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 real work with a GAS SAFE registered engineer as a recommended minimum of three days per week.
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. It is essential that practical experience can be obtained from the workplace.
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.
A portfolio of work is required to be put together, with jobs completed on-site, to cover the full range of assessment criteria.
There are multiple choice question papers and 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. A small gas tool kit is required for working in the workshop and on-site.
Candidates who successfully complete the BPEC Gas Foundation course will then be eligible to undertake the relevant ACS qualifications.
This is not included in the costs
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."