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Plumbing Practical Oct 27th Accrington

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Guest mj76

Hi All,

 

Just wondered if there was any plumbers out there scheduled to attend the October 27th Plumbing Practical in Accrington?

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Guest madplumber1

Hi

Paased my practical in July at Accrington, it's not too bad, hopes you pass, if you need to know anything then please ask.

 

madplumber

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Guest mj76
no but my hubby is doing his mechanic practical the same day in accrington good luck

 

Hi Tracy, incase our paths don't cross on the day good luck to mark too, hopefully the 27th will be a good day for all !!!

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Hi

Paased my practical in July at Accrington, it's not too bad, hopes you pass, if you need to know anything then please ask.

 

madplumber

 

 

Cheers mp, will let you know if i do ta

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Guest davemyers

mj have got my date,i am doing my practical at accrington on that date

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Guest mj76
mj have got my date,i am doing my practical at accrington on that date

 

Sound dave?, are you a plumber too?

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yes i am martin sorry m ate didnt make that obvious did i,any nerves?

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Guest mj76

A few will start creeping in as the month goes by i'm sure. Where about you from?

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from carlisle mate,just looking forward to getting practical out of the way to be honest,where you hoping to relocate to martin?also do you understand all the info about getting your licence?

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Hi my name is Adam, I am a recently qualified plumber looking to get to oz. Was just wondering if you could give me any tips or advice. I take it you are gonna be assesed on your work? Are there any other tests and what do they involve? also do you know what you have to do in the practical.

 

I am just beginning rearlly but am wondering how long before i could think of applying.

 

Good luck with the test's.

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from carlisle mate,just looking forward to getting practical out of the way to be honest,where you hoping to relocate to martin?also do you understand all the info about getting your licence?

 

 

We're from Birmingham Dave and i know what you mean about getting practical out of the way. All hinges on the practical really and until it's done we can't progress.

 

We travelled aus in 2003-2004 and although we didn't go to Western Aus we liked Brisbane the best (Melbourne a very close second) and it's location is good for getting to the sunshine and gold coasts. As a city Melbourne is imho the best city in Aus but the "four seasons in a day" tag and colder climate has driven us to choosing Brisbane.

I've only looked briefly at registrations and licences but i've heard that the money is poor until your fully registered. Licence/rego different in each state also. Where are you thinking of going? Have you been before? Are you using an agent?

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Hi my name is Adam, I am a recently qualified plumber looking to get to oz. Was just wondering if you could give me any tips or advice. I take it you are gonna be assesed on your work? Are there any other tests and what do they involve? also do you know what you have to do in the practical.

 

I am just beginning rearlly but am wondering how long before i could think of applying.

 

Good luck with the test's.

 

 

Hi Adam,

 

To migrate as a general plumber you'll need experience under your belt although your doing the right thing obtaining info early. My suggestion would be to contact an agent, one that will give you a free over the phone consultation. If your financially and physically ready to go now, i think you may struggle to complete a "Trade Evidence Form" on which you list what you've done, when you did it, who for, how often etc. The form has specific elements that you need to have had experience of to be able to progress to a practical assesment. I have 15years experience in the plumbing industry and i was assessed at having a higher risk of not passing the practical, cheeky buggers !! (hope their not right). There are elements on the form that 90% of uk general plumbers won't do and elements that we'd class as a specialist areas of the trade over here in the uk. I'd definately contact an agent as there may be an easier option for you to migrate (eg using partners skills) Have you done an online points test yet?

 

Regards

 

 

Martin

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matin were also going to brisbane but have never been before,talk about goin in at deep end.We have been using visa beureau and found them great really although think they were the most expensive we inquired about.theres me the wife and our 2 sons aged 1 and 4.have been in touch with a couple of firms over there about jobs,one of them sounded positive and the starting pay was the same as what i,m on here.will give you all my limited knowledge when i see u at practical.dave

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To all, i posted this some time ago, maybe of use.

 

Vetassess practical/written

If you using an agent then their sources of information can be invaluable. My agent has written templates of how to format your evidence. I can compare it to plumbing NVQ portfolio work, whereby you have to produce a comprehensive look at you work history. If you can get refrences all the better. I know this can be hard especially if you served your apprenticeship over 27 years ago. If self employed and have regular clientel then obtain references from them.

I started the doccumentation from my apprenticeship, broke it down into each year stating what skills I'd learnt, what tools I'd used and what rate of pay I'd achieved. This way you can show progression within the trade. If you've been on any large contracts then make sure you mention where and when it was and what you did there. If you can't get references to support your evidence then you'll have to get statutary declarations done by a solicitor, these cost around £10-£15 per item

Did the Vetassess practical in Accrington this Tuesday, the practical is split into three sections. Gas, water and soil/waste. Gas comprised of installation of 3/4 mild steel pipework connected on to 22mm copper. You have a work sheet to follow various dimmensions and lengths, the pipework has to be then tested out using manometer with assessor present.

Water section is to couple 22mm copper to pushfit connection with 15mm branches. Other jointing method is brazing on a 22x22x15 branch tee and on a swaged coupling, then test out again with assessor present. Soil/waste is connection of w/c pan and couple up waste pipework to unvented soil stack. It would be wise to acquire latest tool list from Vetassess, as I took a lot of kit and only used a small amount. Accrington college is very well equiped and the workshop technicians are very helpful with anything you should need. the bays that you work in are clean and all fittings that are required for the assessment are present. So there's no need to be scratting around looking for tools and fittings. I took the Gas option so don't know what is entailed in the roofing option. Would suggest that a hand bender is required. There's a Rigid pipe threader/cutter at the assessment centre so no need to take stocks and dye set as I did!!! In between each section there is a technical interview, the questions can be quite in depth but shouldn't be too hard for a competant plumber.

 

Hope this helps anyone out there, it's a daunting process at first, i can highly reccomend the Visa Bureau, they have been very helpful

 

The practical isn't very hard!!!! So don't worry about it.

 

 

madplumber

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Guest jak2503

be wary that the assessment is prone to changing, this format is not set in stone, the roofing option is a flat box gutter that is fabbed from a template, its only easy if your competant and the assesor will know this, he will fail you if he feells you are not up to the set standards, a fair few failed the july pracs,

john

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be wary that the assessment is prone to changing, this format is not set in stone, the roofing option is a flat box gutter that is fabbed from a template, its only easy if your competant and the assesor will know this, he will fail you if he feells you are not up to the set standards, a fair few failed the july pracs,

john

 

 

Cheers John, I think it's best to just relax and look at it as another day at work. Sometimes you don't know from one day to the next what will be thrown at you but we just plod on and deal with it.

 

Martin

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