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Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician

Learning to implement and maintain residential plumbing systems, including water, heating and drainage


Approved for delivery on the 19/01/2018, the plumbing and domestic heating technician, Advanced apprenticeship standard provides a level 3, upon completion. This apprenticeship will typically take 48 months to complete, not including the End-Point Assessment Period.

What the course covers

The technical skills involved in this apprenticeship include competent utilisation of core plumbing and electrical component techniques. Some of these techniques include planning, installation, testing, fault diagnosis and repair of central heating, ground drainage and rainwater systems.

The foundation of learning these skills is the capacity to work in a safe manner; this includes a thorough understanding of health and safety legislation. By working with experienced professionals, the apprentice will learn established safe working practices. To achieve this, the apprentice will have to learn responsibility and independence in their approach to their education and work. A valued apprentice will also appreciate and excel at managing resources efficiently.

During this course, you will work inside and outside customers’ homes, as well as on construction sites. As such, you will discover the importance of good communication and customer service attributes. This includes respecting the customer’s property and privacy, as well as considering the needs of colleagues and stakeholders.

After learning the core skills, techniques and attributes, the apprentice will specialise in one of the following four options: Natural Gas; Oil; Solid Fuel; or, Environmental Technologies.

Careers and jobs associated

  • Plumber
  • Domestic Heating Engineer
  • Domestic Heating Installer
  • Plumbing Installer
  • Plumbing Engineer

If you would like to find out more about this apprenticeship standard, including possible duties of the role, skills and assessment method visit the Institute for Apprenticeships.

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