Plumbing: Installation Theory

Learn Plumbing Limited

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Important information

Typology Vocational qualification Level 2
Methodology Distance Learning
Duration 15 Weeks
Start Different dates available
  • Vocational qualification Level 2
  • Distance Learning
  • Duration:
    15 Weeks
  • Start:
    Different dates available

This course prepares learners for a career in Plumbing and / or Domestic Heating. It covers all the theory included in the C&G 6129 Diploma in Plumbing as well as C&G 6089 and C&G 6088 NVQ at Level 2. It is suitable for people who wish to study and test their knowledge and understanding of the theory of plumbing and central heating installation.
Course organisation
The course is organised as a series of 10 distance-learning self-study modules, these, together with separate practical training and assessment sessions, enable learners to achieve an NVQ or Diploma in Plumbing and Heating. The Module Titles are:
1 What is Plumbing? + Introduction to NVQ Level 2
2 Health, Safety and Tools
3 Piping Installation
4 Domestic Water Systems
5 Installation of Sanitary Appliances, Maintenance, Taps, Valves and Leak Repair
6 Sanitary Accommodation Layout and Design
7 Showers
8 Water Regulations
9 Customer Service and Working Relationships
10 Installation and Maintenance of Sheet Lead Weatherings
Learners work through each Module, and complete the multiple-choice questions at the end; before returning the Answer Paper to their Tutor. The Tutor will assess the answers and send any comments to you if necessary along with a Record of Achievement detailing your success in that area of study and the next module of the course for you to study.
Success in the self-study part of the course will result in you being awarded a Summary Learn Plumbing Record of Achievement.


Where and when

Starts Location
Different dates available
Distance Learning
Starts Different dates available
Distance Learning

Frequent Asked Questions

· What are the objectives of this course?

To give you all the theory necessary to achieve and NVQ level2 in plumbing

· Who is it intended for?

New Entrants to the Plumbing and Heating Industry. Mature people who wish to change their career.

· Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course other than students have an interest in this topic. This course can be started at any time.

· What marks this course apart?

It is the most comprehensive distance learning plumbing theory course available, it starts with the basics and covers the theory that a trained plumber (qualified to NVQ level 2) is expected to have.

· What happens after requesting information?

Further information is sent together with an Enrolment Form, and a direct dial telephone number to a tutor to enable any questions to be answered.

What you'll learn on the course

Installation of pipes and fittings
Repair and maintenance

Teachers and trainers (1)

Brian Curry
Brian Curry
Course Director

Course programme

A set of 10 modules plus our CD ROM covering all the job-related theory knowledge needed to get you started and take you up to the level of knowledge that a trained plumber would be expected to have. It can help you achieve an NVQ Level 2 in Plumbing or Domestic Heating too. Cost of the course includes postage, marking the summary questions, feedback/tutor support, and personalised Record of Achievements on successful completion of each module. Practical training/assessment for C&G Qualification.

Course/Module Contents

1 Training Guide & What is Plumbing?
Introduction — What is plumbing?
What does a plumber do?
Skill checklists
What about other skills and knowledge?
What about disability and physical fitness?
Is plumbing a job for men only?
Tools and equipment a plumber works with
Plumbing qualifications and career path
National Vocational Qualification Level 2 in Plumbing

Learn Plumbing’s study-modules
The difference between training and assessment
People involved in the assessment process
A simple plumbing job - evidence potential and how to record it
Options for practical training
Plumbers in demand?
What’s the Next Step?
Useful sources of information and action planning
Example NVQ evidence planning and recording forms
What is Plumbing? multi-choice questions

2 Health, Safety and Tools
Health and Safety at Work Legislation
Tools and equipment
Hazardous processes and operations
Construction Design and Management Regulations
Materials and substances - COSHH
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
Fire safety - types of fire extinguisher
RIDDOR and accident reporting
First aid in an emergency
PPE Regulations
Protective clothing -
Working in confined spaces
Manual handling and lifting
Ladders, steps and trestle safety
Scaffolds Roof work Mobile elevating work platforms
Abrasive Wheels
Checking boiler flues and ventilation
Summary multiple-choice questions

3 Piping Installation
EN standards for copper tube and fittings
Jointing tube
Fixing tube
Bending copper tube
Component connections
Jointing to dissimilar materials
Insulation against frost and heat gain
Underground water services
Contamination and copper
Planning and positioning of pipework
Systematic installation of tube
Piping Installation multiple-choice questions

4 Domestic Systems
Piping systems - standards and statutory requirements
Water pressure
Types of hot and cold water system
Commissioning hot and cold water systems
Small bore heating systems
Domestic fire sprinkler systems
Oil pipelines
Gas piping installation
Solar energy systems
Warm air heating systems
Sources of reference and useful information
Domestic system multiple-choice questions

5 Sanitary Appliance Installation, Taps, Valves and Leak Repair
Storage and protection of sanitary appliances
Installation requirements
Blended water supplies and modular hot and cold water systems
Taps Valves and Wastes Washbasins
Sinks, Baths, Water closets, Bidets
Fixings and fastenings
Seals and sealants
Cleaning sanitary appliances
Discharge pipe systems
Single stack system
Stub stack system
WC macerator system
Commissioning discharge pipe systems
Maintenance of sanitary appliances
Leak repair
Summary multiple-choice questions

6 Sanitary Accommodation Layout and Design
Statutory requirements, standards and references
Materials for sanitary appliances
Basic design skills
Designer’s legal responsibilities
Contractor’s and sub-contractor’s legal responsibilities
Sanitary accommodation layout
Appliance selection
Space requirements
Bathroom planners
Special needs sanitary accommodation
Water and discharge pipe systems
Summary multiple-choice questions

7 Showers
Shower mixer-valves
Electric showers Shower selection
Water pressure
Shower piping arrangements
Installing the shower
Shower pumps
Cavitation Shower pump selection
Venturi boost shower mixer selection
Multi-head showers
Shower installations constructed using separate components
Shower enclosures
Commissioning Maintenance
Electrical installation
Do’s and don’ts of shower installation
Summary multiple-choice questions

8 Water Regulations
Introduction and primary purpose of the regulations
Workmanship and standards
Backflow Notification requirements
Certificates of compliance
Inspections, measurements, tests and enforcement
Contravention of regulations and defences
Form of the regulations
Backflow risk
Backflow protection
Mechanical backflow prevention devices
Water saving
Examples of: notice, backflow risk assessment and certificate of compliance forms
Summary multiple-choice questions
Text of Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999

9 Customer and Working Relationships
Plumbing history
Professional relationships
Effective communications in the workplace
Drawings and essential information
Working relationships – you and work colleagues
Working relationships – customers
The construction team
Contractors’ organisational structure
People who control construction work and visitors to site
Energy conservation and economy
Summary multiple-choice questions

10 Installation and Maintenance of Sheet Lead Weatherings
Physical and mechanical properties of lead sheet
Types of lead sheet- general points to note
Sheet lead safety
Preventing corrosion
Preparation of roof under-structure
Standard sheet lead sizes for flashings and weatherings
Support and fixing methods
Working techniques for lead
Chimney weatherings
Horizontal abutments
Side abutment flashings
Roof penetrations
Dormers and canopies
Valley gutters
Planning the sequence of installation
Patination Problems with sheet weatherings
Maintenance of sheet weatherings
Summary multiple-choice questions

Additional information

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