GET-rich-quick plumbers are being turned away from joining the industry's trade body because their professional qualifications do not come up to scratch.
Leaders of the Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering said a growing number of applications are being turned down, particularly in the trainee membership sector.
Operations director Kevin Wellman said: 'Over the past year we have received applications for trainee membership from people who have enrolled on 'fast-track' plumbing courses that do not award recognised qualifications.
'It can take at least two years to gain an NVQ level 2 qualification through the usual route, so we would be failing in our duty to uphold standards to allow someone who has only attended a course lasting five-10 weeks to become a member.'
Chief executive Andy Watts said: 'As the professional body it is our responsibility to protect the public from poor plumbing practice.'