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  1. AmyG

    AmyG GSR

    Has anyone worked in Europe? Do you know what you need to provide in order to work as a heating engineer?
     
  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

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  3. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber GSR

    Hi there, I could give you some help. If you want to work as a heating engineer it would be very helpful and so much easier for yourself if you took your certifications for all kinds of plumbing. Without certificates it will be quite difficult. It is relatively easy to join a company as they are always on lookout for good engineers. If you are looking to become a heating engineer I think it’s not difficult either to find a company to join as apprentice. However, it also depends on which city and what you really want to achieve. The work in Germany is totally different and a lot more ahead than England. I am sorry but that’s the truth it seems like England is 20 years behind.
     
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  4. AmyG

    AmyG GSR

    That's great if it's easy too get a job abroad, but more to my point was are my qualifications from here (Scotland) relevant over in the EU. The only really extra plumbing quals I can think of is my unvented cert, plus my ccn1. Do you mean you have contacts with plumbing/heating firms in the EU?
    Cheers


     
  5. AmyG

    AmyG GSR

    I have friends in Lyon which would be a great place for me to start, but I know little French. The idea obviously would be to get my language skills up.
     
  6. aqualogic

    aqualogic New Member

    Hi i worked in france for 10 years had to get my city and guilds certs translated by an official translator then send them to Paris so they could issue me with equivalent certs you will need to take a french exam in gas to work on gas but it is only multiple choice also a lot of work is hard soldered i got a job with a frence company i did not speak french they didnot speak english but had no probs only issue was the names of all the tools
     
  7. AmyG

    AmyG GSR

    Hi. Thanks for getting back to me
    Where did you find out about the job?
     
  8. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Italy uses a lot of steel pipework. Theoretically, that's in the UK's NVQ, but my own college was quite lax on steel pipework, as the teacher wasn't very good, or very experienced, with it herself and mostly used copper in her own work, like most of us. EDIT - sorry, just realised I'm going off topic.
     
  9. AmyG

    AmyG GSR

    Off topic is alright, maybe I won't try moving to Italy. My other half wants me to learn Italian as he can't speak it, but it wouldn't be my first choice. France or Germany. It's interesting what matchless was saying about Germany being way ahead of Britain, it would be great to get into renewables.

     
  10. aqualogic

    aqualogic New Member

    I went to the local employment office and got interviews but had to take an interpreter
     
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