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Reboot Your Trade Qualification

Have you ever started your journey to becoming a qualified electrician, gas engineer, or plumber but life got in the way? Perhaps you started your NVQ training but had to put it on hold due to unforeseen circumstances. If this is the case for you, Access Training is here to help you get back on track and achieve your qualifications – even if you started your journey elsewhere.

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CPA1 – Combustion Performance Analysis: Ensuring Safe and Efficient Gas Appliances with Access Training

Keeping homes warm and water hot relies on the smooth operation of gas appliances. Behind the scenes, ensuring their safety and efficiency, requires specialised skills. Here's where the CPA1 qualification comes in.

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Reboot Your Trade Qualification

Have you ever started your journey to becoming a qualified electrician, gas engineer, or plumber but life got in the way? Perhaps you started your NVQ training but had to put it on hold due to unforeseen circumstances. If this is the case for you, Access Training is here to help you get back on track and achieve your qualifications – even if you started your journey elsewhere.

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 Plumbers vs. Heating Engineers: What is the Difference? 

Domestic plumbers, heating engineers and gas engineers are skilled tradespeople who play vital roles in keeping our homes safe and functional. However, their areas of expertise and day-to-day responsibilities can differ. That's why we've put together this blog that includes a full breakdown of these roles. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Domestic Plumber

What is a plumber?

Plumbers primarily deal with water systems and drainage in homes.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Installing and repairing toilets, sinks, faucets, showers, bathtubs, dishwashers, washing machines, and other water-using appliances
  • Working on water pipes and drainage systems
  • Fixing leaks and blockages in pipes, drains, toilets, and faucets
  • Maintaining hot water systems, including boilers, water heaters, and unvented cylinders.
  • Installing and repairing water softeners and filtration systems

 

Heating Engineer

What is a heating engineer?

Heating engineers primarily deal with heating systems and boilers in homes. This does not include working with gas. A heating engineer would need to qualify to become Gas Safe Registered in order to do this.

Responsibilities include:

  • Installing and repairing boilers, radiators, thermostats, and other heating system components
  • Servicing and maintaining boilers and heating systems
  • Diagnosing and fixing heating system problems
  • Providing advice on energy efficiency and system upgrades

 

Gas Engineer

What is a gas engineer?

Gas engineers work solely with gas and gas appliances. A gas engineer must be Gas Safe Registered.

Responsibilities include:

  • Installing, servicing and repairing gas cookers, fires, and other gas appliances
  • Perform routine safety inspections
  • Issue gas safety certificates

 

Overlapping Skills

While their primary areas of expertise differ, domestic plumbers, heating engineers and gas engineers often possess overlapping skills and may be able to handle some tasks outside their core focus. For example, some plumbers are Gas Safe registered, allowing them to work on boilers and gas appliances. Similarly, some heating engineers may have experience with basic plumbing tasks like fixing leaky faucets.

 

When to Call a Plumber vs. Heating Engineer vs. Gas Engineer

Call a plumber for:

  • Leaky pipes, faucets, or appliances
  • Clogged drains or toilets
  • Problems with hot water systems (except boilers)

 

Call a heating engineer for:

  • Faulty radiators or thermostats
  • Problems with the central heating system

 

Call a gas engineer for:

  • Gas appliance issues, e.g., boiler breakdowns or servicing
  • Gas meter issues

 

It's always best to check the specific qualifications and areas of expertise of any tradesperson you hire to ensure they are the right person for the job. If you are looking to become one of these skilled tradespeople yourself, take a look at the wide range of courses we offer here, at Access Training.

In the UK, it is illegal to work on gas appliances unless you are Gas Safe registered. This is to ensure the safety of the public. In this blog we explain how to join the Gas Safe register and how to become Gas Safe registered.

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day in the life of a gas engineer

 

If you're thinking of switching careers, it's helpful to imagine what your day-to-day tasks may look like. To help you get started, we've put together an example of what a day in the life of a gas engineer might look like. 

No two working days are ever the same in the life of a gas engineer, but through our years of expertise, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. So, without further ado, welcome to a day in the life of a gas engineer!

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An apprenticeship is a common pathway for someone looking to start a trade career. Apprenticeships are great for those with trade skills, because students are able to get hands-on experience as they learn.

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If you require some gas work done in your property, it is always recommended to acquire a Gas Safe registered engineer for the job. This blog will tell you all about the Gas Safe register, and how to find a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out work in your property. 

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With over 23 million gas boilers in use across the UK, there are just as many gas engineers working hard to keep these boilers maintained. When you become a gas engineer, you enter into an incredibly exciting industry with lots of opportunity for career progression. 

If you're looking to progress your gas engineering career, take a look at the our career progression opportunities for gas engineers and see if anything takes your fancy!

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