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DOMESTIC GAS TRAINING
STAGES ONE & TWO

Become a gas safe heating engineer with Options Skills domestic gas training. 

Through training, you’ll cover essential plumbing maintenance and gas installation, maintenance and repair, providing you with the skills, knowledge and qualifications you need to launch your career in the gas and heating industry. 

From there, you can complete our renewable energy training package to future-proof your career and meet the demand for greener heating alternatives.

OPEN 
DURATION

£5750
inc. vat

FLEXIBLE
TRAINING

WHY UNDERTAKE OUR ESSENTIAL DOMESTIC GAS TRAINING?

Millions across the UK use gas central heating systems to heat their homes. However, with a declining workforce and increasing housing market, the demand for the installation, servicing, maintenance and repair of gas appliances is higher than ever, and new engineers are needed to help meet this demand.

On top of this is the growing green energy marketing, which adds demand to existing heating engineers. So, as homeowners look to replace their existing heating system with low-temperature options such as heat pumps, gas engineers are upskilling in renewable energies.

The optional fourth step of our domestic gas training offers gas engineers the chance to take advantage of this opportunity by earning a wide range of renewable energy accreditations.

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What's Included

STAGE ONE

CENTRE-LED
TRAINING

You’ll gain knowledge and practical skills in gas installation, maintenance and repair in our fully-equipped centre.

8
Weeks
£5750
inc. vat
Finance
Available
STAGE TWO

PORTFOLIO
BUILDING

Working on-site alongside a mentor, you’ll build your gas portfolio and expand your skill set.

Open
Duration
£500
mentor fee
Guaranteed
Mentor

Next Steps

STAGE THREE

ACS INITIAL
ASSESSMENT

You’ll complete your ACS Assessment covering the full domestic suite of gas appliances:

7-10
Days
£1250
inc. vat
Flexible
Training
STAGE FOUR

RENEWABLES
PACKAGE

As an optional fourth step, you can expand your skillset with renewables training and future-proof your career.

2
Weeks
£1550
inc. vat
LCL
Accredited

DOMESTIC GAS TRAINING SYLLABUS

DIVISION
Gas Training Division
MODULE
G1 – Centre-Led Managed Learning Plan
COURSE TITLE
ACS Domestic Gas & Plumbing Maintenance Training Course
DISCLAIMER
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 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 the 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
Candidates must be assessed for suitability before course attendance. In addition, candidates must be registered with awarding body one week before starting the course.
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 Principles 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 fittings
  • 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 a 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 course section 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 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 the 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
  • 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
On-Site/Workplace
ATTENDANCE TYPE
N/A
SUITABILITY
This programme is designed for new entrants to the gas industry.
PREREQUISITES
Completion of G1 – Managed Learning Plan
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 the Unsafe Situations procedure and the disconnection of appliances
  • The service/maintenance and breakdown of cookers, Ovens and hob units
  • The service/maintenance and breakdown of Gas fires and space heaters
  • The service/maintenance and breakdown 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 Assessment
COURSE CONTENT
Summative practical & theory assessments
ASSESSMENT
Conduct a series of Summative written papers and complete an hour-long summative practical assessment in the designated centre.
QUALIFICATIONS
DNGA1-5 MLP Certification
ACCREDITATIONS
LCL Awards
NEXT STEP
G3 – ACS Initial Training & Assessment

12 MONTHS FREE CHECKATRADE MEMBERSHIP OFFER

When you enrol on our 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.

Options Skills and Checkatrade banner for 12 months free membership when enrolled on the domestic gas training or domestic plumber training course
Domestic gas trainee working on a gas cooker and meter in the workshop
Domestic gas trainee polishing copper piping in the workshop
Domestic gas trainee taking notes in the workshop bay

SEE WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT OUR GAS TRAINING

Options Skills
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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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DOMESTIC GAS TRAINING FAQs

Frequently asked questions about our domestic gas training.

No previous experience is required to enrol on our domestic gas training course. So, whether you’re just leaving formal education or looking for a career change, you can train with us.

Training as a gas engineer comes with a vast number of benefits.

Millions of gas appliances throughout the UK require servicing, maintaining, repairing, and replacing. This requirement and an ageing workforce mean there is substantial demand for new engineers. With this demand comes the opportunity to earn a significant wage and enjoy job satisfaction. 

As a gas engineer, you’ll find you have a lot of flexibility in your career, with numerous paths and areas in which to specialise.

Initial domestic gas training takes place over eight weeks.

You will be required to be in the centre Mon-Fri, 8am – 4pm.

The portfolio stage of training has an open duration as it depends on how often you can go out to work with your mentor.

Some people do this full-time, while others prefer to build their portfolios part-time.

The cost of stage one of our domestic gas training is £5750.

For more information on payment options, please speak to our course advisors on 0800 802 1306.

Alternatively, find out whether you’re eligible for finance.

Domestic gas training is available at each one of our training centres.

Plumbing

With the skills and knowledge you’ve learnt throughout the domestic gas training, you can work on an employed or self-employed basis as a plumber, enhancing and adding to your skillset as you progress.

Gas Engineering

With gas experience behind you, you’re perfectly positioned to gain your ACS qualifications and join the Gas Safe Register to work legally as a gas engineer.

Heating Engineering

With plumbing and gas experience, you can take your training further with our renewable energy courses. From Unvented to Heat Pumps, you’ll be able to work as a heating engineer, undertaking a more comprehensive range of projects.

We offer a range of renewables training courses to enable you to upskill in your career.

We are trading standards approved training provider, meaning we have been audited by trading standards and meet their criteria.

We have over 1000 5-star views from past students across our training centres.

Established nearly ten years, we have four training centres across the UK.

We put a significant focus on practical, hands-on learning.

We keep class sizes small to ensure focused learning and plenty of individual tutor time for students.

We offer two free exam resits when necessary, deliver refresher training and provide ongoing support to all our students.

We boast our own purpose-built online learning platform to support students in their training.

Our in-house recruitment team assist students in finding employment upon completing their training.

We have new domestic gas training classes starting regularly, so you’ll never have to wait long to begin training with Options Skills.

To find out more and enrol on our domestic gas training, you can request a call back via our contact form or call us directly on 0800 802 1306. 

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