Throughout the UK there is a skills shortage, and there has been for some time.
Gas engineers are in demand more than ever, with existing engineers offered more work than they can accept. The market means that it’s a better time than ever to learn a trade.
Whether you’re a complete beginner to the industry or you’re currently working in a different profession, becoming a gas engineering is a significant step to take. Not only is being a gas engineer rewarding, but it’s also a profitable career.
When considering a new career, you should ask plenty of questions, and how long it takes to train should be one of them. 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 engineer.
What Are Your Options?
To become a qualified and legal gas engineer, you must gain your ACS gas qualification. Once you have done that, you need to join the Gas Safe Register. An apprenticeship is a route you can take to becoming a gas engineer, but not the only one. Apprenticeships generally take several years to complete, while vocation training courses take a little less time.
ACS Gas Training
Developed and designed to consist of three simple steps, you will receive training from experienced tutors in our centre before working alongside a gas engineer on-site. The break down of the course looks like this:
Centre Led Training – 300 Guided Learning Hours
Portfolio Building – 100 Days*
ACS Initial Training – 80 Guided Learning Hours
*The duration of step two varies from person to person. How long it takes you to complete your portfolio depends on your and your working situation. Some people can work on their gas portfolio full-time, while others can only do so part-time. The most important thing is that you complete it in a suitable time that suits you. To complete step two, must meet the portfolio criteria set.
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 registered to work legally on gas appliances. It is a legal requirement that all gas engineers must be on the register.
How Long Does It Take To Become A Gas Engineer?
As a gas engineer, hard work, motivation, and dedication are essential. Being committed to the training course and meeting each stage’s requirements means you could be qualified in under a year. If you’re unable to train on a full-time basis, it may take you an extra year or two. But, regardless of the path you take, the most important thing is that you’re taking a significant step in your working life.