The BPEC Gas Foundation gas safety training course has been designed to provide a route into the gas industry for individuals who do not currently hold the pre-requisite qualifications necessary to undertake assessments under the Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) for Individual Gas Fitting Operatives.
You will need to be 19 years old or above and will be required to pass a BPEC aptitude test before being accepted onto the course. You will also need to secure some work experience with a GAS SAFE registered engineer.
No formal entry qualifications or experience are required but a plumbing background would be beneficial.
This course consists of on-the-job training/experience and off-the-job training in all the skills and knowledge required by a gas engineer.
Your time at College will be split 50% on practical work - learning pipework skills, installing, servicing and fault finding on a variety of gas appliances -
and 50% on theory, learning about gas systems and appliances.
There are four multiple choice question papers and seven in-College practical assessments. You will also need to complete a portfolio of evidence of your on-site work.
You need safety boots and overalls.
Candidates who successfully complete the BPEC Gas Foundation course will then be eligible to undertake the relevant ACS qualifications.
Plumbing tutor Shaun Simms is relishing the chance to pass on his skills to young plumbers after successfully completing a Cert Ed at Derby College. Shaun, who retrained as a plumber 10 years ago after a career in IT, realised he might make a good teacher while showing a friend on an electrical course the plumbing aspects of the job. He was told about the Cert Ed course at the Roundhouse, and after sailing through the Level 3 Award in Education, went on to the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training before progressing to the full Certificate in Education. Shaun, who is described by his Derby College lecturers as an "outstanding teacher" is now working at another Further Education College in the region where he teaches level 1 and 2 plumbing students. He loves his teaching role and particularly enjoys seeing the young people on his courses develop their skills and grow in confidence.
I was so impressed with the quality of teaching throughout my time at Derby College. I enjoyed everything about my course and actively looked forward to my assessments.
My lecturers made to feel so welcome – they've been such an inspiration to me and I wouldn't be the teacher I am now without them."