How to Become a Plumber in Trinidad and Tobago

Are you interested in how to become a licensed plumber in Trinidad and Tobago?   Read on…

Licensed professionals plumber are referred to as Licensed Sanitary Constructors (LSC). No, it’s not just a fancy way to call or stylish title given to professional plumbers. There’s actually a bigger reason why they’re called LSCs.

What’s an LSC?

Plumbers in Trinidad and Tobago or LSC are expected to be able to do more than just perform plumbing installations and repairs. Their training equips them with skills to manage and construct an entire sanitary facility.

A sanitary facility can be a separate structure from your home. This structure will feature lavatory basins, toilets, plumbing, laundry tubs and other installations, showers, lavatory basins, and kitchen sinks among others.

Note that the Water and Sewage Authority in Trinidad and Tobago executes construction contracts in behalf of home owners. Professional plumbers will then bid for these contracts, which is why you need to be an LSC so you can contract these jobs.

How to Become a Plumber in Trinidad and Tobago

There is an education requirement for plumbers or Licensed Sanitary Constructors in Trinidad and Tobago. According to the country’s Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), there are pre-requisites that you will need to accomplish.

First off, you must be at least 21 years of age. You also need to accomplish at least one of the following prerequisites:

  • A plumbing craftsman diploma that will be issued by the YTEPP or the Ministry of Education. Work experience (minimum 5 years) with an actual LSC, which will aid you in getting your craftsman diploma.
  • You also have the option to complete the UWI Extra Mural Course in Plumbing (12 month course).
  • You can also opt to complete the Ministry of Education’s Craftsman Assistant certificate in Plumbing.
  • A civil engineering degree automatically qualifies you for an LSC license if you have a minimum of 2 years of working experience.
  • If you’re a migrant from the US or Canada, all you need is to present a Master Plumber Certification from your country of origin.
  • If you moved from London and have obtained a City and Guilds of London Final Certificate in Plumbing (requires 5 years of apprenticeship) then you qualify for an LSC license.

What to Expect in a Plumbing Course

As you can see, the majority of the options above will require a new applicant to take an entire course in plumbing. A plumbing course will teach you how to assemble, repair, install, and service various fixtures such as kitchens and bathrooms.

You will also be trained in drawing project plans and interpreting plan sketches. You will also learn how to use different pieces of equipment such as planers, sanders, threading machines, cutting saws, grinders, jigsaws, and drills among others.

What You Need to Apply for a License

After completing all the prerequisites, you will need to fill out an LSC application form and submit that to WASA. You will also be required to submit two copies of the following documents:

  • Your work portfolio
  • 2 letters of recommendations from previous customers and 1 letter from the LSC that you worked with
  • Your resume
  • Certificates of your plumbing course education
  • Two recent photos (passport size)
  • Valid ID

These are the things you need on how to become a plumber in Trinidad and Tobago. Remember that you will be designated as a Licensed Sanitary Constructor which is actually a professional plumber and more.

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