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April 2012

The Master Plumber Certificate

23 April 2012

Following on from last week’s blog on The Journeyman Certificate, this week we explore the Master Certificate, which gives formal recognition the holder has attained mastery of the art, craft, science and practice of plumbing. There have been over 265 Master Certificates awarded since its inception in 2001.

As the name of the certificate denotes, it is only awarded to those who are at the height of their career have attained a level of excellence in their chosen profession. Applicants are expected to gain further professional qualifications such as registration with the Engineering Council as an Engineering Technician or Incorporated Engineer and City and Guilds Licentiateship.

Requirements to satisfy conditions for the Master Plumber Certificate are high, with applicants needing to reach the following standards:

a) Be qualified to S/NVQ Level 3;
b) Be a Member (MCIPHE) or Fellow (FCIPHE) of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering
c) Be accepted for City and Guilds Licentiateship;
d) Be registered as an Engineering Technician or Incorporated Engineer with the Engineering Council;
e) Conform to the Institute’s Code of Professional Standards;
f) Provide photocopies of academic or other certificates to be submitted as evidence of qualifications;
g) Be engaged in the industry for at least 10 years;
h) Provide two nominated referees to sign the application;
i) Satisfy the panel of assessors;
j) Submissions must include a cheque payable to the CIPHE for £95. This is a one-off payment to cover administration.

So if you are committed to a successful career in the industry, why not start your Master Certificate journey? You can download a Master Certificate application form from the CIPHE website and find out more on all the certificates by clicking here.



The Journeyman Plumber Certificate

16 April 2012

Following on from last week’s blog The Apprentice Plumber Certificate this week we explore the Journeyman Certificate, which is the next step on the career pathway towards mastery of the art, craft, science and practice of plumbing.

At this level, applicants for the Journeyman Certificate will have obtained success at NVQ Level 3, or equivalent (a pre-requisite for the Master Certificate) and will be setting out to accumulate further experience. This will include supplementary qualifications and demonstrating an active interest in upholding professional standards. But it’s not all just about how far you have come in your career so far, those achieving the certificate will undertake a pledge to continue with career development until ready to apply for the Master Certificate.

Not surprisingly the requirements needed to apply for the Journeyman Certificate are a lot more stringent than those for the Apprentice Certificate, all applicants should:

a) Be qualified to S/NVQ Level 3;
b) Be an Associate (ACIPHE) or Member (MCIPHE) of the CIPHE;
c) Conform to the Institute’s Code of Professional Standards;
d) Provide photocopies of academic or other Certificates to be submitted as evidence of qualifications;
e) Hold no significant complaints on the applicant’s Institute record;
f) Provide evidence of employment in a formal Apprenticeship or written, verified statements of workplace experience as required for the award of S/NVQ Level 3 in Plumbing;
g) Be engaged in the plumbing industry for a minimum of five years;
h) Remain in membership of The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering;
i) Provide two nominated referees to sign the application;
j) The completed application must satisfy the panel of assessors;
k) Submissions must include a cheque for £20, payable to CIPHE. This is a one-off payment as a contribution towards administration.

So if you are committed to a successful career in the industry, why not start your Master Certificate journey? You can download an Journeyman Certificate application form from the CIPHE website and find out more on all the certificates by clicking here.

Next week find out more on the Master Certificate.


The Apprentice Plumber Certificate

11 April 2012

The Institute knows a thing or two when it comes to recognising knowledge, skill and experience. Back in 2001 it introduced the Master Plumber Certificate, in partnership with City & Guilds and The Worshipful Company of Plumbers. The certificate was created to give formal recognition of mastery of the art, craft, science and practice of plumbing. So innovative was the idea that the Master Plumber Certificate was soon followed by similar programmes for Carpenters, Joiners and Shopfitters.

Over the past 11 years over 265 Master Certificates have been awarded, but it was felt that the pathway to “mastery” of plumbing required additional guidance. For those just starting out on their plumbing career, the standards needed to reach the Master Plumber Certificate felt very out of reach. In 2008 the CIPHE introduced two preliminary certificates - the Apprentice Certificate and the Journeyman Certificate - to engage and encourage its members to embark on a route to mastery from the very beginning of their careers.

This blog, covering the Apprentice Plumber Certificate, is part one of a series of blogs exploring the CIPHE’s Certificate schemes. The Apprentice Certificate is an award for people starting out on their professional career, who qualify at NVQ Level 2, or equivalent. It provides recognition of the holder’s desire to be the best they can be and sets them on a path of lifelong learning towards one day achieving the Master Certificate.

To attain the Apprentice Plumber Certificate you need to:

a) Be qualified to S/NVQ Level 2;
b) Be enrolled on a Level 3 Plumbing Course;
c) Be an Affiliate or Associate Member of the CIPHE;
d) Conform to the Institute’s Code of Professional Standards;
e) Provide photocopies of academic or other Certificates as evidence of qualifications;
f) Hold no significant complaints on your Institute record;
g) Provide evidence of employment in a formal Apprenticeship or written, verified statements of workplace experience as required for the award of S/NVQ Level 2 in Plumbing;
h) Be engaged in the plumbing industry for a minimum of three years; i) Remain in membership of The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering; j) Provide two nominated referees to sign the application.
k) The completed application must satisfy the panel of assessors;
l) Submissions must include a cheque for £10, payable to CIPHE. This is a one-off payment as a contribution towards administration.

So if you are committed to a successful career in the industry, why not start your Master Certificate journey? You can download an Apprentice Plumber Certificate application form from the CIPHE website and find out more on all the certificates by clicking here.

Next week find out more on the Journeyman Certificate.



What can Engineering Council registration do for you?

3 April 2012

As a chartered professional body and educational charity, the Institute strives to help its members find recognition for their knowledge and skills. As a part of this, the CIPHE can register suitably qualified members at Engineering Technician (EngTech) and Incorporated Engineer (IEng) levels with the Engineering Council.

But did you know that compared to other trades, that it is plumbers who are out in front when it comes to achieving EngTech status? The CIPHE is one of the largest registration bodies at Engineering Technician level, due the demand for EngTech status by our members.


Why register as an Engineering Technician?

Becoming an Engineering Technician not only provides formal recognition of your knowledge and skill and the designatory letters EngTech, but it can also improve your career prospects, give you higher earning potential and set you on the path to achieving the Master Plumber Certificate.

For the employed, professional registration through a professional body is highly valued by employers. It plays an important role in up-skilling the existing workforce and the professionalism of the company as a whole. The self-employed also benefit from up-skilling and the enhanced reputation EngTech status brings with it.


How do I register as an Engineering Technician or Incorporated Engineer?

For those wishing to apply for EngTech status, there are two routes you can take, either the academic route for those holding higher level qualifications e.g. N/SVQ Level 3, City & Guilds Advanced Craft Certificate, or the assessment route for those holding City & Guilds Craft Certificate or NVQ Level 2 with suitable Continuing Professional Development and experience.

Applicants for Incorporated Engineer are to hold an accredited bachelors or honours degree in engineering or technology, or a higher national certificate or diploma or a foundation degree, plus further learning to bachelors level.

Information on both levels can be found here or please contact the membership department on 01708 463116/463107 or email membership@ciphe.org.uk.