This package of gas training, portfolio placement, Boiler Fault Finding/Wiring and Controls training and ACS assessment is for new entrants to the gas industry, those that are deemed to be Category 2 trainees, those who hold a recognised qualification in the mechanical services engineering sector (e.g. plumbing) but lack gas training and experience. Qualified plumbers and alike are suitable candidates for this course, provision of certification will be required ahead of commencing this course. This course covers all of the stages required in order to get to the point of registering with Gas Safe – Ensuring you have the additional and necessary skills along the way.
What You’ll Learn
Able Skills gas training course is Bpec accredited and following successful completion of this course (and the gathering of on the job evidence via a portfolio placement with a Gas Safe registered Engineer), you will be issued with a Bpec Gas Foundation Certificate which will make you eligible to undertake ACS assessments.
Stage 1 - 5 Week Domestic Gas Safety Training – Bpec Gas Foundation Certificate
This 5 week long Gas course is essential training and assessment for (these specific) candidates looking to gain access to the Gas Industry. Gas training is a mandatory part of becoming Gas Safe registered.
This training programme will provide you with a great insight into the Gas industry and present you with an understanding of the guidelines and regulations which currently govern the ACS scheme.
During this period of gas training, we will cover basic heating systems and heating controls, gas appliance functions and basic principles of flues and combustion to give candidates the knowledge required to move forward to the next aspect of this Gas course.
In addition, we will cover:
- Tightness Testing
- Pipework requirements
As you progress through the weeks, the gas course will develop and you will receive training in:
- Gas safety controls
- Pipe sizing
- Gas rates / Heat inputs
- Appliance installation and servicing
- Unsafe situations
In addition you will undertake written exams and practical assessments.
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) From 6 weeks
Following completion of this 5 week 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 work place 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 circuits, 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.
The basic amount of work required to complete the portfolio is only enough to complete the course and will not in many instances enable you to be suitably experienced enough to seek employment without gaining further experience. Therefore, Boiler Medic have devised this placement to provide you with additional experience so that following your ACS, your skills and knowledge will enable you to confidently seek work within the gas industry.
Other companies seek or guarantee a work placement but once the student leaves the centre they are not spoken to again until they return to undertake ACS. With Able Skills, the Engineers and staff at Boiler Medic will remain in regular contact and ensure that they keep you up to date and complete your portfolio in good time, ensuring you have a wealth of experience and knowledge when you return to take your exams. The owner of Boiler Medic completed the ACS program through Able Skills 9 years ago and has been running this business successfully since then. He has now decided to help new entrants trained by Able Skills as he believes that this is the most comprehensive gas training course on the market today. Not only will Boiler Medic ensure you have the most comprehensive portfolio placement available in the UK, they could also offer you the opportunity of a job and will definitely provide you with a work reference should you require it which will demonstrate experience to any new employers.
Stage 3 – Boiler Fault Finding / Wiring and Controls Course
Having provided portfolio placements for quite some time now, it has become very apparent that despite comprehensive training and a work placement, candidates knowledge of boiler service, repair and maintenance is quite minimal. To combat this, we are introducing this additional week of training to cover:
Boiler Fault Finding:
- Multimeter training
- Electrical Safety tests
- Testing pumps
- Testing switches
- Testing fans
- Fan switches
- Temperature sensors and stats
- Diverter Valves
- Domestic Heat Exchangers
- Expansion Vessels
Wiring & Controls:
- 3 Port 2 Port rigs
- Frost Protection
- S.I. Programmers
- Zone Valves
- Sequence of Wiring
- Fault Finding
This course can be completed at any time during or after the portfolio placement.
Stage 4 - ACS (Approved Certification Scheme) - Core Domestic Gas Safety including Appliances
CCN1 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 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
- Flueing Standards, Installation and Testing.
CCN1 is a prerequisite for the various appliances available:
- CENWAT1: Central Heating Boilers & Water Heaters
- MET1: Meters
- CKR1: Domestic Cookers
- HTR1: Gas Fires & Wall Heaters
- CPA1: Combustion Performance Analysis
- DAH1: Warm Air Heating Appliances
The Appliances to be covered on assessment will be determined by the evidence you have gained during your work placement and portfolio building.
*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
Stage 1 - Domestic Gas Safety Training – Bpec Foundation Certificate
For those who hold Plumbing qualifications but are new entrants to the gas industry, this Bpec Foundation Certificate covers all aspects of domestic gas work and gas safety which will prepare you for working on various gas appliances. This new entrant's gas training course is a real mix of workshop and classroom study to ensure that all aspects of domestic gas and related appliances are covered. 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.
Stage 2 - 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.
Stage 3–Boiler Fault Finding and Controls Wiring Course
This course is full of practical activities and will provide you with access to a range of boilers, old and new; in an attempt to provide you with as much knowledge as possible. This course will give you a great insight in to the workings of different boilers so that you are able to confidently repair and service boilers once you are working as a Gas Engineer. This will also benefit you whilst you are working on your portfolio with Boiler Medic as they attend boiler breakdowns on a daily basis.
Stage 4 - ACS (Approved Certification Scheme)
During this final hurdle, you will undertake assessment to achieve CCN1 (Core Gas Safety) and then any appliances which you are eligible to undertake (this is determined by the evidence in your work based portfolio). Able Skills is approved by BPEC for the purposes of Gas Assessment and successful candidates will receive certification for their CCN1 and Appliances from Bpec.
Courses Open To You After
Able Skills is 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.
This particular package of learning is only suited to those of you who hold Plumbing qualifications. If you do not fit in to this category then you may want to look at the various other packages we have available and specifically, ones that provide pipe-work and associated essential skills and assessment.
If you are a qualified plumber and choose this training option, you can rest assured that 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.
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 £20 per night.
We are open 7 days a week (08.30 – 16.30) 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 3 is £3220.00 including VAT. A placement with Boiler Medic for the portfolio will then be arranged.
A £500.00 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid as follows:
- 5 weekly payments of £299.00
- 1 payment of £375.00 for the Boiler Fault Finding course.
- 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
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