Deciding whether you want to work in a commercial or domestic gas setting can be difficult and a little overwhelming, particularly in the earlier stages of your training. 

Luckily, whichever route you initially choose to go down, you’re by no means tied into your decision for the rest of your career. If you’re already working as a domestic gas engineer, making the switch to commercial can be incredibly straightforward with the right training and assessments.

At Able Skills, our experts have devised a Commercial Gas Training & Assessment programme that’s perfect for trained engineers looking to expand their skill set, become qualified and move into the commercial side of gas work. 

Why would someone want to add commercial gas work to their skills?

Typically speaking, commercial gas work tends to be more complex and on a far larger scale than domestic gas work. 

Holding the relevant qualifications and training to work in a commercial setting can significantly increase the scope of work an engineer is able to undertake, which in turn can translate to more employment opportunities and higher earning potential. 

Who is the course aimed at? 

Primarily, the Commercial Gas Training & Assessment course is aimed at domestic gas engineers looking to make the jump over to commercial work, or at least have the option to carry out commercial work when needed. 

It’s also a good option for engineers who have worked within commercial gas before, who may need to renew their qualifications but feel a refresher course is required before doing so. 

Over a three-week period, participants will cover a variety of modules that, upon completion, will ensure you’re prepared to carry out commercial work to current industry standards. These include: Safety, Legislation & Standards, Pressure & Flow, Combustion & Gas Safety Controls, Flues & Ventilation, Industrial Pipework, Soundness Testing & Purging to IGE/UP/1A, Industrial & Commercial Gas Fired Appliances, Flue Analysis and finally, Burner Controls & Control Systems.

Who isn’t the course suitable for?

This course has been designed on the basis that participants already have a strong knowledge of the gas industry, meaning it isn’t suitable for beginners. 

The various course modules throughout the programme will require candidates to hold their CCN1, COCN1 and ICAE1 / ICPN1 qualifications before they can begin training. 

For those looking for a gas course aimed more specifically at beginners, our New Entrant Gas Training Package 3 is the most comprehensive entry-level programme on offer at Able Skills. 

What are the typical duties of a commercial gas engineer?

The difference between commercial and domestic gas work doesn’t just depend on the kind of property—the size of the pipework involved, appliance type and gas consumption levels are also taken into account. 

There is no such thing as a ‘typical customer’, and no two days are the same as a commercial gas engineer—which is one of the things that make it such an appealing career path. However, some of the more common tasks that you’ll carry out relate to repairs, servicing, testing and safety-checking appliances in settings such as factories, shopping centres, offices, shops and restaurants. 

If you’re interested in making the switch from domestic to commercial gas work, or are looking for a refresher course, then our Commercial Gas Training & Assessment programme is an ideal choice. If you’re still unsure, our friendly team would be happy to advise. Give us a call on 01322 280 202, request a brochure or pop into our training centre for a chat.