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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 4

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. Plumbing and domestic heating technicians can find themselves working inside or outside a property. Customer service skills and being tidy and respectful are important qualities as they can often find themselves working in customers’ homes as well as on building sites.

As a competent Plumbing and Heating Technician, the installation of plumbing and heating systems includes accurate measuring, marking, cutting, bending and jointing metallic and non-metallic pipework. Appliances and equipment can include gas, oil and solid fuel boilers as well as pumps, heat emitters, bathroom furniture or controls as part of a cold water, hot water, and central heating or above ground drainage and rainwater systems. Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians are at the forefront of installing new and exciting environmental technologies like heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and water recycling systems. It is important for a plumbing and heating technician to be able to work independently or as a team and use their knowledge and skills to ensure that both the system and appliances are appropriately selected and correctly installed, often without any supervision, and done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimise waste.


Entry requirements

The entry requirement is a minimum of  English and Mathematics at level 2 or GCSE 4+ or equivalent,  It will be a requirement that the newly developed Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Qualification is achieved prior to taking the end-point Assessment.

Course Content

How will I be assessed?

Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating 

EPA - Health and safety systems Legislation, codes of practice, relevant regulations, safe working practices, risk assessment, COSHH and method statements, safe working environments and situations (working at heights, excavations etc.), fire protection and emergency procedures. Plumbing and Heating Science, processes Scientific principles, heat transfer, units of measurement, mechanical principles, electrical principles, plumbing and heating design principles. Pipework measuring, cutting, bending and jointing techniques. Allied trade skills, plastering, drilling, cutting and making good different building fabrics. Environmental and energy efficient working practices Environmental principles - Compliance to environmental legislation and the impact of processes and technologies associated with fire, emergency and security systems. Questions to assess the apprentice on the culture of re-use and recycle, WEEE Regulations (Waste electrical electronic equipment). Meet work and project plans and meeting customer expectations Managing time, resource and job planning for economy, business and client convenience and sound business principles. Principles of high quality customer service and the needs of others. Building and maintaining relationships. Communicating in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner. Plumbing and Heating Systems Size, select, plan, install, test, commission, decommission, service, maintain, fault find and repair plumbing and heating systems, including; cold water, hot water, central heating, sanitation and rainwater, electrical and heating controls, fuel burning appliances and environmental technologies. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No - PPE is a mandatory requirement

What can I do after this course?

Further Study - HNC or Higher Apprenticeship


Careers - Senior Plumber.  Owner of own company


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Paul Prime

Paul Prime

Domestic Gas Course helps grow plumbing business

Taking a part-time domestic gas course with Derby College is enabling experienced plumber Paul Prime to grow his business.Paul, who runs Prime Plumbing Services in Ilkeston, took the evening course in order to gain Gas Safe certification – the industry's recognised safety standard for gas central heating engineers. Holding a Gas Safe licence means Paul can now safely and legally undertake all aspects of central heating work alongside plumbing jobs.
Paul's nephew and business partner Liam, already had the certification but having two Gas Safe plumbers on their books has increased the amount of domestic and light commercial work they can take on.Paul was so impressed with the standard of teaching on his course that his firm installed an unvented cylinder at the college which can be used by students for test and inspection purposes.
He is also in regular contact with his former lecturers to talk about latest changes in the plumbing and heating sector.

He said: "The course content and the quality of teaching was excellent – so much so that I've been back to the college since to talk to other people on the course about how it's benefited me and my business."
Prime Plumbing Services – which is a proud member of the Derbyshire Trusted Trader scheme – is now looking to take on more plumbers, and when it does, Paul has every intention of sending them to Derby College to gain any further qualifications.
He added: "Having well trained people is important to us. As qualified plumbers and heating engineers, one of our main aims is to provide customers with a reliable, reputable service they can trust – and keep the rogue traders out."


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