THE WLT BLOG EXCELLENCE IN TRAINING & ASSESSMENT
The Apprenticeship scheme is a government initiative to promote training, and as such courses are heavily subsidised. Fees for ACS Gas Safety assessments are payable. Please refer to our current price list for details.
Materials AND Equipment
Plumbing and Gas textbooks and training manuals are provided to students at the start of the course and technical handouts are provided throughout the course. Additional reference books may be recommended. Tools and materials for use during practical sessions are provided by WLT. Students will need clothing and footwear suitable for workshop sessions.
Each unit of the Technical Certificate is assessed via an on-line external examination and/or assignment element. The NVQ is assessed via portfolio verification by a WLT assessor and apprentices must also complete BPEC assessments for the three Certificates of Competence.
Applicants to the Apprenticeship scheme should be aged between 16 and 65 years and be engaged within the industry. For this Advanced Apprenticeship, candidates must have previously completed a Level 2 qualification in Plumbing such as an Apprenticeship or NVQ2 (C&G 6089). Candidates who hold the Certificate in Plumbing Studies (C&G 6129, Level 2) only may also undertake the Advanced Apprenticeship however these candidates are required to complete requirements for the NVQ at levels 2 and 3 simultaneously.
There is a formal gas industry requirement that all candidates gain relevant work experience with a Gas Safe registered engineer prior to undertaking any ACS assessment.
Full details of the Apprenticeship scheme can be found at: www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Further details of the City & Guilds NVQ, Technical Certificate and Key Skills qualificaions, including full syllabus information, qualification guides and handbooks are available on the City & Guilds website at: www.cityandguilds.co.uk
Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing
The Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing is a government subsidised training programme
designed for candidates who already hold a plumbing qualification at Level 2.
The Apprenticeship comprises the NVQ3 (including three key industry Certificates of Competence) and the Certificate in Domestic Plumbing Studies. Candidates who have not previously completed an Apprenticeship may also be required to undertake Key Skills in Application of Number and Communications.
NVQ - C&G 6089 (Level 3)
Apprentices build a portfolio of their plumbing work, which is verified on-site by a WLT assessor. This element assesses practical competence.
Technical Certificate - C&G 6129 (Level 3)
This covers all the underpinning knowledge (technology principles and practical skills) required to achieve the NVQ and Certificates of Competence.
- Complex Cold Water Systems
- Complex Hot Water Systems (Parts 1 & 2)
- Complex Above Ground Drainage Systems
- Below Ground Drainage Systems
- Central Heating Systems (inc. Boilers and Controls)
- Gas Supply Systems (Parts 1 & 2, includes ACS)
- Improvement of Business Products and Services
Certificates of Competence:
Water Regulations 1999
Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems
The technical and practical requirements for these two BPEC assessments are covered in the Complex Water Systems sections of the Technical Certificate training.
ACS Domestic Gas Safety (Core and Appliances)
The required technical and practical elements for the ACS certificates (CCN1, CENWAT, CKR1, HTR1, and CPA1) are covered extensively throughout the course. Students will work on a variety of gas appliances and installations.
Apprentices usually complete the course within 15 months. Day-release training takes place at WLT over 15 months. Apprentices spend the remainder of the week at their place of work, gaining experience and working towards their NVQ portfolio.
How to Apply
To find out more about an Apprenticeship with West London Training, to discuss your suitability and to apply, please contact on 0843 6584665 or .
Training is delivered at our purpose-developed training centre in Aldershot. The cente is located just 5 minutes from J4 of the M3 and is easily accessible by car and public transport. We have on-site parking and a refectory serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Want to know more?
Contact us to ask any questions and to arrange to visit to the centre.
Not sure if it's for you?
Come and see us! One of our trainers will be happy to show you around the centre, discuss the course with you in more detail and answer any questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am not working in the industry / not a permanent UK resident, can I still do the course?
Although you will not be eligible for Apprenticeship funding, you can still undertake the courses on a non-apprentice basis. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Do I have to do ACS assessments?
If you want to undertake gas work you will need to achieve ACS assessments. If you do not intend to conduct gas work, you can complete the Apprenticeship without undertaking ACS assessments.
What about Gas Safe registration? Is it included?
On successful completion of the ACS assessments relevant to the work you undertake, you will be eligible to apply to Gas Safe. Registration is not automatic and is therefore not included in the Advanced Apprenticeship.
I am an employer and would like to know more about taking on an Apprentice.
Please contact us and we will be happy to discuss the practicalities and benefits of taking on an apprentice with you.
I have started my training at another centre, can I transfer to WLT?
Yes, provided we have a group at a level suitable for the stage you have reached in your training, we are happy to accept students transferring from other centres/locations.
What about Gas Work?
For details of gas installation training, please visit the Gas Course section. To be able to complete the training and undertake the relevant ACS assessments for either of these training programmes, apprentices need to gain relevant gas experience working with, for or alongside a registered Gas Safe engineer.
When does the next course start?
We operate continuous enrolment, so we have courses starting several times each year. Please contact us for details of upcoming course dates.