Yearly Archives: 2017

Mark Antrobus is the new Chairman of BPEC’s Governing Board

BPEC would like to thank Duncan Wilson for his sterling service as Chairman of BPEC’s Governing Board. The Governing Board is made up of independent members that ensure BPEC complies with industry standards and regulatory responsibilities. Furthermore, it operates the ACS assessment scheme and plumbing qualifications via our Certification Body and Awarding Organisation. After more […]


Twenty-year-old Jordan Picot has been crowned 2017 SkillPLUMB champion after excelling in an intensive three-day practical competition at The Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills and careers event with over 80,000 visitors. In recognition of their excellent performance, Jordan and three other SkillPLUMB finalists have also been selected for the Team UK squad with the […]

Changing times ahead…

BPEC provides training centres and FE partners with a special e-newsletter – The BPEC Brief – bringing them the latest news and policy updates affecting the training sector. View Issue 05 here.

UK Plumbing Success! Daniel is Top Three in the World

We’d like to say a huge congratulations to twenty-year old Daniel Martins, who is the pride of the UK plumbing industry after being awarded a bronze medal in the 2017 WorldSkills competition. Daniel, employed by Briggs and Forrester, spent a challenging four days competing in Abu Dhabi against plumbers from 30 different countries. He started […]

Industry Skills Discussed at PHSP Event

Plumbing and heating organisations and other stakeholders gathered recently to discuss how the industry could work collectively to address training and skills issues. During the event, hosted by the Plumbing & Heating Skills Partnership (PHSP), attendees were briefed on the skills activity currently taking place across the UK and asked what future skills needs the […]

Notice for BPEC Centres: Gas Meter Foundation Update

BPEC have updated their Gas Meter Foundation training manual, assessments and session plans in line with the Standards of Training in Safe Gas Work Natural Gas Training Specification. Therefore please can approved centres download the latest versions via the Centre Resource Area under Meter Foundation NEW 2017. Please allow some time to review the PowerPoint that explains the changes. In […]

Managed Learning Programme Update 2017

  BPEC are approved by Energy & Utility Skills to provide Managed Learning Programmes (MLP). The Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) is the industry recognised route to Gas Safe Registration. From 1st October 2017, Managed Learning Programmes that progress to Gas Safe Registration will change to reflect new IGEM/ 1G1 Standards of Training in Gas Work. […]

Notice for BPEC Centres: Water Regulations Changes

BPEC have updated their Water Regulations training manual, assessments and PowerPoints. The assessments are in line with the new version of the training manual. Therefore please can centres who are currently delivering this course download the new material. The new material and a document explaining the changes can be found via the Centre Resource Area […]

Notice for BPEC Centres: Legionella Question Sheet & Rationale Update

BPEC have recently made changes to a Legionella Risk Assessment and Water Systems Disinfection for Mechanical Services question sheet and accompanying rationale . Centres delivering the Legionella course should re-download paper 1, version 1 and its accompanying rationale via our Centre Resource Area. BECOMING APPROVED TO DELIVER LEGIONELLA If you would like to extend your […]

BPEC 25th Anniversary

July 2017 sees BPEC celebrate its twenty fifth anniversary since it was established in 1992.  George Thomson, BPEC’s current Chairman, said BPEC has grown and developed into a well-respected industry owned and led organisation working to meet the skills needs of those operating in the UK Plumbing and Heating industry and the wider Building Services […]

Funding of BPEC Qualifications

The Department for Education (DFE) do not plan to withdraw funding for non-performance table (RQF/QCF legacy) qualifications until the implementation of the Skills Plan. As a result, BPEC’s Level 2 and Level 3 Plumbing Foundations will continue to be eligible for funding.   Level 2 and 3 Plumbing Foundations Both qualifications provide an excellent entry into […]

Paul Adams, Gas Centre Manager, Eastleigh Gas Assessment Centre

“I just wanted to say how impressed I am with the service provided by the Certification Team at BPEC. Both Hannah and Danielle provide excellent customer service. They are always very professional and supportive in assisting me to sort out any problems I may have. I always tend to call the same number so I […]

Team UK goes for Global Glory

The nation’s elite young skilled women and men have been selected to go for gold against the rest of the World – in a litmus test for the future of our economy. Successful super-talented Team UK members have beaten off the challenge from thousands of fellow and former apprentices and students to represent the UK […]

BPEC have developed two innovative and interactive classroom delivery products

BPEC have developed two innovative and interactive classroom delivery products to support our Unvented Hot Water and Above Ground Drainage short courses. Using the latest development tools, we have created a flexible and engaging presentation product – mixing video with animations and games to provide a totally new classroom experience, along with a drag and […]

Are you aware of the laws surrounding CO Detectors in your country?

There is a lot of confusion around at the moment regarding CO alarms in rented properties and also an amount of misinformation as well. This will hopefully clarify it, but first you need to remember that the UK is made up of 4 different countries, each of which have their own powers of law making. […]

Notice for BPEC Centres: Unvented Initial Assessment

BPEC have received a number of incomplete candidate result sheets for Unvented Initial Assessment. Please refer to the correct procedure within the Centre Guidance documentation prior to submittal: ‘Finally, the assessor needs to fill in the centre details at the top of the form and sign the form in the appropriate box. The IV then needs […]

New era begins for education and training in the UK Plumbing and Domestic Heating Industry

In view of the imminent closure of SummitSkills, the Plumbing Industry’s leading organisations APHC, BPEC and SNIPEF have worked together to establish the ‘Plumbing and Heating Skills Partnership’ (PHSP). This new Skills Partnership will have a UK focus and be led by employers from the plumbing and heating industry; and will take over responsibility for […]

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy: Smart Meters

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have issued a quarterly release; presenting statistics on the roll-out of smart meters in Great Britain. It includes information on the number of smart meters installed in domestic properties and smaller non-domestic sites in the last quarter (Q3 2016) by the large energy suppliers, as well as […]