SNIPEF, as part of Building Services Engineering Skills Ltd (BSE Skills Ltd) were contracted by Skills Development Scotland and have carried out a periodic review of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Plumbing and Heating across the UK. SNIPEF worked with UK partners and engaged with employers/training providers to share the consultation documentation and to respond to all feedback. This work concluded with a revised set of NOS. The key changes to the Plumbing and Heating NOS:

  • Removal of the word Domestic from the award title and all relevant NOS. This allows assessment to take place, and evidence to be generated, in a domestic and/or non-domestic setting.
  • Use of SMART controls has been added.
  • Soundness Testing has been replaced with Appropriate Testing.
  • Addition of more Fault Finding.

A new contract will allow BSE Skills Ltd to review and update the current qualifications and Modern Apprenticeship frameworks to help modernise and future proof them.

The NOS database is accessed at (search Plumbing Engineers 26).

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