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    It should not come as a big surprise to learn that plumbers are required to go through a training process in order to become qualified in this profession. However 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. Your qualifications may also lead you to consider working in other countries, so this could be deemed to be a bonus opportunity to consider as well.

    What is the most important thing to look for when you are searching for plumber training in South Africa?

    You need to be aware of these four letters above all else – CETA. These letters stand for the Construction Education and Training Authority. This authority is responsible for evaluating and accrediting all suitable training courses for use by prospective plumbers.

    Put simply, if the course you have found has not been approved by CETA, don’t take it. Look for one that has got this approval, otherwise it will not be valid and you will not have the recognised skills you need.

    How long does plumber training take?

    Generally speaking you should allow two years for your training. This applies to both apprenticeships and to learnerships. In each case there will be a number of units or areas in which a would-be plumber would be expected to be proficient and knowledgeable. In each case they will be tested to ensure they are able to perform to the high standards demanded of plumbers.

    There is another way into the profession as well. This involves you working as an assistant to a plumber over a period of time. This is a good hands-on way to learn the ropes from a qualified plumber, so you can gain on-site experience that you can use to pass the required tests later on. This will still take time to achieve, and you will still need to pass the trade test successfully in order to be deemed to be a qualified plumber. But it is another way into the profession that might prove useful if you already have experience and you need the qualification.

    What about taking shorter courses?

    As you explore the opportunities in the world of plumbing training, you will notice that some plumbing schools provide shorter courses, some of which last for a matter of two or three weeks.

    It should not be assumed that these courses are no good if you want to become a professional plumber. They are designed for newcomers to plumbing but they are also ideal if you have already attained lots of practical experience helping a qualified plumber in the field and you are looking to get your own qualification. It can be a quicker way to ensure you have all the practical knowledge you need in place before you take the so called trade test.

    So while training is essential in order to become a plumber, it is easy to understand how you can complete it in order to embark on this profession.

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