Plumbing NVQ 3

Plumbing NVQ3 Courses

6089 Plumbing NVQ Certificate – Level 3

Contact PGL Training for further course information.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) recognise the abilities of individuals in the workplace. They are based on the competences required for employment which have been determined by the industry. These competences are known as national standards.
Course Content:

PGL Training will provide the following services to candidates: –

Guidance and support.



Training workshops are held at our local centre offering theory, underpinning knowledge, task assignments and candidate support.
Training is structured around the relevant NVQ portfolio.
During the programme our Training Officer will visit each candidate in the workplace to review progress against their Individual Training Plan and liaise with mentors and supervisors. Guidance and support will be provided throughout the programme to enable ultimate achievement of the award.

The modules to be studied are: –
Improvement of business products and services
Plan Work activities
Commission Systems
Wire Central Heating Systems
To achieve an NVQ Level 3 in plumbing, the above 4 units must be achieved.
Course Assessment:
Assessments will take place at mutually agreed times to determine and confirm a candidate’s progress and competence set against the national standards. This is achieved by two main methods: –
Formal observation in the workplace.
Examining other evidence compiled within candidate’s portfolio e.g. witness statements, previous training received, reports and certificates of achievement.
On successful completion of a framework each candidate will be issued with certificates for their respective NVQ achieved.
Completion of the Technical Certificate Level 3 End Tests relating to specific modules will need to be achieved to enable certificate of the NVQ.

Plumbing NVQ Level 3

Technical Certificate in Plumbing

The main aim of this course.
To meet the needs of the plumbing industry and to provide apprentice plumbers with the necessary formal qualifications for recognition as a qualified plumber.

Plumbing Course Content
This is a one year course for those wishing to progress beyond NVQ Level 2 plumbing. Candidates must be employed in the plumbing industry and hold an NVQ 2 plumbing qualification.


Plumbing Course NVQ 3 Modules
Each unit will have a multiple-choice exam.

Systems planning.

Provides learners with skills in the design principles of hot and cold water systems, sanitary systems and central heating systems.

Complex cold water systems.

The plumbing system in a home is divided into two sub-systems, the hot water supply and the cold water supply. This module provides students with the knowledge of the design and installation of the complex cold water systems and the skills to maintain them.

Complex domestic hot water systems.

This module provides students with the knowledge of the design and installation of the complex hot water systems and the skills to maintain them.

Complex sanitation systems.

The way sanitation systems are operated and maintained can greatly affect the health of the population and the quality of the environment. This module provides students with the skills to install and maintain sanitation systems.

Central heating systems (Boilers and controls)

Provides students with the ability to install and service boilers and central heating systems.

Improvement of business products and services in the plumbing industry
Students will learn of new developments in the industry.

Plumbing studies core underpinning knowledge (question paper)
A written exam to test your knowledge of basic and complex principles of plumbing.

Plumbing studies practical tasks.

A practical assessment of your applied plumbing skills.

Employment rights and responsibilities.

Students learn their basic rights and duties as an employee.
Maintain System

Students will learn how to plan maintenance of systems as well as learning the skills to maintain and repair hot and cold water systems, sanitary systems and central heating systems

Establish and develop professional relationships with customers and co-ordinators. This module is measure by your practical work and the way you have conducted yourself at work. It helps students learn how to make contacts within the industry in order to get contracts.

ACS Gas Safety assessment is also required to be completed in order to achieve NVQ Level 3 plumbing qualification.

To work within the Gas Industry you must hold a current certificate for Gas Safety for each category you wish to work in. It is illegal to work on any gas appliance or installation until a certificate for that category is obtained. The ACS assessments are in two parts, both written and practical. The courses usually last 2-3 days.

Gas Option Units

Design gas supply system to meet customer needs Install and test the components of gas supply systems.

Commission and decommission gas supply systems.

Maintain the effective operation of gas supply systems.

Qualification Attainable

NVQ Level 3 in Plumbing


Successful completion of the course can lead to entry to LCGLI, BTEC National Certificate/Diploma or Clerks of Works Examinations.

Assessment Methods

Continuous competence-based assessment.

All modules are assessed by a mixture of practical and written tests, with a final exam.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications are required, but candidates for NVQ3 qualifications must be employed in the trade, and all candidates will have enthusiasm, commitment and the ability to succeed.

All entrants must have a good standard of written and spoken English and Mathematics and will be required to complete an aptitude test prior to enrolment.

The industry has set entry requirements for selection into the training scheme as follows: GCSE Passes:

A minimum points score of 14 (from a maximum of 6 subjects), including at least 2 points from English and 4 from Mathematics or Accountancy or Physics or Chemistry or Technology and Design.

The points system is outlines below:

GCSE Grades

A = 10 points, B = 8 points, C = 6 points, D = 4 points, E = 2 points, F = 1 point.

Assessment: Assessment is by practical tasks. Written assignments and examinations and Site Assessments.


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