Bathroom Fitting Question

Bathroom fitters with nvq level 3 in plumbing


I am a leasehold flat owner in North West London. My flat is an ex-council property and the freehold is owned by Barnet Council. The Management Company requires permission for alterations made to the flat (including remodelling bathrooms). Having hired a bathroom company some months ago, I went through the application process for the refurbishment of my bathroom and permission has been granted for the work to commence. However the permsission has been given on the basis that certain conditions are fulfilled.

One of these is that the tradesman who is fitting the bathroom must hold a Level 3 NVQ in plumbing and they will need to see copies of the certificate after the work has been carried out. After several months of too-ing and fro-ing my current bathroom company are saying they are struggling to find plumbers with this level of qualification to complete the job and we have reached a stalemate. I am starting to think that it might be best to start the whole thing over again and hire a new company (and go through the application process again).

My question is, how rare is it to find a plumber/bathroom fitter with a level 3 NVQ in plumbing and will I struggle to find a replacement company? Are there any plumbers out there who have experience with Barnet Council/Barnet Homes?

Thanks very much for your help in advance!

5 Answers

Hi lots of level 3 plumbers but they go on to work in gas which pays much more. In my experience kitchen fitters have level 2 or no plumbing qualifications as its not rocket science. Hope you find one, let me know how it goes. good luck

Answered 27th Oct 2013

Plumbing Heating Electrical Ltd

Member since 24 Oct 2013

Hi, I am City and Guilds advanced plumbing cert. I do bathrooms, mainly mobility type, but also for other clients. NVQ3 is a high level and yes most will go for Gas work as it pays much more.
I am in Wiltshire, too far away.

Answered 20th Nov 2013

Midsomer Bathing

Member since 14 Nov 2013

Hi you should have no problem in finding a level 3 plumber in your area try the gas safe website I am sure one of the plumbing firms on there will be able to fit a bathroom. Best of luck

Answered 19th Jul 2016

DH Plumbing & Property Services

Member since 13 Jul 2016

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I do not have experience with this local authority but I do have a NVQ level 3 this qualification is just of a higher learning program to NVQ level 2 which also means 9 times out of 10 the guy with a NVQ 3 is also qualified in gas if he has sat the required exams after the NVQ. Also he will have experience in advance hot and cold water etc..

Answered 19th Apr 2017

RB Plumbing and Heating

Member since 19 Apr 2017

Level 3 NVQ is the traditional city and guilds advanced plumbing.It covers design and more technical aspects of plumbing systems and knowledge.

Answered 5th Jul 2017

Laws Plumbing and Heating Specialist

Member since 30 Aug 2016

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