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Gas & Renewables Training Course | Become a Future Proofed Heating Engineer

The UK has pledged to reduce carbon emissions and strive for net-zero targets by 2050 (Source The Institute for Government). To help achieve this, the heating industry in the UK will need to adapt to new legislation. Heating solutions in domestic properties are likely to combine technologies as we all look to reduce our carbon footprint.

The introduction of renewable energy sources such as heat pumps and Hydrogen to replace natural gas are real possibilities. However, over 20 million domestic properties and many businesses still rely on natural gas as a heat and energy source.

With this in mind, Options Skills has developed a robust Gas & Renewables Training Course. The course is designed to future-proof and meet the needs of modern heating engineers by ensuring that they have the skills and qualifications required to meet the changing needs of our industry. The programme is aimed at new entrants to the industry and those with limited experience and without qualifications.

The Gas & Renewables Training Course by Options Skills is the most comprehensive course for new entrants to this exciting & essential industry. It consists of 5-must follow steps that we will deliver over 12-24 months.

Duration: 7 Weeks

You will begin our Managed Learning Programme (MLP). The MLP is an accredited gas training programme that meets the requirements of The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM).

During the 7-weeks at the centre, you will undergo intensive practical and theory training with Domestic Natural Gas and Domestic Gas Appliances.

Centre led training will take place at one of four centres nationally. We have designed this stage of training to be an in-depth introduction to gas work and installation, preparing you to move on to the next step of your training.
Duration: 2 Weeks

A further two weeks of training and assessment will take place at your convenience, with multiple courses running throughout the year. During these two weeks, you will gain additional knowledge and understanding of your role as a Heating Engineer. Subject to assessment, you will achieve these essential qualifications that will further assist & benefit you in your career as a heating engineer and registered gas installer. These qualifications will underpin everything that you will do in your role as a heating engineer.

In addition, many prominent contractors, insurers, housing associations and water authorities seek the qualifications listed below as evidence of knowledge, competence and compliance.

  • Central Heating Design (HSD1) – Heating and Hot Water design including knowledge and understanding of “S” & “Y” plan systems, hot water storage, comfort conditions and basic heating and hot water principles, basic system types, heat-loss calculations, system design, system specification and selection including emitters, pipework, boilers and pump sizing, sizing and selection of hot water systems.
  • Hot Water Storage Systems (HWSS), including Unvented (G3 of Building Regulations)
  • Water Regulations (WRAS) – understanding, interpretation, assessment
  • Heat & Energy Efficiency EEDHS (Part L of Building Regulations)
Duration: Minimum 100 Days

Stage three of training is a legal requirement for anyone training to become a gas heating engineer.

You will spend a minimum of 100 days working with a qualified gas engineer. Under their supervision, you will undertake a range of gas work, documenting this to complete a portfolio. Options Skills works with a network of registered gas installers across the country. We can assist with introductions if necessary.

Your portfolio acts as evidence of the work you have undertaken as a trainee and must be of acceptable quality to allow you to progress to the next stage of training. There is a minimum duration of 100 days and a maximum duration of 2-years to complete your portfolio.

Before moving onto stage four, you must pass a summative assessment. A summative assessment includes; three written assessments, one practical assessment and portfolio evaluation. Upon successful completion of your portfolio, you will earn your DNGA 1 – 5 MLP. This certification is evidence to all training providers that you have completed training and portfolio building. You are now ready to book your ACS Initial Assessment.
Duration: 7-10 Days

We will invite you back to the training centre to undertake your ACS Initial Assessment. As the only industry-recognised route, gas engineers must complete the Accredited Certification Scheme to become a member of the Gas Safe Register. Including practical and verbal examinations, you will cover the domestic suite of gas qualifications:
  • Core Gas Safety (CCN1)
  • Central Heating and Boilers (CENWAT)
  • Gas Fires (HTR1)
  • Gas Cookers (CKR1)
Once you have successfully passed your ACS Initial Assessment, you can apply to become a member of the Gas Safe Register. You must be a member before you can legally undertake any gas work. You may apply for Gas Safe Registration in your own right, or you may work for a Gas Safe Registered business as an approved operative. Membership is renewable annually, and fees are payable directly to the Gas Safe Register. ACS Qualifications are not evergreen and must be renewed every five years through an ACS Renewal Course. These courses last up to five days.
Duration: 2 Weeks

