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  1. Jig

    Jig New Member

    Hi guys. Just about to start a plumbing and wanted to know if anyone heard of Access Training Academy based in Kent but there training facility closest to me is Welwyn?
     
  2. Jig

    Jig New Member

    Sorry forgot course
     
  3. Slumpy

    Slumpy New Member

    There is an Access training centre in Edenbridge near Sevenoaks
     
  4. Jig

    Jig New Member

    Ok cheers. Do you know if there any good. I know there quite dear.
     
  5. Slumpy

    Slumpy New Member

    The plumbing course (C&G2 with or without NVQ) has quite a good reputation, unlike the electical one.
     
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  6. Jig

    Jig New Member

    Is £4500 too much to pay for a weekend course city & guilds plus nvq level 2 3p weekends?
     
  7. Jig

    Jig New Member

     
  8. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Just nvq 2 . for me it seems quite a lot though
     
  9. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR

    Crikey!
    Is that what it costs now ?
     
  10. Matchless.plumb

    Matchless.plumb Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Could be a decent gas course :)
     
  11. Jig

    Jig New Member

    Ye but you still have to do the nvq2 to progress onto a gas course.
     
  12. Harry brown

    Harry brown New Member

    I'm about to start training with access( Edenbridge). Following ACS to become gas safe registered. The full course will take me around 16 weeks from start to finish including work experience with British gas or others alike.

    I've paid approx £8,300 for:

    Plumb - Mod 1 - Pipework - BPEC
    Plumb - Mod 2 - Airing Cupboards - BPEC
    Plumb - Mod 3 - Bathroom Fitting - BPEC
    Plumb - Mod 4 - Cloakroom & Guttering Installation - BPEC Plumb - Mod 5 - LCS & Framework - BPEC
    Plumb - Mod 6 - WRAS - Unvented - BPEC
    Gas - Mod 1 - Pipework & Gas Meters
    Gas - Mod 2 - Ventilation - Gas Rates - Reg
    Gas - Mod 3 - Legislation - Gas Analysers - DSC
    Gas - Mod 4 - Gas Appliances Training
    ACS - Refresher & Theory Exam
    ACS - Practical Assessment

    I will post an honest review after the course so everyone can have an honest insight to the training.

    -So far so good!


    P.s

    I do already have 8+ years experience within construction (new build & renovation) so I am familiar with some basic plumbing works etc..
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2017
  13. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Good luck and if your allowed to take some pics of your work (installs etc) you never know when it comes in handy
     
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  14. Harry brown

    Harry brown New Member

    Thanks ShaunCorbs, will do
     
  15. Simon Tillman

    Simon Tillman New Member


    Hello Harry, I am just wondering how the training went as i was thinking for starting with them. Did you get the correct qualification needed ect?
     
  16. Harry brown

    Harry brown New Member

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    Hello Simon,

    So far I have completed the level 2 BPEC plumbing course and can say honestly it is a very good course! It was run over 6 weeks, you have exams every week (I think a total of 10) then you go out to a company (best to to it through them) and work for a period of time. You complete a second portfolio in a work placement to gain your NVQ LVL 2.

    Although the course is only 6 weeks, you will learn a hell of a lot, so be prepared for it to take over your entire life lol. You've got to be dedicated!


    Right now I'm on my last week of my Logic Gas course. With the Gas you do 4 weeks, then a work placement and second portfolio (a very large one) then you go back to the college for your ACS exams.

    The gas course is the most intense and hardest thing I've done to date! There is an insane amount to learn (practically impossible) I've 4 weeks.


    Here is a link for the training material you will need to buy for the gas if you undertake (you don't need any for the plumbing):

    GAS Domestic Site Guide 2016



    Good luck!

    P.s it's the best decision I've ever made, I would recommend doing the gas course aswell!

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  17. Harry brown

    Harry brown New Member

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    Hello Simon,

    So far I have completed the level 2 BPEC plumbing course and can say honestly it is a very good course! It was run over 6 weeks, you have exams every week (I think a total of 10) then you go out to a company (best to to it through them) and work for a period of time. You complete a second portfolio in a work placement to gain your NVQ LVL 2.

