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We have been accredited by Water Regs UK to train and assess contractors as competent in the knowledge and practice of Fittings Regulations.

To become an approved external supply pipe installer, you need to have gained this recognised qualification. Our training programme is specifically designed to equip you with the necessary skills to install supply pipes while ensuring compliance with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations of 1999. By successfully completing our external supply pipe installation training, you'll open exciting opportunities.

This External Supply Pipe Installation Training will enable you to apply to become an Approved Groundworker and gain membership to the Approved Groundworker Sector on one of the following Approved Schemes: WIAPS, APLUS, WaterMark or SNIPEF.

Being a member of one of these schemes allows you to 'self-certify' certain installations. This means you can sign off on external service installations that comply with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999. This streamlined process eliminates the need for inspections, saving you time and helping you connect faster.

External supply pipe installation training process

Ready to start your training? Here's a step-by-step guide.

Training details:

  • Obtain Sector Membership for External Services by successfully completing a WaterRegs UK External Regulations Online Training Session and Assessment.
  • Affinity Water offers this training and assessment at a cost of £120 + VAT per person.
  • You'll also need to purchase training materials directly from Water Regs UK at £19.00 + VAT per person. You can do this by contacting Water Regs UK directly, email them here.

Getting started:

  • Complete our training request booking form below.
  • We'll then send you an email listing the next available dates with payment information.
  • You’ll need to contact Water Regs UK to purchase a unique reference number and training materials, for each candidate.
  • Once you’ve received your unique reference number, you’ll need to contact Affinity Water to book and pay for the training and assessment, along with the candidate's names and email addresses. You can do this by emailing network.regs@affinitywater.co.uk.
  • Once we’ve received the payment, we'll confirm the training and assessment date and provide access to Moodle, our online learning platform.
  • Without a unique reference number per candidate, you will not be able to book the date for training.
  • Dates and candidates cannot be altered, and once these are confirmed payment is non-refundable.
  • Please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements or need any adjustments to enable you to participate in this course.

Using Moodle:

  • Access Moodle as soon as you receive it to go through the familiarisation course. This can be taken as many times as necessary.
  • Please note: Failure to complete the familiarisation course before the training and assessment date will result in non-admittance.

Technical Requirements:

  • The course is via Microsoft Teams.
  • Ensure your webcam, microphone, and speakers work on your device.
  • Your webcam must remain on during the entire course and online assessment.
  • Find a quiet location where you will not be interrupted with good WiFi.

Course Duration:

  • The entire course takes approximately 6 hours. This includes a 1 hour 40-minute allowance for a 40-question multiple-choice assessment.
  • The pass rate is 80%. Candidates scoring between 70% and 79% will have their failed questions reviewed. If they achieve more than 80% after review, they pass.

Next Steps:

  • After successfully completing the training and assessment, contact the scheme you wish to join, based on your primary work area.

We're here to support your journey to becoming a certified installer. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need assistance along the way!

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