Why do Plumbers need CPD?
A plumber is a skilled professional who specialises in installing, repairing and maintaining systems used for water supply, drainage and sewage in buildings. A plumber typically works on projects that involve installing, maintaining and repairing plumbing systems in homes, buildings or other structures. This can include water supply, drainage, sewage and gas systems.
Plumbers are important because they install, repair and maintain the pipes and fixtures that provide water and gas to our homes and businesses. They play a crucial role in ensuring that our plumbing systems are safe, efficient and functional. Without them, we would not have access to clean water or be able to dispose of waste properly.
CPD courses most suited to Plumbers
HACCP Level 2£20 + VAT View course
Fire Warden£20 + VAT View course
Pest Control£20 + VAT View course
PAT Testing Awareness£20 + VAT View course
HAVS (Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome) Training£20 + VAT View course
HACCP Level 3£49 + VAT View course
Electrical Safety Awareness£20 + VAT View course
DSE Assessor Training£20 + VAT View course
Lead Awareness£20 + VAT View course
Assessing Risk (Risk Assessment Course)£20 + VAT View course
Health and Safety for Employees£20 + VAT View course
PUWER Awareness£20 + VAT View course
Noise Awareness£20 + VAT View course
Fire Safety in Schools£15 + VAT View course
Spill Management£20 + VAT View course
Most informative course I’ve taken on asbestos awareness!
This course provides a lot if information on the different regulations etc. and makes you a lot more aware of the water system within your premises and the world around you. I knew very little about Legionnaires Disease and this course provided a great deal about risk assessments, potential sources, control measures, precautions etc.
Legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease Awareness
Excellent course, for someone starting in confined space work, and for some that have been doing it for years.
What CPD courses do Plumbers need?
Plumbers may work in a range of environments and deal with a range of tools and materials in order to complete their work. Some of the tools and materials can present dangers to health. We have included some popular courses below to help plumbers assess the risks of their working environments, as well as some courses to support good practice at work.
- Abrasive Wheel – This course will introduce you to the safety aspects, risks, hazards and other factors that should be considered in the workplace when working with abrasive wheels. You will consider the different types of abrasive wheel machines and explore the different types of wheels that should be considered for the task at hand. You will learn about the legislation that is relevant and you will look at the duty holder’s responsibilities.
- Asbestos Awareness – This Independent Asbestos Training Provider certified course explains what asbestos is, where it comes from and the various types of asbestos that can be found. Historical uses of asbestos and some of the locations where asbestos can be found today are discussed as well as the dangers of asbestos on a person’s health, and why the ban on asbestos in the UK was necessary.
- Assessing Risk (Risk Assessment) – For a risk assessment to be effective in reducing the risks, it must identify the hazards that are foreseeable and significant. In this course you will learn about the nine principles of prevention and how these are very similar to a hierarchy, and that more than one principle can be used to reduce the risk. You will explore that elimination is the best option, as it eliminates the hazards and risks, which is part of a five-step approach that is recommended by the Health and Safety Executive.
- Complaints Handling – This course will ensure you gain new knowledge on handling complaints in the correct way. This will impact your business in a positive way and will reduce the risk of lost custom. This course will give you a greater insight into how you can handle complaints and how to reduce the number you receive.
- Confined Spaces – People who work in confined spaces are at greater risk of danger. It is therefore important that they know how to protect themselves and other workers. This course covers working best practices and legislation around how to work in confined spaces.
- Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (DSEAR) Awareness – Our DSEAR course is suitable for anyone working with dangerous substances and in explosive atmospheres. You will learn what DSEAR is and that it is a health and safety legislation that duty holders such as employers and the self-employed must comply with. You will also gain a greater knowledge of where DSEAR applies, and that it applies to most work activities in Great Britain where dangerous substances are produced, used or present.
- HAVS (Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome) Training – In this course, you will gain a detailed insight into what vibration is and the various terms relating to the physics of vibration. You will consider that HAVS can progress quickly, particularly if a worker is regularly exposed to high levels of vibration. You will also acknowledge that HAVS is irreversible, but symptoms can improve if detected in the early stages.
- Health and Safety for Employees – This course covers hazards and risks as well as how to carry out risk assessments, something which is required when any business has more than five employees.
- Legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease Awareness – Throughout this course you will gain a greater understanding of what legionella is and how it has the potential to be life threatening. You will discover where legionella can be found, the signs and symptoms that a person will show if they contract it and who is at greater risk. You will also gain full knowledge of each legislation that is applicable to legionella and how you can control and reduce the risks of legionella.
- Lead Exposure – In this course, you will gain knowledge on what lead is. You will look at some statistics and case studies relating to lead, highlighting the importance of controlling exposure. You will also look at the requirements for risk assessments and how to apply the assess, control and review model.
- Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) Awareness – RIDDOR is an important area for plumbers to have knowledge on. In this course you look at what RIDDOR is and the history around it. It will also look at what injuries need to be reported under RIDDOR and how to report an incident as well as the law around RIDDOR.
A guide to CPD for Plumbers
To become a plumber, you typically need to complete a vocational training course, such as an apprenticeship, which combines classroom learning with on-the-job training. There are also several vocational qualifications available, such as a Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating. Plumbers are regulated in the UK by several organisations, including the Gas Safe Register and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE). Continuous Professional Development is important for a plumber to keep up with the latest techniques, regulations and technologies in the industry. It also helps them maintain their professional competence and credibility. Some CPD training activities that could be completed include courses, e-learning modules, job shadowing, attending conferences, researching developments and trends, and working with a mentor.
All of our CPD Online College courses are fully accredited by the relevant industry regulator (such as the Health and Safety Executive, and the Independent Asbestos Training Providers). This means that our courses will result in you receiving full certification in your subject area. You will receive your CPD Training Certificate as soon as you complete your chosen piece of CPD training with us so that you can use it straight away to evidence your learning. Your certificate will be available to download, and we can also post a hard copy to you if required.
Logging CPD hours
The time that people spend on completing CPD courses with us can vary because our courses have no time limits attached to them. This means that CPD Online College is a great choice for those with busy work schedules and lifestyles as it removes the time pressure which could further complicate your day. However, although there is no time limit, we advise completing your course sooner rather than later to help you retain the knowledge.
There are many employers and regulators that require a set number of hours to be spent on CPD training. To adhere to this, you can time yourself whenever you are working on your CPD training course to ensure that your time can contribute to your overall training log.
Your logged hours of CPD can be used to start creating a CPD portfolio. A portfolio is a collection of your completed work, or a log of completed activities that can be used as evidence of your CPD training. You could create an electronic folder on your computer of your course certificates, logged CPD hours, and any other CPD training activities that you complete to meet your training requirements.
Renewing CPD certificates
As research progresses, so too does the legislation and regulations that underpin different industries. These are particularly important to plumbers to help you stay safe whilst at work and ensure that water systems work efficiently for customers. To keep abreast of new developments, you should renew your CPD certificate every two years, which is easy to do with CPD Online College. We can send you email reminders to help you stay on track of your course expiry dates.