the training was the theory lesson aided by frequent practical hands on teaching.  Nice comfortable working environment & more importantly the standard you achieve.  K. Gaucham, Plumbing and heating course

Well set up and good working environment.  Kevin Sidebottom, Plumbing and heating course

Excellent instruction in a good environment.  Craig Dudley, Plumbing and heating course

I enjoyed the friendly staff, tutor knowledge, the tiling bays were improved rapidly after feedback from last course.  J Kirkham, Plumbing and heating course

Friendly and helpful with the worlds amount of knowledge to pass onto eager students.  Trevor Bradley,  Plumbing and heating course

Every part of the course was interesting and useful and I look forward to taking it further.  I liked the learning environment and staff.  Tutor gave out a positive approach to the subject and made it a pleasure to arrive to be taught each day.  Thank you for the time.  WIll be recommending to others.  Gareth Ryder, Plumbing and heating course

The college is a friendly place focused on ensuring that the learner experience is enjoyable, understandable and transferable from the classroom to the workplace.  Although a novice in plumbing I did not feel at a disadvantage and the tutor was skilful in adapting his approach to accommodate the varying skill levels of his students.  This has been a tremendous experience.  the practical exercises have provided an excellent simulation of likely scenarios in the workplace and home.  The tutoring style is such that every student is encouraged to give it a go without worrying about getting it wrong and learning in a positive way through mistakes.  D Martin, Plumbing and heating course

As a teacher in the road haulage industry I am familiar with various teaching techniques.  i thought that the tutor on this course excelled in every sense.  The planning, delivery, knowledge, materials were excellent.  Simon Hackney, Plumbing and heating course

I just wanted to send you a thank you especially Alan Marshall who was our tutor!!!  I started a plumbing course on 10th December 2012 with very little experience or knowledge of plumbing and by the end of the course could plumb in a bathroom and fit a central heating system……without Alans considerable expert knowledge and teaching methods there is no way that I could have done this!!!!  So just a huge thank you to the college and in particular to Alan Marshall……  Wishing you a very Merry Xmas and a happy new year!  Regards  Chris Pryor, Plumbing Course

Great course, highly recommended.  i found it all interesting from day 1 and I like how much i have been taught in such a little time.  Mr Martin-Jones, Plumbing Course

The standard of instruction is excellent.  The college is well resourced and accommodating of student requirements.  Theory of various systems and hands on practical all very, very good.  Mr Stone, Plumbing course

Staff & teachers are friendly and for the past 4 weeks its been an honour attending this college.  Randy Haynes, Plumbing and Tiling Feedback>

All of the course was intense, however all the practical sessions cement the knowledge learned in the classroom.  The ability to relate to the learner. I had to take a day off for an interview and the college facilitated this with no effect on my learning  Mr Davey, Plumbing course feedback

Tutor extremely experienced with knowledge of all areas of plumbing conveys the teaching in a humorous but simple way that allstudents were able to understand.  Tutors should be congratulated on his dedication and teaching of the course.  Practical aspects are excellent.  Fault finding and basic maintenance and repair is very useful.  Mark Wagstaff, Plumbing course feedback

The standard of instruction is excellent.  The college is well resourced and accommodating of student requirements.  Theory of various systems and hands on practical all very, very good.  Nigel Stone, Plumbing course feedback

Tutor was very good and easy to talk to and also fitting in with me when I needed a day off and still feel like I have not missed anything.  Mr Hasford, Plumbing course

Friendly, helpful, brilliant.  Calvin Roper, Plumbing course

Very good course content well presented, excellent tutor.  Feel I have gained massive amounts of information and benefits from years of experience.  Mr Copper Plumbing course

Excellent college, excellent process from the initial enquiry to completing the course.  The theoretical theory is good and the practical helps back up the theory.  Enjoyed all aspects of the course.  Excellent instructor, extremely knowledgeable and helpful.  Really enjoyable course throughout.  Thanks  Paul Allison, Plumbing course

