- Course Details
What You’ll Learn
You will learn the skills required to become a Plumber and a qualified Gas Engineer. If you are looking to learn the two trades that most people think go hand in hand then this package of learning is ideal.
The Plumbing aspects
You will learn how to take your first steps to becoming a qualified Plumber. This level 2 Plumbing qualification is perfect for those of you who do not currently work within the Plumbing industry but who are looking to change career. The qualification forms the basis of knowledge for all modern domestic plumbing and is therefore an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a career as a Plumber. Equally, it is also suitable for those of you already working in the plumbing industry and who require in-depth technical knowledge and qualifications without completing an apprenticeship. This is an industry recognised, formal trade qualification and is required in order for candidates to progress further in their plumbing training/career. The course will provide you with a range of plumbing skills covering various topics including Electrical principles and processes, Common plumbing processes, Cold water systems, Domestic hot water systems, Sanitation, Central heating systems and Drainage systems
The Gas aspects
The systems and learning we have in place to get you to becoming Gas Safe registered are second to none and are designed to have you industry ready.
Gas Training: You will gain a great insight into the Gas industry as well as achieving an understanding of the guidelines and regulations which currently govern the ACS scheme. This 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:
- Tightness Testing
- Pipework requirements
Week 2 - 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
During week 2 you will undertake written exams and practical assessments.
Week 3 – You will be trained on:
- Appliance installation and servicing
- 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.
Gas Portfolio: Following the training, you will then be allocated a placement with a Gas Engineer so that you can undertake the portfolio aspect of this package. 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.
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 a 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.
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.
Gas Exams (ACS): 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 - Coming Soon
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 may be incurred.
How You’ll Learn
This package of Plumbing and Gas training is taught and achieved in a variety of ways. The Plumbing and Gas training course are a mixture of practical and classroom based tuition and progress is monitored by way of multiple choice exams and practical assessments. The next stage of the package is a placement whereby you will be working under supervision of a Gas Safe registered Engineer in order to complete a portfolio of competence. The final stage of the process is Gas assessment and again, this is a mixture of practical tasks and multiple choice exams. To help your success on the plumbing course, we will provide you with a level 2 Plumbing reference book. To assist you throughout the gas process, we will provide with a comprehensive training manual and also a gas portfolio.
Courses Open To You After
Following on from this package, you may wish to consider upgrading to a level 3 Plumbing qualification (you will not need to repeat the gas aspect of the qualification so you will only need to do 6 weeks). If you do not want to achieve level 3 but require some additional plumbing and gas related qualifications, you could consider courses like Water Regulations, Energy Efficiency or Unvented Hot Water Systems. If you are looking to achieve an NVQ in Plumbing, this is also available at Able Skills.
Both the level 2 Plumbing and the Gas training aspects of this package are available Full Time, Part Time at Weekends (on a 2 weekend on and 2 weekend off basis) and also as a Home Study option. Following on from the training, we will then place you with one of our Gas Engineers to undertake the mandatory work based Gas competence; you will be working in real life situations undertaking various gas tasks like installations, services and safety checks. Once this is complete, you will return to Able Skills to undertake ACS – Formal Gas assessments, which once complete, will earn you the right to register with Gas Safe.
All courses can be booked with small deposits and any balance can be spread over the period of the training – Interest Free! If you live too far away to commute daily, we have accommodation available for £20 per night. Able Skills is open 7 days every week and we encourage visitors to our centre so please feel free to pop in and see what we do - No Appointment Required * No Sales * No Pressure.
Duration & Cost
This package to become a Plumber and a Gas Engineer can be completed through the week or at weekends.
Full Time Option: 6 weeks for level 2 plumbing, 3 weeks for gas training, portfolio placement (completion time will vary) and 5 days for ACS.
A £500 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid in instalments.
Total cost is £7295.00 including VAT.
Part Time Option: 15 weekends (over 30 weeks) for level 2 plumbing, 8 weekends (over 16 weeks) for gas training, portfolio placement (completion times will vary) and 5 days for ACS.
A £500 deposit will secure a booking and the balance can be paid in instalments.
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