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Options Skills deliver a range of gas courses to assist beginners entering the industry and engineers looking to update qualifications or upskill.

The heating and energy industry has changed more than ever in recent years. While gas remains the most common energy source in the UK, a wider range of alternatives are now available.

As the industry evolves, so does Options Skills, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of it. Delivering gas courses and renewables training, we’re helping our students to future proof their careers.

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Gas Courses With Options Skills

Duration: 1-3 Years / £6,750

The ACS Domestic Gas Training Course allows new entrants to become gas engineers. Through centre-led training and on-site experience, trainees gain the skills, knowledge, and qualifications to join the Gas Safe Register.

As well as this, candidates learn domestic plumbing maintenance skills and gain their Unvented Hot Water Systems (G3) qualification.

Our renewables training courses are also available as add-on options for this course.

Students of our ACS Domestic Gas Training course are also eligible to apply for twelve months of free Checkatrade membership.

Go to: ACS Domestic Gas Training Course

Duration: 10 Days / £1,500
(Included in ACS Domestic Gas & Plumbing Training Course)

ACS Initial Assessment in the next step after completing centre-led training and portfolio assessment. Upon completion, candidates will gain their ACS qualifications and be eligible apply for Gas Safe Registration.

Experienced engineers with qualifications that have expired for 12 months or more must undertake ACS Initial assessment.

Go to: ACS Initial Assessment

Duration: Up to 5 Days / £875

ACS Renewal allows existing gas engineers to renew their ACS qualifications and remain on the Gas Safe Register.

Our trainers will assess existing gas engineers through written and practical assessments against the Domestic Suite of ACS Gas Qualifications.

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Duration: 1 Day / £200

Our Energy Efficiency training course will provide candidates with a complete understanding and awareness of Part L of The Building Regulations.

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Duration: 5 Days / £995

Heat Pumps will play a vital role as the UK strives to reduce carbon emissions and achieve Net Zero targets and 
qualified installers will need to come from the ranks of existing heating engineers.

Our training course covers the installation and maintenance of air source and ground source heat pumps.


Go to: Heat Pump Installation & Maintenance

Duration: 2 Days / £300

Candidates will learn the industry standards, requirements and design principles of low -temperature systems.

Go to: Low-Temperature Design

Duration: 2 Days / £300

Options Skills’ Water Regulations Training is aimed at gas and heating engineers who require knowledge of Water Regulations (1999).

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Duration: 1 Day / £200

Our Unvented Hot Water Systems course provides candidates with a certificate of competence as defined by the Building Regulations G3.

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Duration: 10 Days / £1,795

Our renewables training courses are available as a full package, allowing engineers to gain the required qualifications to future-proof their careers.

Go to: Renewables Package

Up to 31st December 2020 Regulated qualifications and UKAS Accredited certificates of competence issued in the UK were widely recognised by other EU member states. However, since the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, individual member states that previously recognised a UK qualification may now no longer do so. Learners undertaking qualifications on the basis that it is recognised by an EU member state should in the first instance make enquiries with the relevant bodies in that Country to confirm its recognition status.

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When you enrol on our ACS Domestic Gas & Plumbing Maintenance Training Course, you’ll be eligible to apply for twelve months of free Checkatrade membership. 

Checkatrade is the leading tradesperson directory, with over 13 million people using them to help find a reputable tradesperson.

Allowing you to reach new customers in your local area and further afield, Checkatrade and Options Skills will help you launch your career and grow your business.

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Career Opportunities for Gas Engineers

As a gas engineer, you will install, service, maintain and repair gas appliances, as well as complete domestic plumbing work.

Your diary will vary from installing copper piping and connecting radiators to installing gas cookers and boilers. 

You can work on a self-employed, sub-contract or employed basis, providing plenty of flexibility in your career.

Learn more about our ACS Domestic Gas Training Course.

Many gas engineers choose to upskill into the renewable sector to expand their skills and earning potential.

As well as all the jobs a gas engineer would complete, heating and renewables engineers will also work on air-source and ground-source heat pumps and low-temperature heating design.

