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New Entrant Gas Training Package 1

Awarding Body Gas Safe

5 Week Gas Training Course for New Entrants


If you don’t have a plumbing background but would still like to take tentative steps towards becoming a Gas Engineer without over committing, then this could be the ideal package. If you haven’t ever had the opportunity to work with copper tube, undertake soldering work or play around with steel pipe, here is your opportunity. The package will also teach you the skills required to work on gas appliances and after this, it’s up to you.

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What You’ll Learn

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.

The package comprises of:

  • Training in the use of copper and low carbon steel so that your pipe skills are established at an acceptable standard.
  • Training on heating controls, Airing cupboard and radiator installation practices
  • Training in all areas of domestic gas and gas safety

Stage 1

This aspect of the process to becoming gas safe registered will make certain that you have the pipe skills required to ensure that the standards and safety of any gas work you undertake is spot on.

It is crucial that you can guarantee that any pipe-work you undertake as a Gas Engineer is fail safe as any errors could prove fatal. To give you the best possible chance of completing Able Skills Gas Training and Assessment processes successfully, this course will provide the following:

  • 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
  • All pipe-work is tested to 3 bar for 3 min
  • Hot and cold water theory

Your competence will be assessed under Bpec criteria and once you have shown your competence in this area you will have much more confidence once you move onto the Gas course.

Stage 2

This next stage of training will build on the skills achieved in week 1 but this part of the package is more so designed to get you ready for the portfolio process. The skills taught at this stage will ensure that you are ready to undertake the various tasks that are required once you are working with a Gas Safe registered Engineer in a real working environment:

  • Heating Controls – theory
  • Different types of heating systems
  • Different types of heating controls and their functions
  • Fixing a simulated combination boiler jig
  • Fixing all necessary pipework
  • Running pipework under floors
  • Marking out and fixing radiators simulating ground and upper floors
  • Water testing
  • Positioning an indirect cylinder in an airing cupboard
  • Connecting cold water supplies to a cylinder
  • Hot water pipework from the cylinder
  • Cold water distribution from a simulated loft area

Stage 3

This next 3-week long Gas course is essential training and assessment for all candidates looking to gain access to the Gas Industry. Gas training is a mandatory part of becoming Gas Safe registered.

Week 1 - This week 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 week of gas training, we will cover basic heating systems and heating controls, gas appliance functions and the 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:

  • Legislation
  • Tightness Testing
  • Pipework requirements

Week 2 - As you progress through the weeks, the gas course will develop and you will receive training in:

  • Pipe sizing
  • Gas rates / Heat inputs
  • Flueing

During week 2 you will undertake written exams and practical assessments.

Week 3 – You will be trained on:

  • Appliance installation and servicing
  • Ventilation
  • Unsafe situations

Again, there will be written exams and practical assessments. Upon successful completion of this week, you will be provided with a Bpec Foundation Portfolio and guidance for completion.

How You’ll Learn

Stage 1 - Pipe-work Skills: Copper Pipe and Low Carbon Steel

This 5-day (or 2 weekends) course will provide you with the pipe skills required to undertake gas work to an acceptable and safe standard. During this course, we will teach you how to solder copper pipe and how to deal with low carbon steel. You will undertake assessments throughout the week so that we are satisfied that you have fully grasped these skills which will ensure safety when eventually, you are dealing with gas related situations and appliances.

Stage 2 – Heating controls, Airing Cupboards and Radiators

This 5-day (or 2 weekends) course will provide additional skills which will see you better placed and ready for your portfolio placement. This training will simulate real working environments and give you the opportunity to put the skills from week 1 into practice before you start work in people’s homes.

Stage 3 - Domestic Gas Safety Training – Bpec Foundation Certificate

For new entrants to the gas industry, Able Skills provides a 3 week (or weekends) comprehensive managed learning programme which 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.

Courses Open To You After

Following successful completion of your 5 weeks of Gas training, exams and assessments, you will be deemed competent to undertake supervised gas work.

The next step towards Gas Safe Registration will be to demonstrate your competence in the work place and you will need to work alongside a Gas Safe Registered Engineer who will act as your on-site recorder/verifier, helping you to build a portfolio to act as evidence and to prove your competence and safety working with Gas.

Able Skills can offer you a placement (please call for details) or you can source this yourself but whichever you choose, you will have Able Skills portfolio to complete and access to our Gas Instructors for guidance and support.

Additional Info

New Entrant (Category 3) Candidates are:

  • Those of you who are brand new to the industry and
  • Those of you who do not hold the relevant gas trade associated qualifications, even if you have been working within the Gas industry

Training to achieve the Bpec Foundation Certificate (Domestic Gas Safety) is essential 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.

Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI gas registration in Great Britain on 1 April 2009. It is now the official industry stamp for gas safety

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. We are open 7 days every week and encourage visitors to the centre. You will not need an appointment, just turn up (08.30 – 16.30) and we will show you around.

Duration & Cost

The cost for this 5-week New Entrant Gas Package 1 is £1995.00 including VAT.

Full time: A £500.00 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid in 5 weekly instalments of £299.00

Part time (weekends): A £500 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid in 13 instalments of £115.00. Weekend training is structured on a 2 weekend on and 2 weekend off basis.

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