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.
Self-employed plumber Ryan Pearch is hoping to kick-start the careers of Derby College apprentices just like himself a decade ago. College Peak Award winner Ryan took Level 2 Plumbing as a full-time course and Level 3 part-time as an apprentice.
But his job did not offer training in gas work, which meant he found himself dropping behind his fulltime Level 3 counterparts. It was through a combination of Ryan’s personal commitment and the support of his lecturers – “brilliant, every one of them’’ – that he passed all of his modules.
He is now hoping to expand his business Pearch Plumbing & Heating to “employ people like me."
Ryan has been self-employed for a year after gaining further qualifications and experience in the industry. He said: “We’re really, really, busy. I do boilers, floor heating, bathrooms, kitchens…everything to do with plumbing in the house.
The plan is to get bigger and to take people on – and hopefully employ people like me, who are looking for a job as an apprenticeship.”
Level 3 is all about gas and that meant the other students were doing it day in and day out – but I wasn’t because my job didn’t operate in that area.
I asked for extra work to do at home and the college was helpful with that. Phil Stone was the lecturer and he was really good. In fact, the lecturers were brilliant, every one of them.
The courses were excellent for me and it was nice to receive the recognition of a Derby College Peak Award.”