The Level 1 Award in Gas Safety Awareness is designed to give learners a basic understanding of key points relating to domestic gas safety, and how to identify devices and features associated with gas safety within domestic properties.
This qualification is for learners aged 16 years and over who are engaged in activities which require them to attend the residential homes of clients or service users as part of their day-to-day job role or for those who may undertake volunteer work. This could be for a variety of reasons including as trade operatives, care workers, social workers, housing officers and maintenance personnel working in or visiting properties. It could also be useful for individuals who would like to raise their own personal awareness of gas safety in the home.
Learners are not required to hold any qualifications prior to undertaking this programme.
However, learners are required to have a basic knowledge of numeracy and literacy.
Learners will complete one unit through which they will develop a basic understanding of key points relating to domestic gas safety, including:
This Level 1 qualification requires the completion of one centre-based knowledge assessment that is administered via a 20-question paper-based multi-choice examination.
Nothing is required.
This qualification does not form part of a suite of qualifications. However, learners can progress to a Level 2 Award in Gas Safety Awareness if this is appropriate to the scope of their job role or would benefit them personally.
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."