Intensive Training Courses
Intensive training courses are courses designed for you to learn a new trade and enter the Plumbing & Heating Industry. They include 'Plumbing' - 'Gas' - 'Oil' and 'Electrical' intensive courses and are a mixture of theory and hands on module work.
Professional courses are courses run by manufacturers and some training centres and are designed for those already working in the Plumbng & Heating Industry. They include courses on boilers, combi boilers, combi boilers - fault finding, gas safety management, central heating controls, lead working, air conditioning, electrical, solar panels, heat pumps, renewable energy, unvented hot water cylinders, pumps & circulators, photovoltaic panels and much more.
E learning courses are becoming more popular with more and more manufacturers offering sophisticated and easy to use on line courses.
All who work in the Plumbing & Heating Industry know that professional standards must be met and legislation is in place to ensure all operatives are competant in their chosen area of work.
Gas - Domestic
Working with gas in the domestic environment requires the installer, engineer or operative to have ACS qualifications to cover the work undertaken and must always include basic gas safety CCN1.
Then the appropriate ACS must be taken for central heating - CEN1, gas fires - HTR1, cookers - CKR1, laundry - LAU1, water heaters - WAT1, warm air - DAH1, meters - MET1 and so on.
Gas - Commercial
Working with gas in the commercial environment requires the installer, engineer or operative to have ACS qualifications to cover the work undertaken and must always include Core Commercial Gas Safety - COCN1.
Gas - Catering
Working with gas in the catering environment requires the installer, engineer or operative to have ACS qualifications to cover the work undertaken and must always include Core Commercial Catering Gas Safety - CCCN1.
Gas - LPG
Working with LPG requires the installer, engineer or operative to have ACS qualifications to cover the work undertaken and must always include Natural Gas to LPG - CONGLP1.
OIL - OFTEC
Working with Oil requires the installer, engineer or operative to have oil qualifications to cover the work undertaken.
Unvented Hot Water Cylinders
All unvented hot water cylinders over 15 litres capacity must be installed by a competant individual, that is a plumber who holds the required certificate under G3 of the building regulations or the Building Control officer must be notified.
Plumbers who have undertaken the required training and passed the Water Regulations exam operated by WRAS are water industry approved plumbers.
Electrical - Part P
Central heating engineers are particulary affected by the latest building control document known as Part P. It stipulates that only competant individuals are able to do electrical work and therefore many plumbers must now be properly experienced and qualified to enable electrical control systems for appliances to be installed.
Energy Efficiency - Part L
Central heating engineers are particulary affected by the latest building control document known as Part L. It stipulates that only competant individuals are able to install central heating boilers and central heating systems.
Renewable Energy Installations
Solar panel, photovoltaic panels, ground air and water source heat pumps are subject to building control notification and to enable installers to sign off their own work there are exams of competency for those involved with renewable energy installations.
Soild fuel appliances are also covered by building control but where an installer or engineer has demonstrated competency the work they do can be sigened off without the need to call in a building control officer.
Frequently Asked Questions in Training Courses
Frequently Asked Questions in Training Courses are shown below. Select a question to read more about, or click back to return to the Training Courses category.
Accepted Certificates of competence for Gas Registration
CORGI will only accept Certificates of Competence that have been issued through the following certification schemes. Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) ACS Certificates of Competence are only issued by Certification Bodies that conform to European ... [ read more ]
I have completed my training for solid fuel/gas/oil installation work and have successfully passed my assessment. Can I now self-certify my work complies with the Building Regulations?
Not until you are registered with the relevant scheme - as a sole-trader, employer or employee. The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/440) allows that certain work in connection with the installation of combustion appliances need not entail a ... [ read more ]
What training do I need to be a Chimney Sweep?
Chimney sweeps clean the chimneys of open fires, and the flues for other heating systems and cooking appliances, to reduce the risks of chimney fires and the emission of dangerous fumes. They may also have technical expertise in the safe operation and ... [ read more ]
Why do gas businesses have to be CORGI gas registered?
The requirements for CORGI gas registration are set out in the following current legislation: Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulation 1988, Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004, Gas Safety (Installation & Use) ... [ read more ]
What are National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s)?
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are a recognition of an individuals ability in the workplace. They are based on the competences required for employment, which have been determined by the industry, these competences are known as National Standards [ read more ]
What training do I need to be a Gas Service Technician?
Gas service technicians, also known as gas servicing fitters, work in customers’ homes and businesses, installing, servicing and repairing gas appliances and systems. They also test controls and safety devices to make sure they are working correctly, and ... [ read more ]
What training do I need to be a Heating and Ventilation Fitter?
Heating and ventilation fitters install heating, ventilation, air conditioning and extraction systems in all types of domestic, industrial and commercial buildings including homes, factories, hospitals, offices and shops. They install systems in new ... [ read more ]
What training do I need to be a Plumber?
Plumbers install, maintain and repair hot and cold water supplies, and sanitation and waste disposal systems in domestic, industrial and commercial premises. They also work with oil, gas and solid fuel appliances, and central heating systems. Some jobs ... [ read more ]