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Installing Basic Plumbing in the Workplace

Level 2
Credit Value
Guided Learning Hours
The aim of this unit is to illustrate the skills, knowledge and understanding required to confirm competence in installing basic plumbing in the workplace within the relevant sector of industry.

Learning Outcomes Assessment Criteria
The Learner Will The Learner Can
1 Interpret the given information relating to the work and resources when installing basic plumbing.
  • 1.1 - Interpret and extract information from drawings, specifications, schedules and manufacturers' information.
  • 1.2 - Comply with information and/or instructions derived from risk assessments and method statement.
  • 1.3 - State the organisational procedures developed to report and rectify inappropriate information and unsuitable resources and how they are implemented.
  • 1.4 - Describe different types of information, their source and how they are interpreted in relation to:
    - drawings, specifications, schedules, manufacturers' information and regulations governing buildings.
2 Know how to comply with relevant legislation and official guidance when installing basic plumbing.
  • 2.1 - Describe their responsibilities under current legislation and official guidance whilst working:
    - in the workplace, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement/storage of materials and by manual handling and mechanical lifting.
  • 2.2 - Describe the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongings in relation to site, workplace, company and operative.
  • 2.3 - State what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making reports.
3 Maintain safe working practices when installing basic plumbing.
  • 3.1 - Use personal protective equipment (PPE) safely to carry out the activity in accordance with legislation and organisational requirements when installing basic plumbing.
  • 3.2 - Explain why and when personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used, relating to installing basic plumbing, and the types, purpose and limitations of each type.
  • 3.3 - State how emergencies should be responded to in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with fires, spillages, injuries and other task-related hazards.
4 Select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work to install basic plumbing.
  • 4.1 - Describe the characteristics, quality, uses, limitations and defects associated with the resources in relation to:
    - sinks, basins, baths, wc's, bidets, shower trays
    - copper and plastic pipes, waste outlets, taps, valves and pumps
    - sealants and adhesives
    - associated fixings and fittings
    - hand and/or powered tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 4.2 - Select resources associated with own work in relation to materials, components, fixings, tools and equipment.
  • 4.3 - State how the resources should be used correctly, how problems associated with the resources are reported and how the organisational procedures are used.
  • 4.4 - Outline potential hazards associated with the resources and method of work.
  • 4.5 - Describe how to calculate quantity, length, area and wastage associated with the method/procedure to install basic plumbing.
5 Minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area when installing basic plumbing.
  • 5.1 - Protect the work and its surrounding area from damage.
  • 5.2 - Minimise damage and maintain a clean work space.
  • 5.3 - Describe how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protection in relation to general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions.
  • 5.4 - Dispose of waste in accordance with legislation.
  • 5.5 - State why the disposal of waste should be carried out in relation to the work.
  • 5.6 - Consult with client regarding protection of property and belongings.
6 Complete the work within the allocated time when installing basic plumbing.
  • 6.1 - Demonstrate completion of the work within the allocated time.
  • 6.2 - State the purpose of the work programme and explain why deadlines should be kept in relation to:
    - types of progress charts, timetables and estimated times
    - organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme.
7 Comply with the given contract information to install basic plumbing to the required specification.
  • 7.1 - Demonstrate the following work skills when installing basic plumbing:
    - measuring, marking out, fitting, finishing, positioning and securing.
  • 7.2 - Remove and install kitchen and/or bathroom and/or bedroom appliances (from the isolation point only) in compliance with current regulations and contractor's working instructions, relating to the following as appropriate to the installation:
    - sinks, basins, baths, wc's, bidets
    - taps, waste services, waste disposal, shower trays and shower valves
    - laundry appliances, dishwashers.
  • 7.3 - Describe how to apply safe work practices, follow procedures, report problems and establish the authority needed to rectify them, to:
    - remove and install: sinks, basins, baths, taps, waste services, wc's, bidets, shower trays, shower valves, pumps, laundry appliances and dishwashers
    - carry out bending of copper pipes
    - use compression and capillary copper fittings
    - use compression, push fit and plastic weld fittings
    - connect hot and cold water supplies
    - use hand and/or power tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.4 - Safely use and store hand tools, portable power tools and ancillary equipment.
  • 7.5 - State the needs of other occupations and how to communicate within a team when installing basic plumbing.
  • 7.6 - Describe how to maintain the tools and equipment used when installing basic plumbing.
Assessment guidance and/or requirements
This unit must be assessed in a work environment, in accordance with the ConstructionSkills‘ Consolidated Assessment Strategy for Construction and the Built Environment. Please refer to the hyperlink for clarity -
Assessors for this unit must have verifiable, current industry experience and a sufficient depth of relevant occupational expertise and knowledge, and must use a combination of assessment methods as defined in the Consolidated Assessment Strategy.
Workplace evidence of skills cannot be simulated.
This unit must be assessed against one of the following endorsements:
- Kitchen fitter
- Bathroom fitter
- Bedroom fitter.

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