NVQ PLUMBING TRAINING COURSE SYLLABUS

Throughout step one of the NVQ Level 2 Plumbing Training Course, you will attend our fully-equipped training centre for eight weeks.

It is during this time that you will learn essential plumbing skills and theoretical knowledge.

The NVQ Plumbing Training Course Syllabus is a simple breakdown of what the centre-led training will include.

For more information, visit the NVQ Level 2 Plumbing Training Course page.

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Centre Led Training

Morning Afternoon Evening
Introduction and course induction.

The opportunities in the industry and the best ways of accessing them.

Health & Safety requirements and practices, preparing for the H&S assessment. Your responsibilities in the industry and the responsibilities of employers and colleagues.

Knowing the safety signs on a building site and how you are expected to conduct yourself. Working with the other trades.
Practical work with pipes, cutting, bending and joining.

Making your work look professional with the finer points of vertical and horizontal lines, correct spacing for pipe clips.
You need to revise for at least an hour every night to prepare for tests.

Ask someone to test you, there are tests in the workbook.

If you have any questions write them down and ask your tutor next lesson.
Morning Afternoon Evening
A quick recap of the previous week's work and preparation for assessments due.

Cold water systems in plumbing, the different types. The properties of water, where it comes from, how it can be contaminated. Your responsibilities to the public.

Treatment methods of the water supply. Fluid categories. Backflow prevention. The negative impact of dead leg systems. Sources of noise in a water system.

Requirements for positioning drain valves. Aeration in a cold-water system. Greywater, rainwater harvesting, black water. Wholesome potable water and its constituents and contaminants.
Installing cold water pipes and systems, the procedure required, installing a cold-water storage cistern in an airing cupboard, filling and testing.

Choosing the right valve for the right location and purpose.

The WRAS category and what it means for plumbers.
As above
Morning Afternoon Evening
A quick recap of the previous week's work and preparation for assessments due.

Hot water systems in plumbing. The different methods of heating water. Direct, Indirect and Unvented Cylinders

Fuel types relating to the creation of hot water. The different types of showers and which is best for which particular job. Balanced water supplies.

Considerations of installing hot water pipes, preparing for the job, quantities, sizes, pipes etc. The different types of pipe insulation. Using hydraulic test equipment.

The differences between temporary and permanently decommissioning a hot water system.

Preparing to install an open vented hot water storage cylinder. The purpose and use of secondary circulation.

Fault finding both hot and cold water systems.
Installing hot water pipes and systems, the procedure required, installing a hot water storage cylinder in an airing cupboard, filling and testing.

Decommissioning the system.
As above
Morning Afternoon Evening
A quick recap of the previous week's work and preparation for assessments due.Rainwater systems, the different types of guttering and where they are best suited. Designing a system with the relevant falls in pipes and gutters. Rainwater outlets and code of practice as to where they can be installed.

Access considerations required when working on rainwater systems.

Gravity rainwater systems to domestic dwellings and the procedure for testing.
Installing a rainwater and guttering system.

Understanding the gap and spacing required on a system.

Getting the level drop exact for optimum water displacement.

Fixing brackets to guttering and vertical pipes at the correct distances as required by industry standards.

Testing the system and decommissioning.
  As above
Morning Afternoon Evening
A quick recap of the previous week's work and preparation for assessments due.

Sanitation, waste and drainage.

The different types of above ground systems. Primary ventilated stacks. Stub stacks. Multi-usage stacks for larger premises. Below ground drainage systems. Terminals associated with stacks. Trap seals used in drainage. Design Considerations. Reasons for trap seal losses. Finding common faults in existing systems. Equipment used in testing systems. Soundness test and procedures required to industry standards.
Installation of a soil pipe and ventilation stack to a toilet, bath and basin.

The correct fixing procedures, pipe clip distances.

Ensuring that pipe seals are correct before and after installation.

The correct falls in pipework.

The different types of fittings and pipes used in sanitation, waste and drainage.
  As above
Morning Afternoon Evening
A quick recap of the previous week's work and preparation for assessments due.

Central Heating Systems.

Types of domestic heating systems and the fuels used. Principle pipework systems. The difference in types of pipes used in the industry, plastic, copper, mild steel. Types of pipework insulation and its benefits Sizing rooms for radiators. Sizing the property for the boiler. Underfloor heating. Radiators (heat emitters) and the standards for manufacturers. Where to install the appropriate radiator valve. The correct position of a circulating pump.

The problems that an air lock can cause.

Fault finding in an existing system.
Installing copper pipes to a combination boiler jig and radiators.

Vertical and horizontal pipes with correct spacing for pipe clips.

Working with low carbon steel pipes and fittings (LCS).

Piping radiators, cutting and threading manually.

The correct method of joining LCS.

Drainage points and gate valves.

Testing the system with a hydraulic pump.

Decommissioning the system.
  As above
Morning Afternoon Evening
A quick recap of the previous week's work and preparation for assessments due.

Plumbing Science.

Detailed information about the properties of plumbing materials. Specific heat capacity. The coefficient of linear expansion. Heat conductivity and the effects of capillarity. Corrosion in plumbing systems. The different states of water. The density of water and latent heat. Pressure and the measurement of units. Frictional resistance in water pipes. The principles of velocity. The principles of siphonic action in water systems. Methods of heat transfer and problems created. The requirements of combustion and the properties of gases used for heating purposes.
Preparing to install a bathroom comprising bath, toilet and basin.

Design the installation starting with an empty room.

Marking for pipework and clips.

Choosing the correct pipes for cold and hot water supply.

Choosing the correct waste pipes for toilet, bath and basin.

Assembling all the pipes, fittings, clips etc for the installation.
  As above
Morning Afternoon Evening
A quick recap of the previous week's work and preparation for assessments due.

Re-take of any assessments not completed. More practical work in the workshops if all theory assessments completed.

Discussing the gas industry and future possibilities.
Installing the bathroom.

By now you will be ready to proceed. Take a deep breath and prove to yourself what you can do.

It’s time to shine.

But we’ll still be around to guide and suggest.

Final assessments.
As above

When you have completed the course, you will have achieved something that takes an apprentice 2 years to accomplish, with the grade of a GCSE

Friday evening, after you have passed the course party as you’ve never partied before. Good Luck.
NVQ Plumbing Training Course Syllabus
NVQ Plumbing Training Course Syllabus
NVQ Plumbing Training Course Syllabus
NVQ Plumbing Training Course Syllabus