Renewables Accreditation includes:
  • Low-Temperature Heating Design (LTHWS)
  • Air Source Heat Pump Installation and Maintenance (IMASHPS)
  • Ground Source Heat Pump Installation and Maintenance (IMHPS21)
A vital element of the Gas & Renewables Training Course, heat pumps will form an integral part of the UK's strategy to meet its Net Zero targets. To achieve this, the UK must install 600,000 heat pumps annually to meet the government's target of 19 million heat pumps by 2050. (Source: Heat Pump Association). Training for heat pump installation is only available to people that hold an RQF Level 3 Heating Qualification (i.e. ACS Gas).

During the two-week training and assessment period, you will receive training in low water temperature system design, and installing and maintaining ground source and air source heat pumps. Assessment takes place through design scenarios, work performance activities and written examinations.

Upon completing stage five, you will have gained the following qualifications:
  • Core Gas Safety (CCN1) including CPA1 (Flue Gas Analyser)
  • Central Heating and Boilers (CENWAT)
  • Gas Fires (HTR1)
  • Gas Cookers (CKR1)
  • Heating Design
  • Unvented Hot Design (G3)
  • Part L of Building Regulation (Part L)
  • Water Regulations (WRAS)
  • Low-Temperature Heating Design (LTHWS)
  • Air Source Heat Pump Installation and Maintenance (IMASHPS)
  • Ground Source Heat Pump Installation and Maintenance (IMHPS21)
We believe that this full suite of qualifications will allow qualified heating engineers to respond to current and future domestic heating scenarios. It will also enable them to play a critical role in the future of the country's heating industry, helping us meet our commitment to reducing the carbon footprint.

With the above suite of qualifications, you are eligible to apply for membership of the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme), which is not only a sign of quality and commitment but boasts several benefits for both installers and manufacturers.

Footnote: Natural Gas will continue to play a vital role in heating our homes for a considerable time to come. Whilst there is talk of Hydrogen replacing Natural Gas, this policy is yet to be formalised, and specific training and qualification for Hydrogen does not yet exist. If and when the UK introduces it, it is likely to be in the form of a short conversion course for existing gas engineers. If the UK adopts Hydrogen as policy as part of the UK’s drive towards Net Zero, we will update our training provision at the earliest opportunity.

ACS Gas & Renewables Training Course Syllabus

Division Gas Training Division
Module G1 - Centre Led Managed Learning Plan
Course Title Gas and Renewables Training Course

With Effect from November 2017, all New Entrants to the Gas Industry in the UK must follow a standardised Level 3 RQF ( Regulated Qualifications Framework) Gas Course that is delivered by an approved Gas Training Centre. The Managed Learning Programme (MLP) delivered by Options Skills meets the requirements of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) document Standards of Training in Gas Work IGEM/IG1 leading to:
The acquisition of initial Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme for Gas Fitting Operatives (ACS) certificate(s) of Gas Safety Competence.
The acquisition of a Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) gas utilisation certificate.
The issue of a Training Completion Certificate (TCC).

Please see below for abbreviated Gas Course Syllabus:

