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  1. Shashank Kapoor

    Shashank Kapoor New Member

    Hi All,

    I am new to this forum, so please accept my apologies if I have not followed any protocol.

    Currently I have no knowledge of plumbing, but I am keen to learn and my intention is to gain skills and be able to install/ renovate my own bathroom. I have read few posts about Access Training and Able Skills trainings but not sure which way to go forward. For me certificate is not important but practical training is. I would really appreciate if anybody can advise on suitable training to learn the skills.

    PS: Based in Banbury

    Thank you,
    Kind Regards,

  2. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

    Hi Shashank. There isn't a simple answer to what you ask. I'd humbly suggest a bit more research and get a clearer idea of what you might want to do. Bits of paper (certificates) are not too hard to come by but as you will read on this forum it is the practical experience that is harder to find. Best of luck and don't be afraid to have a go (if it's your own place and you're not breaking the law, ie. gas regs etc) you sometimes learn best from getting things wrong!!
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  3. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Good luck on the bathroom fit.
  4. Pickwickpick

    Pickwickpick Plumber

    Personally I think you'd learn more by spending a week watching decent tutorials on youtube than you would from the vast majority of "training" centres out there.
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  5. Ben-gee

    Ben-gee Plumber

    I think that’s what the training centre guys do, but when they get to work the can’t remember all of it.
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  6. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

    Not much you can't learn off youtube...
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  7. Ben-gee

    Ben-gee Plumber

    My son got himself up to grade 8 drumming almost exclusively from utube. Luckily some people are very generous with their skills and knowledge ( or a bunch of show offs like us lot on here )
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  8. WC1

    WC1 Active Member

    Grade 8 drumming... Bang on !! :cool:
  9. Pickwickpick

    Pickwickpick Plumber

    Youtube is great for learning new skills tbf, its possible to do it from reading text books/instructions man, but there's nothing
    That's impressive, it's not easy getting up to grade 8, sounds like he must have a natural talent for it too too.
  10. gmartine

    gmartine GSR


    Hope he had practice pads or you have long distance shed.
  11. DuncanM

    DuncanM Plumber GSR

    For your own house don't even think of gaining qualifications that some of these providers hand out, most actually mean nothing in the field. Just make sure you fit isolators before everything like taps. Leave a small decline on all waste pipework. clip every pipe every 1m approx. Silicone everywhere. Use plastic pipe, if you must, as its idiot proof and pretty reliable. Check water pressure and flow before buying taps showers etc. Buy a couple of levels small, medium and large. Come on here and ask as many questions as you want!!
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  12. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    Spend the money on a recommended installer.
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  13. Ben-gee

    Ben-gee Plumber

    He has definite musicality, at 17 he has grade 8 violin, saxophone, drums and grade 7 piano - ridiculous I know.
    No pads just a real kit! Sounds great now, not so much to start with!
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  14. Kay101

    Kay101 Member

    I wouldn't dismiss certificates ormtraining courses, experience is important but it isn't one or the other but both which support development of any skill or trade
  15. Rob876

    Rob876 Member

    Don't do a course just to fit a bathroom, i am finishing my access training course at the moment and you don't need much knowledge to fit a bathroom, use copper, watch some soldering vids, get the city and guilds level 2 book on plumbing and heating and read it over and over again, there are dedicated bathroom install guides too, and yes you can actually fit a bathroom with knowledge from the right you tube vids - skill builder or plumber parts are good ones, take your time to plan, use your head, practice soldering, and your bathroom will take shape. During my course I've met plenty of people who have been plumbing for years but had to finally get qualified, amazing how many plumbers out there have no qualifications at all.
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