Very good course content well presented, excellent tutor.  Feel I have gained massive amounts of information and benefits from years of experience.  Owain Cooper, Plumbing course feedback

Staff friendly and helpful.  Tutoring is to a good standard and you leave here with a degree of confidence you can compete with other tradesmen.  Mr Davey, Plumbing course feedback

The staff are extremely helpful and the instructors are very knowledgeable, professional and patient!  Training is conducted in a convivial good humoured environment.  Julian Ponsford, Plumbing course feedback

Good atmosphere.  Good learning environment.  Have fun while learning.  Most useful was Fitting a bathroom suite and  central heating. The whole course was a great insight.  Mr Houghton, Plumbing course

The college learns you a lot for the money and the tutors are really good and helpful.  Mr Lee, Plumbing course

Great tutors and friendly atmosphere. A nice environment to learn in.  The heating and hot water side of it was of great use as I had never had any knowledge of that area. Also the maintenance was of great use.  Mr Broadhurst, Plumbing course

I liked the location, price of course and having your own bay for working in.  Gaining the experience of working with bathrooms and y plan heating systems was useful.  Mr Burden, Plumbing course

Good value for money and excellent tutor. Definitely recommending to others.  Everything i’ve learnt I was interested in and I think this course has helped to improve my confidence in the career I choose.
Mr Bloy, Plumbing course

The level of teaching and knowledge of the tutors are excellent.   Excellent. Keep up the good work.
Mr North, Plumbing course

Excellent instruction.  I did not expect to learn as much in a two week course.  Colin Richardson, Plumbing course

I have just completed the 2 week plumbing course under the guidance and tuition of Alan Marshall.
I’d like to take this opportunity to say how delighted I am with the quality of the course and the knowledge I have gained from it. I feel the main reason for this is without doubt the level of commitment shown by course tutor Alan Marshall. Alan has a depth of knowledge with all aspects of plumbing that is second to none. Nothing was too much trouble. If anyone on the course had any difficulties, Alan was always at hand to talk them through things and guide them along until they understood.  Upon completion of the various modules in the course, it was extremely rewarding to stand back and appreciate that I myself had actually done the work. Something I would not have believed possible before the course.  Please pass on my kindest regards and huge thanks to Alan for all his help and expert tuition.  Many thanks also to yourself for assisting me when booking on this course, and also to David Hare for arranging these courses. I have every intention of broadening my skills further by attending a plastering course & electrical course in the near future. Maybe even the tilting course !  Sincerely, Bryn Willetts, Plumbing course

The course was extremely well taught and all demonstrations allowed me to understand the theory which had been taught during an excellent course.  Edward Rooke, Plumbing course

Instructors are experienced and knowledgable.  Steve did well to get quite a lot of information across and balance it with the practical side; this helped sustain concentration and interest.  Roger Pearson, Plumbing course

I have just finished off today the two weeks plumbing training course at your wolverhampton centre, I just wanted to let you know this has been far most the best plumbing training course I have ever attended, Very high training standards and value for money.  The tutor Alan Marshall is not just a master of the plumbing trade he is also a phenomenon tutor, he makes learning fun, and the way he portrays his teaching is out of this world, Alan Marshall is not just a Master Plumber he is a Master Tutor, He goes the extra mile to ensure the student has fully understood the full process of plumbing, and ensures each and every student gets individual attention. The amount of plumbing knowledge I have gained with in this two weeks is amazing, I can only only Thank Alan for this .This gentleman is a credit to your company.  I am so pleased with the way I have been trained as a student, I will be looking to booking further courses with your training centre in the very near future, as I have attended colleges in the past and you do not even get the attention or training I have received from your training centre.  Once again I would like to personally thank Alan Marshall (master plumbing tutor) for all what he has done for me.  Kind regards  Shaun Yaqub, Plumbing Course

It is clear that feedback plays an important role in monitoring and evaluating services and I reviewed a large number of feedback questionnaires and analyses which confirmed that you collect feedback and all showed high levels of satisfaction.  Extract from Matrix Assessment Report

