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Train 4 Trade Skills - Plumbing Course

Section 1 Part A

Pre Attendance Study Modules - Theory

Module 1 - Plumbing Induction

  • What is a Plumbing NVQ?
  • Technical Certificate Scheme
  • Career Opportunities
  • Industry Overview
  • Specialist Work
  • Industry Structure
  • A Typical Business
  • Building Your Record of Evidence (Portfolio)

Module 2 - Health & Safety

  • Personal Safety & the Safety of Others
  • Regulations
  • Risk Assessments
  • Access
  • Fire Safety & Emergencies
  • Electrical Shock & First Aid
  • COSHH
  • LPG and Lead
  • Safety and Gas Escape Emergency procedures

Module 3 - Common Plumbing Processes

  • Hand Tools
  • Power Tools
  • Measuring
  • Marking Out
  • Cutting
  • Bending
  • Jointing
  • Fixing

Module 4 - Key Plumbing Principles

  • Materials
  • Plumbing Science
  • Electricity
  • Calculations

Section 1 Part B

Pre Attendance Study Modules - Theory

Module 5 - Cold Water Systems

  • Collection and Storage
  • Water Treatment
  • Water Distribution
  • Service and Mains Connection
  • Service Pipework
  • Water Meters
  • Direct and Indirect Systems
  • Cold Water Storage Cisterns
  • Water Softeners
  • Frost Protection
  • System Components
  • Maintenance and Decommissioning
  • Regulations
  • SkillsBuilder - Interactive 3D virtual reality simulation software; Scenario 1

Module 6 - Domestic Hot Water Systems

  • Vented and Unvented Systems
  • Methods of Heating Water
  • Types of Systems
  • Storage and Instantaneous
  • Thermal Properties of Water
  • Venting and Overflow Arrangements
  • Capacity of Storage Vessels
  • Control Devices to Prevent Overheating
  • Sizing Requirements for Systems
  • System Components
  • Maintenance and De-commissioning
  • Regulations
  • SkillsBuilder - Interactive 3D virtual reality simulation software; Scenario 2

Module 7 - Cold and Hot Water Systems and Components

  • Taps and Valves used in Hot and Cold Plumbing Systems
  • System Installation Requirements
  • Soundness Testing on Coldand Hot Water Systems
  • Maintenance and Decommissioning
  • Regulations
  • SkillsBuilder - Interactive 3D virtual reality simulation software; Scenario 3

Section 1 Part C

Pre Attendance Study Modules - Theory

Module 8 - Sanitation Systems

  • Sanitary Appliances
  • Traps
  • Pipework Systems
  • Pipework Installation
  • Soundness Testing
  • Rainwater Systems
  • Maintenance and Decommissioning
  • Regulations

Module 9 - Water Regulations

  • Introduction and background / legislation
  • The Regulations
  • Materials and Substances in contact with water
  • Requirements for water fitting
  • Water system design and installation
  • Commissioning (flushing, testing and sterilisation)
  • Prevention of cross connection to unwholesome water
  • Backflow prevention
  • Cold water services
  • Hot water services
  • WC's, flushing devices and urinals
  • Sanitary appliances and water for outside

Module 10 - An Overview of the Regulations Affecting the Modern Day Plumbing & Heating Engineer

  • What are Regulations & what is their lawful status
  • Specific Regulations which may affect the
  • Plumbing & Heating Engineer Directly:
    • Part P of the Building Regulations - Domestic Electrical Installation Works
    • Part G of the Building Regulations - Domestic Plumbing works
  • The 1999 Water Regulations Indirectly:
    • Part F of the Building Regulations - Ventilation Requirements
    • Part L of the Building Regulations - Energy Efficiency
  • Who is responsible for policing the Building/Water Regulations & what is the potential consequence of non-compliance and contravention.
  • How you may demonstrate compliance with the Building Regulations through appropriate training, assessment.
  • Competent persons scheme operators and the benefits of membership.

Module 11 - Central Heating Systems

  • Central heating systems overview
  • Central heating systems explained
  • Regulations and domestic heating and hot water
  • Pumped CH & gravity hot water systems
  • Central heating system installation layouts
  • Key system design components
  • Central heating system components
  • Heat emitters
  • Radiator accessories
  • Central heating boilers
  • SkillsBuilder - Interactive 3D virtual reality
    simulation software; Scenario 4

Module 12 - Revision & Study Techniques

  • When to Study

Practical Training Guide - Week 1-2

Week 1: City & Guilds 6022 - Copper Pipework Installation practical & theory assessments. City &Guilds 6129 assessments

