The plumbing industry is driven technically by public health and environmental requirements arising from the water industry and the need for proper sanitation. However the services of plumbing sector now extend to supply of gas, heating and cooling systems, industrial waste management, water treatment, sewage & drainage, fire services, air-conditioning etc.

Plumbing is one of the major constituents of the work carried on in the Construction sector which also has a direct impact on ancillary industries manufacturing Plumbing related Products besides being used by industries referred above.The purpose of establishing the Indian Plumbing Sector Skill Council (IPSC) is to ensure that skilled and certified manpower in adequate numbers is provided across industries using plumbing skills and to raise plumbing standards in India to global levels. It will maintain a dynamic LMIS to keep track of the labour market skill gaps, frame Occupational Standards, facilitate development of practical and high quality training content, ensure adequate availability of faculty through Training of Trainer initiatives,build accreditation and certification mechanisms and encourage capacity building through private sector participation.

Current status of Skill Development in the industry

In the current scenario most of the skill learning in the industry happens through unstructured, on-the job training (OJT). The new apprentice is taken as a helper who learns various aspects of the job under the guidance of his seniors. As such, in the absence of structured formal education/vocational courses, there has not been much improvement & development in plumbing skills.