I understand how water and heating systems work. The problem solving has been very useful. The tutor had the time to go over things with you if needed and explained things very well. He made the whole course very enjoyable.  Annie Phillips, Plumbing Course

Good class group. I feel confident and my plumbing knowledge has improved. Good course  Ms Bradshaw, Plumbing Course

This course was a valuable investment of my time because I know nothing about plumbing and I prefer to learn in a practical way. The course content was excellent for the basic plumbing – the course covered all you need to know. I have looked into quite a few courses which all seemed expensive or theory orientated.  Mr Halvey,  Plumbing Course

I could complete the required tasks without being rushed. Very informative. I feel confident to complete a plumbing job because I’ve taught the right way to it with greater ease. I will definitely recommend this course to others.  Mr Newbon, Plumbing Course

The course taught me the basics of plumbing. I am confident to do these skills at home and for friends. The tutor is a credit to Construction Skills College Ltd. He is a very friendly man who always checked on you and helped you. I will recommend the plumbing course, especially because of the price it costs now for a professional.  Mr Scarratt, Plumbing Course 

Very good course. I’ve been taught a lot in one week. Very good investment. Very good instruction. If you wanted to know something, nothing was too much trouble for the instructor. Highly recommendable  Mr Wilkes, Plumbing Course

I found the course to by really good, picking up a lot of useful tips and ideas. I didn’t know anything about plumbing before this course so my understanding has been increased considerably. I feel a lot more confident now after attending the course.  Mr Brayford, Plumbing Course

I found the course very helpful. There were a lot of areas covered and I was pleased with the helpfulness of the tutor we had. We were kept busy at all times. The course is hands on so it’s good experience actually doing it rather than just reading about it.  Mr Sheldon, Plumbing Course

I learned how to fit a bathroom, bend pipes, solder and use speed fit. If anybody was interested in plumbing I would advise them to come to this course.  Mr Wemyss, Plumbing Course

I found the course spot on. As somebody who questions everything, and having to be shown things at least twice, I came out of the course knowing enough to give me confidence. I like the fact we were allowed to make mistakes therefore important facts were firmly pushed home.  Mr James, Plumbing Course

Plumbing is something I’ve never done before and will use it to expand my business. Any questions or instructions were given clearly and the tutor always took his time to make sure I would understand. I had no idea what to expect but the course covered more than I thought.  Mr Jones, Plumbing Course

I looked at fitting a bathroom suite at home and also some friends have asked me to do theirs so now I have a good understanding of the basic skills. I enjoyed the entire course. It was worth the cost.  Mr Green, Plumbing Course

I have gained a good knowledge of plumbing. From not knowing anything about plumbing to being able to fit a bathroom suite is a considerable increase of my understanding of the subject. The tutor was around to help if we needed it. The course is well worth attending even if just doing your own domestic plumbing. I have really enjoyed this course and I would recommend it to anyone.  Mr McMullen, Plumbing Course

I learned new skills and will help in my current role at work. Every day problems can be solved easily without the need of calling professionals. The course was in depth and I have every confidence doing everything we covered.  Mr Dyas, Plumbing Course

If you wish to book onto a plumbing course please contact us either via email at enquiries@tradeteacher.co.uk or call 01782 837007.

Our courses are very popular and book up quickly and as we only have 10 spaces on each course the course dates below maybe full before we have time to update this website.  Also it is worth noting that as we are flexible with customers, we do allow them to change course dates and so spaces may become available before we have had time to update the website. 

At the moment we are not taking bookings for our 5 day plumbing course due to the demand for our 10 day course.  It is worth adding your details to our reserve list as we will contact people on the list first to offer new spaces.  To be added to our reserve list, email your contact details to enquiries@tradeteacher.co.uk

Start Dates of 10-day Courses
May 23rd 2022 – full reserve list available
June 20th 2022 – full reserve list available
July 18th 2022 – 4 spaces available
August 1st 2022 – 4 spaces available
August 15th 2022 – 3 spaces available
September 12th 2022 – 1 space available
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We recommend our 10-day plumbing course.

