Gas and Utilities Industries Training Courses

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Gas and Utilities Industries and ACS

As the commercial arm of Colchester Institute, CI Business Solutions is a leading supplier of ACS Gas Training and assessment services for the the utilities industries.

This includes Gas Safe Register ACS assessments, BPEC Water regulations, City & Guilds accredited Electrical Installation qualifications and OFTEC training courses.

gasSafe Gas Training
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.

For more information about our full range of gas engineer training courses please call 01206 712727.


Professional Electrical Training

CI Business Solutions is the commercial arm of Colchester Institute and offers a full range of electrical training courses and qualifications including essential City and Guilds accredited Electrical training for installers, supervisors and maintenance personnel. This includes the 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations which is an update for the City & Guilds 2382 course for electricians providing a comprehensive review of the latest edition of the wiring regulations and the C & G 2377-22 Certificate of Competence for the Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (PAT) Based on the IET’s Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment in association with City and Guilds.

Colchester Institute is now an accredited AM2 (Acheivement Measurement) Centre. This J.I.B. qualification endorses the City and Guilds EMTA NVQ Level 3 Qualification.

Our core Electrical Installations courses and training includes:

      • To find out more about these qualifications please call (01206) 712727


CI Business Solutions also offers EWPA experienced worker route NVQ’s in Brickwork, Electrical Installations and Carpentry or Bench Joinery. Successful completion of the 2 day assessment results in an NVQ Level 2 in your chosen trade.

It is essential that you are either employed or self employed and are covered by Public Liability Insurance.

You should have a minimum of 5 Years industry experience.

To find out more about these qualifications please call (01206) 712727

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 f gas 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 f gas training 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.

OFTEC 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.

As a BPEC accredited training and assessment centre we are dedicated to offering a quality service to all who work within the Building Services Engineering sector. Our purpose built facilities allow us to offer a range of short courses that are suitable for experienced plumbing operatives seeking to expand their industry knowledge and gain an additional qualification to comply with current legislation.

Solid Fuel

Plans are underway to include a 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.