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.
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.”