Plumbing Home Study Courses
Studying from home for whatever career choice is fast becoming very popular indeed as not everyone has the time to fully commit themselves to full time training, for many reasons including existing work commitments and family circumstances.
Studying to become a plumber from home is a great move especially if you do have other commitments in your life and aren’t able to commit to intensive plumbing courses which can last between 8 and 10 weeks to complete.
With some home study courses you can take up to 5 years to complete your course, the amount of time you have available to study will determine how long it takes you to complete, obviously the more time you have available the less time it will take you to complete your course.
A great advantage about home study courses is that you study at your own pace, in your own time and can still carry on with your other commitments and if you’re currently working then you can carry on with that too, earning your current wage while you study, until you are qualified and can move on to your new career.
Who puts the courses together?
Your plumbing home study course would have been put together by a plumbing expert who really knows their stuff and so you can be rest assured you are getting the very best knowledge and chance of successfully qualifying, with the help of an expert. They will know exactly what’s required to get up to the standard that’s needed to succeed in the City & Guilds 6129 technical certificate, this is the current entry level plumbing qualification that’s recognised by the industry in the UK.
Once you successfully complete your plumbing course it’s totally up to you if you want to go for your NVQ level 2 Award (6089). NVQ assessors will visit you at your place of work and will assess you when you’re on the job and then if their satisfied with your work they will provide you with your NVQ.
What will be in my home study course?
Well there are many sections to your home study course including, all the theory training that’s required which can all be done from the comfort of your arm chair, you will be provided with a comprehensive plumbing manual which won’t be complicated to understand and this will guide you through each of your modules that you’ll be coming across as you go through your plumbing course. Each of these modules once added together will make up your City & Guilds level 2 6129 qualification.
You have the luxury of working through the modules in your own time and it doesn’t matter in which order, as long as they all get completed in the end. You will probably have self assessments where you can test yourself as you work through each module. You will also be provided with dvd’s that you can watch and these will show you how expert plumbers complete different tasks.
As you go through your course you’ll be building up a portfolio of your training.
Some home study plumbing courses may offer you online exams which you will complete and these will confirm how well you’re doing (or not) in each module.
What about the practical training?
Ok, so the practical training cannot be carried out at home the reason for this is that you have to be assessed. Your level 2 award cannot be completed without you carrying out your practical tasks. Your assessors will realise that you have completed your course at home and will know that you haven’t got any previous experience with carrying out practical tasks, and that all you have learned would have been from a manual. The assessors are there to help and guide you so don’t panic when you get the chance ask them all you need to know, this is why your practical assessments are so important and are mandatory, they are there to help you.
These practical assessments may be carried out weekly in separate training blocks that will cover each module and some may offer weekends if you are currently working and only have weekends free to complete your practical assessments.
Once you have successfully completed your course you’ll be awarded your City & Guilds 6129 certificate level 2 and then you can begin your new and exciting career as a plumber.
For a bit more information on training to a plumber take a look at www.plumbing-apprenticeships.co.uk & www.cityandguilds.com.
So that’s all there is to plumbing courses at home really, they offer exactly the same as full time and part time courses but you can get on with your life and study at your own pace in the comfort of your own home, what could be better than that. So good luck with it and I hope you will one day become a plumber, which is a fantastic career to get stuck into.