Now I would like to discuss with you gas courses, the Gas Register and what you need to become a Gas Service Technician, it’s a great career to be involved in but it does come with responsibilities as I’ll discuss later. So read on for more info.
What is the Gas Safe Register?
By law here in the UK you must be listed on the gas safe register in order to carry out any gas work and this is for not only the UK but also for Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Any mistakes involving gas can be deadly so it’s crucial that the person you’re hiring to carry out gas work either in your home or business premises is fully qualified and is on the Gas safe Register.
Gas engineers work on cookers, boilers, fires and all other types of gas appliances. The Gas Safe Register is the registration body that covers gas here in the UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey and is appointed by the local health and safety authority. It is law that all gas engineers are registered. The Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI in 2009.
The purpose of the Gas Safe Register is to keep on maintaining and improving gas safety at the highest level possible. The gas safe register makes sure that all those who work with gas are safe to do so and are on the list. There are over 120,000 people qualified to work with gas.
The Gas Safe Register protects the general public from unsafe gas workers by:
- Having a team carrying out national investigations that will track down any gas worker who is currently working illegally and is not on the register
- They regularly inspect those who are registered as gas sage engineers
- They educate the consumers and try and raise awareness of gas safety
- They investigate any reports of someone working illegally with gas
- The Gas Safe Registered is there to protect people and families form illegal gas workers.
Level 3 Diploma and the ACS safety assessment
A Level 3 Diploma will cover all the ACS safety assessment requirements you’ll need if you’re planning on working with gas. You will need to cover the ACS safety assessment in your training/course in order to register yourself with the Gas Safe Register. The Gas Safe Register was formally known as CORGI. You will greatly boost your working portfolio if you do register with the Gas Safe Register as more and more people will come to you for work rather than going for someone who isn’t registered with the Gas Safe Register. They will feel much more confident in your skills and safety knowledge if they see that you are registered.
Domestic ACS Gas safety courses
If you are entering back into the gas industry, maybe you haven’t been involved with it for a while or if you are a registered gas engineer and are looking to renew your domestic ACS certificate then there are many courses available for you in order to keep you well qualified and also to broaden your skill portfolio.
So the Domestic ACS Gas safety courses are great if:
- You’re a domestic gas engineer who needs to renew their ACS certificate
- If you are planning on adding gas appliances for domestic usage
- You are going to install gas meters
- Are an emergency service provider
- Are carrying out carbon monoxide testing
Commercial Heating ACS Gas Safety Courses
These courses are great if you’re an engineer with experience.
This course is perfect if:
- You’re an engineer and already have a domestic qualification and have a good level of experience
- Maybe you are renewing your commercial qualifications and need the Core Commercial Heating Gas Safety package
- Maybe you already have a domestic qualification and are looking to work in the commercial environment.
To become a gas service technician
A gas service technician can install, repair and service gas appliances and heating systems. These may involve boilers, fires, and cookers and also central heating systems and shower units. To enter into this career you’ll need an industry recognised qualification and a gas safe registration which was formally known as CORGI. In order to gain these you may have to be employed by a company.
A gas service technician will usually work in a customer’s home or business premises for example a cafe, restaurant or in a hotel’s kitchen for instance.
A gas service technician’s job may involve:
- Installing systems and appliances
- Carrying out any maintenance checks on equipment and systems
- Make sure all controls and safety devices are in good working order and are safe to use
- Find and repair any gas leeks, you find these by using computerised fault finding equipment
- Repair or replace any old or faulty parts
- Order any new parts
- Keep a record of the jobs you have carried out
- Provide customers with how to be safe with gas appliances
You will also have to provide customers with quotes for any potential jobs that are to be carried out and advise them on how long the job will take to do. Gas service technicians are also known as gas installation engineers or gas maintenance engineers.
A gas service technician will usually work between the hours of 8am to 5pm and that’s Mondays to Fridays. Some employers do offer 24 hour emergency call outs, so keep this in mind.
The majority of the work will be in a customer’s home or business premises. This job can be quite demanding physically and you may have to work in cramped conditions and also sometimes up heights.
How much could you earn?
Apprentices with British Gas could earn around £15,000 a year and the more qualified gas technicians could earn between £25,000 and £30,000 a year. Of course these figures could be more as there will added bonuses, overtime and shift allowances.
How do I get qualified?
So to become a fully qualified gas service technician you will need two things:
- To have a recognised gas industry qualification
- To have a Gas Safe Registration (formally known as CORGI)
Gas industry qualifications that are recognised include:
- Level 3 (NVQ) in Domestic Natural GAS Installation and Maintenance
- Level 3 Diploma in Gas Utilisation
- Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating (Gas Fired Water and Central Heating Appliances)
So to sum up, to become a gas service technician you must:
- Have good practical skills
- Have good communication skills and also good organisation and problem solving skills
- Have basic IT skills and have good maths skills
- Have the ability to follow technical layouts and diagrams
- Be polite, professional and friendly
- Be able to work well within a team or on your own
- Have confidence to take responsibility and be able to make decisions
- Be aware of health and safety and industry regulations.
Well that’s it from me, I hope you can see how important this career is, it’s a great career to be involved with but it does come with a high level of responsibility. So let me wish you the best of luck with it all and I hope that someday soon you will be a gas service technician. All the best!