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ACS – How the route into gas has changed

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How has the route to becoming Gas Safe Registered change?

The areas covered by new entrants training to become Gas Safe Registered have changed, as of the 1st October 2017.

Here is a breakdown of what newcomers to the gas industry can expect when they train to become gas engineers.

Why has it changed?

It has been recognised that new entrants to the sector potentially cause the most issues when it comes to safety, so new elements have been added to cover the gas installers role more fully, and there’s a greater emphasis on practical training.

How will all this affect new learners?

The new areas covered will enable new entrants into the gas sector to operate more safely and confidently across all parts of their role, not just gas.

There will be a greater emphasis on practical training and proof of supervised on-site experience – we provide this as part of our courses – with new modules covering the following areas:

  • Heating and hot water safety and systems – a key area relating to the installation and servicing of central heating systems and hot water appliances
  • Safe electrical isolation – using electrical test rigs, you’ll be taught how to isolate electrical services before commencing work on appliances connected to electrical systems. Gas installers need an understanding of electrics to keep themselves and their customers safe.
  • Water regulations – you’ll gain knowledge of current water regulations and how they affect your work as a gas engineer. Plumbing is a part of many gas appliances.
  • Energy efficiency – essential knowledge for heating installers who work in domestic properties, enabling operatives to “self certificate” as required by the Building Regulations Part L.
  • Health and safety – there will be greater emphasis on operating safely to protect you and your customers from harm.
  • Asbestos awareness – this part of the course is designed for anyone who may come into contact with asbestos in their work – something many of you may face when working in older properties.
  • Legionella – covering the background to Legionella and Legionnaires Disease, the potential risks associated with water systems and how these can be prevented or controlled.

We’ve updated our related courses to embrace these changes:

DGHI (Domestic Gas Heating Installer) for new entrants

Experienced trades route (APL)

Please note, this won’t affect existing Gas Safe Registered installers undertaking re-assessment.

If you want more information please call us on 0345 845 7222 or email

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