Plumbing Diploma Distance Learning CourseC306

Have you heard about the shortage of plumbers? Paid a high price for a simple job? Thought you could retrain for the high earnings? Then this is the course for you.

It covers everything from an induction into the subject, health and safety, common processes, key plumbing principles, sanitation systems as well as electricity, environmental awareness, cold water systems and central heating systems. 

Like all Start Learning courses our plumbing course is split into bite sized sections to make studying easy and convenient. Plus, don’t forget that your tutor is available to help throughout your course. So Start Learning today! FREE WATER REGULATIONS GUIDE

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Course Info

Distance Learning Support


At Start Learning we pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive tutors. Your tutor support will start as soon as you receive your course and will be valid for 12 months. All our tutors are highly qualified with extensive experience in supporting distance learning students. You contact your tutor via email and they are responsible for marking assignments answering your questions and guiding you through the course.

Entry Requirements


Students must be aged 16 or over and be educated to GCSE level G or above or hold equivalent qualifications.
You must have access to the Internet to complete the course.

Recommended Hours of Study


It is recommended that approximately 180 hours of your time should be allocated towards study for the Plumbing Course.

What will I learn on the Plumbing Diploma course?


The Plumbing Course is an excellent opportunity to take the first step in becoming a successful plumber without disrupting your current life commitments. Once completed you can then decide whether you would work for a company or go self-employed and be your own boss

You will learn all about the exciting world of the plumbing industry ranging from trade regulations to the tools in use to environmental concerns and much more besides.

And at the end of the course, you will be awarded a Start Learning Certificate!

From there, you can end your studies there or go and take the City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate 6129 by taking the practical training and assessment. (please note that there are extra fees involved).

By taking this course you will also have covered all the theory to gain the Level 2 NVQ in Mechanical Engineering Services Plumbing (Domestic qualification). You will need to go to a City and Guilds accredited centre and complete the knowledge and on-the-job assessment.

The further training will take anything from 6 – 12 weeks and more details are available by contacting Start Learning.

Please note - if you have 5 years or more experience you will be exempt from the practical training.

Course Overview


Unit 1 Plumbing Induction
The Apprenticeship Scheme; Plumbing S/NVQ; Technical
Certificate Scheme; Career Opportunities; Overview of
Plumbing Industry; Specialist Work; The Structure of the
Plumbing Industry; A Typical Business.

Unit 2 Health and Safety
Personal Safety and the Safety of Others; Regulations; Risk
Assessments; Access; Fire Safety and Emergencies; Electrical
Shock and First Aid; COSHH; LPG and Lead.

Unit 3 Common Plumbing Processes
Hand Tools; Power Tools; Measuring; Marking Out; Cutting;
Bending; Jointing; Fixing.

Unit 4 Key Plumbing Principles
Materials; Plumbing Science; Electricity; Calculations.

Unit 5 Sanitation systems
Sanitary Appliances; Traps; Pipework Systems; Pipework
Installation; Soundness Testing; Rainwater Systems;
Maintenance and De-Commissioning; Regulations.

Unit 6 Electricity
Electricity Supply Systems Installation; Earth Continuity; Testing
and De-commissioning; Regulations.

Unit 7 Cold Water Systems
Collection and Storage; Water Treatment; Water Distribution;
Service and Mains Connection; Service Pipework; Water Meters;
Direct and Indirect Systems; Cold Water Storage Cisterns; Water
Softeners; Frost Protection; System Components; Maintenance
and De-Commissioning; Regulations.

Unit 8 Domestic Hot Water Systems
Vented and Unvented Systems; Methods of Heating Water;
Types of Systems, Storage and Instantaneous; Thermal
Properties of Water; Venting and Overflow Arrangements;
Capacity of Storage Vessels; Control Devices to Prevent
Overheating; Sizing Requirements for Systems; System
Components; Maintenance and De-Commissioning;

Unit 9 Cold and hot water systems and components
Taps and Valves used in Hot and Cold Plumbing systems;
System Installation Requirements; Soundness Testing on Cold
and Hot Water Systems; Maintenance and De-commissioning;

Unit 10 Central Heating Systems
Systems and Components (including boilers); Central Heating
Controls; Maintenance and De-Commissioning; Energy
Efficiency; Regulations.

Unit 11 Sheet Lead Weatherings
Basic Principles; Fabrication Techniques; Flashings and Small

Unit 12 Environmental Awareness
The Need for Energy Conservation; Legislation; The Building
Regulations; Improving Energy Efficiency; Reducing Waste;
Safe Disposal of Waste; Customer Advice.

Easy Payment Plan


Full Price is £495

6 Monthly Installments of £82.50

The first installment is paid at time of enrolment with a fee for postage and packaging.

For postage costs click here: Postage & Packaging

Call us on 0800 074 1222 if you would like to set up a payment plan.




Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain a Start Learning certificate

Language of Course



Examination Centre


There is no exam as such, although you will be required to complete a number of multiple-choice test papers that can be submitted to your tutor online or by post. There is no word count for these test papers although you do have to prove to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions asked.

If you want to go on to achieve the City and Guilds 6129 Level 2 Technical Certificate, you only need to sit the practical training and assessment at a centre which we can help you find.


Q: What if I wish to cancel the course?
A: You have 7 days after the day you receive the course to return for a full refund. After the 7 days you would have to pay in full for the course as all the tutor fees will have been paid.

Q:  Is there an exam at the end of the course?
A: No, there is no final exam it is all assignment based.

Q: Where do I take my practical training?
A: We can put you in touch with local centres where you can take your "Hands On Training".

Q: Is there any further reading I need to do?
A: No, although many students find it beneficial to do extra research on the Internet.

Q: Can my employer pay for the course?
A: Yes, we can raise a purchase order just telephone or email our office but you will not receive any discount.