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Course overview

The Hot Water Systems and Safety (HWSS) Course in Glasgow

This one-day course offers a comprehensive blend of training and assessment, incorporating theory with multiple-choice questions, short written responses, and practical tasks. It is ideal for learners with previous Unvented Hot Water Certification, as they are eligible for reassessment.

Accreditation and Certification

  • The HWSS course is accredited by LCL Awards.
  • Recognised by the Competent Person Schemes (CPS) approved for self-certification under Approved Document G.

Course Inclusions

The cost of the course encompasses training and assessment fees, certification costs, and a training manual.

Entry requirements

  • Participants should have experience in hot and cold water systems.
  • A qualification or experience in fields such as gas, oil, solid fuel, or plumbing is necessary.

Modules breakdown

Our course curriculum contains theory & practical training on the below topics:

  • Vented and Unvented systems and their operating principles
  • Design and installation
  • Maintenance
  • Compliance with other Building Regulations

Some of our clients who trust us with their training:

Our trainer, Glenn Wilson.

Other Information

Training Manuals

On the first day of your Hot Water Systems and Safety (HWSS) course, you will receive an HWSS Training Manual.

Essentials to Bring

For the course, please ensure to bring:

  • A passport-sized photograph (if not previously submitted)
  • Official Identification (such as a Passport or Driving licence)
  • Documentation of previous qualifications, like ACS or plumbing certificates

Booking Process

To book your place, kindly phone our Glasgow office at 0808 164 2780. Our approachable customer service team will assist you with course dates and availability. Your place can be confirmed with a payment made by debit or credit card.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an unvented hot water system?

An unvented hot water system has no cold water feed tank, instead relying on direct mains pressure to operate a sealed (unvented) hot water cylinder. The unvented cylinder maintains pressure from an incoming water supply.

Because unvented systems are "sealed/closed," they need additional equipment, such as an expansion vessel, to manage the pressure fluctuations within the system as the water inside heats up.

What are the benefits of an unvented system?

Because there is no need for a separate cold water feed tank — and the piping that connects the tank to the cylinder — it takes less room. This also means they are easier and faster to install in a big commercial system.

The pressure in an unvented system is derived from the mains feed, which means it's usually greater. This means that with an unvented system, the outlet pressure is superior and taps and showers function more effectively.

What is an unvented cylinder course?

An unvented cylinder course is a training program for heating engineers who want to expand their knowledge and skills in hot water systems. The course covers a range of topics about hot water storage and systems for storing hot water at home. The focus is on important parts of hot water systems, like safety controls and hot water expansion.

Who is the hot water storage systems course for?

The hot water storage systems course is ideal for plumbing professionals who want to specialise in hot water systems. It teaches in-depth knowledge and practical skills in hot water storage systems, as well as how to properly install and maintain domestic hot water storage systems.

Who can undertake the hot water cylinders course?

Candidates must either have an ACS certificate, hold a formal qualification in plumbing, or have a trade qualification in conventional heating engineering to enroll in the course. Successful candidates will receive a certificate of competence recognised by the Building Control department and the Department for Communities and Local Government.