A guide to becoming a bathroom fitter
Consider bathroom installation for an interesting and rewarding career that requires good people skills and strong practical abilities.
If you’re looking for a job that is creative, practical and hands-on, you might want to consider a career in bathroom installation.
Bathroom installation is a hugely varied job which encompasses a range of different duties, including ripping out old bathroom suites, measuring out work areas, installing units and appliances, tiling walls, and laying flooring.
There are no set qualifications needed to follow a career in bathroom installation. More important than qualifications is having some relevant experience. This can be gained in a related area such as joinery, plastering, or plumbing services, or alternatively you can undertake an apprenticeship in bathroom installation, which could have the added benefit of providing you with a job offer at the end of the programme.
While qualifications are not necessary, they can help to build up your skills and knowledge and thus boost your job prospects. So if you’re serious about a career in this area, it’s worth looking into college courses in bathroom installation.
Skills and abilities
Bathroom installation is a fairly varied job so you will need to possess a number of different skills in order to succeed in this field. It’s a hands-on role so chief among them is excellent practical skills. You will also need to be confident in following technical drawings, have the ability to take and mark out accurate measurements and have an understanding of building regulations. Being in possession of related skills such as plumbing, tiling and plastering will also stand you in good stead.
Alongside your practical abilities, it will also help to possess several ‘softer’ skills. For example, you will need to be highly organised and able to meet deadlines and, as you will spend time dealing with customers, it’s important that you are good with people and have strong communication skills.
As a bathroom fitter there are a number of different career options available to you. You can work in a range of different organisations, including design agencies, building companies, and bathroom manufacturers and retailers. Alternatively, you could set yourself up as a sole trader and start your own bathroom installation business – perfect if you’d like to be your own boss.
Bathroom fitter salaries are determined by experience and skill level. If you are just starting out in the bathroom installation business you can expect to earn in the region of £13,000 to £16,000, but as your experience grows you could earn upwards of £30,000 per year. As a sole trader you could set your own prices but you would need to ensure that these correspond with the rest of the market.
In terms of future prospects, your interests and skills can help determine how your career progresses. If you enjoy the creative side of the job you could undertake further training in computer-aided-design and concentrate more on planning and design work. Alternatively, if the business side interests you more you can progress up the career ladder as a team leader managing a team of fitters, a business development manager or sales coordinator.
Wherever your interests lie, there is no doubt that bathroom installation can offer an interesting, varied and rewarding career.