Plumbers’ qualification not crucial to the plumbing industry. Say what?

By Sam Dubazana

Plumbers protect the health of the nation — certainly they have to be qualified.

Most plumbing contractors prefer to either employ the services of semi-experienced plumbers with years of on-the-job experience, or to train trainees on site and employ them as assistants (labourers). Will these companies contribute a lot of money to the Skills Development Fund for compliance purpose only?

The plumbing industry feels that the Plumber Certificate qualification is not worth the paper that it is written on. Arguments supporting and opposing this notion will be discussed in our next column.
An astounding 80% of plumbers do not know the fundamentals of plumbing, because they were trained on the job and their employers do not possess the qualification either.

Watch this space for more.

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