The Gas Safe Register holds an essential role in the construction and trade industries, serving as a crucial safeguarding measure in protecting the public from unsafe and illegal gas work. 

All Able Skills courses proudly adhere to gas safety rules and regulations, and with accreditation from City & Guilds, BPEC and the Gas Safe Register, you can be sure that all of our gas training is of the highest possible standard.

Becoming Gas Safe registered requires a mixture of in-depth practical training and work placements, which coincide with classroom learning and theory exams. 

What is the Gas Safe Register? 

The Gas Safe Register is the only official gas registration body in the UK. By law, all gas engineers and businesses must be on the Gas Safe Register before carrying out work. 

As well as providing a full list of trusted engineers and businesses, the register performs investigations into reports of anyone carrying out illegal gas work

What do I need to become Gas Safe registered? 

The consequences of unsafe gas work can be fatal. That means an extremely high level of training is required to reach the expertise expected by the Gas Safe Register.

Typically, to reach Gas Safe status, four stages of learning and assessments will be required before you’re eligible to register. 

If you have no prior experience relating to domestic gas work then the New Entrant Gas Training Package 3 is ideal for you. If you are already a qualified plumber, the number of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) needed before being Gas Safe eligible could be reduced following a one-to-one skills audit. 

Training - seven weeks / 297.5 GLH

Your initial training will cover the essential skills which will eventually be expected when it comes to Gas Safe registration. This period will be a mixture of practical and written assessments, and once finished you will be provided with a Bpec Foundation Portfolio and guidance for its completion.

Work placement (portfolio completion) 

Once your initial training is over you’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your learnings in a workplace environment under the supervision of a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. Throughout this placement period, you’ll begin to build a portfolio that will be verified by your supervising engineer as you progress, and used as evidence of your gas safety competence.

Boiler Fault Finding / Wiring and Controls Course - one week

To ensure participants are fully competent in one of the most common tasks facing gas engineers, a one-week specialist course focused on boiler service, repair and maintenance has been introduced as a standalone component to our programme.   

ACS (Approved Certification Scheme) - five days

Prior to becoming Gas Safe registered, you’ll need to complete your CCN1. This assessment provides knowledge and skills relating to the safety regulations and procedures necessary to meet British standards. 

This assessment will cover:

  • Gas safety regulations, British standards and manufacturers' instructions
  • Emergency procedures, labels and warning notices
  • Unsafe situations, and related documentation
  • Combustion, gas rates, burner/installation pressures
  • Testing for tightness, purging and relighting appliances
  • Pipework and fittings
  • Operation of appliance gas safety devices and controls
  • Ventilation
  • Flueing standards, installation and testing.

If you’re ready to take your first steps towards becoming a Gas Safe Registered Engineer, our New Entrant Gas Training Package 3 is the perfect way to cover all the mandatory training and assessments you’ll require. 

Alternatively, our team would be happy to advise on the best course to suit your experience. If you’re unsure, give us a call on 01322 280 202, request a brochure or visit us at our training centre.