BPMA Pumping Technology - E-Learning

Essentials of Pumping Technology

Essentials of Pumping Technology Level Four (RQF)

Course Time Limit - 8 months.
Final Test time limit - 3 days.

Please be prepared for this commitment before registering for the course.

  • Course Fee £600.00 Plus VAT per person - Members: £500.00 Plus VAT

    Members should email k.kaur@bpma.org.uk for enrolment instructions

    Please remember to include Vat when making online payments

To provide you with the KNOWLEDGE, you must complete set tasks in pumping without close supervision.

  • You will gain an UNDERSTANDING of the number and physical properties including units and dimensions needed for operating pumps.
  • You will SELECT types of pumps for particular applications.
  •  LEARN the theory of rotodynamic pumps, curves, efficiency points and the Affinity Law.
  • LEARN the theory of ROTARY PD PUMPS, and their similarities and differences versus rotodynamic pumps.
  • You will LEARN the theory of POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS and their specific features.


01 Overview
02 Pump Basics
03 Maths Refresher
04 Physics Refresher
05 Liquid Flow (inc. cavitation)
06 Inlet Features
07 Outlet Features
08 Rotodynamic Pumps
09 PD Pumps General (PD = Positive Displacement)
10 Rotary PD Pumps
11 Reciprocating PD Pumps
12 Drives and Seals
13 Energy
14 Pump Systems
15 Metals
16 Pump Selection
17 Statutory Requirements
18 Glossary & Credits
19 References
20 Useful Data

Each chapter will conclude with a short test that will enable the student to assess their progress and understanding of the information contained within that chapter.

At and the end of the course there is a final assessment. A pass rate of 60% must be achieved in the final assessment to gain NOCN certification of 9 credits at Level Four

A score of below 60% will be classed as a fail, any student who fails the final test can purchase a retake for £100.00 plus Vat, allowing access to the course for a further 3 months and one further attempt at the test.

The NOCN will award 9 CREDITS at LEVEL FOUR for students who gain 60%
on the final test for those questions that form their assessment criteria for their award.

This course covers more ground than that required by the NOCN, hence not all the questions
in the final test form part of the NOCN assessment. The BPMA will, therefore, award their own industry
recognised certificate, based on the whole of the Course, which will confer on the successful student
an additional benefit to that of the NOCN award.

The BPMA award* will be graded as PASS at 60%, CREDIT at 75% and DISTINCTION at 90%.

Industry professionals should aim to be awarded the Distinction.

* Please note that it is possible to obtain a pass on the BPMA course, but fail the NOCN assessment, however, this is extremely rare

  • Course Fee £600.00 Plus VAT per person - Members: £500.00 Plus VAT
  • Please remember to include VAT when making online payments

    Members should email k.kaur@bpma.org.uk for enrolment instructions
The course was perhaps a touch easy for me due to my background but I believe it was good difficulty for new beginners.
Client: W Ellis | 2022-01-17 | Introduction to Pumping Technology