A Career In Gas – Gas Foundation (Domestic) Course

May 13, 2023

Gas Foundation (Domestic) Course – Bristol

As you may be aware changes were made in October 2018 to the entrance requirements for the ACS Scheme. Now, in order to qualify for entrance to the ACS assessments, if the candidate is not already Gas Safe or ACS 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.

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 the Job’ experience with Gas Safe registered engineers

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 gas rates and ventilation.

4. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated competence in the ‘Off the Job’ theory and practical examinations undertaken at the Training Centre and to have collated sufficient suitable ‘On the Job’ evidence 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

• Carry out tightness test

• Safe removal of gas meters

• Purging

• Gas rating / working pressure / inlet working pressure / burner pressure

• Gas flue analyser

• Pipework (bending / soldering / theoretical pipe sizing)

• Running new installation pipework and testing

• Extending existing pipework

• Installing pipework under floors and ducts

• Installing Tracpipe

• Ventilation (room sealed / open flue / balanced flue / flueless)

• Flues / flue flow testing / spillage testing / flue inspection

• Central heating systems

• Installing fires

• Installing cookers

• Gas controls

• Gas regulations

• British Standards

• Practical and theory phase tests

In addition to the  ‘Off the Job’ training the candidate will need to produce a portfolio of evidence gathered ‘On the Job’ 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 the Job’ placements, the trainees themselves must arrange these.

Portfolio of Evidence

The duration of the ‘On the Job’ experience and development of the portfolio will be determined by the type and frequency of gas work undertaken by the candidate. A person installing two heating systems a week would for instance take longer than someone attending to eight service/breakdowns a day. The candidate is also required to demonstrate work over the range of appliance types.

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 the Job’ experience.

We will expect candidates to produce their portfolio for initial verification within a six-month period and this is included within the cost of the course.

Once the  training and the necessary ‘On the Job’ experience and the portfolio of evidence are successfully completed and approved by us, the trainee will be issued a Gas Foundation certificate by Bpec. 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 may progress to take their chosen appliance assessments together with any necessary training. The portfolio of evidence once completed will remain in the possession of the Training Centre, as it is an auditable item and part of the ACS Scheme.

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 and the enclosure 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 the Job reports.

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

The next steps to a Rewarding New Career

Gas Flare Limited training centre, based in Bristol, is an accredited BPEC and Gas Safe registered assessment centre catering for already qualified gas engineers and those looking to gain access to the gas industry.

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Whatever your needs our team of highly experienced gas trainers and assessors will guide and support you through the entire process. Training and assessment takes place in our well-equipped, purpose built facility which provides a realistic environment with the aim of building confidence and developing the professionalism needed to work safely in the gas industry.