Gas and Utilities Industries
Gas and Utilities Industries and ACS
As the commercial arm of Colchester Institute, CI Business Solutions is a leading supplier of training and assessment services to the utilities industries.
This includes Gas Safe Register ACS assessments, BPEC Water regulations, City & Guilds accredited Electrical Installation qualifications and OFTEC training courses.
The Health and Safety Executive charged Gas Safe Register, as part of their approval for registering gas operatives, to develop the Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS). The scheme requires individual gas fitting operatives to be assessed on their competence to carry out gas work safely, and to be certified to that effect by a certification body which has demonstrated conformity with European Standards EN45013 and accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
The scheme as a whole is intended to promote consistency in the delivery of assessment and verification of a gas fitting operative’s competence to undertake gas work.
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Through using our bespoke facilities and equipment inside our state-of-the-art building, CI Business Solutions will help employees to achieve their F Gas qualification.
Our courses provide the practical skills necessary to work on stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment containing fluorinated F Gas or ozone depleting substances.
Courses comply with the legal requirements of EC 842 / 2006.
The aim of these qualifications is to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to work on the installation, service, maintenance, recovery and leak checking of stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment that contains refrigerants classified as either fluorinated (F) gases or ozone depleting substances (ODS).
The introduction of the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulations 2009 means it is an offence for an individual to work with fluorinated greenhouse gases without holding one of the qualifications listed within the regulations. These City & Guilds qualifications are recognised stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment qualifications within the Regulations which become law in England, Scotland and Wales in 2009.
The Ozone-Depleting Substances (Qualifications) Regulations 2009 means it is an offence for an individual to work with ozone-depleting substances without holding one of the qualifications listed within the regulations. This regulation also lists certain 2079 qualifications as acceptable minimum requirements.
It is important to note that in both the F-Gas and ODS regulations, not all of the qualifications allow individuals to undertake all activities with all different systems. As such it is extremely important that candidates undertake the qualification that enables all of their relevant legal responsibilities to be met in relation to qualification achievement to be met upon certification. If there is uncertainty over what qualification should be undertaken, or what additional legal requirements need to be met in addition to qualification achievement, advice should be sought from F-Gas support.
City & Guilds have developed these qualifications from the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB) specification. The qualifications are endorsed by the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Building Services Engineering, SummitSkills, and are approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority (QCDA).
Philosophy and principles: The qualifications have been designed to meet the EU requirement of candidates being assessed in relation to their subject area on both practical skills and theoretical knowledge.
You must provide information to the assessment centre, regarding your gas industry experience and qualifications on the CITB ‘Application for Assessment’ form. Category 2 and 3 candidates will be required to produce ‘On the Job Training Record’ sheets for Assessors to determine suitability. If the assessment centre rejects the application, both you and the CITB will be notified in writing and a record maintained of the documentation for a period of six years.
All assessments must be carried out at an approved ACS assessment centre. You must hold CCN1 or COCN1 before you attend an appliance assessment.
OFTEC have set specific pre-requisite entry requirements for candidates wishing to enter the OFTEC training and/or assessment process. This ensures that candidates have the necessary required level of experience/knowledge before being permitted entry to the scheme.
Our BPEC Water Regulations courses are designed to update candidates’ knowledge and satisfy the Water Supply (Water Fitting) Regulations 1999.
The BPEC qualification will allow a progression to membership of an ‘Approved Contractor (Plumber)’ scheme.
Approved Plumbers have been given a concession in that they may start work without notification or prior consent on certain types of work. This is provided they issue the customer (and for some types of work, the Water Supplier) with a certificate of compliance of the work when it is completed. This can save up to ten days of waiting for the Water Supplier’s consent and reduces the paperwork of notification.
Plans are underway to include a BPEC Solid Fuel training and assessment course in the near future. We are designing a purpose made facility to run the course, where there is access to working chimneys. The aim is to make the training as authentic as possible.
- BPEC Certificate in Energy Efficiency for Domestic Heating
- BPEC Certificate in Energy Efficiency Re-assessment
- BPEC Vented and Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems and Building Regulations
- BPEC Vented and Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems and Building Regulations Re-assessment
- BPEC Water Regulations Course
It is a Government priority to ensure that existing and new heating installers are competent to install and maintain energy-efficient domestic heating/hot water systems. The Energy Efficiency for Domestic Heating qualification has been developed to prepare heating installers for the change in the Building Regulations and to encourage them to have a positive attitude to high efficiency products based on sound knowledge and product confidence. The Building Regulations 2001 Part L1 are broad based regulations covering the building and ‘controlled services’ equipment in new and existing domestic properties.