The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has released its 2019 programme of one-day training courses.

The training programme includes one-day courses on water regulations, legionella cold water risk assessment and disinfection, sanitary and above-ground drainage, and wetroom design and installation.

The courses are delivered at the APHC’s offices in the West Midlands, and are open to all plumbing and heating businesses in England and Wales. However, if plumbing and heating businesses have a requirement of eight or more people, then the APHC can deliver each course off-site at a suitable local location.

The courses are aimed at experienced practising plumbers who have relevant industry qualifications and experience. All course costs above include the trainer, venue, refreshments and lunch.

John Thompson, Chief Executive of the APHC, commented: “The plumbing and heating industry is constantly evolving and investment in training and professional development is vital, not only to acquire new skills and enhance existing ones, but also to keep up to date with new legislation and new technologies.

“Plus, from a commercial point of view, learning new skills can help installers to capitalise on growing markets such as the wetroom market which, according to AMA Research, is forecast to grow by 18% between 2017 and 2021.”

Claim £150 towards training

Through the APHC’s registered charity, APHC Training, the association runs a reward scheme where plumbing and heating companies can claim up to £150 towards the cost of a certificated course with a recognised training provider such as the APHC, BPEC, City & Guilds, and all UKAS-approved ACS providers.

The APHC has 100 of these rewards to give away in 2019. In order to receive the reward, companies are required to apply for the reward before completing the course and then, once they have completed the course, they need to send a copy of the training course invoice along with the successful course completion certificate to the APHC, who will then pay for the cost of the course, up to £150, into the employer’s business bank account

Further information on the training reward scheme, including the APHC’s 2019 programme of one-day plumbing courses, can be found at