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Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems (BPEC)

In order to install or maintain unvented hot water storage systems it is a requirement that you hold a competency card. This course will train you in all aspects of hot water requirements.

Entry requirements

You must hold a recognised trade qualification at NVQ Level 2 or have evidence of a number of years working in the plumbing industry.

Course content

This course will cover:

  • Unvented systems and their operating principles
  • Vented systems and their operating principles
  • Design and installation
  • Maintenance
  • Compliance with other building regulations

Assessment methods

The assessment comprises of the following:

  • An open-book multiple choice assessment
  • A closed-book written assessment
  • A practical fault-finding task
  • And where necessary additional oral questions may be asked by the assessor.

Further study and career options

Upon successful completion of assessments you will receive a British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC) certificate and competency card.

Additional information

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Course Information & How to Apply

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

To book onto this course please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
1 day 06/05/2021 Thu 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £250 Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre BKC428S7
1 day 27/05/2021 Thu 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £250 Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre BKC428S8
1 day 17/06/2021 Thu 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £250 Gas & Plumbing Technology Centre BKC428S9

Part-time course already started?

Our upcoming 2021-22 part-time courses will be out in May. Get alerted when they're released by selecting your campus of choice below and filling out the relevant form:

Bedford College Enquiry Form

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.