Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for engineers and assessment centres on maintaining ACS qualifications
The following is an official statement from HSE:
We have had reports that some ACS assessment centres have closed due to COVID-19, resulting in engineers being unable to take their ACS reassessment.
Engineers are expected to take all reasonable measures to maintain their ACS qualifications, including planning ahead where possible.
Maintaining gas safety competence is essential for registered gas engineers.
If assessment centres have enough staff and customers to keep functioning, they should do so and follow Gov.uk advice on good hygiene and encouraging engineers not to attend if they should be self-isolating.
If engineers take all reasonable steps to update their expired ACS certification as soon as possible, and continue to work safely, HSE will permit registered gas engineers to remain on the Register for an additional period during the peak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures.
Engineers may be required to demonstrate that they have taken reasonable steps to renew their qualifications.
Engineers MUST maintain their Gas Safe registration during any extension of their ACS qualification period if they are carrying out gas work.
This is a temporary measure and does not remove the standing requirement for registered gas engineers to maintain their ACS certification and renew certification every 5 years.
Official statement from Logic4training
It’s impossible to escape the Coronavirus pandemic that is affecting all of our lives in one way or another.
As trades people, many of you can keep your businesses running by ensuring cleanliness and maintaining the appropriate social distancing.
The same goes for Logic4training – we are confident that we can keep you safe in our training centres. In line with official advice from HSE it is recommended we stay open in order to maintain gas safety competence for registered gas engineers.
In order to do this:
- We have significantly increased cleaning during the day – in between breaks and lunches.
- We are working hard to maintain social distancing, and the nature of our courses means that this is eminently possible.
If you do experience a quiet spell, this could in fact be a great time to undertake training – to keep qualifications, such as Gas ACS up to date, or upskill into a new area.
Any steps you can take to ensure your business remains strong and successful during and after the Coronavirus crisis, with stand you in good stead for the future.
What’s important is that we all club together to help each other through this difficult time and limit COVID 19’s spread.
Until we are told otherwise, our centres in Northolt, Luton, Basildon and Sittingbourne will stay open.
NB: Please don’t come to our training centres if you or members of your household are displaying any of the COVID 19 symptoms – high temperature, dry cough and shortness of breath.
Keep well, stay safe and keep your businesses running.