UK plumbers want their industry training to be updated to cover off broader spectrum of topics, according to research released by the Water Regulatory Advisory Scheme (WRAS).
The study found that 91% of approved plumbers believe it should be mandatory for plumbers to undertake water fittings regulations training.
In terms of water fitting regulations, 60% of plumbers agree that more in depth training on the regulations is needed on their courses, while 55% backed periodic refresher training.
Support for continual professional development resources to be readily available was supported by half of the approved plumbers surveyed. Online resources, videos and quizzes were highlighted as examples of useful tools that could be used by skilled plumbers to ensure continued compliance with water regulations.
In response to this, WRAS has launched a new online quiz for plumbers. The short questionnaire will test plumbers’ knowledge on the water fittings regulations and is the first in a series of themed quizzes.
Only 40% of plumbers agreed that more auditing of plumbers’ work would ensure plumbers apply the water fittings regulations correctly, further indicating how important the water fittings regulation training is.
Julie Spinks, managing director of WRAS, said: “We regularly reach out to our network of approved plumbers to get an update on the industry and it has been very interesting to hear their take on the current industry training.
“It is encouraging that most believe the current water fittings regulations courses do ensure regulations can be applied correctly and these insights are really important for the ongoing development of industry training.
“Our new online quiz is fun way to put plumbers’ knowledge to the test but will also help them to understand where they might have any gaps or need refresher training.”
WRAS’ online quiz can be found at https://www.wras.co.uk/quiz/