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Course Overview

If you wish to succeed as a professional plumber, you will need to be granted ‘approved contractor’ status by your local water authority. This is a requirement for most employers, and including housing associations, local authorities, health care trusts, and the majority of building contractors/developers.

Access Training’s WRAS course has been developed to equip you with everything you’ll need to achieve that all-important ‘approved’ status. By the end of this course, you will be familiar with:
  • The Water Supply Regulations 1999 (and how to comply with them)
  • The primary legislation underpinning the Regulations
  • The documents used to enhance and explain the Regulations
The WRAS (Water Regulatory Advisory Scheme) is the UK’s water industry approval scheme. Passing our WRAS course will allow you to identify yourself as an approved plumber when seeking work; you will also be permitted to self-certify the work that you carry out.

Read on to find out more about our WRAS course, or click here to browse our other available plumbing courses.
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Who is this course aimed towards?

This course is ideal for candidates with some prior plumbing knowledge and experience who wish to get approved, join a Competent Person Scheme, and seek paid work in the plumbing trade.

If you are a beginner looking to learn the ropes of plumbing, why not try one of our career change courses instead?

What will I achieve?

If you successfully pass the written examination, you will receive the WRAS Certificate of Competence (issued jointly by BPEC and the WRAS). This qualification is the industry standard for competent plumbers, and most companies will require you to have achieved this certification before they employ you.

Course content

When you enrol on Access Training’s WRAS course, you will receive a training package consisting of an introductory booklet, a support document, and the following 12 training manuals, which you will work through at your own pace:
  1. Introduction, background and legislation
  2. The Water Regulations
  3. Materials and substances in contact with water
  4. Requirements for water fittings
  5. Water System Design
  6. Installation commissioning
  7. Cross connections
  8. Backflow prevention
  9. Cold water services
  10. Hot water services
  11. WCs and urinals
  12. Sanitary appliances and water for outside use

Progress routes

Once you have reached the level of ‘approved plumber’, Access Training Academies offer a number of other courses that will help you to further expand your plumbing expertise, including: You may also choose to bolster your skillset with additional trade training courses. We can help you to learn the ropes of electrical work, gas engineering, tiling, and numerous other disciplines that will help you to expand your remit.

Why Access Training?

Our students enjoy a number of different benefits, including:
  • Tuition and assistance from experienced specialists
  • Enhanced online assessments
  • Flexible courses that allow you accommodate any other commitments you might have
  • Training centres across the UK
Contact Access Training Academies to find out how to enrol on our WRAS course.
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