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ACS GAS & PLUMBING MAINTENANCE TRAINING COURSE

Become a Gas Safe engineer through the Options Skills ACS Domestic Gas & Plumbing Maintenance Training Course.

With decades of industry experience, our team of tutors deliver the step-by-step training course at our centres in Birmingham, Manchester, Purley and Wembley.

After learning essential plumbing and gas skills in our centre, you’ll go out on-site with a qualified mentor to expand your knowledge and skills as you build your portfolio. In the final step of training, you’ll complete your ACS Initial Assessment, which then allows you to apply to join the Gas Safe Register.

Upon ACS Certification, you can upskill with our Renewables courses. Training in Low-Temperature System Design, Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps and Water Regulations will enable you to enter the renewables industry and future proof your career.

Through our combination of practical and theory learning, you’ll gain all the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to launch your career as a gas and heating engineer.
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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.

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ACS Gas & Renewables Training Course Syllabus

Division Gas Training Division
Module G1 – Centre Led Managed Learning Plan
Course Title ACS Domestic Gas & Plumbing Maintenance 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 structured 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 – Domestic Natural Gas – Theory & Practical
  • 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
Course Content – Plumbing Maintenance Skills This section of the course has been designed to provide you with essential plumbing maintenance skills that will benefit you in your new role as a gas and heating engineer. This is not to be confused with a standalone plumbing qualification.
  • Repairing and replacing taps (bath, basin and sink)
  • Replacing ball valves in header tanks
  • Repairing toilet cisterns (replacing fill and flush valves)
  • Clearing and replacing traps (sink, basin and bath)
  • Connecting washing machines/dishwashers to the and waste supplies,
  • Dealing with minor leaks on pipework
  • Waste pipes- Identification and joining (solvent weld, push fit and compression)
  • Replacing flexi hoses
  • Speed fit pipe and usage
  • Installing isolation valves
Course Content – Unvented Hot Water Storage 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
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 – On-site Portfolio Building
Division Gas Training Division
Module G2 – On-site Portfolio Building
Course Title ACS Domestic Gas & Plumbing Maintenance 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 G3 – ACS Initial Training & Assessment
Division Gas Training Division
Module G3 – ACS Initial Training & Assessment
Course Title ACS Domestic Gas & Plumbing Maintenance 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 Boilers and Water Heaters
  • CKR1 – Gas Cookers
  • HTR1 – Gas Fires
Accreditation LCL Awards
Next Step Apply for Gas Safe Registration (Optional) Undertake training in Renewables
Division Gas Training Division
Module G4 – Renewables Training
Course Titles Renewables Training Courses
Duration Varying
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 Temperature System Design (LTHWS) 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 – Air Source (IMASHPS) & Ground Source (IMHPS) Heat Pump  

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.
Course Content – Energy Efficiency

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 (WRAS)  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 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

ACS DOMESTIC GAS Training Course Frequently Asked Questions

The ACS Domestic Gas Training course costs:

Stage 1 – £5750
Stage 2 – £500
Stage 3 – £1250
Stage 4 – £1550

Learning a trade such as gas and heating engineering opens up a world of opportunities. Not only will 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 and pay rate and choose which jobs you 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. However, as the industry evolves and we move towards a greener future, now is the time to train in gas and renewables; with a shortage of skilled workers across the board and an increasing housing market, tradespeople such as gas and heating engineers are in high demand. 

Tradespeople earn an average annual income of £32,500, but there is potential for an even higher amount.

Read Why Become A Gas Engineer and How Much Can I Earn As A Gas Engineer for more information.

Options Skills offer an excellent service, and we provide you with the best opportunity to begin your career as a gas and heating engineer. During your time here, tutors with years of industry experience will teach you 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 Domestic Gas Training course.

No, this is a recognised gas qualification.

Completing the course will result in accreditation in Domestic Natural Gas and Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems (G3).

You will, however, gain essential plumbing maintenance skills that will assist in your role as a gas and heating engineer.

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.

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 ACS Domestic Gas 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.

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Major companies looking for our students.

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No qualifications or experience required.

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Limited class sizes for higher standard training.

On-Going
Support

Continued support after you've qualified.

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Upfront about costs, no nasty surprises.

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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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