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Course Overview

If you would like to go from beginner to expert in a single training course, Access Training’s Advanced Plumbing course is ideal for you.

This training programme is the perfect primer for candidates who wish to achieve industry-level qualifications and enter the trade as a Professional Plumber and Heating Engineer. It is difficult to complete accredited plumbing courses (e.g. EAL, WRAS) if you don’t already have a firm knowledge of plumbing to build upon, and our advanced plumbing course will give you everything you need to succeed and progress.

You will also have the chance to gain the gas qualification that allows you to join the Gas Safe Register and complete an even wider range of work, such as installing and servicing gas boilers.

This course can be studied part-time or full-time, and it is ideal for candidates who wish to remain in work whilst training for a new career in the plumbing/gas trade.

Contact us to enquire about this training course, or visit our main Plumbing Courses page for more information about the range of courses we offer.

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Who is this course for?

While we refer to this as our ‘advanced’ plumbing course, it is actually open to everyone, regardless of prior experience or existing expertise. The course was specifically developed for absolute beginners, although we often recommend it to more accomplished plumbers who need to refresh their learning or get up-to-date with the latest industry standards.

Access Training provide courses for people of all ages, genders, races and nationalities; it doesn’t even matter where you live, as our training facilities are easily accessible from anywhere in the UK (and beyond – we frequently train candidates from other countries!)


Those who successfully complete this advanced plumbing and gas course will receive no fewer than five accredited qualifications:
  1. Level 2 Diploma in Domestic Plumbing– Completing this qualification will enable you to install bathroom suites, radiators, hot and cold water storage tanks, and a variety of other systems.
  2. Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating– This is the ‘assessed in the workplace’ element of our advanced plumbing course. You will be assessed on a live scenario such as bathroom suite installation or carrying out repair/maintenance tasks.
  3. Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems Certificate– Qualifies you to hold an ID card that demonstrates your competence when installing/maintaining unvented hot water storage systems.
  4. WRAS Certificate– WRAS stands for Water Regulations Advisory Scheme. This certificate recognises you as a competent person and grants ‘Approved Contractor’ status.
  5. ACS Gas Certificate– This certificate is needed to join the Gas Safe Register and legally install/maintain/test domestic gas appliances.

What does this course cover?

You will cover many different areas of knowledge en route to acquiring the qualifications listed above. These include:
  • Health and safety
  • Central heating systems
  • Drainage
  • Sanitation
  • Bathroom installation
  • Maintenance
  • Electrical principles
  • Water regulations
  • Designing and installing unvented hot water storage systems
  • Gas safety
  • Cookers
  • Water heaters
  • Gas meters
  • Atmosphere sampling
  • Ventilation and pipework
This course is designed to give candidates a comprehensive knowledge of plumbing and gas principles. In addition to the practical and theoretical training you will receive at our training centre, you will also undertake a work placement with a professional gas engineer so as to complete a portfolio of evidence (this is necessary to achieve the ACS Gas Certificate that forms part of our premier plumbing course).


Completing the advanced plumbing course is just the beginning of your journey – we offer a number of other training programmes to suit budding plumbers and gas engineers, and undertaking one or more additional courses can really help you to gain a competitive edge over other plumbers in your location.

After you receive your advanced plumbing certificate, your tutors will be more than happy to discuss suitable progress routes with you.

Why train with us?

Here’s what we offer at Access Training Academies:
  • Cutting-edge training facilities
  • Flexible courses that blend theory work with practical, hands-on experience
  • Tutors with years of professional experience in their respective fields
Contact Access Training Academies now to find out more about what we have to offer.
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Do You Already Have Plumbing Experience?

Our plumbing courses aren’t exclusively for those who wish to change their career. If you are already a practising plumber, we can help you add new accreditations to your skillset – this will ensure that your skills remain up-to-date, and it may even give you the edge over other plumbers in your area. Get in touch to find out what we have to offer experienced plumbers like you.

Successful Students

“The plumbing business is going so well that I'm already having to think like a businessman and not just a plumber, I didn't expect the success we've had, it's just fantastic! ”
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