Plumbing (SCQF Level 6) Modern Apprenticeship

What is special about this course?

Modern Apprenticeships offer anyone aged over 16 paid employment combined with the opportunity to train for jobs across a wide range of sectors. They are an exciting way of gaining skills and qualifications that will help to start a career without having to study full time.

All the Modern Apprenticeship frameworks are developed by the appropriate sector skills council in consultation with their industry. Modern Apprenticeship frameworks can also be used as the basis for training more established employees.

Off the job learning usually takes place through colleges or training providers.

Here at UHI Moray we offer a range of Modern Apprenticeships across a range of sectors and work closely with a number of employers within the Highlands and Islands areas.

This SCQF Level 6 (SVQ Level 3) course will provide apprentice plumbers with specific Trade Training specified by the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbers Employers Federation (SNIPEF).

Entry requirements

Candidates must be employed with a plumbing firm who will sponsor their apprenticeship training.

  • Apply Health and Safety Legislation and Working Practices (Mechanical Services)
  • Apply Environmental Legislation, Working Practices and Principles (Mechanical Services)
  • Maintain Working Relationships and Oversee Work Activities
  • Install and Commission Hot and Cold Water Systems
  • Install and Commission Central Heating Systems
  • Carry Out Work on Electrical Systems for the Control and Supply of Mechanical Services Limited Scope
  • Install Above Ground Drainage Systems
  • Install Weathering Systems.


How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Block release

How long will my course last?

Block release over 4 years:

1st year: 13 weeks in college

2nd year: 13 weeks in college

3rd year: 10 weeks in college

4th year: 1 week in college

The remainder of the time is spent training on the job.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



In most cases course fees will be covered for 16 - 19 year olds provided they are in employment. Funding may also be available for ages 20 - 24 and 25+ in certain sectors.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.  

What can I do on completion of my course?

Further study may include an NQ Construction and Property Technicians course or HNC/D awards related to building and construction at an alternative institution.

Is there more information available online?

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For more information about this Modern Apprenticeship programme, please contact Neil Foxcroft, Northern Ireland Plumbers Employers Federation (SNIPEF), on 07795 314271 in the first instance.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.