Duration 265 Guided Learning Hours plus structuted self-study
Location Options Skills Training Centre
Attendance Type Full time (Monday to Friday) or part time week blocks
Suitability This programme is designed for New Entrants to the Gas Industry.
Prerequisites Candidate must be assessed for suitability prior to course attendance.
Candidate must be registered with awarding body 1-week before the start of course.
Course Objective To develop the candidates understanding and knowledge of Gas Regulations and critical practical skills required to work as a Registered Gas Installer.
Course Content - Theory & Practical Domestic Natural Gas
Health & Safety, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Risk assessments
History of the gas industry
Gas Legislation
Industry Unsafe situations
Installation of gas supply in domestic premises (Theory)
Installation and Purge volume Calculations
Calculating Pipe sizing for domestic appliances
Combustion of Natural Gas and its properties
Primary safety devices and controls (Theory)
Chimney Standards and Principle of flues
Ventilation requirements and installation requirements
Electrical safe isolation (theory)
Knowledge and understanding of Gas Appliance installations and their standards
The application of PPE and Risk assessment
Bending and manipulation of copper tube
Installation and fabrication of Steel pipe and fitting’s
Installing compression fitting on gas supplies
The use of a propane torch for soldering Activities
Installation of pipe frames utilising a variety of jointing materials
Domestic Gas Meter Installations
Internal pipe installation from Gas meter to Appliance point
Gas tightness testing following Industry Standard procedure
Purging of domestic Gas supplies
Gas Pressure testing using water manometer (U gauge)
Conducting flue gas Analysis and a variety of appliance types
Testing Chimney performance and integrity
Measuring gas consumption and conducting Gas rates on appliances
Hands on Primary Safety device and controls testing
Installation of Gas cookers to required standards
Installation of Gas fires to required standards
The service and commissioning of Boiler Cookers and Fires
Applying electrical safe isolation techniques when working on installations
Assessment Written & practical formative assessments
Qualifications Working towards an RQF Certificate of Completion of Managed Learning Programme (Gas) DNGA1-5
Accreditation LCL Awards
Next Step G2 - Heating Design Module
Division Gas Training Division
Module G2 - Heating Design Module
Course Title Gas and Renewables Training Course
Duration 40 Guided Learning Hours, total qualification time 65 hours
Location Options Skills Training Centre
Attendance Type Full time (Monday to Friday) or part time week blocks
Suitability This programme is designed for New Entrants to the Gas Industry.
Prerequisites Candidate must be assessed for suitability prior to course attendance OR has completed initial 7-week Options Skills MLP programme.
Candidate must be registered with awarding body 1-week before the start of course.
Course Content Heating & Hot Water Design including knowledge and understanding of “S” & “Y” plans systems, Hot water storage, Comfort conditions and basic heating and hot water principles
  • Basic system types
  • Heat-loss calculations
  • System design
  • System specification and selection including emitters, pipe work, boilers and pump sizing
  • Sizing and selection of hot water systems
Course Content

Unvented hot water Systems (G3). Water Regulations and the need for compliance.

  • Regulations, standards and guidelines
  • Theory of understanding of expansion of hot water (HW)
  • Principles of HW storage
  • Design considerations
  • Components and function
  • Safety controls, discharge and integration
  • Installation of HW systems
  • Maintenance and servicing of HW systems including
  • Unvented HWS
  • Health and safety considerations
Course Content

Heat efficiency (Part L)

  • Know the regulatory requirements and sources of guidance for energy efficiency standards for gas-fired and oil-fired heating appliances connected to ‘wet’ heating circuits
  • Know the requirement of minimum boiler efficiency standards for gas-fired and oil-fired heating appliances connected to ‘wet’ heating circuits
  • Be able to determine if a non-condensing boiler installation would be acceptable
  • Know the requirement relating to space heating primary circuits type and design for gas-fired and oil-fired ‘wet’ heating systems
  • Know the compliance standards requirement for hot water storage vessels
  • Know the requirements relating to the preparation and water treatment of hot water systems and wet central heating systems
  • Know the requirements relating to the commissioning of hot water systems and wet central heating systems
  • Know the requirements of the minimum standards for the control of gas-fired and oil-fired wet central heating systems
  • Know the requirements of the minimum standards for the control of insulation of pipework for gas-fired and oil-fired wet central heating and hot water storage systems
Course Content Water Regulations. Be trained and assessed in the following areas:
  • Interpretation and definitions
  • Materials and substances
  • Requirements, design and installation
  • Backflow and contamination prevention
  • Hot and cold water services
  • Flushing devices
  • Sanitary appliances; both internal and external
Assessment

Heating & Hot water design scenario practical and theory Assessments.Practical and Theory assessment on Unvented Hot Water (G3),Theory Assessment on Water Regulations and Part L of the Building regulations.

