Yearly Archives: 2016

WPC elects new Board Chairman

The World Plumbing Council (WPC) is pleased to announce that Shayne La Combre, CEO of Australia’s Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) and Deputy Chair of the WPC, has been elected unopposed to Chair of the WPC for the 2016 – 2019 term. The confirmation took place at the recent WPC Triennial Conference held in […]

Notice for BPEC Centres: Legionella Answer Sheets Update

BPEC have recently made some changes to the Legionella Risk Assessment and Water Systems Disinfection for Mechanical Services answer sheets. Centres offering the Legionella course, could you please re-download the answer sheets from our website. BECOMING APPROVED TO DELIVER LEGIONELLA If you would like to extend your range of products and services we have a team of dedicated technical […]

ETA – December 2016 Update

ETA in Stourbridge are almost there. Matt and the team have been continuing with the transformation of their new training centre in Stourbridge. ETA have recently been approved to deliver Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems (Unvented) and Water Regulations / Byelaws. Full ACS approval and additional qualifications will follow early 2017 prior to the grand opening – we will update […]

Team UK Strikes Gold in EuroSkills Gothenburg

The UK has struck gold with its best ever performance in what was dubbed a Brexit stress test – the EuroSkills finals in Gothenburg. The 22-strong team cleaned up with four gold (in three disciplines), one silver and three bronze (in two disciplines) medals, as well as eight Medallions of Excellence following three days of […]


SNIPEF, the leading trade association for plumbing and heating firms in Scotland and Northern Ireland, has awarded its Business of the Year Award 2016 to CHC Group Ltd of Craigavon. The award recognises technical skills and ability, excellent customer service and a commitment to raising standards in the industry. The judging panel described the winning […]

Angela Wright, Able Skills

“Able Skills use the well-established and industry known certification body BPEC to certificate our gas training and assessment and make sure our gas courses are run to the correct standard to be in line with industry regulations. BPEC certification has a reputation for quality and high standards and this is one of the main reasons […]

Gareth Jones named SkillPLUMB 2016 UK champion

The SkillPLUMB competition 2016 has named 22 year old Gareth Jones from Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training and D B Lewis & Son, UK champion after excelling in an intensive three-day practical exercise at the Birmingham NEC Skills Show. Closely watched by judges and over 75,000 visitors to the show, Gareth and his fellow finalists had to […]

Notice for BPEC Centres: Meter Foundation Rationale Update

Could all BPEC centres please re-download the AW2 assessment and Rationale – assessment AW2 question 22 has been amended to give the correct answer of 450mm instead of 375mm (see below). Copper pipework run outside from a house to a barbecue where the pipe route passes under the driveway to the garage shall have cover of: […]

BPEC awards Richard Steward £1000

BPEC awarded Richard Steward, a plumbing tutor from Suffolk College, £1000 towards a project in an Eastern European country. A group of 35 volunteers travelled to Moldova to transform a village school. They went as part of TEECH (Telecoms Eastern European Challenge), a charity started by BT employees. The volunteers had just eight days to build four […]

ETA – November 2016 Update

The team at ETA have been working incredibly hard on the new centre and the change has been unbelievable to see. Images are being uploaded to our Facebook regularly – to see the changes, please visit our page. The centre is in a great location and will open in early 2017 when there will be an opening day […]

Notice for BPEC Centres: Unvented Re-assessment

BPEC have received a number of candidate result sheets for Unvented Re-assessment including a validation sticker. Please be aware that the manual and validation sticker are not required for reassessment – this is charged to the centre retrospectively per candidate at £27.50. In some cases, the manual may be required by the candidates which we […]

Notice for BPEC Centres: CO Gas Safety Awareness Changes

BPEC have recently made some changes to the CO Gas Safety Awareness course material: CO Reference Guide Nov 16 CO Workshop speaker notes Nov 16 Effects of CO on the body Short film of Sue Westwood (Suffered CO poisoning) Training evaluation form Centres offering the CO Awareness course could you please re-download the above material […]

