BPEC Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems (Unvented)

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Personal Learning Accounts

Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Part Time Day



Net Zero and Sustainability

Start Date

Start Date
Start dates available from August 2024


In a nutshell

This course aims to help plumbers and heating engineers who want to install Vented and Unvented Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems to comply with the appropriate Building Regulations and Standards.

BPEC is a specialised provider of industry recognised qualifications, assessments, training courses and learning materials.

This course is available as part of a Personal Learning Account (PLA). PLA is an initiative from the Welsh Government which offers people the chance to access free, part-time courses with flexible and convenient learning that fits around their existing lifestyle (subject to eligibility).

This course is for...

... anyone aged 19+, living in Wales and in employment. The usual salary limit of £32,371 does not apply to this course.

... plumbing and heating engineers who want to install Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems, and will demonstrate their competence so they can either join a Competent Persons’ Scheme allowing the self-certification of installations, or to notify the local Building Control department prior to commencing work.

Course content

The very comprehensive course starts with intensive training in the four modules, followed by the completion of three assessments including one practical. Candidates must successfully pass all three assessments to gain the BPEC Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems certificate and competency card.

The four training modules are:

  • Vented and Unvented systems and their operating principles
  • Design and installation
  • Maintenance
  • Compliance with other Building Regulations

Assessments normally consist of a combination of practical and theory examinations.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold a recognised trade qualification (e.g. NVQ/SNVQ Level 2 or 3 in Plumbing and Heating or Domestic Heating) OR be working towards one OR have evidence of a number of years’ experience in the plumbing or heating industry.

Additional information

Certificates are normally valid for 5 years. Candidates are eligible for reassessment within 12 months of expiry. Previous certificates must be presented to the assessment centre as evidence of holding the initial qualification.

If you choose not to join a Competent Persons scheme you will need to notify the local Building Control.

If completed outside of PLA, this course will cost £375 per candidate.

Course dates will be discussed upon application.

This course is delivered at our Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone and Newport campus based on demand.

Where can I study BPEC Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems (Unvented)?


All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

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