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Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician (L3) Standard Apprenticeship


Type: Full Time

Subject: Construction


Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

48 months


Level 3

Who is it for


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Do you enjoy practical work and want to develop a skill you can use in different ways?
Are you looking to start a career within the plumbing and heating industry or upskill for an existing role?

The programme will cover the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for a competent Plumbing and Heating Technician to complete the installation of plumbing and heating systems including accurate measuring, marking, cutting, bending and joining 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.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship is you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education can apply.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview and initial assessments in English and Maths with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers.

What will I need

Level 2: Entry requirements of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above including English and Maths.* A suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship. Vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

What is covered

On the course you will learn the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for the industry including:

Core Knowledge
Health and safety
Core plumbing systems
Electrical components and control systems
Plumbing science and processes
Principles of environmental technology systems
Principles of fossil fuels
Customer service

Core Skills
Safe working
Core plumbing system techniques
Electrical components and control systems techniques
Supervisory skills

Core behaviours
Honesty and Integrity
Dependable and responsible
Enthusiasm and positive attitude
Quality focus
Willingness to learn
Work with others
Sustainable working

In addition to the core skills and knowledge requirements, Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians must choose to undertake one of the following specialisms:
Option 1 (Fossil Fuel – Natural Gas)
Option 2 (Fossil Fuel – Oil)
Option 3 (Fossil Fuel – Solid Fuel)
Option 4 (Environmental Technologies)

Apprentices are expected to attend college 1 day a week as part of 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace.

How is the course assessed

Coursework, exams and practical observations.

What can this course lead to

By the end of this Apprenticeship the candidate 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).

On completion of the health and safety assessment, as determined, by the assessment plan the candidate will have satisfied the requirements to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card through the Joint Industry Board for Plumbing and Mechanical Engineering Services (JIB–PMES) at the appropriate grade.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check
A plumbing Apprentice could expect to work unsociable hours, weekends and even be on 24 hour call out service. An Apprentice will work on average 30 hours a week, this may vary throughout the year dependent on seasonal trends and workloads. Working conditions may sometimes be confined and you may have to work outside in all weathers. Some work may be at height, outside buildings or on rooftops. Newly qualified plumbers may earn a starting salary of between £16,500 and £21,000. An experienced plumber may earn from £21,000 to £35,000.

An employed Apprentice will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour for Apprentices under 19 or over 19s in during their first year as an Apprentice, although many Apprentices earn more than this.
• Get paid holidays
• Receive training

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