Every Engineer in the Gas Industry has to start their ACS registration by completing an Assessment in Core Gas Safety. This Core can be achieved as either a Domestic Engineer (CCN1) a Non-Domestic Engineer (COCN1 or CCCN1 or CCLNG1) or an LPG Engineer (CCLP1PD or CCLP1LAV or CCLP1RPH)
There are two available entry routes to achieving one of these qualifications:
Category 1 candidates are experienced gas fitting operatives from within or outside the UK.
Candidates in this category must produce evidence of their gas fitting qualifications and experience to Technical Gas Training upon application.
Category 1 candidates may undertake assessment (3 days) without training or they may wish to attend the 2 day refresher course or the 5 day extended course
Once a candidate has achieved a Core Gas Safe certificate he/she may then undertake assessment in any or all gas appliances for the Core undertaken.
Training and assessment for these appliances is bespoke and depends on the number of appliances to be taken.
Category 2 candidates seeking ACS registration will hold qualifications relevant to the area of gas they are seeking to obtain certification in. These qualifications must have enabled competence to be demonstrated in the generic work activities associated with fossil fuelled appliances/equipment and/or pipework installation.
Examples of appropriate qualifications are:
In addition Category 2 Candidates must provide written evidence that they have undertaken ‘On the Job’ training and experience with a registered Gas Safe Registered engineer and have experience in gas work installations and/or maintenance.
This written evidence must be from the employer detailing the depth and scope of the training received under supervision.
Once these pre-requisites have been approved by Technical Gas Training the Category 2 candidate may then attend the optional 5 day training course, followed by 3 days of assessment for Core Gas Safety.
Once a Core Gas Safety assessment has been passed the candidate may then seek assessment in one or all of the gas appliances for that Core.
Optional training for these appliances is bespoke and depends on the number of appliances to be taken.
Once an engineer has obtained certification in a Core Gas Safety qualification he/she may change direction to another discipline by undertaking an assessment in a Core Gas Safety Changeover.
An engineer holds Domestic Core Gas Safety (CCN1) and wishes to expand their scope of work to encompass LPG.
He or she undertakes the Changeover Core CONGLP1PD or CONGLP1LAV or CONGLP1RPH.
Once the engineer has passed the Changeover Core, he/she may then undertake one or all of the appliance assessments for the LPG discipline.
All gas safety assessments (Core and/or Appliances) expire after five years and must be renewed by undertaking a re-assessment for the particular discipline.
An engineer who allows his certification to lapse past the expiry date will be suspended from the Gas Safe Register and may not work on any Gas work associated with the expired discipline until a reassessment has been undertaken and passed.
NB: A reassessment cannot be undertaken if twelve months have elapsed after the expiry date stated on the certificate for the required discipline. In this case the Initial assessment must be taken to be reinstated back onto the Gas Safe Register.
To avoid these circumstances happening a registered gas engineer can reassess his CCN1 qualification a maximum of six months BEFORE the expiry date on the ACS certificate and the new expiry date will be five years from the original expiry date.
Once a candidate has received his/her ACS Certificate they may apply to Gas Safe for inclusion on to the GAS SAFE REGISTER.
They may wish to take out their own registration or may elect to be added to the registration held by their employer.
After having their application accepted the candidate will be interviewed by the local Gas Safe Inspector who will also ask to see some gas work the applicant has carried out under supervision.
Providing all is well the candidate will then be added to the GAS Safe Register and permitted to work on areas of gas work as defined on their ACS certificate.
If you require any clarification of the information above we will be more than happy to discuss it with you. Please do not hesitate to call us on 01202 891123.
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