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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This apprenticeship is for people currently employed in a gas engineering role and it involves the safe installation, commission, decommission and ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domestic or non-domestic setting.

Appliances can include, but are not limited to, a range of work categories such as central heating boilers, unvented hot water storage, ducted air heaters, cookers, space heaters, meters, alternative fuel, boosters, testing and purging for industrial pipework.  

Roles in gas engineering will include explaining how installations and appliances work, providing energy efficiency advice and ensuring customer service excellence at all times. Gas engineering operates strictly within the requirements of health and safety legislation.

You will be expected to demonstrate competence in both the workplace and at College, developing practical skills, job knowledge and specific behaviours.

To support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills, you will also continue to develop your skills in maths and English.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have gained a minimum of 3-5 GCSEs (grade A-C/9-4) or equivalent, preferably including English, Mathematics and a Science, or should have relevant / appropriate experience. Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeship and this will include a recognised background check, equivalent to Criminal Record Bureau/Disclosure and Barring Service (CRB/DBS) systems.

If you are progressing from a Plumbing Level 2 Apprenticeship, Level 2 English, Maths and ICT should already have been achieved.

Course Content

Those who work within gas engineering must have the core requirements below and demonstrate the technical requirements in one setting – domestic or non-domestic. They must be registered on the Gas Safe® Register for four appliances.

Core Requirements - Knowledge

  1. Current Health, Safety and Environmental legislation and regulations applicable to work in the gas industry
  2. Safe gas and electrical installation, commissioning, decommissioning and/or ongoing service and repair procedures of gas installations and appliances needed to establish the safe operation of the equipment and installation in accordance with industry standards
  3. Gas and electrical theories and procedures involved in the practical installation, commissioning, decommissioning and/or ongoing service and repair of gas installations, appliances and associated equipment
  4. Relevant electrical/mechanical principles and how they are applied in work processes and procedures
  5. Up-to-date energy efficiency advice and guidance to be given to the customer
  6. Product knowledge to assist with discussions and advice to the customer
  7. Current regulatory compliance, current Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations and the current Electricity at Work Regulations
  8. Company rules, policies and procedures as defined by the employer

Core Requirements - Skills

  1. Undertake and document rigorous risk assessments to ensure the safety of all affected by the work activities
  2. Take personal responsibility for maintaining safety standards and achieving job objectives
  3. Use and maintain tools, equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) in a safe and appropriate manner
  4. Safe gas and electrical installation, commissioning, decommissioning and/or ongoing service and repair of gas installations and appliances needed to establish the safe operation of the equipment and installation in accordance with industry standards
  5. Work with focus and clear purpose in all conditions and locations, covering business requirements, including lone working and safely adapting working methods to reflect changes in working environments
  6. Work on customer premises/property showing appropriate care and respect whilst focusing on safety
  7. Use a variety of appropriate and effective communication methods to interact with customers and others to give/receive information accurately, in a timely and positive manner, in order to deliver the best possible service
  8. Identify where situations or conditions fail to reach safe standards and take appropriate actions within your range of competency
  9. Achieve individual and team tasks which align to overall work objectives, be self-motivated and disciplined in the approach to work activities
  10. Work effectively and efficiently with people from different trades/disciplines, backgrounds and expertise to accomplish an activity in a safe manner, on time, to meet customer expectations
  11. Identify, organise and use resources effectively and sustainably to complete the task with consideration to cost, quality, safety, security and environmental impact
  12. Be able to read and follow technical documentation associated with equipment and installation requirements

Core Requirements - Behaviours

  1. Ensure personal wellbeing and the safety of customers and others as a priority
  2. Be risk aware, showing the desire to reduce risks through systematic monitoring and checking information and through strict compliance with appropriate regulations and normative documents
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of how the work impacts on others in the work environment
  4. Confidently deliver a polite, courteous, professional service to all customers and members of the public whilst safeguarding customer welfare and recognising vulnerability, equality and diversity
  5. Undertake Continuous Professional Development to enhance knowledge and skills to maintain competence
  6. Recognise personal and professional limitations and seek appropriate advice when necessary
  7. Display self-discipline and self-motivated approach
  8. Exercise responsibilities in an ethical manner

Technical Requirements – must be completed in either a domestic or non-domestic setting carrying out service and repair and/or installation

Technical Requirements - Knowledge

  1. Electrical awareness and be able to carry out safe isolation and essential electrical safety checks
  2. Combustion, combustion analysis, gas properties, carbon monoxide (CO), and types of burners
  3. Flues and ventilation principles
  4. The necessary safety checks following gas work on an appliance (regulation 26/9)
  5. The range and suitability of appliances
  6. The statutory and normative documentation including building regulations, water regulations and electrical regulations
  7. Emergency procedures, including gas escapes, report of fumes and unsafe situations
  8. A knowledge and understanding of four appliances
  9. System design, location, controls, flue types for appliances and smart controls
  10. An awareness of green technologies
  11. The properties of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  12. An awareness of fuel storage – tanks and bottles (Liquid Petroleum Gas - LPG)