Similarly to being a gas engineer, heating and renewables engineer can work on a self-employed, sub-contract of employed basis.

Learn more about our Renewables Package.

After gaining their qualifications and joining the gas safe register, many gas engineers choose to specialise in one specific area of the trade. 

For example:

  • Boiler Installation
  • Kitchen/Bathroom Fitting
  • Gas Pipe Fitting
  • Underfloor Heating

Whatever part of the gas industry an engineer may choose to specialise in, they can become an expert in your field, resulting in high earning potential.

A manager is responsible for leading their team within a company. 

As well as plumbing and gas knowledge and skills, a manager needs good customer service skills, excellent organisation, and the ability to solve problems.

They will typically oversee a team’s day-to-day, ensuring they’re suitably trained and prepared for the jobs they’re completing.

Setting up a business is the goal of many people in the trades industry. 

Business owners have complete control over their working days and hours, how much they charge, and generally, have a lot more flexibility in their work life.

How to begin a career in the gas industry

To get started in the industry, some people prefer to begin as a plumbers’ mate before moving onto earn their official gas qualifications. Others choose the apprenticeship route.

Alternatively, there are training courses. Training courses are particularly well-suited to mature students and career changers who can dedicate themselves to training.

For example, with Options Skills, you’ll complete eight weeks in our centre before going out to work alongside a mentor. It is during this first stage that trainees will learn essential plumbing maintenance and gas skills that will underpin everything they do going forward.

Different routes suit different people, but training courses are typically encouraged as trainees can get out on-site, earn their qualifications in a quicker time and as a result, start earning sooner.

Student testing gas boiler during one of our gas courses

How long do gas courses take to complete?

There is no definitive answer for how long gas courses take to complete, as it depends on the route you take.

Usually, an apprenticeship in the industry will take up to four or five years to complete. In contrast, our ACS Domestic Gas training course has an average duration of one to three years.

The shorter duration of training courses makes them an excellent option for those looking to get into the industry sooner. We see this often with mature learners and career changers who want to get back into work as quickly as possible.

Ultimately, how long it takes you to complete a course will depend on the course content and structure, level of qualification and whether you train on a full-time or part-time basis.

Full-time & part-time gas courses

Training on a part-time basis is ideal for many trainees as it allows them to fit their course around work or family commitments. 

As such, we offer part-time training options for our ACS Domestic Gas training course students. 

Stage one consists of centre-led training where you’ll learn essential gas and plumbing maintenance skills. Typically, we deliver stage one in an eight-week block. However, we realise that not everyone can commit the entire two months in one go. As a result, we’re happy to tailor your training plan and split it into smaller training blocks. 

When it comes to stage two of the gas course, students work on-site with a mentor. Whether you do this on a full-time or basis-time basis is down to you and your mentor. Many mentors are happy to work with trainees a few days a week or on evenings and weekends, depending on their schedule.

Working part-time will increase the duration of your training, but it’s all about finding a way into the gas industry that works best for you. 

Why are gas engineers important?

Since the late 1800s, gas engineers have played a significant role in keeping homes light, powered and warm. 

And, as it is a role that comes with risks, gas safe engineers go through extensive training to start their careers and continue to hone their skills through their careers. 

From ensuring our homes are heating correctly and efficiently, gas engineers also come to the rescue in emergencies. 

On top of this, as the industry evolves, engineers keep up with the ever-changing technology. As homes and communities develop and grow, gas engineers are under more demand to service gas appliances across homes, update heating systems and ultimately ensure people are comfortable, warm and safe. 

The heating landscape is developing quicker than ever before. 

Engineers must know how to install and service a broader range of appliances than ever before. In addition to this, many are adding renewable alternatives to their skillset to future-proof their careers and offer a broader range of services to their customers.

Gas course student soldering copper piping

the future of the

Gas Industry

There is no denying that we are producing a significant volume of greenhouse gas, which we need to reduce. As a result, the industry has begun developing alternatives to gas heating.

