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Structure of our courses

The courses are uniquely structured blended learning programmes with a combination of theory and practical skills acquisition that will fully prepare you for your new career as a properly qualified domestic plumbing and heating engineer. The training will give you all you need to approach your new career with confidence and will see you gain the qualifications that will prove your abilities and competence.

Successful completion of the course will equip you with the qualifications recommended by industry for all new entrant domestic plumbing and heating engineers. With the requisite work experience your studies will lead you to the industry’s leading certifications – there are none more recognised nor better respected. Whether your preference is to be employed or self-employed, this is the ideal route into the industry.

The course is divided into sections to help you absorb the theory you will need easily – it is also designed to present the content in logical sequence to that you can build your knowledge and skills progressively.

There are three key elements to the make-up of the training and it is the combination of these that makes the learning process so effective:

  1. Home based theory modules supported by ‘time-served’ tutors. This is to provide you with the underpinning knowledge so vital to your success. The manuals are in modular format making it easy to acquire and retain the knowledge you need.
  2. 3D- Virtual Reality PC based training for problem solving in a safe environment. This allows you to experience realistic plumbing problems in a variety of scenarios and environments. This is introduced at key stages throughout the course and allows you to deal with ‘real world’ plumbing problems, from initial diagnosis step by step through the remedial actions to a full-fix.
  3. Class room based Practical training in some of the country’s finest facilities. We have over 75,000 sq ft of training space, making us the largest trades specialist training provider in the country. Our facilities are second to none and trusted by the UK’s leading awarding bodies to deliver exemplary training. Our first time pass rate is in excess of 97%.

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Important Update

UNFORTUNATELY the college is full and we are not accepting further applications at this time. If you would like impartial advice to further your interest in learning a trade, if you click here you will be redirected to a website which can find you a suitable training provider.

We wish you well with your enquiry.

ATL practical Training Team


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