Aimed at experienced plumbers or others who have sufficient water industry experience who want to gain an industry recognised water regulations certificate.
Under the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999, water undertakers can appoint approved contractors for the area they cover. Holding a BPEC Certificate (WRAS Approved) should prove that your knowledge of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 is good enough for you to become an approved contractor (eg through WIAPS, CIPHE or other related registration schemes), provided you meet the other criteria laid down by the water undertakers.
Approved contractors do not need to notify certain installations that non-approved contractors must notify. Water undertakers will compile lists of approved contractors, which the general public will use, and it is possible that local authorities and housing associations will insist that plumbing contractors are approved contractors. Approved contractor schemes are now covered under the WaterSafe Scheme – see www.watersafe.org.uk for further information.
The course takes one day. Candidates must read and complete the BPEC home study tasks (which typically take three to four days) before attending. Subject to demand, a three day course may be available for those who are unable to complete the pre-course study.
Further details may be found in the course information sheet (CIS 013).