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Course overview

Our 25-week gas engineer course is the UK’s most comprehensive and in-depth gas safe course for adults and now includes the installation and maintenance of air source heat pumps.

We go the extra mile for all our students, ensuring that they’re not only fully qualified but the most employable as well. Our expert learning and development team have identified skill shortages within the industry through their years of experience. We have incorporated this knowledge into our training syllabus making you a valuable asset for employers.

With a blend of classroom and workshop-based learning, we believe that ‘hands-on’ learning is essential to train for a career in the gas industry.

Qualification Overview

  • CCN1 – Core Domestic Gas Safety (Natural Gas)
  • CPA1 – Combustion Performance Analysis
  • CENWAT – Domestic Gas Central Heating Boilers & Water Heaters
  • CKR1 – Domestic Gas Cookers
  • HTR1 – Domestic Gas Fires & Wall Heaters
  • Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems – Installation, servicing and maintenance of unvented hot water systems from 15 to 500 litres.
  • WRAS Waterbyelaws
  • Level 3 Award in the Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps – Install, Service and Maintain Air Source Heat Pump Systems
  • System Design and Fault Finding – Our own system design and fault-finding course aimed at giving you a better understanding of how to repair central heating systems and boilers.
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Stage 1 - Core Gas Safety Training - 7 Weeks

Gas engineers are required by law to get Gas Safety training, which includes all the components necessary to pass your ACS exams in order to join the Gas Safe Register. These abilities are among the minimal requirements for becoming a gas engineer and underpin the foundation of our course.

Core Gas Safety Training Content:

  • Safety, Legislation and Standards
  • Gas Emergency Actions and Procedures
  • Products and Characteristics of Combustion
  • Ventilation for Domestic Gas Burning Appliances
  • Installation of Pipework and Fittings
  • Tightness Testing and Purging
  • Checking and/ or Setting Meter Regulators
  • Unsafe Situations, Emergency Notices and Warning Labels
  • Operation and Positioning of Emergency Isolation
  • Controls and Valves Checking and Setting
  • Appliance Burner Pressures and Gas Rates
  • Operation and Checking of Appliance Gas Safety Devices and Controls
  • Chimney Standards
  • Chimney Installation, Inspection and Testing
  • Re-establish Existing Gas Supply and Re-light Appliances
  • Domestic Pipework Installation
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Stage 2 - Core Practical Skills – 9 Weeks

Our Core Practical Skills provides a higher level of training for heating engineers. These topics will help you master the skills and confidence to complete practical tasks for businesses – an area that many training courses may neglect.

We believe in teaching you to be both employable and qualified, and this module will give you the abilities and self-esteem necessary to use your qualifications efficiently at the conclusion of your training.

Core Practical Skills Content:

  • Installation, Service and Repair of Domestic Ducted Air Heaters
  • Installation, Service and Repair of Domestic Gas Cooking Appliances
  • Installation, Service and Repair of Domestic Gas Fires
  • Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Boiler Manufacturer Specific Training
  • Gas Appliance Component Replacement
  • Specific Electrical Controls Training
  • Electrical Testing of Gas Appliances and System Controls
  • Principles and Procedures of Fault Diagnosis
  • Intelligent Heating Controls
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Sequence of Operation of Gas Appliances and Systems
  • Central Heating System Design
  • Landlord Gas Safety Certificates
  • Doorstep Protocol and Customer Journey
  • Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems
  • Basic Plumbing Skills
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Stage 3 - Work Placement and Portfolio – 7 Weeks

All newly qualified gas engineers must complete a portfolio of gas work which will include a variety of job types such as boilers, cookers and fires.

A gas portfolio is your chance to distinguish yourself among other recent heating engineers. A strong portfolio demonstrates to potential employers that you have the gas safety knowledge necessary to work in the sector and contribute effectively to their team while working safely.

We can’t promise you decades of expertise, but we can give you the best foundation knowledge and practical skills to help you launch a successful career as a gas engineer.

