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Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers

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The plumbing industry is a key part of the UK’s construction industry. It is a highly competitive field that employs skilled craftspeople and technicians who work with a wide range of materials and technologies. Apprentices undertaking this will be involved in planning, selecting, installing, servicing, commissioning and maintaining all aspects of plumbing and heating systems.

Qualification and Level

By the end of this apprenticeship the candidate will have satisfied the requirements for registration as EngTech by the Engineering Council through The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and or The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

What will be studied?

Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Qualification

You will be required to learn and demonstrate the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to work within this trade which will include:

  • Understand health and safety legislation, codes of practice and safe working practices
  • Selecting, planning, installation, testing, commissioning and de-commissioning, service, maintenance, fault diagnosis and repair techniques on cold water, hot water, central heating, above ground drainage and rainwater systems
  • Understand installation and testing techniques for electrical components and control systems on plumbing and domestic heating systems
  • Understand the principles of high quality customer service and establishing the needs of others (colleagues, customers and other stakeholders). Respect the working environment including customer’s properties
  • Take responsibility for own work and safety and welfare of others Oversee and organise the programme of work and work environment Carry out work and manage resources in an environmentally friendly manner
  • Show conscientiousness through being punctual, reliable and professional. Take responsibility for own judgements and actions. Aware of the limits of their own competence
  • Work effectively and collaborate with colleagues, other trades, clients, suppliers and the public

As well as the core skills and knowledge you will also do the Fossil Fuel – Natural Gas specialism with will include selecting, installing, testing, commissioning, servicing and maintaining domestic downstream natural gas pipework systems and appliances.

What is the Entry Criteria?

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Candidates should have four GCSE’s at Grade C/4 or higher to include Maths and English. Any candidate without Maths and English at Grade C/4 will be required to attend Functional Skills at Level 2 classes and pass these before they can be put forward for the end point assessment of this apprenticeship.

Method of delivery

Apprentices attend College on day release and work for their employer the rest of the time.

Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Qualification is achieved prior to taking the end-point Assessment.


Up to 48 months to include the end point assessment.

What next?

After achieving the Advanced Apprenticeship you may decide to move into a supervisory or management job within your company, or even to set up your own business.

On completion of the health and safety assessment, as determined, by the assessment plan the candidate will have satisfied the requirements to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card through the Joint Industry Board for Plumbing and Mechanical Engineering Services (JIB-PMES) at the appropriate grade.

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