Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ




Plumber installing Radiator

If you are interested in a “hands on” career in the Plumbing, Heating and Ventilation Construction Industry then this is the programme for you. Learners to explore the cold, hot and heating systems within a domestic property and the basic pipework competences that underpin work on these systems.

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If not taken as an apprenticeship – cost:


Is this course right for me?

People of any age can undertake an apprenticeship in Plumbing and Heating. Access is subject to interview. Apprenticeships in comprise of:

  • College based training one day per week
  • An NVQ qualification which is assessed in the workplace
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Qualifications unless you are exempt
  • If you have not completed a “Foundation” or “Core”, you will need to undertake a Level 2 Core as part of this Apprenticeship.

To apply for an apprenticeship, you must have an employer willing to employ you for the duration of your apprenticeship. Level 3 Plumbing qualifications cannot be achieved without employment in the trade.

Your employer will need to:

  • Be able to release you one day per week to attend college
  • Provide us with evidence of suitable insurance and evidence of your employment status
  • Be happy to discuss Health and Safety procedures with your assessor
  • Pay you the appropriate national minimum wage, including for college days


In college: One day per week in college over Two to four years depending on previous qualifications and industry experience.

In the workplace: Employers must agree to monthly planned assessor visits to observe you and also to discuss your progress with a supervisor.

Learners must be at least 16 years of age and in employment for at least 16 hours per week. If you do not have an employer but would still like to join the one day per week training course, you should visit the Adult Learner page – Plumbing Core

Places on Apprenticeship Programmes are limited and subject to capacity. An offer of employment does not guarantee an immediate place in college.

Transport: Please note that for apprenticeship courses the college day would normally end anytime between 5pm – 7pm, depending on the apprenticeship pathway you are following. As college buses leave at 4pm, you will need to ensure you have your own transport in place.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this course, please do not hesitate to contact our work-based learning team on 01437 753 205 or via email
Find out more about starting an apprenticeship on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • Two GCSEs at grade C or above to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • A subject related skills test may be required at the course information session
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • If you do not meet the entry requirements we may offer you another course as an alternative
  • Learners must be at least 16 years old
  • 301 Understanding Building Services Engineering Practice in Wales
  • 302 Working in the Building Services Engineering Sector in Wales
  • 304 Planning and Evaluating Work in the Building Services Engineering Sector in Wales
  • 303 Understand Health and Safety and Environmental Legislation in The Building Services Engineering Sector
  • 305PH Understand Scientific Principles
  • 306PH Understand Core Plumbing and Heating Systems
  • 307PH Understand Cold Water Systems
  • 308PH Understand Hot Water Systems
  • 309PH Understand Central Heating Systems
  • 310PH Understand Rainwater Systems
  • 311PH Understand Sanitation Systems
  • 312 Apply Health and Safety and Environmental Legislation in the Building Services Engineering Sector
  • 313 Establish and Maintain Relationships in the Building Services Engineering Sector
  • 314 Coordinate a Work Site in the Building Services Engineering Sector
  • 315PH Understand Cold Water System Installation, Commissioning, Service and Maintenance Techniques
  • 316PH Understand Hot Water System, Installation, Commissioning, Service and Maintenance Techniques
  • 317PH Understand Central Heating System, Installation, Commissioning, Service and Maintenance Techniques
  • 318PH Understand Rainwater System, Installation and Maintenance Techniques
  • 319PH Understand Sanitation System, Installation, Commissioning, Service and Maintenance Techniques
  • 320PH Performing Electrical Work on Plumbing and Heating Systems
  • 321PH Performing Plumbing and Heating Systems Installation, Commissioning, Service and Maintenance Techniques

Plus, learners will have to choose on e of the following options:

  • Natural Gas, which includes the BPEC Managed Learning Programme or;
  • Environmental Technologies, which include training on Heat Pumps to MIS3005 and Solar Thermal to MIS3001 (one to be achieved in workplace)

There are specific requirements for activities you need to be able to carry out in the workplace. After you have applied, an assessor will contact you and your employer to discuss how to meet these requirements.

Assessment includes 2 x Online Exams, On-site assessment of work-based project, Guided professional discussion on completion of work-based project and ACS assessment if natural gas route is undertaken.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Online examination
  • If taken as an apprenticeship then reviews with your assessor and employer will take place every 1-2 months and you will be expected to have developed your skills and knowledge between each review

Undertake further training in our Energy Centre ACS Gas, OFTEC Oil or renewable specialisms or progress on to higher level qualifications

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Clothing, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change. For information on refunds and course cancellations please see the fee policy.

Are you an Employer looking to take on an Apprentice?

Find out more about apprenticeships and the advantages for you as an Employer on our Employer Training page.

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Last updated: 14/11/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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