Plumbing, Gas & Heating Apprenticeship

The plumbing, gas and heating industry holds diverse career paths, good wages and the opportunity for individuals to run their own business.

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  • Entry Requirements

    • 16 years or over
    • GCSE English & maths or equivalent
    • Basic skills assessment in literacy & numeracy.
  • Qualifications

    • Competence Qualification: Level 2 & 3 NVQ
    • Diploma in Plumbing & Heating
    • Functional Skills
    • Employment Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Typical Job Titles

    Heating Engineer / Specialised Craftsperson (Plumber or Heating Engineer) / Skilled Operative.

  • Duration

    Typically 18-24 months

  • Levels

    2 & 3

  • Delivery

    A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at the college.

    • Level 2 at Harrow & Uxbridge campus and
    • Level 3 at Uxbridge campus.
Key Responsibilities

Level 2 plumbing and heating qualification is designed for anyone who wants to become a plumber or domestic heating engineer. It provides all the basic domestic heating and plumbing training you need to start work in the industry.

Level 3 plumbing and heating qualification is aimed at anyone who has already completed the Level 2 qualification, or who already has some relevant experience and knowledge. If you choose gas-related units at Level 3 you will achieve the Gas Safe licence to practise on successful completion of the course.


On successful completion of a Level 2 Apprenticeship, you may progress to a Level 3 Plumbing - Gas & Heating Apprenticeship or similar qualification.

Course Outline

During the apprenticeship programme, an apprentice will require to spend minimum 30 hours of on-the-job training.

The core modules include:

Plumbing Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)Gas & Heating Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
Mandatory UnitMandatory Unit
Understand and carry out site preparation, and pipework fabrication techniques for domestic plumbing and heating systemsCurrent Health, Safety and Environmental legislation and regulations applicable to work in the gas industry
Understand and apply domestic cold water system installation and maintenance techniquesSafe gas and electrical installation, commissioning, decommissioning and/or ongoing service and repair procedures of gas installations and appliances needed to establish the safe operation of the equipment and installation in accordance with industry standards
Install and maintain domestic plumbing and heating systemsGas and electrical theories and procedures involved in the practical installation, commissioning, decommissioning and/or ongoing service and repair of gas installations, appliances and associated equipment
Understand and apply domestic hot water system installation and maintenance techniquesRelevant electrical/mechanical principles and how they are applied in work processes and procedures
Understand and apply domestic central heating system installation and maintenance techniquesUp to date energy efficiency advice and guidance to be given to the customer
Understand and apply domestic rainwater system installation and maintenance techniquesProduct knowledge to be able to discuss and advise the customer
Understand and apply domestic above ground drainage system installation and maintenance techniquesCurrent regulatory compliance, current Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations and the current Electricity at Work Regulations
Install and maintain domestic plumbing and heating systems.Company rules, policies and procedures as defined by the employer.

Common Modules for both Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships:

Employment Rights and ResponsibilitiesFunctional Skills
Rights and responsibilities of workers (including equal opportunities legislation)Maths - Level 2 equivalent
Organisation, disciplines and representative structures of the industries concernedEnglish - Level 2 equivalent
Impact on the sector of public law and policies.Information Communication Technology – Level 1 or 2.