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The Professional Plumber Podcast

The Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB) is a trusted professional body, as recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), that works proactively to promote better plumbing practices in South Africa.

In these podcast episodes we will have interesting and informative conversations with industry experts, PIRB personnel, and also with other invited guests, with the intent to serve our registered plumbers through yet another exciting and convenient platform.

Learn more about who the PIRB is, what we do, and also listen to other interesting conversations regarding industry-related topics.

So sit back, relax, enjoy these episodes, and be sure to also connect with the PIRB on, and on Facebook or our other social media platforms.
Weekly English South Africa Education · Self-Improvement
103 Episodes
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PPP E100 (Business) Becoming a Master Plumber

It is one thing for a plumber to attain their trade certificate, and another to gain years of experience in the trade, and perhaps starting their own successful plumbing company and creating employment opportunities for others. But is that the ceiling? Is that all that plumbers can be, or is…
14 Nov 33 min

PPP E98 - Business (Budget)

In this episode, Willem is joined by Nomfundo Makhathini to discuss financial management, with specific focus on budget. Proper financial management isn't necessarily such a complex process. You don't need a financial background or qualification to manage your personal, or company's finances. In fact, there are a few simple, basic…
16 Oct 35 min

PPP EP97 - Technical (How To Improve yourself)

In this episode, Willem and Richard will discuss the topic of "How To Improve Yourself" from a technical perspective. Richard will touch on his experience as a plumber out in the field, as well as from an auditing experience. Having the right mindset of wanting to improve yourself is what…
2 Oct 32 min

PPP E96 - Business - Insurance (Liability Cover)

In this episode we again discuss insurance for your business, but with specific focus on cover for the things that you may legally be held liable for. Joining this episode is Mosidi Shomang, of South African Insurance Association (SAIA).
19 Sep 39 min

PPP E95 - Technical (Dangers of Plumbing)

In as much as we have discovered over the last few technical episodes, plumbing is a complicated and knowledge-hungry profession. Notwithstanding that, at the end of the day one still needs to get physical and install the hardware. And because of this, plumbing can be a very dangerous profession. And…
4 Sep 44 min

PPP E94 - Business (Understanding VAT)

There are many plumbers who start their own businesses or companies, others simply work for themselves. It is imperative that plumbers understand the taxes that apply to businesses, especially VAT. In this episode we will discuss VAT, what it is, why it is, and tips and advice for plumbing business…
22 Aug 50 min

PPP E93 - Technical (Can Women Do Plumbing?)

In this episode, I’ll have a chat to a couple of lady plumbers. The question is; can women do plumbing? This is a burning question for many people, because not only is plumbing work quite complex and technical, but it also entails much physical labour. Joining me for this conversation…
7 Aug 36 min

PPP E92 - Business (The Professional Body and Your Designation)

In this episode we’ll be discussing the industry professional body and your designation. Joining me for this conversation is Japie Nel, the Senior Manager: Registration and Recognition at SAQA, and Lea Smith, Chairperson of the Board of the PIRB.
25 Jul 41 min

PPP E90 - Business - Standards and Regulations

Welcome to another business-orientated episode of the Professional Plumber Podcast. In this episode, we’ll be talking about Standards & Regulations pertaining to plumbing work and the plumbing industry.
27 Jun 30 min

PPP E89 - Technical (Complaints)

In this episode, we’ll be talking about Complaints, with specific focus on complaints received from customers about plumbers or plumbing work done at their premises. Joining me for this conversation is Richard Bailey and Aiden Herbert of the PIRB.
13 Jun 37 min

PPP E88 - Business (Managing Expectations)

In this business-orientated episode, we’ll be talking about Managing Expectations, both your own and your customers’ expectations, with specific focus on invoicing and payments. Joining me for this conversation is Gregg Hopfeldt, the Finance Director at Invoice SA.
30 May 31 min

PPP E87 - Technical (Adequate Supervision)

In this episode we talk about Adequate Supervision, what exactly that means, what the risks are of inadequate supervision, and what the SANS Standards require when it comes to supervision.
17 May 31 min

PPP E86 - Business (Basic Conditions of Employment)

In this episode, we'll be discussing the Basic Conditions Of Employment Act, the purpose it serves, and some of the key provisions included in the Act. Joining me for this conversation is Louis Ackermann, the Director at Intelligent Labour Solutions.
2 May 24 min

PPP E84 - Business (PIRB's CPD Rewards Program)

Welcome to another business-orientated episode of the Professional Plumber Podcast. In this episode, we’ll be discussing the PIRB’s new CPD Rewards Program, the purpose it serves, how it works and how registered plumbers can benefit from being rewarded for continuously developing their knowledge and skills of their trade and industry.
5 Apr 29 min

PPP E82 - Business (You and Your Finances)

Whether you’re an employee or the owner of a company, properly managing your finances is one of the key factors to success. In this episode we discuss you and your finances. The importance of proper financial management, and a couple of tips that can assist you in achieving that.
7 Mar 32 min
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