    Although the course is only 6 weeks, you will learn a hell of a lot, so be prepared for it to take over your entire life lol. You've got to be dedicated!


    Right now I'm on my last week of my Logic Gas course. With the Gas you do 4 weeks, then a work placement and second portfolio (a very large one) then you go back to the college for your ACS exams.

    The gas course is the most intense and hardest thing I've done to date! There is an insane amount to learn (practically impossible) I've 4 weeks.


    Here is a link for the training material you will need to buy for the gas if you undertake (you don't need any for the plumbing):



    GAS Domestic Site Guide 2016

    Good luck!

    P.s it's the best decision I've ever made, I would recommend doing the gas course aswell!
     
  18. Simon Tillman

    Simon Tillman New Member

    Its does sound very good, when you completed your Plumbing NVQ course did you receive certificates/qualifications that are recognised on the Watersafe approved list and knowledge of water regulations? I know there are several BPEC approved codes but unsure which one the academy teaches you and provides you with.
     
  19. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Looking good nice bends and pass overs
     
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  20. Harry brown

    Harry brown New Member

    I haven't actually received any certificates yet. The college takes forever to do anything to be honest. It will probably take 6 months for you/me to receive certificates after completion of course.

    Sadly this is their only flaw, pretty unorganised company. But I will receive a BPEC LVL 2 NVQ/ Unvented hot water systems card/WRAS card.

    Which will enable you to become water safe.
    Just remember to stay in their asses for your paperwork etc. If you can get your 17th edition and Part P thrown in do it.

    From what I've seen if you have:

    NVQ lvl 2 plumbing
    17 edition
    Part P
    Part L (energy efficiency)
    Gas safe

    You will be in a good position for work after. Being able to command the most money aswell.
     
  21. Harry brown

    Harry brown New Member

    Cheers mate
     
  22. Simon Tillman

    Simon Tillman New Member

    Thank you for this info. Thats what i am worried about that its a lot of money and they won't provide the certificates as promised or there is a twist which means its all been a waste of time and counts for nothing.
     
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  23. Harry brown

    Harry brown New Member

    There are multiple students I've personally met that have received their qualifications. Many are repeat students, once you've done one course you want to do them all lol. Think of it as an investment, with the relevant qualifications (I've nearly got) in my area it's £250-350 a day. You can earn £600-700 a day from boiler swaps/easy installs.

    Not sure if your doing it for love of the trade or money but spending £8,000 to enable you to earn minimum £50k+ (If your good at your job) is a no brainer my friend! Also it's a skill for life!

    -wish you all the best
     
  24. Simon Tillman

    Simon Tillman New Member

    Cheers for that, how did your two week placement go did you find that you was able to complete your portfolio? Out of interest who was the placement with?
     
  25. Harry brown

    Harry brown New Member

    I haven't done my placement yet as I did plumbing and gas back to back. Then I'm going out for both portfolio's then back for my ACS. Will keep you updated but I've heard from other students they've done their portfolio within a few days as the firms have lots of work on.

    I'm doing my Gas with Gas Plus, and my plumbing with a small firm called SJ plumbing & Heating.
     
  26. Markus Brown

    Markus Brown New Member

    Hi I noticed you have completed your BPEC NVQ IN PLUMBING LEVEL 2 I am currently in the process of doing this however finding the filling out of the folder difficult it's not as straight forward as the training academy initially said. I have completed the 2 weeks placement and done numerous other pointless tasks just to obtain the photo's required. However I don't want to fill it out wrong at all. Do you have and photography of the folder completed not the whole thing of course just so I can get a grasp of it all please
     
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  27. Harry brown

    Harry brown New Member



    To be honest, the placement I had was useless as they did mostly LPG Gas. I still haven't received my diploma and now the college are blaming city and guilds, and asking me to deal with them (city) when I took a bpec qualification and acess training (Kent) was my provider.

    I think there is more than meets the eye to this!

    I would recommend to AVOID access training academy. It is VERY poorly run and after you complete the course and they fill you with hope. It all seems to become a lot more sinister and harder to obtain your actual qualifications.

    I've been fed a load of bullsh*t

    AVOID IT!
     
  28. Harry brown

    Harry brown New Member

    Check my last update
     
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