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CIPHE president issues warning on training courses

Colleges and training centres offering plumbing courses which fail to deliver industry recognised qualifications have been condemned by the president of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) Colin Stainer.

He made his comments during his speech at CIPHE's annual president’s dinner at the Houses of Parliament.

CIPHE is taking the issue so seriously that it is commissioning research into the potentially damaging impact of the trend.

Mr Stainer said: “I am disappointed with some colleges and training centres which are turning out so-called plumbers with qualifications that are not recognised in the industry.

“This will potentially lead to disastrous results. The institute will be commissioning research into exactly how disastrous this is to the general public. The research will be published later this year.”    

CIPHE is a long standing critic of training courses which do not provide trainees with adequate on the job experience and technical knowledge. It recommends as a minimum that plumbers have a Level 2 NVQ qualification and recommends they should have a Level 3 NVQ.

It has urged members of the public not to employ potentially bogus plumbers who do not hold qualifications recognised by the CIPHE, employers or reputable trade organisations.

In his speech Mr Stainer also welcomed the CIPHE’s launch of the GreenPlumb initiative aimed at helping consumers find installers with expert knowledge on green technologies. He also praised the institute’s involvement in developing standards.