This course is for anyone requiring an understanding of water regulations/water byelaws. In particular it supports those wishing to become approved plumbers/contractors.
Successful candidates are encouraged to join an approved plumbers/contractors scheme, such as those managed by SNIPEF, APHC, CIPHE, WIAPS, and the regional water utility companies. This enables them to issue a certificate of completion to both the householder and water company. (Please note that other industry-related qualifications may be required to join these schemes.)
Some self-study will be required prior to the programme's College day.
Trainees will need to have some knowledge of plumbing and the water industry. Some self-study prior to attending College will be required.
Manuals consist of 12 modules, an introduction and a glossary. This very comprehensive course starts with intensive training in the 12 modules, followed by the completion of the assessments. There are no practical elements – all training is theoretical. Candidates must successfully pass all the assessments to gain the WRAS/BPEC Water Regulations/Byelaws certificate.
You will be assessed by paper-based assessment at the end of a day of recap and revision of the self-study book. If you pass, you will be awarded a Water Regulations certificate.
No equipment will be required.
You could progress to an unvented hot water course or other related plumbing course or qualification.
Derby College plumbing apprentice Tom Smith is making great progress in his apprenticeship with Derby Homes.Since starting work with the company he has taken part in the regional finals of a national heating competition and been given the opportunity to advance to a level 3 apprenticeship.
Tom, who is 20 and from Giltbrook, got good grades at A level and had planned on going to university after school.But, put off by the cost, he looked for an apprenticeship instead and is happy that he made the right choice. In February he represented Derby College in one of six regional heats of the UK Heating Apprentice of the Year, organised by HIP magazine.And, although Tom didn't make it to the national finals, he enjoyed the experience and the chance to compete against other skilled young heating apprentices.
He said: "I go to college on day release and enjoy it.
"A lot of our tutors have been there for quite a long time and they really know their subject.
I'm finding the course quite easy.
I've got a car so getting to Derby isn't a problem and I like the college building too."
Tom, who undertakes work such as installing radiators and boilers at Derby City Council's domestic properties which are managed by Derby Homes, would like to work as a gas engineer once he is fully trained