Kitchen and bathroom fitter

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Kitchen and bathroom fitters install kitchens and bathroom suites in homes and businesses.

Salary Range: £13,500 to £35,000

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How to become a kitchen and bathroom fitter

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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College

You could take a college course, which would give you some of the skills needed to start in this job. Courses include:

  • Level 1 or 2 Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery
  • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing
  • Level 2 Diploma in Fitted Interiors

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do an intermediate apprenticeship in fitted interiors, joinery, tiling or plumbing.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You can apply for jobs if you’ve got experience and qualifications in a related construction trade like joinery, plumbing or tiling.

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Further information

You’ll find more on careers in kitchen and bathroom fitting from Go Construct.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of maths
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • using a range of hand and power tools
  • measuring out work areas
  • ripping out and disposing of old units and suites
  • marking the location of pipes and cables
  • measuring and cutting worktops, recesses and joints
  • fitting units and appliances
  • tiling walls and laying flooring
  • clearing away debris at the end of the job
  • following building regulations to meet health and safety

Working environment

You could work at a client’s home or at a client’s business.

Your working environment may be dusty and physically demanding.

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Career path and progression

You could find work with building companies, design agencies, kitchen and bathroom manufacturers and retailers. You could also set up your own business.

With further training, like in computer aided design (CAD), you could move into planning and installation design.

In a larger company, you could progress to become a business development manager, area sales coordinator, or project manager leading a team of designers and installers.