Inadequate trained plumbers a major problem: IAPMO
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Engineers (IAPMO) has said that lack of professionally trained plumbers is a major drawback for the Indian construction sector. In this regard, it is working with the Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) to help the industry.
IAPMO has pointed out that the lack of plumbing infrastructure and a trained, certified workforce has long plagued the citizens of India, for whom 7.5% of deaths each year can be directly attributed to water and sanitation issues. Subhash Deshpande, director-training and certification, IAPMO-India said: "In a country of nearly 1.2 billion people, very few plumbing consultants and contractors have the necessary know-how and experience to handle large, complex and sophisticated plumbing projects."
IAPMO as part of its awareness creation campaign conducted a two day workshop in Mumbai on June 12-13, 2009, for 30 professionals from leading construction companies in Mumbai. The program titled Train-The-Trainer (TTT) aimed at educating senior construction managers on the criticality of adopting uniform plumbing codes and standards in construction.
IAPMO India and IPA have jointly developed the Uniform Plumbing Code-India (UPC-I), an extensive code of plumbing practice that will serve the construction sector in India. IAPMO India and IPA have subsequently turned their focus to education and training. The ambitious Plumbing Education to Employment Program (PEEP) is a comprehensive industry focused program with structured courses in Plumbing System Design (PSD) and Plumbing Construction Management (PCM) suitable for plumbing design engineers and plumbing construction managers/supervisors respectively.
No architecture or engineering course of study in India currently offers a diploma or degree in plumbing. “An overwhelming percentage of the nation’s plumbers are casual labourers, who have learned the trade through personal experience or working with experienced plumbers,” according to Sudhakaran Nair, IPA president and executive board member of the World Plumbing Council. Appreciating the programme, Gurmit Singh Arora, chairman, IPA Mumbai Chapter said, “The presentations on the TTT programme were exemplary, of very high quality and were of very interesting and of immense value.”