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Mode of study Part-time
Duration Please ring for details
Campus London Road Campus
Start date Please ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 to find out when this course next runs
Tuition Fee £210
Exam/Reg Fee £55
Material Fee £25
Course code PLR3NVA001 (2021A)
  • Who is it for?

    This course is aimed at experienced plumbers and heating engineers who want to install both vented and Unvented hot water systems to comply with the appropriate Building Regulations and Standards (there is now a mandatory requirement that all systems are notified to Building Control)

    The manual for England and Wales covers Approved Document G3,Part L1 and Part P, while the one for Scotland references Part J.

    Once certificated this allows the individual to register with a Competent Person’s Scheme allowing the self-certification of the hot water system

    If you choose not to join the scheme notification to Building Control is still required

  • Entry Requirements

    Trainees must hold a recognised trade qualification at level 3 or advanced craft, Water Regulations or evidence of at least 5 years’ experience which can be verified through a letter from an approved employer

  • What does the course involve?

    A pre-course study pack will be sent out 14 days prior to the course commencing, this is for the applicants to familiarise themselves with the content of the course.

    The comprehensive course starts with an intensive training session on the four modules, comprising Introduction, System Design, Maintenance, Regulations. There is also a practical element that covers the functional and safety controls.

  • How is the course assessed?

    There are two knowledge assessments which are multiple choice and there is one practical assessment which covers installation and maintenance.

    Upon successful completion of all three assessments candidates will gain the BPEC Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems certificate and Competency Card.

  • What do I do next?

    If you meet the entry requirements for this course, please use the Register my Interest or Apply Now buttons or contact Course Advice on 01743 342333 to organise enrolment. If you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342 333, use our Live Chat facility or email:

    Fees stated are for enrolment for the current academic year only. Courses which run for 2 or 3 years will be subject to further fees and possible price increases each year.