This course is for companies who require registration with one of the Watersafe Approved Contractor Schemes, such as WIAPS, etc.

The scope of the Approved Contractor Status is “stop tap to stop tap”, meaning that those who hold Approved Contractor status can self‐certify the installation of new supply pipes as complying with the Regulations/Byelaws. This reduces the need for Water Companies to inspect water pipe installations.

Please note, from 1st July 2016 the SPIDER registration scheme is closed to new applicants. United Utilities Water Ltd and main contractors now require installers to attend the Groundwork, Service Pipe and Meter Housing Installation training course, accredited by BPEC.


The Water Industry offers Approved Contractor status to Groundworkers who, by completing suitable training and assessment, can demonstrate knowledge of the;

Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 (England and Wales)
Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009
Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014

The Groundwork, Service Pipe and Meter Housing Installation training course is designed to provide designers, installers, groundworkers and operatives with the skills and knowledge to avoid the pitfalls during and after the water connection is made.

The training and assessment is separated into four sections dealing with:

1. The regulatory framework and how contractors are approved.
2. The Water Regulations/Byelaws.
3. Service pipe installation.
4. Water meter housing installation (optional).

The objectives of this training/assessment course are to enable individuals to:

  • Become familiar with the contents of the Water Regulations and Byelaws across the four nations of the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Generally understand what the Water Regulations and Byelaws mean and recognise their role of preventing waste, misuse, undue consumption, contamination and erroneous measurement of water.
  • Know how to practically comply with the Water Regulations and Byelaws.
  • Be aware of the primary legislation underpinning the Water Regulations and Byelaws.
  • Have an understanding of the documents used to enhance and explain the meaning of the Water Regulations.

Duration – 4-6 hours

Location – The course is available via classroom and remote training.

Classroom: The training centre is based in Coppull (PR7 4ND). This course can also be delivered at other locations, dependent upon volumes. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Remote: The course is available remotely using Microsoft Teams.

Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from a recognised awarding organisation: BPEC.