The occupation involves the installation of plumbing and heating systems, such as 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. It also involves working on new environmental technologies like heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and water recycling systems. Plumbing and heating technicians can work independently or as a team to ensure that both the system and appliances are done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimise waste. On completion of this apprenticeship, you will be able to carry out all the activities undertaken by a Plumber. You will be required to complete a multi-choice test, professional discussion and practical task at the end of the apprenticeship duration.
• Typical completion time is likely to be 48 months. This may reduce if an you have gained previous relevant knowledge and skills, which is recognised as Accredited Prior Learning
• End-point assessment (EPA) is the final stage that you will go through to complete their apprenticeship
Entry requirements will be determined by individual employers. Typically, you will have English and mathematics at Level 2 on entry, and all will have achieved that level prior to taking their end-point assessment. It will be a requirement that the newly developed Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Qualification is achieved prior to taking the EPA. Candidates who do not have Level 2 maths & English will need to work towards achieving these qualifications before they can complete the EPA.
By the end of this apprenticeship you 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). You could progression onto a HNC.