Plumbers install, repair, and maintain piping systems in residential, commercial and/or industrial buildings. These systems traditionally included water distribution and waste water disposal, but because of new technology that combines water and gas pipes, plumbers can work with vent, residential fire, irrigation, and chemical systems as well. (For this reason, licensed plumbers who are also certified as gas fitters are qualified for more jobs) They can also install various customized systems, such as fuel delivery, sewage, water treatment, compressed air, and medical gas.
The duties of a plumber include: installing, repairing and maintaining pipes, fixtures, and other plumbing equipment; opening walls and floors to accommodate pipes and pipe fittings; welding, connecting, and testing pipes for leaks, preparing cost estimates, interpreting blueprints and designs, supervising apprentices and more. Plumbers must also be aware of safety procedures and follow them at all times.
Plumbing work is more than fitting pipes. Plumbers also use computers to design systems and prepare estimates, and are using more and more computer-controlled devices on the job.
How To Qualify
A trained plumber shall mean that he/she shall have completed a two year apprenticeship with his/her employer under supervision of a qualified plumber, during which time he would have attended and passed all 47 practical proficiency training modules at a CETA accredited training college . After completing his apprenticeship he/she would then be required to pass a compulsory trade test in plumbing in order to obtain a plumbing trade test certificate. The duration is 24 months.
Where To Study
Certificate: most FET colleges, eg Northlink and Umgungundlovu
* It is recommended that the trainee plumber attend an accredited Technical Training College to obtain an N2 certificate in Building Science and Plumbing Theory.
* The student will complete the 46 Practical Plumbing Training modules at an accredited Training College. This will take approximately 12 weeks depending on the skills and ability of the trainee.
* The trainee plumber shall complete a minimum of 18 months on-site training under the direct supervision of a qualified plumber. This is a mandatory requirement to become eligible to take the Industry Trade Test.