This course is ideal for:
- STUDENTS LOOKING FOR A CAREER CHANGE
- HOME RENOVATORS LOOKING TO TAKE ON ALL OF THE PLUMBING
- TRADES PEOPLE LOOKING TO SAVE PLUMBING COSTS & BECOME MULTI-SKILLED
What do we offer?
Our course is a City & Guilds Level 2 qualification and is benchmarked at the same level as a GCSE A-C grade. The course is approximately 50% classroom-based and 50% practical, and also includes a certain amount of home study that takes approximately four hours per week.
This course has a maximum of 8 students at a time, so that each student gets enough guidance and tuition from our tutors, ensuring a pass of the course with all of the required knowledge and understanding. It allows you to ask questions on your mind and get plenty of one-to-one instruction throughout the duration of the course.
As training providers, the most important thing for us is that by the end of the course we will have built your confidence to start doing your own work, and to be fully proud of your projects. That is why here at CBWA, we employ only the best tutors: friendly, time-served & professional tradespeople who have decades of trade experience. Therefore, our tutors have up to date industry knowledge and lots of experience in training people and can pass on all of their expert knowledge to the next generation of plumbers.
To achieve the Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing (6035-02), learners must complete the following units: 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 208, 209 and 210.
1. Health and Safety regulations, roles and responsibilities
2. Accident and emergency evacuation procedures and documentation
3. How to identify hazards in the workplace
4. Health and welfare in the workplace
5. Handling materials and equipment safely
6. How to work with electrical equipment in the workplace.
7. Personal protective equipment (PPE) in the workplace.
8. The cause of fire and fire emergency procedures
1. The principles of 110 volt and 230 volt electrical supply
2. The principles of earthing
3. The requirements for conduits and trunking
4. The requirements of safely isolating a circuit
5. How to wire a lighting circuit and ring main
6. The different cables required for different circuits
1. Calculations for water pressures
2. Calculations for water volumes
3. Understand the intensity of pressures within pipe systems
4. Why different pipe sizes are required for different types of installations
1. The types of pipes for different installations, copper pipes, plastic pipes, steel pipes etc.
2. Interpret information using drawing and specifications for plumbing installations
3. Understand and be able to select the correct tools
4. Understand the correct plumbing fittings that are used in different locations
5. Understand the correct pipe valves for each installation
1. The difference between a direct cold water system and an indirect cold water system
2. Interpret information using drawing and specifications for mains water pipe systems
3. How to design and prepare for the installation of cold water mains pipes
4. The depth requirements when installing new water mains to a property
1. The difference between a direct hot water system and an indirect hot water system
2. Interpret information using drawing and specifications for hot water systems
3. Understand and be able to select tools and materials for hot water systems
4. The correct valves to be installed with the different types of hot water systems
5. Understand the pipes to a combination boiler
1. The different types of central heating systems that have been installed into domestic and commercial properties
2. The different types of boilers and fuels used
3. The sizing of radiators
4. Systems that are only for central heating and combined hot water systems
5. Pipe sizing, valves used and insulation requirements
1. Waste pipes, soil pipes and the requirements when installing waste pipes to drainage
2. The different types of fittings available
3. The requirements for installing the correct degree of falls to gravity drainage systems
4. The four different types of soil stack systems
5. The requirements for installing guttering
6. The different styles and shapes of guttering and the fittings available for guttering
7. Public health requirements when working with drainage and the health and safety requirements for operatives
1. The processes of working with colleagues and what will be expected of the new plumbing operative
2. The work of the Architect, Clerk of Works, Quantity Surveyor, Manager, Supervisor etc.
3. The formal processes of notification and contact
4. What is a contract of employment
5. Understand your rights as an employee
Detailed Course Content
With a total of 41 practical assessments, all of the installation works are practiced before the student is formally assessed. The practical side of things will take half of the time that you will be training with us for your Level 2 Plumbing Certificate.
Firstly practical work starts with the health and safety requirements and gets progressively more captivating as the course progresses through electrical wiring to plugs, sockets and junction boxes, then to pipework installations using copper, plastic and steel pipes and fittings.
There are thirteen preparations with pipework processes. Specialist preparations are then undertaken which cover the following: steel pipes to a radiator, plastic pipes for two radiators, a guttering installation with down pipe and a complete plastic soil pipe with waste pipes; all completed by joining pipes, by soldering joints and compression joints.
A cloakroom is also part of the installation process, with a wash hand basin, a toilet and a cistern, all piped in copper with hot and cold water services. Additionally a hot water copper cylinder is installed and supplied with water from a cold water supply cistern.
Lastly a full bathroom is installed in a special work bay comprising of bath, basin and pedestal, W.C. suite and a radiator piped from a combination boiler jig. This includes the following:
- First fix pipes under the floorboards and connection to a mock combination central heating boiler jig
- Second fix blending valve to the bath and service valves connected to the wash hand basin and toilet. The radiator is also installed at this stage
All Units are assessed against the City & Guilds criteria, and proceed as follows:
- Nine theory exams completed online in our IT suit
These exams are externally graded against the City & Guilds criteria. All exams are multi-choice, with one question and four possible answers provided, the candidate chooses one answer and there are usually 40 questions with each exam. The exams are taken on a Friday afternoon, and the results are available same day, currently the pass mark is 60% but this can change at the discretion of the examining body City & Guilds. Re-sits are available. We have mock paper tests available to students, and these are taken and the answers discussed before students take the actual exam.
Units 201 and 202 are assessed by an online exam set by City & Guilds.
The 4 hours per week of home study will include reading, researching and completing specific work set by your tutor. Additionally, copies of the PowerPoint presentations that are taught in the classroom will be available to every student for home study. If you bring your own computer memory stick on your first day of attendance, our tutor will download all the PowerPoints you need.
What happens after?
Upon completion this City & Guilds Level 2 industry recognised course will grant you an extremely wide and complete understanding of the skills and knowledge required on how to start working as a plumber. The course is specifically designed for students with little to no experience. Furthermore, due to the practical experience & theory taught by our professional tutors, you will be able to further apply for a NVQ Level 2 once working on site and with experience, and then for a blue CSCS card.
To obtain a green operatives CSCS card, you must pass the Health & Safety CSCS test. For CSCS card training, and Health & Safety courses for CSCS, feel free to check out our 1 day Site Safety Course with a Test.
If you do not wish to pursue a career in plumbing, or if the theoretical side of this course is not for you, but you still wish to learn plumbing for your DIY projects or home renovations, we recommend our Intensive Plumbing Course, which covers the most important techniques of the basic practical skills needed to complete general plumbing works.
Schedule & Duration
Your choice between:
- 8 weeks Monday – Friday (9:00am – 4:30pm, breaks included)
- 21 consecutive weekends (8:30am – 5:30pm, breaks included)
For this course, we usually have:
- theory lessons in the morning
- practical work in the afternoons
Equipment & Facilities
We provide you with your own plumbing work area & equipment (materials & tools included except safety boots which you need)
You will have access to:
✔ Kitchen facilities (fridge, microwave etc.)
✔ Free tea & coffee
✔ On-site vending machines
We are located in CV7 9NH, just off the M6 motorway and close to several food places and hotels nearby.
Price includes VAT.
*Can either be paid in full or interest free instalments during the duration of the course.
*To book any of our courses, all we require is a £100 deposit.
If you would like to read more about the course, feel free to browse the readily available information provided on the City & Guilds website, more specifically the following: