Author Archives: Ryan Dalton

BPEC talks end-point assessment (EPA) in Installer magazine

In the June edition of Installer magazine, BPEC’s Neil Collishaw looks at the new end-point assessment being introduced for the new trailblazer apprenticeship programmes. Read the article online now In the July edition, we’ll be giving readers advice on the funding of apprenticeships – watch this space!  

John Grocott and Patrick O’Sullivan, Smart Gas Training and Assessment

“From the initial discussion about setting up our assessment centre (Smart Gas Training and Assessment), the BPEC staff were supportive and encouraging throughout each step of the process. We had a preliminary visit from Sam Davidson, where his encouragement and support helped us through an apprehensive period. Once we were at the stages of approval […]

Smart Gas Training and Assessment celebrate 1st anniversary with BPEC

After many enjoyable years managing and delivering within the plumbing and gas faculty at a local college,  John Grocott and Patrick O’Sullivan (pictured right with BPEC’s Grant Davies) embarked on a new venture by opening their own training centre, Smart Gas Training and Assessment during April 2017. Based in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, they offer a flexible approach […]

BPEC talks apprenticeships in Installer magazine

In the May edition of Installer magazine, BPEC’s Neil Collishaw looks at the changes being introduced to the apprenticeship system by the government and what this means for plumbers and installers. In the next two editions, we’ll be giving readers advice on End-point Assessments and the apprenticeship levy – watch this space! Read the article […]

McAlpine Plumbing Products joins forces with BPEC to support SkillPLUMB

This year’s SkillPLUMB competitors are set to benefit greatly following a new partnership between McAlpine Plumbing Products and BPEC. Under a new sponsorship arrangement, competitors will receive a selection of essential plumbing fittings as prizes from the market-leading, family-run firm that employs over 750 people and manufactures over 4500 individual products. Registration for SkillPLUMB, along […]

Alex Logue, Fife College

“ Fife College moved to BPEC for our ACS Gas delivery in 2017. BPEC personnel supported the college throughout this transition and have continued to provide the same level of support, advice and guidance which has been invaluable in maintaining our service delivery. Whilst we revamped our portfolio, BPEC were helpful in offering products and […]

BPEC Product Roadshows 2018

We’d like representatives from new and existing FE colleges and training centres to join us. As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, we are hosting four Product Roadshows across England during Spring 2018 (dates in Scotland and Wales will follow): Thursday 8th March 10:00 – 14:00 Sindlesham Court, Mole Road, Sindlesham, Wokingham, RG41 5EA Tuesday 20th […]

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 […]