10 out of 10 for the Grundfos Ecademy

Here is a quick guide to the Grundfos Ecademy – a free digital training tool and information platform: What is the Grundfos Ecademy? An internet based learning tool that it designed to improve knowledge on pumps, applications and their theory. What is its purpose? The Grundfos Ecademy is a digital training and information platform that […]

Anton Opportunity for BPEC Colleges and Centres

Established in 1986, Anton provide innovative and market leading products and services aimed at making the job of a heating engineer easier. Anton are best known for their popular Anton Sprint eVo range of flue gas analysers, but also offer power flushing equipment, a comprehensive range of pressure, temperature and other test equipment, personal CO […]

Notice for BPEC Centres: SummitSkills Closure

You may have read the news in recent days that SummitSkills, the Standard Setting Organisation for Building Services Engineering, have announced they will be closing their operations in March 2017.  Please click here to see their official announcement. The closure of SummitSkills will obviously leave a void in the management of the skills agenda particularly […]

Ofqual Requirements – Qualifications No-longer Open for Registrations

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England. In line with Ofqual requirements regarding qualifications with little or no uptake, please be advised that as of 01/10/2016, a number of qualifications will no-longer be open for registrations. Qualifications No-longer open for registrations BPEC Level 3 Certificate in Domestic Energy […]

SkillPLUMB 2016 finalists announced

The 8 competitors who will compete in the 2016 SkillPLUMB UK final have been named, following a series of challenging regional heats earlier this year. All will now go head-to-head in a three-day practical task on 17-19 November at The Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event at the NEC Birmingham where over […]

Sevenoaks Energy Academy Limited (In Liquidation)

Key Appraisal Limited are the agents for the Liquidators of Sevenoaks Energy Academy Limited and offer for sale, Sevenoaks’ assets comprising Utilities (gas / electrical / plumbing / solid fuel and renewable energy) Training Appliances & Equipment, which are located at: Units C1-2, Unit C3 and Unit C4 Chaucer Business Park Watery Lane Kemsing Sevenoaks Kent TN15 […]

New Training Materials – Gas PowerPoints

BPEC have developed some brand new training materials to assist centres involved in delivering gas & appliance training. They would be ideal to support centres who are delivering the following BPEC assessments, qualifications and courses: Domestic Gas ACS & Appliances Domestic Gas Foundation (managed learning programme) Plumbing NVQ Diploma (including the gas pathway/option) The materials […]

Are you training the next generation of engineers?

Over the last few months UK Power Networks have been busy contacting trade associations and accreditation bodies to help raise awareness of the risks when working near electricity. They especially want people to look out for electricity cables that are buried underground and in the walls of buildings. Sadly, life can be lost within seconds […]

2016 World Plumbing Council Scholarship Program

The World Plumbing Council (WPC) Chairman, Mr. Sudhakaran Nair has officially launched the WPC Education and Training Scholarship Program for 2016. The World Plumbing Council offer two scholarship opportunities, one for applicants from Developed countries and another for Developing or Least Developed countries. All members of the plumbing industry are invited to apply for these […]

Congratulations Rhys Davies – Summer Competition

Congratulations to Rhys Davies Plumbing & Heating who was awarded £500 worth of Monument Tools and a BPEC Domestic Gas Safety Manual just for ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ our Summer Competition post. Our next competition will be running on Facebook during November – keep your eyes peeled for more information!

Diary of a New Centre

In 2017 we will see new a centre opening in Stourbridge. Elements Training and Assessment (ETA) Matthew Stonehouse (owner and partner) will be managing and running the centre. Matthew, a plumber and gas engineer, has worked in training for the last 5 years helping gas engineers renew their qualifications and also teaching new apprentices, helping them […]

BPEC awards Cyfle Building Skills £8,500

BPEC awarded Cyfle Building Skills £8,500 to support the ongoing installation of a new maternity unit in Uganda. This funding will help support phase two of the installation, which includes the new plumbing systems. Cyfle Building Skills support apprentice training in South Wales – BPEC were particularly impressed with this project as some current apprentices […]