Onsite Course
23 January 2021
Training Skills Campus
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Plumbing installations in the UK must comply with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations or Scottish Water Byelaws. This course will go over the legal obligations for people who install and use plumbing systems in houses and other buildings and how they can meet the law’s requirements to prevent drinking water being wasted or contaminated.

  • Awarding Body: BPEC
  • Level: Certificate
  • Mode: Part Time

About the qualification

This course covers the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 (England & Wales) and the Water Byelaws 2004 (Scotland) and meet the requirements of WRAS (the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) of which the majority of the UK water companies are members.

It will help you update your knowledge of the important legislation which is used to control the installation and use of water supply systems. It will also help you to implement Water Byelaws competently, not only in new installation work, but also to ensure you are able to recognise and rectify contraventions that you come across in existing water supply systems.

Who is it for

The course is for anyone requiring an understanding of water regulations/water byelaws. In particular, those wishing to become approved plumbers/contractors. Aimed primarily at practicing plumbers who already have a knowledge of hot and cold water systems, the course will be of interest, and be useful, 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.

What will you achieve.

By the end of the course you should be able to…

  • Become familiar with the contents of the Water Byelaws 2004
  • Generally, understand what the Bylaws mean, and recognise the role of the Byelaws in preventing waste, misuse, undue consumption, contamination and erroneous measurement of water
  • Know how to comply with the Byelaws in practice
  • Be aware of the primary legislation underpinning the Byelaws
  • Have an understanding of the documents used to enhance and explain the meaning of the Byelaws and in particular: 1. The Regulator’s Specification on the Prevention of Backflow and 2. The WRAS Water Regulations Guide.


Trainees will need to have some knowledge of plumbing and the water industry.

Progression routes

Certification of this course will go towards come of the entry requirements of meeting the criteria to join a competent person scheme e.g. (APHC, WRAS, Ciphe, WaterSafe) where a recognised plumbing qualification may be needed. Successful candidates are encouraged to join the WIAPS – the Water Industry’s Approved Plumbers Scheme. This enables them to issue a certificate to completion to both the householder and water company. Please note that other industry related qualifications may be required to join these schemes.

How you will be taught

You will be taught by following the Water Regulations Byelways, to familiarise yourself with the book in preparation for the open book examination.


How you will be assessed

Assessment takes the form of three theory examinations. There are no practical elements – all training is theoretical. Candidates must successfully pass all three assessments to gain the WRAS/BPEC Water Regulations/Byelaws certificate.

Course Breakdown

The course is very comprehensive and starts with intensive training in 12 modules.

  • Introduction and background/legislation
  • Byelaws (a detailed look at the byelaws)
  • 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
  • Black flow prevention
  • Cold Water Services
  • Hot Water Services
  • WCs and Urinals
  • Sanitary Appliances and water for outside use

Further information

Water Regualtions/Byelaws certificates have no expiry date applied.

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