Water Regulations 1999

Who is it for?

This course meets your needs if you are required to gain knowledge of the Water Regulations 1999 before applying to join an approved plumber scheme (further details can be found from Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme (WIAPS)).

The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 requires that anyone who:

  • installs new (and, in non-domestic, alters or extends) systems shall give notice of the intended work to the water supplier
  • installs or alters plumbing systems has a legal duty to comply with the regulations.

Advantages of being an approved plumber include being able to start work on certain types of work without notification or prior consent, saving up to ten days of waiting for the water supplier’s consent.


To become an approved plumber you need to show that you have been suitably trained as a plumber, have adequate knowledge of the regulations by passing an assessment and have sufficient public liability insurance cover. On completion of this course you will receive a certificate and identity card, recognised by approved plumber schemes, as acceptable evidence of competence.

The course covers the contents of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 and their role in preventing waste, misuse, undue consumption, contamination and erroneous measurement of water, along with the knowledge of how to comply in practice and advise on existing water systems where non-compliance or risk are involved.

Further information

Further information about this scheme is available in:
Scheme information (202KB, PDF).

To find an approved centre in your region take a look at:
Water training and assessment (57KB, PDF).

For further information, contact your customer co-ordinator.