BPEC Plumbing Qualifications – Unvented Hot Water

As a BPEC accredited training and assessment centre we are dedicated to offering a quality service to all who work within the Building Services Engineering sector. Our purpose built facilities allow us to offer a range of short courses that are suitable for experienced plumbing operatives seeking to expand their industry knowledge and gain an additional qualification to comply with current legislation.

*Some qualifications listed here are also accepted by a Competent Person Schemes.

These courses are aimed at plumbing and heating engineers who want to install Domestic Vented and Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems. The courses are designed to enable operatives to demonstrate their competence and allow either application to join a Competent Persons’ Scheme to ‘self-certify’ installations, or to notify the local Building Control Department prior to commencing work. The course covers relevant aspects of Approved Document G, Part L1 and Part P of the Building Regulations.

Course Info
How to Apply
Initial Training

This initial training and assessment package takes place over one day. It is aimed at practicing plumbing and heating engineers who already have an understanding of the fundamental requirements of hot and cold water systems and central heating systems. The qualification is recognised by Competent Person’s Schemes which allow operatives to self-certify installations under Approved Document G3.


Applicants must either hold a recognised formal plumbing/heating qualification or provide evidence of a number of years’ experience in either conventional heating engineering or plumbing.

Assessment Information

Assessments normally consist of a combination of practical and theory examinations. Certificates are normally valid for 5 years. On expiry, candidates are eligible to take reassessment.


This reassessment course is a half day refresher designed for candidates whose qualification due to expire or has expired within the last 12 months. Upon successful completion operatives will receive an Unvented Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems certificate issued by BPEC.


Previous certificates must be presented to the assessment centre as evidence of holding the initial qualification. Candidates cannot undertake the reassessment if their current certificate is more than 12 months out of date – if this is the case they must undertake the initial assessment.

Assessment Information

Assessment takes the form of a theory examination and certificates are normally valid for 5 years.

Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems (Unvented)*
Course Outline: aimed at plumbing and heating engineers who want to install Domestic Vented and Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems
Duration1 day or 1/2 day.
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Start DateNext available dates for Reassessment:
3rd May 2024
Please contact us for availability for our Initial Unvented course
PriceInitial Training: £279.50
Re-Assessment: £223.50


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Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

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The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.