There are many options to consider if you want to become a kitchen fitter.
This is one job where there are no set routes into the profession. Many people start out by taking on small jobs and build up their experience to the point where they are able to fit an entire kitchen. Some even start by fitting their own kitchen. However there are lots of things to bear in mind if you want to become a kitchen fitter. Make sure you read the information below so you can get an idea of what to expect.
Put simply a kitchen fitter is hired to install kitchens.
These will mainly be in private homes but they can also be in offices and any other location that requires one. The process of fitting a kitchen will probably include dismantling and getting rid of the old one and then installing the new units, worktops and sink.
If you are going to offer a complete service you will need to train to become Gas Safe registered so you are qualified to connect up gas appliances such as the hob. Similarly you can also train to be able to handle the electrics and the plumbing.
This may sound like a lot but it is your choice as to whether you train to be able to provide these trades or not. However the most important thing is that you know what you can do and what you should steer clear of.
Many people are surprised when they learn there is no official kitchen fitter training you can do to become qualified to do this job. However this does not necessarily mean it is a good idea to waltz into someone’s kitchen, rip it out and start botching together a new one.
No, you need some kind of experience before you can work as a kitchen fitter, so let’s find out more about what you can do to be successful in this line of work.
Some colleges and organisations do offer kitchen fitter training of one kind or another. But do shop around because these courses are typically not regulated. Some people simply learn as they go along, but if you can find a good beginner course to take that isn’t too expensive, you will learn a lot of skills before you begin.
When a new kitchen is fitted there will be plumbing to do and electric appliances such as the oven to connect up. There might even be a gas hob to connect. However you should never touch or connect any of these unless you are trained and you know what you are doing. This is particularly important when it comes to gas.
So you have a decision to make. You can either fit kitchens, avoiding getting the training to provide these services in the process, or you can invest in the right plumbing, gas and electricity courses to get the skills you need. You can always start off fitting the units and worktops and then train for the other qualifications while you are getting established. That way you will have something else to offer later on.
You may be able to find work as a general labourer.
Most kitchen fitters will typically either work alongside someone else who fits kitchens or they will have a labourer to do the fetching and carrying. If you can get into this role you can learn as you go along in a series of real life situations.
You will learn in all kinds of different kitchens and it can be a very rewarding way to get your foot in the door. As you can see, just because kitchen fitter training isn’t a pre-requisite to getting started in this job, it doesn’t mean you should start tomorrow without any idea of what you are doing.
Find as many ways as you can to get the experience you need and make sure you are able to develop it as you go along.
If you are thinking of becoming a kitchen fitter you will have to consider whether you are the right sort of person for the role. Some people think of going into this profession because you can do so without getting any kind of formal training. However this can be a downside as you will see. Thus there is a lot to think about before you can establish whether kitchen fitter jobs are right for you.
Fitting a kitchen is very physical and you need to be strong and able to cope with it. You must also be good with power tools as you will be making up cabinets, fitting them and carrying worktops. You will also need to be able to cut the holes in the worktops for the sink and hob to drop into.
Very few kitchens are ever fitted with no problems at all. How would you cope if you found the customer’s design did not fit into the space provided? This is the kind of problem that can crop up, so having a cool head and a problem solving brain is a good thing.
Some kitchen fitters offer a full design service as well as a fitting service. This can work well because you will see the old kitchen and you can help design a new one that you are sure will fit the available space. You must be clear about the service offered so you can advertise it to your customers.
These are the two main options you have available. You could also get a job in a DIY store that sells kitchens and offers a design service. This is a good way to get experience that you can later use in your own business.
Every kitchen will need electricity and water supplies at the very least.
This means it can pay to train as a plumber if you want to be able to plumb in the sink and the washing machine. If you don’t train and you still offer these services and something goes wrong, you could be sued.
The best rule of thumb is not to adjust or work with any of the main services unless you are trained to do so. Some services can be self taught, such as tiling. If you do this often enough you will become very good at it.
However it does look good to be able to say you have passed a course and you are qualified in tiling. As you can see there is a lot to think about when you are considering taking on kitchen fitter jobs.