Train for the heating season while the sun shines!
The sun may be shining in what has been a very sunny, glorious Wimbledon fortnight, but, as a professional heating or plumbing engineer, you will already be anticipating a hectic winter, with frantic call-outs from customers thanks to freezing pipes and faulty boilers.
During the quieter summer months, it’s the best time to review your training and qualifications, keeping a cautious eye in particular as to when your ACS qualifications are due to expire – it’s surprising how fast five years flies by! And, with the option to update these essential qualifications up to six months in advance, the trick is to make the most of your valuable time when work is less frantic, gearing yourself up for when your skills are in peak demand.
Get your customers to think ahead too
Encouraging your customer base to book in their annual services during the warmer months is a good way to keep the job book full, and will definitely help prevent unnecessary breakdowns when a boiler is working flat out.
ACS gas training and re-assessment
In order to undertake re-assessment, operatives must complete the course no more than 12 months after the expiry date of their existing qualifications, but are eligible to complete training up to six months prior to qualification expiry. Those who have let the qualifications lapse by more than 12 months are required to take-up Domestic Gas Safety CCN1 training and initial assessment course. In addition, installers may only undertake gas appliance re-assessment in modules which they have previously been certificated under the ACS scheme.
Summer business development
Maybe 2015 is the year you were hoping to add another string to your bow and launch into the renewables marketplace, offering your customers money and carbon saving alternatives. Thanks to the domestic RHI, many households have been encouraged to make the leap and install a renewable technology. We offer heat pump, solar thermal and solar pv courses, as well as heat energy meter and energy efficiency training that you could take-up while your day-to-day work is on the quieter side – it will definitely be time well spent acquiring new skills and potentially new business!