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Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing - NVQ Level 3

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing is for those interested in all aspects of Plumbing and who want to do the majority of their training in the workplace. The type of employers range from small businesses to large companies and sometimes you may have to work away from home depending on the contract at the time. Level 3 learners are expected to work on their own initiative and supervise the work of others.


As an apprentice in Plumbing you will start by working under close supervision of a qualified plumber. You could be working on domestic, commercial or industrial systems. Aspects of the job will include installing systems, bending and soldering pipe work. Whilst on site you will build a portfolio of work based evidence as part of the NVQ assessment process. You will attend College for one day a week to learn about; legal and technical aspects of plumbing and gain knowledge towards your Technical Certificate; as well as working towards completion of your Functional Skills in Maths and English.


The underpinning knowledge, technical certificate and the Functional Skills are delivered at college and the NVQ portfolio is developed in the workplace by gathering evidence towards completion of the practical units. Attendance of a portfolio building sessions is a requirement.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have completed the full Framework Level 2 Apprenticeship. All applicants will be interviewed and assessed for suitability by a Training Officer. Applicants will be expected to be in relevant employment with the support of an employer who can offer work that supports NVQ completion.

Interview Process

Interview with Training Officer and curriculum staff.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

Assessment takes place in the college workshops by curriculum staff and out on site by qualified assessors. The practical work and the theory work is assessed throughout the programme.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Having completed your Apprenticeship at Level 2 you can now move on to the Advanced Apprenticeship which can include the ACS gas qualification and the un-vented hot water qualification. Further career opportunities include: Site Manager ; Project Management; Quantity Surveying.

Functional Skills



Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

Before enrolment you will be asked to attend an interview with a Training Officer and complete a Basic Key Skills assessment. The results of this will be used to determine the level of support you will require to complete your framework successfully.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (day)
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Hours per week: Day Release. 1 day study at college plus one evening a month for NVQ portfolio development plus 4 days gaining site evidence
  • Days: various
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 6.30 pm
  • Course Fees: No fees payable for learners aged 16-18. For applicants over 18, please contact us for more information Not applicable
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Construction & Technology
  • Department Manager: Andrew Barnes


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing - NVQ Level 3
  • Awarding Body: City and Guilds

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