  • Working with copper pipe: measuring,cutting and bending to specific radius’
  • Preparing pipe for jointing & jointing techniques.
  • Working with LPG
  • Interpreting design drawings and installing pipework to specification
  • Pre-commissioning tests of installation pipe-work, soundness testing etc.
  • 6129 safety assessments
  • 6129 copper tubing assessments
    • Multiple choice knowledge assessments to be undertaken during 1st week of attendance at training centre.
  • Safety in plumbing activities
  • Key plumbing principles

Week 2: City & Guilds 6032-2 - Sanitary accommodation installation, maintenance & design (Bathroom installation) City & Guilds 6129 assessments

  • Bathroom design in accordance with regulations
  • Preparing bathroom appliances for installation
  • Appliance installation & connecting of pipework installations to include:-
    • Combi boiler pipework jig fitting.
    • One pipe flow and return to radiator (heat emitter).
  • Pre and post commissioning tests.
  • Showers - their selection & installation requirements
  • Carrying out routine preventative maintenance
  • Decommissioning existing bathroom suite and heat emitter.
  • Understanding shower types, their supply requirements, the performance expectation and the practical installation techniques of appropriately fed shower systems.
  • 6129 Safety Assessments
  • 6129 Decommisioning assessment
    Multiple choice knowledge assessments to be undertaken during 2nd week of attendance at training centre.

Section 2 Part A

Pre Attendance Study Modules - Theory

Module 13 - Installation & Commissioning

  • Prepare work location
  • Carry out installation of systems & components
  • Positioning and fixing
  • Connecting to services
  • Testing & commissioning systems & components

Module 14 - Decommissioning & Maintenance

  • Suspending operation of a system Potential hazards associated with decommissioning.
  • Temporary & permanent decommissioning of systems.
  • Maintain systems & components
  • Range of Information available for maintenance Systems
  • Maintenance procedures for systems & components

Module 15 - Introduction to Business

  • Getting Started as a Plumber
  • Expectations
  • Training and Development
  • Pitfalls of Self-employment
  • Important Life Issues
  • The Bottom Line

Module 16 - Challenges and Services

  • What Skills do you Require
  • Services Offered by a Plumber
  • Setting Personal Boundaries
  • Setting Clear Goals
  • Business Plan and Cash Flow

Module 17 - Marketing Your Business

  • Why a Target market is Vital
  • Features versus Benefits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Name as a Marketing Tool

Module 18 - Online Marketing and Web Creation

  • Creating a Website
  • Website Promotion
  • Affiliate Programmes
  • Newsletters

Module 19 - Customer Care and Management

  • The Importance of Customer Service
  • The Cycle of Service
  • Customer Contact

Module 20 - Increasing Sales

  • Defining Sales
  • Different Business Situations
  • Topics for Expansion

Module 21 - Financial and Legal Considerations

  • Setting Your Price
  • Financial Planning
  • Professional Advisors
  • Business Banking
  • Book-keeping
  • How to use spreadsheets

Module 22 - Networking

  • Networking Skills
  • Networking Groups
  • Personal Image

Module 23 - Leadership & Delegation Skills

  • Identification of Skills
  • Task Delegation

Module 24 - Tools and Setting up a Workshop

  • General Maintenance Tools
  • Installation Tools
  • Setting up Your Workshop
  • Tips from a Professional

Practical Training Guide - Week 3-4

Week 3: City & Guilds 6129 Training & Assessments, 1999 Water Regulations

  • 1999 Water Regulations - update training and theoretical assessments
  • City & Guilds 6084 Energy Efficiency Certificate
  • 6129 Soil and waste pipe fabrication & installation
  • 6129 Rainwater pipework guttering and downpipe installation
  • 6129 Hot and cold plastic pipework
  • 6129 Airing cupboard cylinder and storage cistern assessment
  • 6129 Soil stack air testing
    • Multiple choice knowledge assessments to be undertaken during 3rd week of attendance at training centre.
  • Domestic hot water systems
  • Cold Water Systems

Week 4: City & Guilds 6129 Training & Assessments

  • 6129 Safety Assessments
  • 6129 Low carbon steel pipework installation and assessment. LCS Machine pipe bending and threading.
  • 6129 Central Heating Systems
    • Two-pipe systems to include:
    • Pipework layout and connections to radiators, valves, pumps, cisterns and associated components
    • Introduction to heating system design
    • sizing radiators and boilers. Introduction to pressurized systems
  • 6129 Central Heating System Maintenance
    • Introduction to maintenance of pumps, radiators and valves on heating systems
    • Multiple choice knowledge assessments to be undertaken during 4th week of attendance at training centre
  • Sanitation Systems
  • Central Heating Systems