We work with many large heating employers and this allows us to guarantee a work placement to allow you to build your portfolio. Make sure whoever you choose for your training journey can provide you with a written guarantee of this.

One of the key advantages of the firms we use is that many of them lead to a full-time job offer after our students become qualified.

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Stage 4 - ACS Assessment – 2 Weeks

The final component of your gas engineer training will be sitting your ACS tests. After passing your ACS exams, you may work under the Gas Safe Register as a solo practitioner or as an employee.

The first week will be spent on making sure your portfolio is done and that your ACS assessment has been revised. The second week will be your last ACS exam, which takes around five days to finish and consists of a variety of multiple-choice theoretical papers as well as practical activities that cover fundamental gas safety.

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What are your career prospects at the end of this course

When students complete our heating engineer course, they enter a well-established field that offers:

A Competitive Salary

Depending on your experience level and area of expertise, typical salaries for gas engineers range from £30,000 to up to £50,000 a year. By working overtime or running your own business, these figures can increase dramatically.

A Secure Career

Because of the many regulations that require people to hire registered ‘Gas Safe’ engineers, your skills will always be in demand, offering access to a range of career prospects and opportunities. As you gain experience, new opportunities will become available. It’s so much more than just a job – it’s a lifetime career.

Once qualified you could:

  • Install, service and repair gas central heating boilers, water heaters, fires, cookers and meters.
  • Install and maintain air source heat pumps
  • Work for gas engineering companies, insurance companies, housing associations and much more.
  • Complete Landlord Gas Safety Certificates.
  • Complete maintenance work for letting agents.
  • Provide boiler cover plans.
  • Apply to work as a subcontractor for British Gas, Boxt, Corgi Homeplan and many other companies.
  • Provide out of hours emergency call-outs at premium rates.
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What does the future hold for gas engineers?

Central heating engineers have a bright future ahead of them. The UK government has promised to use green alternatives to replace natural gas heating, which will undoubtedly create a lot of work in our sector.

The two primary technologies for reducing emissions to zero by 2050 are Air Source Heat Pumps and Hydrogen Gas boilers.

In the run up to net zero 2050, we’re going to see a transformation in the way we heat our homes. The challenge is sizable – over 20,000 homes every week will need to switch to a low-carbon heat source between 2025 and 2050. – National Grid

According to studies, installations of air source heat pumps must soar to as many as 600,000 per year by 2028 and an estimated 69,500 installers will be needed by 2035.

Air source heat pumps, however, don’t go without their issues. They’re more suitable for new build properties that are extremely well insulated in order for them to be efficient.

This paves way for hydrogen boilers, which are expected to be the main fuel source for heating by 2035. You can view the hydrogen timeline here.

According to the hydrogen competency framework report, the qualifications to work on hydrogen are only open to gas engineers to train in, due to similarities between natural gas and hydrogen gas. Natural gas engineers can upskill in only 25 hours (3-days).

A booming, UK-wide hydrogen economy could be worth £900 million and create over 9,000 high-quality jobs by 2030, potentially rising to 100,000 jobs and worth up to £13 billion by 2050. – UK Government

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What to expect on the course

Skilled Engineering Group's 25-week gas engineer course is employer-based and focuses on high-quality, hands-on training that prepares you to work. Our training curriculum was created to not only teach you how to pass your course but also to give you the ability to use your new skills with confidence.

We provide all of the most recent technology in our gas workshops, but we also have older equipment that you'll encounter at work. To date, we've invested over £250,000 to construct the greatest possible training facilities, including real-world practical cases to help you get ready for your new career.

Furthermore, all of our expert trainer staff have at least 15 years experience working with some of the UK's most renowned gas engineering firms and are fully certified industry experts.

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Key Learning Areas

The key learning areas for our gas engineer course focus on both practical and theory training on the industry recognised qualifications below.

CCN1 & CPA1 – This is the core gas safety certificate that all gas operatives must have to work in the domestic gas industry.