Qualifications

HWSS (inc Unvented G3), WRAS Water regulations, Heat efficiency EEDHS (Part L) Heating & Hot water Design systems (HSD1)

Accreditation LCL Awards
Next Step G3 - On-site Portfolio
Division Gas Training Division
Module G3 - On-site Portfolio Building
Course Title Gas and Renewables Training Course
Duration Open. Minimum of 100 days.
Location In the workplace (on-site)
Attendance Type N/A
Suitability For New Entrants to the Gas Industry.
Prerequisites Completion of G1 - Managed Learning Plan
Course Objective This is a legal requirement to enable the candidate to gain valuable on-site experience with a practising and Registered Gas Safe Installer. The trainee will work under supervision using skills gained at the training centre, building confidence, knowledge and experience
Course Content - Practical

A suitable portfolio of evidence must be built under the supervision of a registered Gas Safe installer. This will include a variety of tasks such as those listed below. The portfolio is not limited to this list, it is intended as a guide only:

Gas pipework installation up to 35mm
Re-installing and up-dating Gas Meter installation to current standards
The installation of gas cookers, ovens and hob units.
The installation of gas fires and space heaters
The installation of boilers (Heat only, Combi and System) and central heating systems
Core gas safety activities and commissioning procedures, including:
  • Tightness test
  • Purging gas supplies
  • Ventilation calculations
  • Gas rate and heat input checks
  • Gas pressure testing
  • Combustion Analysis
  • Chimney performance and Testing
  • Appliance safety devices and controls testing
  • Applying Unsafe Situations procedure and the disconnection of appliances
The service/maintenance and break down of cookers, Ovens and hob units
The service/maintenance and break down of Gas fires and space heaters
The service/maintenance and break down of Centrals heating boilers and heating systems
Conduct and complete Landlord Safety Checks
Prerequisites On completion of the on-site portfolio, it will be assessed and verified by Options Skills to industry standard.
Next Step Summative Assessments
Course Content Summative practical & theory assessments
Assessment

Conduct a series of Summative written papers and complete an hour long summative practical assessment in designated centre.

Qualifications

DNGA1-5 MLP Certification

Accreditation LCL Awards
Next Step G4 - ACS Initial Training & Assessment
Division Gas Training Division
Module G4 - ACS Initial Training & Assessment
Course Title Gas and Renewables Training Course
Duration 80 Guided Learning Hours
Location Options Skills Training Centre
Attendance Type Full time (Monday to Friday)
Suitability For people that wish to gain ACS Gas Qualifications
Prerequisites For candidates that have completed G1 Managed Learning Plan and G3 on-site portfolio. Candidate will only be assessed for appliances/ qualifications listed below if he or she has built sufficient evidence within their portfolio.
Course Objective Train and assess candidates understanding of Gas Supply Regulations. If successful, you will obtain ACS Gas Qualifications that will allow the candidate to apply for Gas Safe Registration in your own right or work as an approved operative for a Gas Safe Registered organisation.
Course Content - Practical

Refresher Training and preparation for Assessment

Course Content - Theory

Refresher Training and preparation for Assessment

Assessment

Written and practical assessment in Core Gas Safety. Gas Safety for domestic appliances; Boilers & water heaters, gas fires (space heaters) and gas cookers.

Qualifications

Domestic Suite of Gas Qualifications

  • CCN1 - Core Gas Safety (Includes CPA1 - Flue Gas Analyser)
  • CENWAT - Central Heating Boiulers and Water Heaters
  • CKR1 - Gas Cookers
  • HTR1 - Gas Fires
Accreditation LCL Awards
Next Step Apply for Gas Safe Registration
G5 - Renewable Accreditation & Low Water System Design Module
Division Gas Training Division
Module G5 - Renewable Accreditation & Low Water System Design Module
Course Title Gas and Renewables Training Course
Duration 70 Guided Learning Hours, Total Qualification time 95 hours
Location Options Skills Training Centre
Attendance Type Full time (Monday to Friday) or part time week blocks
Suitability This programme is designed for Qualified Gas engineers (Level 3) ACS accredited in the Gas Industry.
Prerequisites Heating installers with experience installing wet central heating systems, evidenced either by manufacturer courses certification or Gas Safe Register registration. These pre-requisites are not required where this Qualification is being delivered as part of a recognised training course in any of the above.
Course Content

Low Water Temperature system design. The Learner will:

  • know the latest industry standards and regulatory framework relating to heating design
  • know the requirements for undertaking a room by room heat loss for a property
  • know how to correctly size heat emitters for low temperature heating systems
  • know how to correctly size pumps and pipework
  • know how to correctly size a domestic hot water system
  • know the basic design principles of system configurations
Course Content - Theory

Installation and Maintenance of Ground Source and Air Source Heat pumps. The Learner will:

