‘Managed Learning Programme’ Domestic Gas Training and Assessments

In order to qualify for entrance to the ACS accreditations, if the candidate is not already ACS or Gas Safe registered, they need to either complete a gas NVQ qualification or provide evidence of an auditable extended period of gas training, and organisational support in the production of a portfolio of gas experience. The Bpec Certificated Gas Foundation (Domestic) training course meets the requirements of Gas Safe’s entrance criteria.

This IGEM nationally accredited course is structured to cover all the legislative requirements through training and assessments to achieve the pre-requisite qualifications to undertake A.C.S domestic gas accreditations.

Managed Learning Programme Domestic Gas Training and Assessments

Gas Foundation (Domestic) Course Candidate Profile and Progression

  1. Candidates entering the training process are required to prove that they have access to appropriate ‘On Site’ experience with a Gas Safe registered engineer/s.
  2. Target candidates are expected to preferably have an engineering, plumbing, construction or similar background.
  3. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate sufficient mathematical ability to be able to carry out the calculations relating to subjects such as gas rates and ventilation.
  4. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated competence in the ‘Off Site’ theory and practical examinations (equating to a minimum of 266 hours) undertaken at the training centre and to have collated sufficient suitable ‘On Site’ evidence (equating to a minimum 675 hours) before being allowed to attempt any ACS Assessment.
  5. The final decision of the suitability of a candidate lies with the Training Centre.

What does it entail?

The course covers the following areas:

  • Unsafe situations
  • Complete / incomplete combustion
  • Safe removal of gas meters
  • Purging
  • Gas rating / working pressure / inlet working pressure / burner pressure
  • Pipework (bending / soldering / theoretical pipe sizing)
  • Running new installation pipework and testing
  • Extending existing pipework
  • Installing Tracpipe
  • Installing pipework through walls, under floors and within ducts
  • Ventilation (room sealed / open flue / balanced flue / flueless)
  • Flues / flue flow testing / spillage testing / flue inspection
  • Central heating systems
  • Gas controls
  • Gas regulations
  • British Standards
  • Practical and theory phase tests

In addition to the ‘Off Site’ training the candidate will need to produce a portfolio of evidence gathered ‘On Site’ whilst supervised by a Gas Safe registered engineer. They will have our assistance with the production of this portfolio, but we are unable to arrange the ‘On Site’ placements, the trainees themselves must arrange these.


Portfolio of Evidence


We will require evidence of the Gas Safe registration of the supervising engineer. All tools and training materials are provided whilst with us, but trainees will need to arrange the use of suitable tools and equipment whilst carrying out their ‘On Site’ experience.

We will expect candidates to produce their portfolio for early initial verification and this is included within the cost of the course. This ensures the portfolio is structured correctly at an early stage in the process.

Once the training and the necessary ‘On Site’ experience and the portfolio of evidence are successfully completed, approved by us and verified by Bpec, the trainee will be issued a Gas Foundation certificate. Only on receipt of this Gas Foundation certificate is the trainee eligible to go on to take the CCN1 (Core Gas Safety) Assessment under the ACS rules.

Following a successful Core (CCN1) assessment the candidate will then be able to undertake their central heating boilers and water heaters (CENWAT1) assessment. 

The total cost of the course includes examinations, course materials (including Bpec domestic natural gas handbook, portfolio and handouts) and Gas Foundation certificate. The course fees are required to be paid three weeks before course commencement date.

We trust that the information above answers any questions you may have, but should you need any further information or wish to book a place on the course please contact our office by telephone or by e-mail to training@gasflare.co.uk for next course dates and availability. We will then issue booking and application forms and further course details.



You will have gathered from the information above that the process is primarily aimed at a person with preferably some plumbing, building or engineering background with dexterity skills and most importantly access to work with an existing Gas Safe registered engineer, who is willing to meet the witness requirements and complete the necessary objective ‘On Site’ reports.

If you require more details or information please ring the office on 0117 9655656 (or email training@gasflare.co.uk)


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Foundry Lane
Fishponds Industrial Estate

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