Due to demand for our 10 day plumbing course we are not currently taking bookings for our 5-day course.  We can add your details to our reserve list and contact you should we have any cancellations.

The main benefit of the 10-day course is that you get more time to practice and practice ordering on 22mm pipe, also during the second week we will cover heating systems and shower installations, which will give you more confidence to complete plumbing jobs away from our centre.

You are Taught by Experienced Tradespeople.

Our plumbing courses are intensive but taught in a relaxed, friendly and professional manner by experienced plumbing and heating engineers.  We will fully support you when you finish your training course so you will be confident using your new found skills, after completing any plumbing training with us you are able to call into the centre or contact your tutor directly to discuss anything that you covered on your course.

More Training for your Money.

Although our plumbing courses are short they are very intensive and you will be in your bays soldering on day 1.  The only way you are going to learn to solder is by having a blowtorch in your hand and practicing, practicing, practicing.

It is very important to know about the different plumbing systems within a property and how this affects the work you plan to complete.  It is also important to know how to complete repairs and maintenance work.  Our courses are a good mix of theory and practical and are delivered by a gas-safe plumbing and heating engineer who has over 12 years experience of teaching plumbing courses.

Regular Start Dates.

We have plumbing courses starting every two weeks, throughout the year.  We do not close for bank holidays, half terms, college summer holidays.  We only close for two weeks at Christmas.  Please feel free to contact Dave on 01782 837007 or via enquiries@tradeteacher.co.uk or dave.hare@tradeteacher.co.uk and he will work with you to plan dates.

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More about us and our plastering courses.

Our plastering courses are taught by very experienced plasterers who have 35+ years experience working as a plasterer and running their own business. All tutors will give you their contact details so if you have any questions after completing our courses you can just give them a call. So if you are wanting to change jobs and learn a trade, at our a centre our tutors they know what they are doing and will help you succeed.  We have many, many years experience re-training people who are looking at learning a new skill to change careers. We have been selected for two visits from MP’s due to the work we have done retraining people facing redundancy. We know what we are doing and we know what you can do.

Our plastering training courses are ideal if you wish to learn to plaster, as they have been designed by experienced and qualified plasterers and are aimed at giving you knowledge and skills in plastering as well as the confidence to use your plastering skills. You are taught the skills you need to complete the majority of plastering work that customer want you to complete.

Our plastering courses are intensive but taught in a relaxed, friendly and professional manner by experienced plasterers who are approved to deliver training. We will fully support you when you finish your training course so you will be confident using your new found skills, after completing any plastering training with us you are able to call into the centre or contact your tutor directly to discuss anything that you covered on your course.

We are based in the Midlands and close to major motorways, train stations and airports. Local accommodation is available at a reduced rate and we can advice and/or arrange this if you wish. People travel from throughout the UK for our construction courses.  People have travelled from Manchester, Kent, South Shields, Liverpool, North East, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Scotland, North Wales, Leeds, Derby, West Midlands, Bristol and the North West to attend our plastering, plumbing, tiling, carpentry, kitchen fitting, bricklaying and electrical courses.  We have also had people fly in from Ireland, France, Spain, Canary Islands, Germany, USA, Australia and Brunei to attend a course with us.  We are definitely worth travelling to – you are investing in your future.

Our training centre in Stoke-on-Trent has approx 10,000 square feet of purpose built training facilities.

The courses on offer are ideal to help you achieve your aims be they:

  • You may be an experienced trades person wishing to add new skills to your portfolio or needing to achieve relevant qualifications, or
  • You may be interested in a career change or wish to earn an additional income and have no previous experience, or
  • You may be facing redundancy and need to re-train to start a new career, or
  • You may be part of an organisation who wish to train their staff to increase confidence and build a multi skilled workforce, or
  • You wish to learn a trade to enable you to complete work of a high standard on your own property or for family members

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