  • Inspect, service and maintain heat pump systems Know the health and safety risks and safe systems of work associated with heat pump systems.
  • Know the requirements of regulations and standards relating to the installation, testing and commissioning of heat pump systems.
  • Know the purpose and operational characteristics of heat pump system components.
  • Know the different types of heat pump systems and the arrangements for hydraulic emitter circuits.
  • Know the principles of heat pump selection and system design.
  • Know the fundamental design principles for ground source ‘closed loop’ heat pump collector circuit design, component sizing and installation.
  • Know the layouts of ‘open loop’ water filled heat pump collector circuits.
  • Know the requirements to install, commission and hand over air source heat pump systems.
  • Know the requirements to install and test heat pump systems (non-refrigerant circuits).
  • Understand the requirements to commission heat pump system installations (non-refrigerant circuits).
  • Understand the requirements to handover heat pump system installations.
  • Be able to install heat pump systems.
  • Be able to test and commission heat pump systems.
  • Be able to test and commission an air source heat pump installation (non-refrigerant circuits).
  • Be able to handover a ground source heat pump installation.
  • Know the requirements for the non-refrigerant circuit routine service and maintenance of heat pump system installations.
  • Know how to diagnose and rectify defects and malfunctions in heat pump systems.
  • Know how to rectify non-refrigerant circuit faults in heat pump system installations.
  • Be able to undertake inspection, service and maintenance of heat pump systems.
  • Be able to undertake the non-refrigerant circuit routine service and maintenance of a ground source heat pump system installation.
Assessment

Assessment through design scenarios and through work performance activities and a series written and theory based written examinations

Qualifications

RQF) 600/7730/X,  601/2504/4, 603/7761/6. IMHPS21, IMASHPS, LTHWS

Accreditation LCL Awards

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.

Prices for the ACS Domestic Gas Training course start from £8,995* Prompt payment only.
Learning a trade such as gas and heating engineering opens up a world of opportunities. Not only do you learn a skill for life, but you create the opportunity to become your own boss. Being self-employed, you can set your working hours, rate of pay and choose which jobs you will undertake. In the industry, you also get the benefit of variety. No working day will be the same; you’ll be working on different jobs, for different people and in various locations. As the industry evolves and we move towards a greener future, now is the time to train in both gas and renewables And; with a shortage of skilled workers across the board and an increase in housing being built, tradespeople such as gas and heating engineers are in high demand. Those already in the trade earn an average annual income of £32,500, but there is great potential for an even higher amount. For more information, read Why Become A Gas Engineer and How Much Can I Earn As A Gas Engineer.
Options Skills offer a great service, and we provide you with the best opportunity to begin your career as a gas and heating engineer. During your time here, you will be taught by tutors with years of industry experience who know the ins and outs of the industry. You will also undertake on-site training, ensuring you’re fully introduced to the industry and have sufficient expertise before you begin working independently. Throughout training, you will benefit from a dedicated support team who will ensure training goes smoothly and who you can talk to if ever necessary. And we continue to offer support even after you’ve completed your ACS gas & renewables training course.
If you know an experienced gas engineer who is happy to supervise you, you can work with them to build your work portfolio. However, if you don't, here at Options Skills, we guarantee to find you a qualified gas engineer to act as your mentor during step two of your ACS gas training course. Due to years of experience in the industry, Options Skills have built up an impressive network of gas engineers, meaning we will be able to place you with someone local to allow you to complete your gas portfolio.
If you fail any of your exams, we offer students the opportunity to resit them. In addition, Options Skills will provide students with extra training or support if necessary, free of charge to help prepare you for your re-examination.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide those who fail their exams with a refund. However, we offer the chance for students to retake their exams, and we can provide extra training and support necessary.
If you have previous experience and have obtained your ACS qualifications, you can undertake our add-on courses in renewables. If you have not completed an MLP, you will be required to complete the full Gas & Renewables Training Course. The best course of action, if you have experience in the industry, is to call our advisors to discuss your situation.
Options Skills are in no way able to guarantee any student will pass the exam. However, we provide our students with expert training, which, combined with hard work and dedication, will give you the best opportunity to pass the exam.
While we will provide students with excellent practical and theoretical training, we will not teach them how to pass the exam. Therefore, passing any exams or assignments is dependent on your level of knowledge, dedication and hard work.