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Plumbing BPEC Water Regulations


This learning package has been developed by BPEC to help plumbers update their knowledge of this important legislation that is used to control the installation and use of water supply systems.

This is aimed primarily at practising plumbers who already have a knowledge of hot and cold water systems or to water inspectors and anyone who is involved with the installation, design or specification of water systems or with buildings containing water systems. It will also be of benefit to those learners with limited previous knowledge.

Entry requirements

Either a formal craft qualification e.g. national Vocational Qualification Level 2 in heating engineering or plumbing OR to be able to declare that you have relevant experience from the water industry.

How long is the course?

One day.

How will I be assessed?

This consists of an open book assessment that contains a blend of multiple choice and open response questions. There are two sections in the new assessment:

  • Section A contains 30 general questions about the Water Regulations
  • Section B contains 10 questions specifically on backflow.

Success rates

100% since commencement in early 2000.

What does the course lead to?

  • Certification with BPEC 
  • Application for Approved Plumber status
  • Go on to the list of Approved Contractors with Water Companies

What will I study?

  • Introduction and background/legislation
  • The regulations (a detailed look)
  • Materials and substances in contact with water
  • Requirements for water fittings
  • Water system design and installation
  • Commissioning (flushing, testing and sterilisation)
  • Prevention of cross connection to unwholesome water
  • Backflow prevention
  • Cold water services
  • Hot Water services
  • WCs, flushing devices and urinals
  • Sanitary appliances
  • Water for outside use

How do I apply?

Contact us on:

01623 627191 ext. 8509 or email:



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