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Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (Standard)

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Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 (Standard)

This standard will allow learners to gain all of the skills and qualifications required for a career in the Plumbing and Heating industry. Learners will progress towards a final End Point Assessment (EPA) across 48 months on the programme, plus 3 months for EPA. During this time, they will gain the skills and knowledge required to allow them to work on a broad range of domestic plumbing and heating tasks. As part of this, they will also work towards gas safe registration, water regulations qualification and unvented hot water qualifications.

Available Courses
Plumbing Centre
Starts: Various
Type: Apprenticeships
Day(s): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 6:00pm
Length: 4 years

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Course information

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of three GCSEs at grades 9-3, (A*-D) including English and maths, or Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths.​ Candidates need to be employed full time as an apprentice with an employer who can offer them experience across all areas of the standard

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Health and safety systems
  • Common processes and techniques
  • Scientific principles
  • Planning and supervision
  • Cold water systems
  • Hot water systems
  • Central heating systems
  • Rainwater systems
  • Sanitation systems
  • Environmental technology systems
  • Domestic fuel systems
  • Electrical work and the control of plumbing and domestic heating systems
  • Install, commission, service and maintain domestic plumbing and heating systems
  • Specific domestic core safety for natural gas
  • Install and maintain gas water heating and wet central heating appliances
Assessment methods

Assessment will take place periodically as part of the college delivery which will include;-

  • Multiple choice exams
  • Design Assignments
  • Portfolio building
  • ACS gas safe written/practical exam

Assessment will also take place in the workplace which will include;-

  • Workplace observations
  • Portfolio building

Assessments across the programme will take place to ensure apprentices are developing their knowledge, skills and behaviours in line with their apprenticeship standard. Apprentices will be required to log all of their off the job training and evidence their work in the workplace through building a portfolio.

At the end of the programme, following agreement from the college and the employer, all apprentices undertake an End Point Assessment which consists of;-

  • Multiple choice test
  • Design project
  • Practical installation test
  • Practical application test
  • Professional discussion

The End Point Assessment is invigilated by an independent awarding body.


You will gain the following qualification:

The Plumbing and Domestic heating Technician is a standalone qualification tested through the completion of the EPA and is graded as Pass, Merit, or Distinction.

Further study and career options

Further study: Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship you could go on to study towards a Level 4 Foundation Degree in Building Services.

Future careers: Entry to the Competent Persons Scheme in gas, water and unvented hot water and work within the industry.

Additional information

You will be required to wear PPE boots and overalls or company issued clothing.

Duration & College Attendance

  • 48 months practical period
  • 51 months overall duration
  • Weekly day release at college

Occupational profile

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. Plumbing and domestic heating technicians can find themselves working inside or outside a property. Customer service skills and being tidy and respectful are important qualities as they can often find themselves working in customers’ homes as well as on building sites.

As a competent Plumbing and Heating Technician, the installation of plumbing and heating systems includes accurate measuring, marking, cutting, bending and jointing 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. It is important for a plumbing and heating technician to be able to work independently or as a team and use their knowledge and skills to ensure that both the system and appliances are appropriately selected and correctly installed, often without any supervision, and done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimise waste.

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Next Steps

How to apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747.

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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.