Welcome to SWCA

Welcome to South West Construction Academy Ltd. We are a training provider for the construction industry, currently running plumbing courses for adults and apprentices. If you are looking to change your career and enter into the plumbing industry we have a flexible course that will fit around your existing work commitments. If you are already plumbing but are not qualified we can help you achieve your qualifications. More and more construction sites are insisting on plumbers having their CSCS card to prove they are competent to work on their own.

Our Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Foundation will enable you to achieve this.

We also have a number of courses for plumbers, such as the BPEC Domestic Hot Water Systems (Unvented). We also have a number of Health & Safety Awareness Courses available.

We also offer ACS Gas Courses in our new Gas ACS Centre. Please see our courses page for further information. Contact us now to receive an introductory discount, and book in to renew your ACS.

We are proud to be working with On Site Bristol, part of Bristol City Council, to train their plumbing apprentices. Our aim is to deliver a high quality of training to produce learners with a valid set of skills that will enable them to achieve in the workplace. If you are looking for a plumbing apprenticeship, or an apprenticeship in any construction industry, contact On Site Bristol for further information.

Finance is available for most of our courses, via Omni Capital. Please click here for our finance calculator.

How to become a plumber with SWCA

If you’re wondering how to become a plumber the first step is to get qualified. If you wish to work as a plumber’s mate you only need to complete the Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating. If you wish to work as a self-employed plumber, or to work on site as a plumber you will need to complete the Level 2 Diploma and then continue and complete the NVQ 2 qualification.

We offer the Level 2 Diploma in a number of ways. We strive to be as flexible as possible with the delivery of this course so that you may fit it in around any existing commitments you may have. We also pride ourselves on being competitively priced, and being up front and transparent with our costs.

The course contains both theory and practical work which means you will understand the principals behind the activities of plumbing work, and also gain hands on experience in fabricating pipework and the use of different types of fittings, materials and techniques used in the plumbing industry.

Once you have completed the Diploma you will be qualified to work as a plumbers mate. To enable you to complete the NVQ 2 you will be required to work alongside a qualified plumber to complete a portfolio, and will be assessed on site. Contact us for more details or visit our course page.

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