Section 2 Part B

Pre Attendance Study Modules - Theory

Module 25 - Sheet Lead Weatherings

  • Sheet lead work overview
  • Sheet lead-design considerations-SL-S1
  • Hygiene, and working with lead
  • Types of sheet lead
  • Design/installation considerations of sheet lead
  • Working with lead-SL-S2
  • Tools and equipment used for sheet lead
  • Lead sheet bossing
  • Lead welding
  • Lead welding tools and equipment
  • Welding equipment and safety
  • Lead welding techniques
  • Domestic applications of sheet lead-SL-S3
  • Installation requirements of a chimney weathering set
  • Fixing the components of the chimney weatherings
  • Lead slate

Module 26 - Electricity

  • Electricity overview
  • Principles of electricity-revision-E 1
  • Basic circuit theory
  • Ohm's law
  • Fuses
  • Circuits
  • Electricity supply E2
  • Generation of electricity
  • Basic domestic circuits
  • Earth continuity, bonding and temporary bonding
  • Electricity supply systems installation-E3
  • Safety requirements when working with electricity
  • Inspection and testing
  • Installation of appliances
  • Fused spur outlets
  • Earth continuity-E4
  • Testing and decommissioning-E5

Module 27 - Showers

  • Regulations and installing domestic electric showers
  • Part P of Building Regulations
  • Work activities that require Part P registration
  • The 1999 Water Regulations
  • Part G of the Building Regulations
  • Electric Showers
  • Boosted showers
  • Part P Wiring requirements
  • Cable selection
  • General Electrical Installation requirements

Module 28 - Environmental Awareness

  • The Need for Energy
  • Conservation Legislation
  • The Building Regulations
  • Improving Energy Efficiency
  • Reducing Waste
  • Safe Disposal of Waste
  • Customer Advice

Module 29 - Effective Working Relationships

  • The Construction Team
  • Communicating with Others
  • Public Liability Insurance

Module 30 - Power Flushing

  • What is power flushing
  • The benefits of power flushing both new and existing heating system installations
  • On-site water test kits- understanding and interpreting water analysis results
  • Power flushing units
  • The principles of operating a power flushing unit
  • Selecting the appropriate flushing procedure for specific heating systems
  • Power flushing additives and system protectors/inhibitors
  • Descaling heating elements
    • Hard and soft areas
  • The power flushing process in detail
  • Disposal of waste water product (sludge)
  • Water analysis completion tests

Module 31 - Underfloor Heating Systems

  • Introduction Definitions, symbols & abbreviations
  • Principles of operation of UFH
  • Applications
  • Design considerations
  • Sizing UFH circuits
  • Site preparation
  • Pipework material and tools Installation methods
  • Pipework layouts and system design
  • Handing over
  • Applicable standards

Module 32 - Intro to Heating Design

  • Regulations governing system design installations & operation
  • Sources of information on the design of specific systems – plans, drawings & specifications
  • Calculating the size of systems components, pipework & appliances

Practical Training Guide - Week 5-6

Week 5: City & Guilds 6129 Training & Assessments

  • 6129 Safety Assessments
  • 6129 sheet lead front apron side flashings back apron cover flashing and lead slate
  • 6129 lead welding, butt and lap using Liquid petroleum gas and Oxygen acetylene gases
    • Multiple choice knowledge assessments to be undertaken during 5th week of attendance at training centre.
  • Environmental awareness in plumbing
  • Effective working relationships in the plumbing industry
  • Sheet lead weathering

Week 6: City & Guilds 6129 Training & Assessments

  • 6129 bathroom installation assessment – major assessment involving an installation of a bathroom suite and radiators, hot and cold supplies, testing, commissioning and decommissioning the system.
  • 6129 maintenance assessment of taps, valves, radiators, WC siphon, and shower mixer valve.
    • Multiple choice knowledge assessments to be undertaken during 6th week of attendance at training centre.
  • Electrical supply and earth continuity. End test knowledge assessment – full range of knowledge is tested in this final assessment.

