New Entrant Gas Training Package 2

New Entrant Gas Training Package 2
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Gas Safety Training, Portfolio & ACS

This package of gas training, portfolio placement and ACS assessment is for all New Entrants looking to access the gas industry. This course covers all the stages required to get you to the point of registering with Gas Safe. There are no pre-requisites for this course, it is suitable to those of you who have decided that they would like a career as a Gas Engineer.

Easy paymentsA small deposit secures your place on the course
Flexible TrainingChoose to train week days or at the weekends
Interest Free PaymentsPay as you train without paying any interest
Accommodation on siteAccommodation available for only £25/night

What You’ll Learn

Stage 1 – 8 weeks of Training 

You will learn the skills that are required for you to eventually be in a position to register with Gas Safe. This package of learning is devised to take you step by step through the various training in the essential skills required to become a safe and competent Gas Engineer.

This Domestic Gas Safety Training – LCL Awards Managed Learning Programme will include:

  • Safety, legislation and standards
  • Gas emergency actions and procedures
  • Products and characteristics of combustion
  • Ventilation for domestic gas burning appliances
  • Installation of pipework and fittings (including copper/low carbon steel bending and jointing)
  • Tightness testing and purging
  • Checking and setting appliance burner pressures and gas rates
  • Checking and/or setting meter regulators
  • Re-establish existing gas supply and re-light appliances
  • Operation and positioning of emergency isolation controls and valves
  • Operation and checking of appliance gas safety devices and controls
  • Chimney standards, installation, inspection and testing
  • Unsafe situations, emergency notices and warning labels

Examples of what will be taught across this Domestic Gas Managed Learning Programme are:

  • Cutting and measuring copper tube accurately
  • Pipe-work preparation for soldering
  • Soldering techniques / Practicing soldering / soldering assessments
  • X and Z dimension calculations
  • Cutting assembling and soldering practice frames to specific dimensions
  • How to assemble compression fittings / compression fitting assessments
  • The use of different types of jointing pastes for compression jointing
  • Cutting assembling and jointing compression fittings frames to specific dimensions
  • Cutting and treading low carbon steel pipe
  • Jointing steel pipe
  • The use of different fittings on steel pipe
  • Heating Controls – theory
  • Different types of heating systems
  • Different types of heating controls and their functions
  • Legislation
  • Tightness Testing
  • Pipework requirements
  • Pipe sizing
  • Gas rates / Heat inputs
  • Gas safety controls
  • Combustion Performance Analysis
  • Flueing
  • Appliance installation and servicing
  • Ventilation
  • Unsafe situations

There will be written exams and practical assessments throughout the training period. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be provided with a Bpec Foundation Portfolio and guidance for completion.

Stage 2 - Work Placement (Portfolio Completion) - Work based Competence and Gas Portfolios

Following completion of this domestic gas programme, you will be deemed competent to undertake supervised gas work and so the next step towards Gas Safe registration will be to demonstrate your competence in the workplace and you do this by working alongside a Gas Safe Registered Engineer who acts as your on-site recorder/verifier, helping you to build a portfolio of evidence and prove your competence and safety working with Gas.

Able Skills will place you with a Gas Safe registered Engineer employed by Boiler Medic and with their assistance, you will undertake a variety of gas work on a variety of appliances to meet the requirements of the portfolio to move you on to your formal gas assessments (ACS). You will receive guidance throughout on how the portfolio evidence should be recorded.

Boiler Medic Engineers understand what is required for the portfolio and will ensure the completed portfolio meets the required standards. The range of work will without doubt meet the requirements of the portfolio but with additional experiences being made available to you:

  • Repair boilers and fault finding – compliments the Able skills Boiler Fault Finding course and adds to your understanding and knowledge of boilers.
  • Plumbing and heating work – you will undertake all plumbing and heating work ranging from blocked drains, toilet repairs, fitting new taps and showers – all the way to installing and replacing a complete heating system.
  • Many properties visited have old appliances which are not available to buy any more, also pipework runs differently in every single house so experience in different houses will enable you to identify heating systems, how and where to drain and fill them up from and things to watch out for if they are being upgraded or replaced.

Advantages of working on site with an experienced gas engineer is that you will come across a variety of different scenarios which are very difficult to replicate in a college environment, also issues will arise which will prepare you for the outside world once you go out on the road as a gas engineer. Dangerous situations will be found, leaks will happen, and you will be able to remember what you did at that time to resolve them or if they could be resolved.

Stage 3 - ACS (Approved Certification Scheme) - Core Domestic Gas Safety including CENWAT (Boilers/Water Heaters)

Following successful completion of the portfolio, you will return to able Skills for ACS assessment covering:

  • Core Domestic Gas Safety (CCN1) and
  • Central Heating Boilers / Water Heaters (CENWAT)

ACS will need to be completed before you are eligible for Gas Safe registration, and this is a requirement for all operatives involved in the installation, maintenance and servicing of domestic gas appliances and pipe-work installations.

The purpose of this Training/Assessment is to provide operatives with the knowledge and skills relating to safety regulations, procedures, and British Standards, which must be applied when working on Gas Installations.

