Course at a glance

Subject Area:

Commercial Gas Engineering


BPEC Foundation Certificate in Commercial Gas.

Course Start:

September 2022


South Bank



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Course overview

The Commercial Gas Engineering Operative apprenticeship is available to anyone aged over 16.

Gas engineers specialise in the installation and repair of gas appliances including, central heating boilers and systems, water heaters, direct and indirect fired commercial appliances, radiant plaques and tubes. 

The work is safety critical and you will need to learn how to implement statutory requirements such as the gas safety regulations.

What will apprentices learn?

  • Current Health, Safety and Environmental legislation and regulations applicable to work in the gas industry
  • Safe gas and electrical installation, commissioning, decommissioning and/or ongoing service and repair procedures of gas installations and appliances needed to establish the safe operation of the equipment and installation in accordance with industry standards
  • Gas and electrical theories and procedures involved in the practical installation, commissioning, decommissioning and/or ongoing service and repair of gas installations, appliances and associated equipment
  • Relevant electrical/mechanical principles and how they are applied in work processes and procedures
  • Up to date energy efficiency advice and guidance to be given to the customer
  • Product knowledge to be able to discuss and advise the customer
  • Current regulatory compliance, current Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations and the current Electricity at Work Regulations
  • Company rules, policies and procedures as defined by the employer
  • Undertake and document rigorous risk assessments to ensure the safety of all affected by the work activities
  • Take personal responsibility for maintaining safety standards and achieving job objectives
  • Use and maintain tools, equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) in a safe and appropriate manner
  • Safe gas and electrical installation, commissioning, decommissioning and/or ongoing service and repair of gas installations and appliances needed to establish the safe operation of the equipment and installation accordance with industry standards
  • Work with focus and clear purpose in all conditions and locations, covering business requirements, including lone working and safely adapt working methods to reflect changes in working environments
  • Work on customer premises/property showing appropriate care and respect whilst focusing on safety
  • Use a variety of appropriate and effective communication methods to interact with customers and others to give/receive information accurately, in a timely and positive manner in order to deliver the best possible service
  • Identify where situations or conditions are to unsafe standards and take appropriate actions within your range of competency
  • Achieve individual and team tasks which align to overall work objectives, be self-motivated and disciplined in the approach to work activities
  • Work effectively and efficiently with people from different trades/disciplines, backgrounds and expertise to accomplish an activity in a safe manner, on time, to meet customer expectations
  • Identify, organise and use resources effectively and sustainably to complete the task with consideration to cost, quality, safety, security and environmental impact
  • Be able to read and follow technical documentation associated with equipment and installation requirements
  • Carry out safe isolation essential electrical safety checks
  • Carry out flue testing
  • Undertake the necessary safety checks following gas work on an appliance (regulation 26/9)
  • Work in compliance with statutory and normative documentation including building regulations, water regulations and electrical regulations
  • Access and comply with technical guidance, bulletins and safety alerts e.g. Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedures (GIUSP)
  • Demonstrate tightness testing, purging and relight procedures on gas installations
  • Demonstrate pipework installations/pipework skills, pressure and flow/pipework sizing, meter installations
  • Demonstrate ambient air testing/carbon monoxide/dioxide atmosphere testing
  • Identify gas safety controls and prove their safe operation
  • Complete records and maintain records accordingly
  • Identify faults and take the appropriate action
  • Undertake the installation and/or repair and maintenance of four appliances

What skills and qualities do apprentices need?

  • Practical skills
  • Methodical approach
  • Ability to follow technical drawings
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfortable working at heights
  • Numeracy skills
  • Customer service

Course content

The apprentice will submit a portfolio consisting of a Gas Safe® registration certificate, competency test and work log review. The review includes an interview with a Technical Expert, and is completed in the final three months of the apprenticeship. The portfolio provides the opportunity to demonstrate skills, knowledge and behaviours for the core and specific requirements of the standard.

In achieving a pass or distinction in this apprenticeship, the apprentice will be eligible for membership with the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech).

Entry requirements

You should be aged 16 or over and ideally already be employed or have secured a work placement, however we may be able to help you with this. Good GCSEs are recommended and you will be required to sit a skills assessment.

To search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies visit the national apprenticeship vacancy website.

If you are aged 16-18 and you are unable to find an apprenticeship, you can apply for a study programme and switch over at any point when you do find one.

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