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How to Become a Gas Heating Engineer in the UK

Installer Blogs31 August 2020

Gas heating engineers do the incredible job of helping millions of homes and people stay safe and warm across the UK. If you’re interested in this line of work, we’re not surprised — it’s a career that can offer job security, strong earnings and a real sense of achievement.

It’s a fantastic choice for people who love hands-on work and possess initiative, attention to detail and determination. Becoming a gas heating engineer offers flexible working hours and, as you learn your trade, it could provide the chance to eventually start your own business. 

In this blog, we’ll answer some key questions about how to break into this line of work, as well as revealing how Ideal boiler training courses can help you in your new career.

What Does a Gas Heating Engineer Do?

Doing just what it says on the tin, a heating engineer’s focus is on... heating. Their bread and butter is installing and maintaining gas appliances and systems, pipe work, fixtures and fittings — all the things that work together to keep buildings and structures warm and comfortable. 

Whether they’re working on residential or commercial premises, the heating engineer’s job is all about keeping those buildings safe, warm and secure. They make sure central heating systems are working efficiently to save energy, reduce costs and cut down on carbon emissions.

The National Careers Service lists some of the day-to-day duties of a gas installation or maintenance engineer as:

  • Installing heating appliances and systems including boilers

  • Carrying out maintenance and checks on systems and equipment

  • Testing controls and safety devices

  • Finding and repairing gas leaks using fault-finding technology

  • Replacing or repairing faulty or old parts

  • Advising customers about gas safety and energy efficiency

How Do I Become a Gas Heating Engineer?

Many gas heating engineers get started in their roles either through taking an apprenticeship or signing up for a college course. 

An apprenticeship will introduce you to gas safety and engineering. It will include a mixture of practical training and learning about theory and legislation, helping you to understand all of the different parts that make up the job. 

To get started finding an apprenticeship, there are lots of resources online, including  UCAS and the UK Government’s website.

If signing up to an educational course appeals more to you, UCAS recommend looking into the following options to get started on your new career path:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Heating and Ventilation Studies

  • Level 2 Certificate in Plumbing and Heating

  • Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering

  • Level 2 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

  • Level 2 Diploma in Heating and Ventilating

If you have good communication skills, enjoy problem solving and can work with technical plans, these courses can put you on the road to a rewarding career as a gas heating engineer.  

Understanding the Accredited Certification Scheme

The Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) provides you with industry-recognised qualifications, which you will need to sign up to the Gas Safe Register (see below). The ACS includes the Core Domestic Natural Gas Safety (CCN1), which focuses on vital standards of gas safety.

Your qualifications need to be kept up to date in order to maintain your Gas Safe Register membership. Ideal Boilers offer an ACS Renewal training course that allows you to stay compliant — to sign up, your ACS must be due for renewal or have expired within the last 12 months.

How to Join the Gas Safe Register

Once you’ve achieved the qualifications you need, your next step is joining the Gas Safe Register. The GSR is the official list of businesses and engineers that are qualified to legally work on gas appliances in the UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey.

To join the register, you will need to prove you have the necessary qualifications and be able to provide evidence of your experience and competence working with gas. With all of that ready, it’s simply a matter of applying for a probationary registration. 

For full details of what this involves, pay a visit to the GSR’s webpage on Gas Safe Registration

Becoming an Ideal ‘Max Accredited’ Installer

Once you’ve completed your journey to become a gas heating engineer, we would love to work together with you here at Ideal, to help you provide an amazing service to the public. We put installers at the heart of our service and work hard to show that promise is more than just words. 

Members of our MAX Accredited Installer scheme receive additional training at no extra cost, as well as benefits including

  • 12 year extended warranty on the Vogue Max

  • Priority listing on our "Find an Installer" page

  • A Max accredited installer certificate when you complete the course

  • Digital assets for you to use on your marketing channels

As if that wasn’t enough, we also run the Installer Connect loyalty scheme, which rewards you every time you buy and install an Ideal boiler. The scheme also provides you with exclusive access to all kinds of exciting promotions and offers. 

Installer Training Courses with Ideal

To help support the continued training needs of gas engineers and installers, we offer a range of free and paid training courses. This includes sessions on legislation & regulations as well as domestic boiler and commercial boiler training courses. 

Don’t forget to bookmark the Ideal Installers’ Blog for all the latest news, information and opportunities for Ideal installers.