CENWAT – Installation, servicing, repair and commission of domestic central heating boilers and water heaters.

CKR1 – Installation, servicing and repair of domestic gas cooking appliances.

HTR1 – Installation, servicing and repair of gas fires and wall heaters.

Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems – Installation, servicing and maintenance of unvented hot water systems from 15 to 500 litres.

System Design and Fault Finding – Our own system design and fault-finding course aimed at giving you a better understanding of how to repair central heating systems and boilers.

Level 3 Award in the Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps – Install, Service and Maintain Air Source Heat Pump Systems

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Very positive feedback from all staff who were on the training, great trainers and they made the topic interesting and easy to understand.

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Accommodation

Due to our UK-wide reputation and contacts, many of our students choose to travel from all over the UK to attend training at one of our centres. Listed below are a couple of accommodation providers you can contact. There are many hotels and B&B's local to us and some students use websites such as www.airbnb.co.uk to keep accommodation costs to a minimum.

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Ardgowan House (Paisley Centre)

0141 561 4294

Ardgowan House, bed and breakfast in Paisley, offers a wide variety of accommodation for you to choose from, shared or en-suite facilities, single and double rooms and family rooms available too.

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Ardgowan House (Paisley Centre)

92 Renfrew Road
Paisley
PA3 4BJ

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5 minute drive to training centre

1.2 Miles

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Holiday Inn Express (Dalgety Bay Centre)

01383 748220

Holiday Inn Express Dunfermline, 3 star family-friendly budget hotel in Fife with free wi-fi & free parking.

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Halbeath Dunfermline
Dunfermline
KY11 8DY

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12 minute drive from venue

4.4 Miles

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is your course Accredited?

Yes, our course is accredited by LCL Awards.
LCL Awards is one of the Building Services Engineering (BSE) sectors foremost certification bodies, offering qualifications via a network of approximately 200 approved centres located nationwide.

Do you offer any distance learning courses?

No - We don't think that you can be adequately trained on a self-learning or self-study course in the heating sector because there will be many issues too complex to grasp from reading a book. There is also a lot of hands-on training required to become a gas engineer, which is not available through distance learning.

Am I eligible to join the Gas Safe Register after successfully completing the course?

You'll be able to join the Gas Safe Register and obtain the necessary qualifications to work in the domestic gas sector after you've completed your tests.

How much does it cost to join the Gas Safe Register?

If you are working for an employer, they will pay this for you. If you start your own company this initial cost will be around £400 and requires to be renewed every year for approximately £120.

Will I gain any hands-on experience during this course?

Yes, of course. Our course is one of the longest gas safe training courses is available to new entrants. This gives us plenty of time to focus on job-related skills in our practical workshop before we move on to the next step. You will also be working with a Gas Safe Registered business for 7 weeks.

Am I guaranteed a job?

Unfortunately, we cannot promise you a position. There is no assurance of employment after completing your training, just as there is no guarantee with a university degree; but, because of our experience in this sector, you will have an edge over other students who will be entering the industry due to our reputation.

What is the industry standard salary for a gas engineer?

The industry standard salary for a gas engineer ranges between £27,000-£35,000. If you include overtime & standby allowance, it is not uncommon for an engineer to earn well over £45,000 per year. This, however, can be significantly higher if they decide to work as a self-employed gas engineer. Please, read more here.

Do you think I would be able to go self-employed right away?

Many of our students have started their own businesses. If you already have a technical background, it would be much easier. Even if you aren't from a technical background, you may go self-employed; however, we recommend working for an employer for at least 6 months to gain experience.

Do I need to buy anything?

We will provide you with all of your PPE, Workwear, and equipment while you're in the centre. You will share your engineer's tools while on placement, but once you get a job, an employer would expect you to have your own basic tool kit that may cost around £200.

How do I book?

Call one of our customer service team on 0808 164 2780 and they will walk you through the booking process.

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