There is a skills shortage throughout the UK, and there has been for some time. Subsequently, gas engineers are in demand more than ever before.
Existing engineers are overwhelmed with work and being offered more than they can accept, meaning there is a waiting list of work completed. As a result, there has never been a better time to learn a trade and become a gas engineer.
Whether you’re a complete beginner to the industry or you’re currently working in a different trade, becoming a gas engineer is a significant step to take. Not only is being a gas engineer rewarding, but it’s also a profitable career.
The idea of leaving your current role behind you and embarking on a new one can be daunting. However, it won’t be long before you’re out there working as a qualified gas & heating engineer.
What Are Your Options?
An apprenticeship is usually the first route people think about when learning a trade, and it is a route you can take to becoming a gas engineer – but it’s not the only one.
Apprenticeships generally take several years to complete, and apprentices typically earn £4.15 an hour for the first year. After that, earnings vary depending on age, with those aged 25 or over earning £8.72 an hour. (Source: Go Construct).
Training courses, however, can be completed in a shorter time, allowing students to earn a full wage sooner. New qualified engineers can expect to earn around £20,000, with the number rising to over £30,000 after a few years in the industry. (Source: CV-Library)
ACS Domestic Gas & Renewables Training
As the industry evolves, so do the demands of heating engineers. At Options Skills, we’ve updated our gas training to include renewables heating training, helping to future proof your career in the industry.
Our ACS Domestic Gas & Renewables Training Course consists of three simple steps. First, you will receive training from experienced tutors in our centre before working alongside a gas engineer on-site. The breakdown of the course looks like this:
Centre Led Training – 300 Guided Learning Hours
Join us in our training centre for eight weeks of training. You will learn essential domestic gas skills and Hot Water Systems, Unvented and Central Heating Design.
Portfolio Building – 100 Days*
Alongside a qualified engineer, you’ll work on-site, undertaking gas work and building your portfolio.
ACS Initial Training – 80 Guided Learning Hours
Back in one of our training centres, you’ll complete your ACS Assessment consisting of:
- Core Gas Safety (CCN1)
- Central Heating and Boilers (CENWAT)
- Gas Fires (HTR1)
- Gas Cookers (CKR1)
Renewables – 2 Weeks
Your two final weeks will consist of your Renewables Accreditation training:
- Water Regulations (WRAS)
- Heat & Energy Efficiency EEDHS (Part L of Building Regulations)
- Low-Temperature Heating Design (LTHWS)
- Air Source Heat Pump Installation and Maintenance (IMASHPS)
- Ground Source Heat Pump Installation and Maintenance (IMHPS21)
*The duration of step two varies from person to person. How long it takes you to complete your portfolio depends on your working situation. Some people can work on their gas portfolio full-time, while others can only do part-time. The most important thing is that you complete it at a pace that suits you. To complete step two, trainees must meet the portfolio criteria set.
Gas Safe Register
To become a qualified legal gas engineer, you must join the Gas Safe Register.
Replacing CORGI in 2009, Gas Safe Register became the gas registration body. Gas Safe Register is the official list of businesses and engineers who are legally registered to work on gas appliances. It is a legal requirement that all gas engineers be on the register.
How Long Does It Take To Become A Gas Engineer?
Hard work, motivation, and dedication are essential to becoming a gas & heating engineer. Being committed to the training course and meeting each stage’s requirements means you could be qualified in under a year. Of course, if you’re unable to train on a full-time basis, it may take you an extra year or two. But, on average, people complete their training within 1-3 years.
Regardless of the path you take, the most important thing is that you’re taking a significant step in your working life.