Demand for wet room courses 'high'

Additional dates on a course designed to help those in the plumbing industry looking to increase their skills involving wet rooms have been confirmed by the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC).

The body has revealed the move is a reaction to sustained high demand for training in this area, with dates now scheduled for November 4th and 10th.

'Wet Room Design and Installation in Dwellings' does exactly what it says on the tin, and is aimed at those within the sector who wish to promote themselves to manufacturers and local authorities as professionals capable of carrying such work out.

While wet rooms are becoming increasingly fashionable to have in a modern home as part of a luxury feature, they are also often required for homes where residents have mobility difficulties or similar assisted living needs.

The course has been organised by the APHC and its supplier partner AKW, with the latter supplying a specialist technician to offer insight on the company's most recent innovations in this field.

Over 40 people have participated in the training so far, with the programme now having run for over a year.

APHC technical manager Graeme Dryden, who delivers the course, said: "We, and our partners at AKW, believe that we have identified a skills gap within the industry and this specialist course gives installers the confidence to be able to correctly install wet rooms in a growing market."

Each session lasts for one day and covers a range of elements associated with wet rooms, including demonstrations of how the facilities are fitted using AKW's fully-equipped presentation van.

The APHC has also revealed that many of its other courses have seen increased numbers of attendance in 2014, perhaps indicating a desire by plumbing professionals to add extra strings to their bows as they attempt to remain competitive now that the economy is recovering from the previous years' difficulties.

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