Recruitment Hacks When Hiring a Plumber

You return home from a long day’s work and there’s no hot water… or even worse, you have a water leak! What do you do? It seems easy to jump onto your local WhatsApp group chat or Facebook and start asking for referrals for great plumbers – because referrals are reliable right?
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Recruitment Hacks When Hiring a Plumber

You return home from a long day’s work and there’s no hot water… or even worse, you have a water leak! What do you do? It seems easy to jump onto your local WhatsApp group chat or Facebook and start asking for referrals for great plumbers – because referrals are reliable right? Well, unfortunately referrals don’t always guarantee an experienced and certified service provider; and hiring a professional plumber isn’t always an easy task.

But fear not, Cobra is here for you and we have some reliable recruitment hacks for hiring a professional plumber.

Recruiting any service provider comes with some degree of doubt or second-guessing yourself, especially when recruiting someone specialised in an area that you may have very little technical knowledge on yourself, such as plumbing.

First of all, while all plumbing professionals ‘should’ hold a license and a set of certified qualifications this doesn’t always guarantee that they have been vetted to the highest possible standards. Thankfully there are industry professional groups such as the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) and the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) who work hard to ensure high levels of plumbing service providers in the country.

 
Institute of Plumbing South Africa

The IOPSA established in 1989 by plumbers themselves has evolved into the only plumbing body that has become the recognised voice of the South African Plumbing industry.

The IOPSA has a list of registered professional plumbers, and this is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you are selecting a plumbing professional that is going to provide expert, reliable services. The benefits of hiring an IOPSA plumber are:

  • Plumbing technical support
  • IOPSA members employ qualified plumbers
  • Consumer recourse
  • Plumber service rates guidelines

IOPSA registered plumbers are provided with industry training, best standards, advice pertaining to quality plumbing products and brands as well as other skills development initiatives.

 
Plumbing Industry Registration Board

Another fantastic resource to guide you in sourcing a reliable plumber is the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB). The PIRB works proactively to promote better plumbing practice.

The PIRB registers plumbers through a comprehensive registration and assessment system, ensuring that only plumbers with adequate skills and expertise are registered on their platform. Their main roles in the plumbing industry are to:

  • Encourage and monitor the performance of plumbers
  • Protect the health and safety of the community and environment
  • Monitor the integrity of the water supply and waste water systems
  • Ensure quality assurance within the plumbing industry
  • Develop high levels of standards within the NQF environment
  • Strengthen accountability within the plumbing profession
  • PIRB offer professional training on the latest trends, products and practices in plumbing, and command outstanding attendance by setting minimum “Continuous Professional Development” (CPD) points requirements in order to maintain membership

In addition to their objectives and goals, the PIRB is a ‘trusted professional body’ and recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

By recruiting a plumber that is recognised by the PIRB, you can rest assured that your service provider has in their possession an updated SANS Codes of Practice, Building Regulations and Local Water Bylaws documentation. All PIRB registered plumbers are also expected to remain informed on industry best practice and knowledge.

A simple way to ensure you are hiring an expert in the field is to verify their credentials by contacting the PIRB by on their below contact details.

Tel: 0861 747 275 | 012 654 8245
Cell: (+27) 86 692 7230
E-mail: info@pirb.co.za

As tempting as it can be to simply make use of a local referral; an untrustworthy or non-experienced plumber can do a lot of damage in your home which will ultimately result in further expenses and risk to your infrastructure or even the local water source.

A little research and contacting of relevant experienced body’s can save you a lot of money in damages and give you that added peace of mind.

Cobra. Here For You.