A wide range of alternatives has been introduced, from Hydrogen-powered and electric boilers to solar panels and heat pumps. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as replacing a gas boiler with one of these. Each alternative comes with restrictions, and they aren’t suitable for every home, which means gas boilers aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

With 23 million gas boilers across the UK, gas engineers will be working for a long time to come. This is because not only do homeowners continue to replace their boilers with like-for-like appliances, but all those currently installed still require servicing and maintenance.

Gas engineering will remain a lucrative career option for at least a decade or two before we phase out gas boilers. In the meantime, many engineers are taking this opportunity to upskill in the renewables sector.

Gas course student servicing a boiler

gas courses WITH OPTIONS SKILLS

Who can enrol on gas courses?

Options Skills welcomes students from all backgrounds to enrol on our gas courses, and we don’t require students to have previous experience in the trades industry. 

However, if you have experience in the plumbing or gas industry, we may be able to offer accelerated training options.

Gas course student testing a gas meter

How do i enrol on a gas course?

Enrolling on our gas courses couldn’t be easier.

You can request a callback from our advisors by filling in our contact form, and they’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can call them directly on 0800 802 1306.

They’re on hand to answer all your questions and explain our gas courses in detail. You’re also welcome to arrange a centre visit to look around and see the workshops for yourself.

SEE WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE SAID ABOUT OUR GAS COURSES​

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Amy KeayAmy Keay
17:49 14 Jan 22
Option Skills - BirminghamI’m not usually a person who will write feedback on Google, but I am someone who will give credit where credit is due.I found myself in a position where I had been made redundant, and id had a conversation with someone who’d decided to go on a gas course and do this through Option Skills. After speaking with the individual, I decided that id give this a go myself to give myself a trade.I can honestly say that it is better than anything that id ever expected. Iv always been someone who had worked in finance, so doing this was new to me and I was a bit apprehensive with how it would go.I have nothing but praise to the employees at Option Skills, and I feel that they are a credit to the company.Andrew, Leanne and Shaun have been the people taking the training sessions, and what incredible people they are.They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful in every way possible with an extra desire to wanting to see you achieve.I have done the course for 8 weeks, and the knowledge I have picked up already is immense.If you are someone looking to get into the gas trade, I would highly recommend Option Skills as you will not be disappointed.Carl Evans
Samuel LauSamuel Lau
19:46 05 Jan 22
Although this course is intense and you will find yourself picking up a lot of information in a short space of time, Options Skills are the best way to get into the trades if you are a fast learner and are willing to work hard. The trainers are excellent (John, Steve, Thomas) and they will help you wherever they can, however be prepared to put in the work yourself in the evenings and weekends to revise and pass exams. Josh and James from the recruitment team were a joy to work with, they work tirelessly to find us all placements to start working in the industry while you complete the portfolio part of the course. I just finished the Electrical 6 week course and the lads found me a job in Birmingham city centre. With a number of exams left to do and portfolio to complete after you finish the 6 weeks in-centre, you can expect the total time to reach being qualified to be around 1-2 years.
beau clarkebeau clarke
08:12 24 Nov 21
Really recommend this training centre. Just finished a 6 week electrical installation course. Tutors Colin and John were great, they were knowledgeable professional and very supportive throughout. Josh and his recruitment team managed to find me a job in the industry starting the Monday after I finished the training. 5 stars all round from me. Thank you to everybody at option skills and keep up the good work!!!
Tom McdonaldTom Mcdonald
17:52 03 Nov 21
Great service from start to finish. Course is very well run & enjoyable. Prepares you for the world of electrics, with constant support from trainers Colin or John when needed. After the course is finished Josh and his team work around the clock to help you get a foot in the door at an electrical company. Constant support & updates, giving you confidence in what can be a hard process. Making it very smooth and simple
Kiril IvanovKiril Ivanov
07:37 14 Oct 21
John, I would like to express how much I enjoyed your classes. Thank you for making your classes special and interesting and enjoying with your innovative teaching.Thank you, for all the fun activities you included in the class to enhance learning, proving the fact that learning can indeed be fun.Great Teachers never try to be the best teachers. They simply bring out the best in their students. You definitely are one and I want you to know this. Thank you for everything.
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