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
Derby College plumbing apprentice Tom Smith is making great progress in his apprenticeship with Derby Homes.Since starting work with the company he has taken part in the regional finals of a national heating competition and been given the opportunity to advance to a level 3 apprenticeship.
Tom, who is 20 and from Giltbrook, got good grades at A level and had planned on going to university after school.But, put off by the cost, he looked for an apprenticeship instead and is happy that he made the right choice. In February he represented Derby College in one of six regional heats of the UK Heating Apprentice of the Year, organised by HIP magazine.And, although Tom didn't make it to the national finals, he enjoyed the experience and the chance to compete against other skilled young heating apprentices.
He said: "I go to college on day release and enjoy it.
"A lot of our tutors have been there for quite a long time and they really know their subject.
I'm finding the course quite easy.
I've got a car so getting to Derby isn't a problem and I like the college building too."
Tom, who undertakes work such as installing radiators and boilers at Derby City Council's domestic properties which are managed by Derby Homes, would like to work as a gas engineer once he is fully trained