Section 3 Part A

Pre Attendance Study Modules - Theory

Module 33 - Gas installation a

  • Domestic gas safety
  • Domestic gas pipework
  • Design principles
  • Domestic gas supply
  • Flow rate, pipe sizing and pressure losses
  • Gas combustion
  • Domestic gas appliances (installation)

Module 34 - Gas installation b

  • Gas safety devices and gas controls
  • Gas flues and flueing standards
  • Ventilation requirements
  • Domestic gas appliances (servicing and fault diagnosis)
  • Gas regulations- emergency procedures and unsafe situations

Module 35 - Complex cold water systems

  • Design principles - direct and indirect systems
  • Flow rate, pipe sizing and pressure losses
  • Commissioning and decommissioning systems
  • Taps and valves
  • Commissioning and decommissioning systems
  • Service and maintenance of unvented systems

Module 36 - Complex hot water systems

  • Design principles
  • Flow rate, pipe sizing and pressure losses
  • Commissioning and decommissioning systems

Module 37 - Complex hot water systems (unvented)

  • Unvented hot water systems overview
  • Introduction to unvented hot water systems
  • Unvented system components and their operation
  • Unvented hot water system legislation
  • Installation and commissioning of unvented systems
  • Service & Maintenance of unvented systems

Practical Training Guide - Week 7 - 8

Week 7: City & Guilds 6129 Level 3 Training & Assessments

  • Gas Installations Training
    • Gas systems
    • Unvented Hot Water Systems
  • Multiple choice knowledge assessments to be undertaken during 7th week of attendance at training centre.
    • Introduction to assignment on system planning to be complete in week ten of training
    • Complex cold water systems
    • Complex hot water systems part 1
    • Complex hot water systems part 2

Week 8: City & Guilds 6129 Level 3 Training & Assessments

  • Gas Appliances Installation
  • Gas Appliance Servicing
  • Gas Appliance Fault Diagnosis
  • Gas Appliance Decommissioning
    • Note: Multiple choice knowledge assessments to be undertaken during 8th week of attendance at training centre.
  • Domestic gas supply systems part 1
  • Domestic gas supply systems part 2

Section 3 Part B

Pre Attendance Study Modules - Theory

Module 38 - Part P (defined scope) Domestic Electrical Qualification

  • Applicable building regulations for domestic electrical installation
  • Electrical safety legislation regulations standards and terminology
  • Testing and commissioning
  • Domestic electrical installations – safe isolation procedures
  • Identifying unsafe situations
  • Domestic electrical earthing and bonding requirements
  • Electrical testing procedures
  • Selecting domestic electrical cable and components and installation techniques

Practical Training Guide - Week 9

Week 9: Part P (defined scope) Domestic Electrical Qualification

  • Applicable Electrical Safety Legislation and Regulations
  • Safe Isolation Procedures
  • Testing and Commissioning
  • Identifying Unsafe Electrical Situations
  • Selecting Domestic Electrical Cable and Components
  • Installation Techniques

Section 3 Part C

Pre Attendance Study Modules - Theory

Module 39 - Sanitation Systems

  • Sanitation overview
  • Legislation and System Components SAN – S1
  • Other System Types and Components SAN – S2
  • Macerator WCs
  • Sink waste disposal units
  • Valves as an alternative to traps (HEPvO system)
  • Performance Testing and Fault
  • Diagnosis SAN – S3
  • Soundness Testing
  • Performance Testing
  • Fault Diagnosis

Module 40 - Heating System Electrics Install Central Heating Systems including boilers and control wiring

  • Central Heating Systems (Boilers) overview
  • Basic & Complex system layouts CHSB – S1 & S2
  • Central Heating Appliances CHSB – S3 Part L1 of the Building Regulations CHSB
  • Wiring Central Heating System Controls CHSB – S5
  • Commissioning Central Heating Systems CHSB – S6
  • Fault Diagnosis CHSB – S7

Module 41 - Complex Heating Systems

  • Design principles and pipework layout
  • Flow rate, pipe sizing, water velocity and associated pressure losses
  • Commissioning and decommissioning systems
  • Pump sizing and positioning
  • Boiler fuel types
  • Medium pressure heating systems
  • Heating controls

Module 42 - Solar Thermal Domestic Hot Water Systems

  • Solar Thermal Overview & Considerations
  • Solar Collector Types & British Standards
  • Solar Thermal Store Options
  • Solar Thermal Primary Circuit Designs
  • Solar collector Sizing & Integration
  • Installation Materials & Fittings

Practical Training Guide - Week 10 - 11

Week 10: City &Guilds 6129 Level 3 Training & Assessment

  • Sanitation
  • Central Heating Systems (boilers and controls)
  • Systems Planning
  • Gas Central Heating/Unvented Installation and Commissioning
    • Note: Multiple choice knowledge assessments to be undertaken during 10th week of attendance at training centre.
  • Complex Sanitation Systems
  • Central Heating Boilers

Week 11: City &Guilds 6129 Level 3 Training & Assessment

  • Gas Central Heating/Unvented Installation and Commissioning
    • Multiple choice knowledge assessments to be undertaken during 11th week of attendance at training centre.
  • Completion of Systems Planning Assessment
  • Improvement of Business Products and Services in the Plumbing Industry