Technical Requirements - Skills

  1. Carry out safe isolation essential electrical safety checks
  2. Carry out flue testing
  3. Undertake the necessary safety checks following gas work on an appliance (regulation 26/9)
  4. Work in compliance with statutory and normative documentation including building regulations, water regulations and electrical regulations
  5. Access and comply with technical guidance, bulletins and safety alerts e.g. Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedures (GIUSP)
  6. Demonstrate tightness testing, purging and relight procedures on gas installations
  7. Demonstrate pipework installations/pipework skills, pressure and flow/pipework sizing, meter installations
  8. Demonstrate ambient air testing/carbon monoxide/dioxide atmosphere testing
  9. Identify gas safety controls and prove their safe operation
  10. Complete records and maintain records accordingly
  11. Identify faults and take the appropriate action
  12. Undertake the installation and/or repair and maintenance of four appliances
  13. Reinstate following completion of works, cleaning up and making good

How will I be assessed?

Work Log

As the apprentice progresses through their training, they are required to gather evidence on the full range of skills, knowledge and behaviours required by the standard and will be assessed on particular tasks or procedures or items of equipment.

Safe isolation of operational equipment for maintenance is one example of competency assessment applicable to those working in gas engineering. It is industry practice that assessments are recorded in a work log. The work log must be sufficient to evidence that the apprentice can apply skills, knowledge and behaviours required in a variety of tasks. Progress review documentation should also be included.

The apprentice’s supervisor will typically support the development of the work log in accordance with company policy and procedures, although assessment organisations will provide guidance on the content of the work log.  A summative assessment of the work log will form part of the end-point assessment portfolio assessment – see below.

Suggested Observation of Behaviours and Skills

Apprentices work in an environment where their safety, the safety of those around them and the equipment they work on are of paramount importance. Therefore, observation of behaviours and approach are an integral and developing part of the apprentice's progression throughout the apprenticeship and should be assessed using existing supervisory practice and as part of the on-going assessment.

Suggested Training/Development Review Meetings

Training and assessment is agreed and documented in a personal training/development plan. Regular review meetings should be programmed to ensure training/development needs are met and supported. This could include additional training, or ways of accelerating learning, as required by the apprentice. This will typically be an interview with the apprentice’s line manager, but may include colleagues from Human Resources. Feedback from mentors and team members may be included to contribute towards individual personalised training/development plans.  Review documentation should be included in the apprentice's work log - see above.

End-Point Assessment

Successful achievement of the end-point assessment will lead to final certification of the apprenticeship and demonstrate that the apprentice is a fully authorised competent worker who can work safely and confidently to install, maintain or repair at least four types of appliance. It uses the following assessment tools:

  • Portfolio assessment, incorporating Gas Safe® registration, competency test and work log review, which includes an interview. This will be marked by technical experts usually sourced from the apprentice’s employer (weighting 70%).
  • Knowledge assessment, independently marked by an Apprentices Assessment Organisation (weighting 30%).

The end-point assessment may be completed over a three-month period to accommodate work scheduling and cost effective planning of resources.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Your employer should provide Personal Protective Equipment.

Course fees will be paid by the employer.

There is also a need for registration with the Gas Safe® Register for four appliances.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

In achieving a Pass or a Distinction in this apprenticeship, the successful apprentice will be eligible to apply for membership of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech).
You can also progress to supervisory, management or professional and technical courses and qualifications.


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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Paul Prime

Paul Prime

Domestic Gas Course helps grow plumbing business

Taking a part-time domestic gas course with Derby College is enabling experienced plumber Paul Prime to grow his business.Paul, who runs Prime Plumbing Services in Ilkeston, took the evening course in order to gain Gas Safe certification – the industry's recognised safety standard for gas central heating engineers. Holding a Gas Safe licence means Paul can now safely and legally undertake all aspects of central heating work alongside plumbing jobs.
Paul's nephew and business partner Liam, already had the certification but having two Gas Safe plumbers on their books has increased the amount of domestic and light commercial work they can take on.Paul was so impressed with the standard of teaching on his course that his firm installed an unvented cylinder at the college which can be used by students for test and inspection purposes.
He is also in regular contact with his former lecturers to talk about latest changes in the plumbing and heating sector.

He said: "The course content and the quality of teaching was excellent – so much so that I've been back to the college since to talk to other people on the course about how it's benefited me and my business."
Prime Plumbing Services – which is a proud member of the Derbyshire Trusted Trader scheme – is now looking to take on more plumbers, and when it does, Paul has every intention of sending them to Derby College to gain any further qualifications.
He added: "Having well trained people is important to us. As qualified plumbers and heating engineers, one of our main aims is to provide customers with a reliable, reputable service they can trust – and keep the rogue traders out."


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