Training: How Do I Become A Bathroom Fitter?...
Training: How Do I Become A Bathroom Fitter?...
Plenty of colleges are not going to teach you how to become a bathroom fitter. This is because bathroom fitters have multiple skills that you would need to require taking many courses on.
Often customers will ask us if we’re plumbers… The answer is kind of yes, kind of no! Having been involved with plumbers and plumbing issues for many years means we've built up all the relevant knowledge. We like to get plumbers in to help with some jobs with higher degrees of difficulty. Ultimately, we’re a team of kitchen and bathroom fitters in Hull, but we do have the skills.
As mentioned in a previous article, the bathroom fitter has to be able to do the following… plumbing, tiling. joining, electrics, builder, plasterer and design. Or they need to at least have a network of these reliable professions to get these jobs completed. They’re basically all necessary to survive and thrive as a bathroom installer. A bathroom remodel can’t be completed with just one or two of these skills, you or your network are going to need to have them all.
So are there courses out there that can help me become a bathroom fitter by trade? Not really. We see the occasional course online for some colleges around the country but there isn’t really much to choose from. You’re faced with either taking multiple basic courses and becoming qualified in the basics of each (which will be very time consuming).
What most people do is learn on the job. So, you’d start by becoming a professional in a very bathroom related skill, such as plumbing, tiling or joinery. Then when you’ve built up your business skills (also as described in previous articles… learning how to get great bath fitter reviews and figuring out bath fitter prices) as a tradesman, you might be ready to start fitting bathrooms for a living. During this time you’ll also need to be working on the skills mentioned above or at least building your network of people that can help to take care of those parts of the job. You won’t be able to do this job if you don’t have those skills or a network of people who will do those jobs for you, it’s essential.
Getting a verified electrical certificate over to the customer at the end of a job is very important. The electrics are some of the most important parts of the bathroom as electrics fitted incorrectly can be really dangerous. That’s why we think taking all the courses is simply going to take too long in terms of becoming a bathroom fitter. It seems much more logical to learn a few of the fundamental skills then leave things like electrics to another company/tradesman, that way you can focus on the main aspects of bathroom fitting (in terms of time, anyway) and get most of the job done, and call in a separate professional for things like electrics. Becoming an electrician would take a long time compared to the amount of time you’d need to spend in a bathroom to make it safe, so it doesn’t make that much sense to become a fully qualified electrician and learn everything when you’ll only need to be dealing with a few things in a bathroom related to the electrics.
Here are some general things that bathroom and kitchen fitters are doing on a week to week basis.
Measuring - Obviously when you’re working with confined room spaces, you have to be very exact about the materials you’re using, fitting and the amount of space you’re working with and taking up.
Physical - It’s a physical job. One day you might be carrying a cast iron bath up 3 flights of stairs (hopefully with a helping hand!), another day, you might be ripping out kitchen or bathing units from their infrastructures in preparation for the new units you will install.
Tools - You’re going to have a selection of tools and equipment that you’re going to need to acquire and maintain that you’ll be using every day. Maintaining is important to think about here. Tools don’t last forever but you should treat them well so you aren’t always having to fork out for new tools. Invoicing and Paperwork - When a job is complete you’re going to need to know how to create an invoice or find some software online that helps to do it for you. This is a physical and hand on job, but there’s always going to be writing and invoicing involved with most professions, as with bathroom and kitchen fitting.
Temporary setups In this line of work you aren’t going to have an office or ‘permanent’ setup where you’ll be doing most pf your work. This means you’re going to need to be comfortable in moving around a lot and not always having a stable place that you’re working from on a day to day basis. Some people are going to like this more than others. Personally, we’re absolutely fine with it and think it’s good to have the different environments month to month.
Largely, we’d say that, in order to become a great bathroom fitter, you should train yourself to some degree. Sure, you might be able to find some courses out there to become a bathroom fitter but they’re probably not going to be comprehensive. This is a multiskiil profession and it’s going to take time to build yourself up to the point of being a bathroom or kitchen fitter. Our best advice would be: take a legitimate college course or apprenticeship in plumbing, tiling, or joinery and start to learn the adaptive skills required for bathroom fitting as described above. Or, during this time, make sure to be expanding your network so that you can call on these professions (electrician, plumber etc.) when needed. Check us out on Colour pages if you want to see another profile of us online!
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