This assessment is for candidates who have completed a formal approved study programme to allow entry for CMA1, aimed at meter installers working in industry.
You need to have completed a formal study programme - either Gas Meter Foundation or a previous suitable Gas qualification. You might have to undertake extra work before taking the assessment.
The course entials assessment of competence for meter installation and replacements.
Assessment involves the installation, replacement and decommissioning of meters and components.
Units include both practical and theory assessments: the practical takes place in simulated conditions while the theory elements are open book with mutli-choice papers.
Candidates must have prepared for assessment and be proficient in all the areas for assessment.
Normally MET1 would be undertaken at the same time as this unit.
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.”