The pumps course provides the candidate with a practical and theoretical insight into pump maintenance and operation.

The course also introduces the candidate to a complete pump system to enable understanding of the wider considerations affecting pump operating efficiency – and includes a section on fault finding and rectification.


What you'll learn

 General operating principles:
• Pump inlet conditions
• Basic definitions and terminology
• Pipework arrangements

Centrifugal pumps:
• Principles of operation
• Pump types
• Operational characteristics: pump curves
• Specific definitions: cavitation, aeration lift,
• General maintenance: seal condition

Other rotary pump types:
• Gear
• Vane
• Piston

Course Objective

  • Candidates will know the difference between a positive displacement and non-positive displacement pumps
  • Candidates will know how to perform a range of maintenance tasks including work components
  • Candidates will know how to perform a range of pump checks to ascertain its running condition

Time frame

2 day course.


Map of IPS Rochester IPS International Northbank House
Sir Thomas Longley Road

additional information

PPE safety wear is required for this course and should be, work wear, safety boots, safety gloves, safety glasses, bump/hard hat (optional).

All our standard courses and bespoke courses may be delivered on-site at IPS or customer premises.

These courses can be used in conjunction with an NVQ programme to support and supplement the practical skills requirements.