The industry-recognised qualification scheme for gas work in the UK is called ACS (Accredited Certification Scheme). ACS covers several different areas of gas work including domestic, industrial, meter installation and commercial catering.
If you do not already have a recognised gas qualification, before taking ACS assessments you must complete a managed learning programme such as the Guild of Gas Fitting Operatives (GGFO).
The GGFO is an ideal starting point for getting into gas work. It has been developed over ten years to include all of the theory and practical elements needed to progress to ACS assessments. We provide extensive course notes to supplement textbooks.
The off-job GGFO training consists of 25 days at the training centre, spread out over a number of weeks. It consists of classroom and workshop lessons covering essential knowledge and practical skills such soldering copper pipe, threading steel pipe, tightness testing, purging, flame picture, pipe sizing, combustion (flue gas) analysis, ventilation, gas pressures, gas rate / heat input, flues and chimneys, safety controls, gas legislation, the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure, safe isolation, component testing and more.
As evidence of your on-job training you must make a portfolio of 80 gas jobs done under the supervision of a Gas Safe registered engineer.
When your portfolio is complete you return to the centre for the GGFO assessment. This takes the form of practical tasks and written exams and should take 2 to 3 days. If successful you will receive a certificate that will let you go on to take ACS assessments. If you are unsuccessful at the first attempt of any assessment at RAD Training you can retake all or part of it free of charge.
ACS assessments are taken after completion of the GGFO and typically take 7 to 10 days, depending on the core and appliance elements taken. For example, CCN1 and two appliances would cost £ 723 inc. VAT and should take about 7 days to complete.
The GGFO costs £ 2694 inc. VAT, paid in instalments of £ 510 at the start of each week and additional £ 144 certification fee at the end of the course.
ACS assessment cost varies depending on elements needed.