The UK's plumbing and heating industry have been struggling with a serious skills shortage for some time now. Plumbers and gas engineers are in exceedingly high demand; many have found themselves forced to turn down jobs because there's simply no room in their tightly-packed schedules.
So the country needs more gas engineers, and it needs them now. The problem is that nobody becomes a qualified engineer overnight - completing college courses takes several years, and the same goes for apprenticeships. However, our fast track courses allow you to become qualified in a matter of months.
There are plenty of opportunities for Gas Safe engineers in Britain right now, but it takes a long time to properly prepare a person for those jobs via these 'traditional' training routes. Becoming a gas engineer this way can a minimum of six months!
Is there a faster way to become a gas engineer?
Fortunately for budding gas engineers and British homeowners alike, apprenticeships are no longer the only way to become a qualified heating engineer. Over the last few years, intensive gas training courses have soared in popularity throughout the UK, with an increasing number of career changers opting for the fast-track route and attaining Gas Safe status in a matter of a few months.
Some programmes even allow students the flexibility to learn part-time so as to accommodate other commitments - great news for would-be tradespeople who need to stay in work and/or support a family during the training period.
Become a gas engineer through an intensive training course
As an example, let's look at the Professional Gas Engineer Course that we offer here at Access Training. This is a flexible course that's open to everyone - no prior gas or plumbing experience is required to enrol.
This intensive course is specifically designed to give you gas engineer qualifications and ready for work within the shortest possible timeframe. All the basics are covered (including gas safety legislation and standards), and the hands-on training programme ensures that students are able to do everything that's expected of a gas engineer, e.g. pipework, tightness tests, and repairing a variety of gas appliances.
The course culminates in the ACS gas assessment, which tests students on everything they've learned. Those who pass this assessment receive the ACS Certificate, which enables them to join the Gas Safe Register and conduct gas work legally.
Start learning online! In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we now offer live online learning. This means that you can commence your gas training online without leaving the house. In our virtual classroom sessions, you will learn the fundamental theory that every gas engineer needs to master - not only will you be able to ask questions and interact with your tutor as normal, you will also be able to rewatch each class for revision purposes. Contact Access Training Academies to find out more.
We also offer a Premier Gas Engineer Course, which includes two electrical qualifications. Completion of this course allows you to conduct electrical as well as gas work, opening up a wider range of jobs to you.
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For more information on how to become a gas engineer, our fast-track gas safe courses, the gas engineer qualifications that you'll receive or how long it will take to complete our course and become a gas safe engineer, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Access Training team.