Plumbing, Electrical, Refrigeration and Heating Courses

Our Plumbing, Electrical and Refrigeration courses are delivered by tutors with extensive knowledge of the construction industry and their professional expertise is valued by our students.

There are excellent facilities on site, with training areas designed to simulate the working environment. Further Education qualifications include nationally recognised BTEC diplomas. Apprenticeships are offered in Plumbing, Heating and Electrical Installations.

Plumbing, Heating and Refrigeration

As well as study programmes for school leavers, Apprenticeships are also available, allowing students to earn while they learn, as well as gaining first-hand experience in a construction environment and providing the relevant knowledge and experience to understand the installation of domestic water supplies and heating systems.

Career pathways may include working on new builds and refurbishments, from small domestic projects to major ones such as public buildings. Plumbers fit, service and repair hot and cold water systems, and heating systems in homes and businesses. They also work with gas fires and cookers. Depending on whether you work in homes, industrial or commercial locations, you’re likely to:

  • install water supplies, heating systems and drainage
  • find faults in systems or equipment and repair them
  • service gas and oil-fired central heating systems, boilers and radiators
  • install and fix domestic appliances like showers, cooker, gas fires and washing machines
  • service air-conditioning and ventilation units
  • attend emergency call-outs to fix leaks, for example during cold weather
  • fit weather-proof materials, joints and flashings to roofs, chimneys and walls

On all jobs you would use hand and power tools, which may include welding equipment. As an experienced plumber, you might specialise in sheet metal work for industrial, commercial or historical buildings.

With the projected demand for skilled construction workers expected to increase considerably year on year for the next decade, the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heat Pump Systems Diploma Level 2 is designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge needed progress towards a career in a industry with recognised skills shortages. This course will cover many different areas within RAC and HP systems.

Electrical Installations

As well as Further education Electrical Installations courses, Apprenticeships are also available, allowing students to earn while they learn, as well as gaining first-hand experience in a construction environment and giving you the relevant training and education required to become a successful electrical engineer. Career pathways may include employment as a registered Installation Technician.

As the commercial arm of Colchester Institute, CI Business Solutions offers a full range of electrical training courses and qualifications including essential City and Guilds accredited Electrical training for installers, supervisors and maintenance personnel. Colchester Institute is now an accredited AM2 (Acheivement Measurement) Centre. This J.I.B. qualification endorses the City and Guilds EMTA NVQ Level 3 Qualification. This includes the 18th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations which is an update for the City & Guilds 2382 course for electricians providing a comprehensive review of the latest edition of the wiring regulations and the C & G 2377-22 Certificate of Competence for the Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (PAT) Based on the IET’s Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment in association with City and Guilds.

With an increasing demand for new electric vehicle charging points across the country, and as such we have recently introduced the City & Guilds 2919-01 Level 3 Award in Domestic, Commercial and Industrial Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation to our course portfolio.

For adult (19+ learners) and those already working in industry, a range of part-time and professional training courses for the utilities industries are also available.


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Full-time Courses

Air Conditioning and RefrigerationLevel 2
Electrical InstallationsLevel 1/2/3
Plumbing StudiesLevel 1/2
Cade Hall Electrical InstallationsWhat Our Students SayQuotation Mark

Cade Hall

Course: Electrical Installations Level 2
Progressed From: Tabor Academy

"I find the course enjoyable, which means I’m able to learn well. The College is good because it’s so relaxed compared to secondary school."

Sam UttingWhat Our Students SayQuotation Mark

Sam Utting

Course: Plumbing Level 2
Progressed From: Tabor Academy

"This course gives me the knowledge to install all household plumbing. The space and plumbing blocks we practice in are great."

Joe Hyde Electrical InstallationsWhat Our Students SayQuotation Mark

Joe Hyde

Course: Electrical Installations Level 2
Progressed From: The Ramsey Academy

"I really enjoy my course. It is challenging and hard at times, but it allows me to go on to Level 3, and then I’ll be able to work as a qualifed electrician."


Installation Electrician Apprenticeship
Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship

Part-time Courses

Electrical Installations (Buildings and Structures) Diploma City & Guilds 2365 Level 2 and 8202 Level 3
Plumbing Studies Diploma Level 2 (Part -Time)

Industry Training

18th Edition – Level 3 AwardBS7671: 2018 (2382-18)
Achievement Measurement 2 (AM2) J.I.B. Qualification
AM2 Pre-Assessment Refresher Training
Basic Electrical Awareness
BPEC Plumbing QualificationsUnvented Hot Water & Water Regs
C&G 2391 Level 3 Award in Inspection and Testing
C&G 2919-01 Level 3 AwardElectric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation
City & Guilds Award in F-Gas Regulations Level 2 (2079)
Electrical Installations NVQ L3 C&G 2357 – Bolt-On qualification
Legionella Awareness
Legionella Risk Assessment and Disinfection
National Water Hygiene (Blue Card)
OFTEC 101, 105e & 600A
PAT Certificate of Competence 2377-22
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) Practical Course
Working in Medium Risk Confined Spaces in the Water Industry Award