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Tip #9: Want to be a Gas Installer? – Our Advice on routes, qualifications and training

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We might be biased, but we think being a gas technician is a great career! 

What’s so good about being a gas installer?

 

Well-paid – Average salary ranges from £24,500 to £38,000 and beyond.  Apprentices and new starters can expect between £12,000 and £18,000 while they train.

Physically and mentally challenging – You’ll be working with your hands, carrying equipment and climbing ladders.  Problem solving is a huge part of the job and you’ll need to have good practical, numerical and technical skills, be computer literate, motivated and able to communicate well.

Satisfying – You’ll help customers reduce their energy consumption and be more gas safe, which could make a real difference to their daily life and wellbeing.

Skills in demand – As a Gas Safe registered engineer, you are qualified, experienced and highly skilled.  You know how to work to the most stringent safety standards and are compliant with legal regulations.

Opportunity to progress – It’s a diverse profession and once you have the basic domestic skills, you could specialise, move into commercial gas work or even set up your own business.

What qualifications will I need?

To qualify fully as a gas installer, you will need:

  • A recognised gas industry qualification and/or
  • Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) training and assessment
  • Gas Safe registration

Where do I start?

 

School leaver?  Take an apprenticeship:

Go straight into paid work and learn on the job by taking an advanced level 3 apprenticeship, equivalent to degree-level.  Your careers advisor will be able to help you find available apprenticeships, but also take to family, friends and local companies.

New entrant with no prior experience?

You’ll need to study towards a managed learning program (MLP) to ensure you have the right skills and experience to become a gas installer.  Logic4training’s Domestic Gas Heating Installer (DGHI) – New Entrants Course ensures that candidates are at the correct-level to undertake Gas ACS training and assessment – a pre-requisite of becoming a Gas Safe Registered engineer.

New entrants with experience in a related trade?

If you have two or more years’ experience in a similar field like plumbing or kitchen fitting, you can take our DGHI course for Experienced Trades, which again gives you everything you need to take the CCN1 (Domestic Gas Safety) tests.

Want to know more?

Our ‘Ultimate Guide to Careers in Gas’ is a practical and clear guide to kick starting and developing a career as a gas engineer.  Download it here for free!

Or, for more information on relevant gas safety training courses, assessment and certification, visit our gas training section.

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