FAO GAS BOYS: How do i get gas qualified?

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Hi

I've recently completed my City and Guilds level two plumbing earlier in the year. However I am now interested in going for my gas qualification, but have little idea of what route to go down.

What options are there?

I know that you have to be corgi registered, but do Corgi do a course for complete beginners, where you can go all the way to fully qualified?

Are these other gas qualifications you see advertised any good i.e. The Skills Train and other? Would you be able to work on gas with these qualifications alone?

I want to go down the 100% correct route. Dont want to really cut any corners.

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Naz
 
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first things first, you need to be Gas Safe Registered to do gas, used to be CORGI but they now do other things.
GSR hold a register of competant people they dont offer any courses etc, you need to go down a college, training centre route, to access the course you need a portfolio of evedence to prove you have covered practical work as well as theory so check out websites of providers to see what they require and the cost etc, good luck
 
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If you really wanted to go down the correct route you would already be on an apprenticeship with a firm that would also do gas work.

Unfortunately you seem to want to get a qualification without ecperience and then let yourself loose on the public and give the trade a bad name.

You may have seen postings from an existing RGI in Ireland who is thinking of moving to London. But he has no idea of how to fix a simple fault on a Puma boiler. He has been doing this work for many years!

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I've mentioned this before, but it's a real pity that they don't do degree courses in plumbing- 3 years full time study with practical experience and work placements. Surely a better use of some people's time than History of American Female Pottery Studies in the Black Leisure Industry or whatever.... :rolleyes:
 
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I've mentioned this before, but it's a real pity that they don't do degree courses in plumbing

What train people properly? Like they do in other countries? Don't be silly this is the UK. As long as the governments figures look right then everything must be ok ;)
 
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Depending on which area of the country you live/work in there may already be more Gas Operatives than the market can support. The same goes for Plumbing.

Tim
 
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Where do you live? I might need someone in the next couple of weeks to supervise while I give orders if my back doesn't get any better.
 
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lol I live in Coventry.

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I'm not currently in the full time plumbing trade, i work in IT but doing plumbing part time. I simply cannot afford to go full time and do an apprentiship as i have a family to support and mortgage to pay, i wouldnt be able to do that on minimum wage.

I have no problem doing this all properly, i have no desire to be a dodgy gas operative.
 
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Thats often the catch situation!

To be able to work you must have a lot of training on the job, both plumbing and more so gas work.

You just cannot get the experience without a lot of practical time spent with someone who is competent.

In a full time job you will not have the time to spend free with any competent person even if you could find anyone who would accept you.

In an area like Cov there are too many people chasing too little work and most people would see you as potential competition. Even if you did not poach customers you would be undercutting existing people just to try to get some work.

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Depending on which area of the country you live/work in there may already be more Gas Operatives than the market can support. The same goes for Plumbing.

Tim
Always room for Master Bakers :idea:
 
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lol I live in Coventry.


I have no problem doing this all properly, i have no desire to be a dodgy gas operative.
better a good plumber that a dodgy gas operative. Always did OK for me ;)
 
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A good idea would be to contact some local heating engineers, and ask them if you can work for them 1 or 2 days a week for free for a year or so. You will then be able to get some good gas and plumbing experience.

There's no quick way, just takes some time and effort, and of course money to pay for all the courses!
 
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lol I live in Coventry.
you have my sypathy already!!! used to live in that hell hole glad to be out of it!!

as for getting gassafe i wouldn't recommend it in the present climate, i have been in the industry for over 25 years and still only just get enough work to keep above

costs are huge, customers are tight and far apart, the merchants and manufacturers are ripping us big time need i say more.
stick to IT as you will never be rich plumbing!!
 

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