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Plumbing Level 3

Overview

City and Guilds Plumbing and Domestic Heating 9189 apprenticeship Level 3

Gain the hands-on skills and training you need to become a Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician. You will plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. You will learn how to take accurate measuring, marking, cutting, bending and jointing, metallic and non-metallic pipework, and install new environment technologies such as: heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and water recycling systems

Course Content

The mandatory units studied are:

  • Understand how to apply environmental Technology Systems. 
  • Understand how to apply scientific principles in MES. 
  • Apply safe working practices in building services engineering working environments. 
  • Install and maintain domestic plumbing and heating systems. 
  • Understand and carry out site preparation, and pipework. Fabrication techniques for domestic plumbing and heating systems. 
  • Understand and apply domestic cold water system installation and maintenance techniques. 
  • Understand and apply domestic hot water system installation and maintenance techniques. 
  • Understand and apply domestic central heating system installation and maintenance techniques. 
  • Understand and apply domestic rainwater system installation and maintenance techniques. 
  • Understand and apply domestic sanitation systems installation. 
  • Understand and carry out safe working practices in building services engineering. 
  • Electrical Work and the control of systems 
  • Specific Core, Install and Maintain Gas Water and Heating Appliances  

Skills:

  • Safe working
  • Core plumbing system techniques
  • Electrical components and control systems techniques
  • Supervisory skills

Behaviours:

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Dependable and responsible
  • Enthusiasm and positive attitude
  • Quality focus
  • Willingness to learn
  • Work With others
  • Sustainable working

How the qualification is assessed:

The qualification is assessed by the learner undertaking the End Point Assessment, this includes:

Multiple Choice Test

This is made of 50 questions, multiple choice, centrally set and marked. The knowledge areas will be selected from an assessment bank that covers the full knowledge range. This examination will have a maximum time of 90 minutes.

Design Project

This is held at an assessment centre. Building plans are provided to the apprentice with a job specification manufacturer’s information and data, British Standards and regulations. The apprentice is asked to complete a heating, hot water and cold water design capable of meeting the job specification.

Practical Installation test - (Underpinning skills assessment)

Apprentices complete the fabrication of a pipework frame, utilising different materials and pipework components with various jointing techniques.

Requirements

Individual employers set their own entry requirements. However, you will typically require 5 GCSEs at grades 4/​C or above including English and maths. You will need to pass an initial aptitude test.         

Careers

On completion of the apprenticeship you will be fully qualified in your chosen area of work. You will be able to work individually and use your own initiative to a higher standard. This will give you greater career opportunities and the possibility of progressing to Higher Education.

You could also progress into supervisory job roles and/or into areas such as design and planning