The BPEC Level 3 Award in Gas Safety Awareness for Supervisors and Managers (RQF) gives individuals who manage or supervise gas operatives, or inspect the work undertaken, the fundamental knowledge regarding the legislation, distribution, principles, combustion and meter installation in relation to natural and liquid petroleum gases.
Learners must be 16 years of age or older. There is an expectation that learners have good literacy and numeracy skills to allow them to complete the qualification successfully. Learners are not required to hold any qualifications prior to undertaking this programme.
The qualification requires the learner to complete three units (all of which are mandatory) and these include the assessment of knowledge by means of multiple choice questions and written responses. The topics covered are:
There will be 21 hours of guided learning and an expectation that approximately 10 hours of self-study will be completed by the learner. The method of assessment will be four centrally-set centre-marked assessments.
No special equipment is required.
The Level 3 Award in Gas Safety Awareness for Supervisors and Managers could lead to career progression for individuals aspiring to manage teams of gas operatives, or inspect the work undertaken, by giving them knowledge and understanding of gas safety.
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."