The purpose of this qualification is to train the learner to operate and qualify as a plumber artisan. The plumber installs, maintains, tests and repairs hot and cold-water supply systems, below and above ground drainage systems, Installation of sanitary ware appliances and installation of rainwater systems.

Course Overview

The learners will attend institutionalised training at our centres which are situated in Cape Town, Kya Sands and Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth). The course is broken up into three sessions of 8 weeks per year over a period of three years. In year 1 they will focus on Hand skills and tools, the introduction to plumbing industry, Installation of bathroom sanitary aware appliances and Cut bend and assemble Copper and GMS pipework and cold water systems.

In year 2 they focus on the GMS gutters and flashing, Rainwater systems, hot water systems and kitchen and laundry sanitary ware appliances

Then in year 3 they will focus the drainage system both above ground and below ground, Manholes and testing of the reticulated plumbing system.

Recommended Entry Criteria

  • Minimum age of 16 years
  • Grade 9
    Second language
    Science and 2 other subjects OR a four subject National Technical Certificate N1
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  • Orientation
  • Introductory to the building industry
  • Safety and loss control
  • Elementary first aid
  • Interpret basic building drawing
  • Erect and dismantle scaffolding
  • Mark out and cut sheet metal
  • Mark out, rivet and solders sheet metal
  • Fit GMS gutters and rain water pipes
  • Fit PVC gutters and rain water pipes
  • Fabricate and fit GMS VP flashing
  • Fabricate and fit copper vp flashing
  • Fabricate and fit gms chimney flashing
  • Fabricate a box gutter with stop end, circular outlet and abundant
  • Arc weld basic components
  • Cut, thread and assemble gms pipe-work
  • Repairs and alterations to existing copper pipe-work
  • Install a combinations geyser
  • Install a push-through geyser
  • Install a high-pressure geyser
  • Install an indirect system of cw supply (storage cistern)
  • Install underground CW reticulation
  • Firefighting installation
  • Repairs to and maintenance of taps valves and cocks
  • Repairs to HP mains
  • Recognition and installation of soil and waste system
  • Install a sink
  • Install a wash basin
  • Install a bath
  • Install a bidet
  • Install a shower
  • Install a wc (pedestal)
  • Install urinal (stall) Recognition of below-ground drainage systems
  • Set out and determine levels
  • Excavation and timbering of trenches
  • Install a below-ground drainage system
  • Build a manhole to benching height (brick)
  • Build a manhole to benching height (concrete ring
  • Removal of blockages from and repairs to waste, soil, and drainage