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Target audience 

This course is aimed at anybody requiring an understanding of water regulations/water byelaws, in particular those wishing to become approved plumbers/contractors.

Entry requirements 

This course is aimed at qualified plumbers or for anyone requiring an understanding of water regulations/water byelaws.  In particular those wishing to become approved plumbers/contractors.

Course content 

This course covers the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 (England and Wales) and the Water Byelaws 2014 (Scotland) and meets the requirements of WRAS (the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) of which the majority of the UK water companies are members.

Key learning areas covered in this course include:

  • Introduction, background and legislation to UK Water Regulations
  • Materials and substances in contact with water
  • Requirements for water fittings
  • Water system design
  • Installation commissioning
  • Cross connections
  • Back flow prevention
  • Hot and cold water services
  • WC's and urinals
  • Sanitary appliances and water for outside use.


Teaching & Learning 

The course consists of training and assessment.  Some independent study prior to attending is also required.  There are 12 modules followed by the completion of the assessments.  There are no practical elements - all training is theoretical.

Assessment criteria 

The assessment is theory based with no practical elements.  Candidates must successfully pass all the assessments to gain the WRAS/BPEC Water Regulations/Byelaws certificate.


Successful candidates are encouraged to join an approved plumbers/contractors scheme, such as those managed by SNIPEF, APHC, CIPHE, WIAPS, and the regional water utility companies.  This enables them to issue a certificate of completion to both the householder and water company.  Please note that other industry related qualifications may be required to join these schemes.

Successful candidates will be able to be an 'approved contractor' for water regulation purposes where they can self-certify water safe work and also work for housing associations and other various non-government bodies.

Other information 

Water Regulations/Byelaws certificates have no expiry date applied.


Whatever course you choose, you'll get the highest level of training from specialist tutors, benefiting from their knowledge and experience of working not just in education but also in industry.

Application & Enrolment

You are able to apply online for all courses, however to complete your course enrolment fully, you will need to have an interview and then be accepted onto a course. The only courses available to enrol online are Full Cost courses, if you wish to enrol on any other course please call into Student Services or call 01429 295000.

Full Cost course fees are inclusive of VAT.

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