Over this six-week course, you will develop new skills to resolve a variety of common plumbing and repair tasks around the home.
Whether you are a first-time beginner or someone wanting to refresh their plumbing skills, this course is ideal for you!
The course is open to all adults aged 19+.
There are no formal entry requirements for this experience - you just need a keen interest in DIY and saving money!
This course is taught through practical exercises allowing you to get involved and gain hands-on experience.
You will learn new practical tasks which will include the repair of taps, valves, soldering/bending of pipes, silicone sealing and basic fault finding.
We will encourage you to discuss your household projects so they can be incorporated into our group exercises. Ad-hoc group discussions on more in-depth subjects will also be considered and agreed by group consensus.
There are no official assessment criteria for this experience. However, you will be guided and observed on pipe forming standards and pressure testing equivalent to Level 1.
Please note that this course will provide you with a basic understanding of home plumbing and heating systems in domestic situations. It does not offer qualifications to trade as a plumber.
You will be required to dress appropriately in PPE and steel-capped safety shoes to undertake any practical work.
All materials will be provided and included in the cost you pay.
You could consider studying:
• Introduction to Plastering
•.Home Carpentry and Joinery for Beginners
• DIY Home Skills for Beginners
• Introduction to Bricklaying
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."