If you are looking to become a gas engineer you will need to be on the Gas Safe Register, in order to work in the UK. The register is a legal requirement for all those who working as a gas fitter or engineer, even those who have previously been CORGI registered.
What qualifications do I need to be a gas engineer?
For experienced gas engineers and fitters who have been CORGI registered for under 5 years, you can apply for a Gas Safe Register certificate. Long term CORGI engineers will need to retrain in the field that they work in, in order to meet legal requirements. If you are looking for a change of career or are just starting out, you will need to choose what area of the gas industry that you would like to work in, such as a gas boiler engineer or gas fire installer. Owned by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) the gas register gives customers confidence that you are safe to work with gas. Once an individual or company has registered, they will receive a license card and certificate.
How do I train to become a gas engineer?
If you have no experience as a gas worker you will need to undertake formal training on one of the many gas training courses across the UK. These courses are usually in the form of NVQ’s and you will need to attain a level 2 or 3 in order to meet Gas Safe Register guideline.
The Nationally Accredited Certification scheme (ACS) is a popular route for most gas workers to become registered and it is solely for those who have previous experience in the industry. The ACS scheme involves taking a series of assessments at the end of a short training period. The assessments will test your knowledge and expertise and will be specific to the area that you work in. Training before the assessments is not mandatory but it will reflect better on you and your business, if you show that you are aware of up to date procedures and guidelines within the gas work industry.
Before you take the assessments, you will be asked to provide evidence of your previous qualifications and experience to certify that you do not need any formal training before being allowed onto the Gas Safe Register.