Initial assessment for CCN1/CENWAT will require 5 days and 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 candidates fail to achieve the required level of competency in either the practical or theory assessment, it may be necessary for them to re-sit the sections which they have failed. If this situation arises an additional cost will be incurred.

How You’ll Learn


The training aspect of this package will be taught using both workshop and classroom delivery.

Classroom sessions are delivered in conjunction with a comprehensive colour training manual, supported by power point presentation, visual aids and training rigs.

Practical sessions are undertaken in any one of our 3 comprehensively equipped workshops. All of our training bays contain a range of different gas appliances ensuring that you have the opportunity to work on boilers, cookers, heaters, water heaters and gas meters. We have a range of new and older appliances to reflect reality to ensure that all candidates gain an appreciation of as many gas appliances as possible.

All gas instructors employed by Able Skills are industry served Gas Engineers – they have a combined wealth of industry knowledge as well as years of experience teaching gas and related subjects.

Progress is monitored with regular practical and written assessments and all evidence is recorded and retained for any Governing body to view at any time; these strict control methods safeguard all candidates and assessors and ensure that accurate, quality Gas training is delivered.

Work Placement (Portfolio Completion)

Part of the process to becoming Gas Safe registered is to prove competence working on various aspects of gas. This will need to be undertaken under the supervision of a Gas Safe registered Engineer whereby a portfolio is completed detailing the gas work that has been done, supported by photographic evidence and signed by your Gas Safe registered Engineer. Able Skills are able to arrange this placement for you with established company, Boiler Medic, taking the hassle out of you searching for a suitable Gas Safe Engineer.

ACS (Approved Certification Scheme)

During this final hurdle, you will undertake assessment to achieve:

  • Core Domestic Gas Safety (CCN1) and
  • Central Heating Boilers / Water Heaters (CENWAT)

CKR & HTR1 are not included in this package.  You will have to wait 12 months from completing your ACS aspect (and be Gas Safe registered) before being able to add appliances such as

  • CKR1 (cookers)
  • HTR1 (Fires)
  • MET1 (Meters)
  • DAH1 (Warm Air Units)

Courses Open To You After

Able Skills offers a Central Heating Controls, Wiring and Boiler Fault Finding Course which will be useful to you either during your portfolio placement or very soon after.  We are also accredited for Commercial Gas so later on; you may wish to undertake our 3 week Changeover programme giving you access to other areas of gas work. Alternatively, you may frequently find yourself in a position where customers require plumbing work to be done so you could consider achieving a level 2 Plumbing qualification.

Additional Info

Able Skills is very proud of the training we provide for potential gas course candidates, and we are very conscious that getting it wrong can be fatal. This particular programme of learning has been devised to ensure that from the start, individuals are given the opportunity to work towards becoming competent and safe Gas Engineers; all of the Gas training we provide is arranged to identify an individual's suitability for the Gas industry and to assist them in achieving the required standards to work within the Gas industry.

Our qualified team of Gas Trainers and Assessors will provide guidance, support, and assistance in a realistic environment to build confidence and competence so that you are ready to undertake your work placement.

The portfolio placement we are offering is completely bespoke. Naturally it will meet the portfolio requirements but unlike any other placement available, it will give you so much more to ensure, without a doubt, you are industry ready, competent, and confident.

Training to achieve this Domestic Gas Safety Training – LCL Awards Managed Learning Programme is a requirement to ensure knowledge of changes to legislation, British Standards, and industry best practice. If you come under the category of New Entrant, this is the correct and recognised route to take to get you started.

If you are a qualified plumber, the Guided Learning Hours (GLH) may be slightly reduced following a one-to-one skills audit. Please see Experience Trades - Gas Training Package 2

If you remain unsure of your suitability for the Gas industry or you would like to speak to someone on a more personal level, please feel free to get in touch for some expert advice or if you would like to view the facilities at Able Skills, please feel free to visit us at any time.


All of our courses take place at our dedicated training centre in Dartford, Kent. The centre is easily accessible by road, being just 10 minutes from junction 1a on the M25. We are only a short walk from Dartford train station which is served by frequent trains taking 35 minutes from central London. For anyone travelling from further away, we have our own accommodation available at only £25 per night.

We are open 7 days a week for visitors so if you would like to find out more about this course or about Able Skills, please feel free to pop in, no appointment necessary.

Duration & Cost

The cost for this New Entrant Gas Package 2 is £4500.00 including VAT. A placement with Boiler Medic for the portfolio will then be arranged and charged separately.

Full time: A £1000.00 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid as follows:

  • 8 weekly payments of £331.25
  • For the portfolio, we will pass your details to Boiler Medic to arrange the placement (a separate fee will be payable directly to Boiler Medic).
  • The remainder for ACS can be paid in 2 instalments: 1 at £300.00 and then the balance at £550.00.

Part time (weekends): A £1000 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid as follows:

  • 10 instalments of £265.00. Weekend training is structured on a 2 weekend on and 2 weekend off basis.
  • For the portfolio, we will pass your details to Boiler Medic to arrange the placement (a separate fee will be payable directly to Boiler Medic).

The remainder for ACS can be paid in 2 instalments: 1 at £300.00 and then the balance at £550.00. (to be completed Mon-Fri).

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