The industry-recognised qualification scheme for gas in the UK is called ACS (Accredited Certification Scheme). ACS qualifications cover several different areas of gas work including domestic, industrial, meter installation and commercial catering.
If you do not already have a recognised gas qualification you will need to complete a managed learning programme before you can take ACS assessments. The Guild of Gas Fitting Operatives (GGFO) managed learning programme consists of off-job training, on-job training and assessment.
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 training consists of 23 days at the training centre, spread 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. The on-job training time must be at least 960 hours.
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 approximately 2 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 typically take 5 to 7 days, depending on the core and appliance elements taken.
The GGFO costs £ 2400 inc. VAT, paid in instalments of £ 480 at the start of each week.