Gas Engineer Courses for Beginners - Viva Training Academy

VIVA Training runs a Managed Learning Programme (MLP) for beginners to the gas industry.

This gas engineer course for beginners usually takes around 15 weeks, with your time split between the Viva Training Centre and on-site placement.

Gas Training for Beginners

The new entrants gas training course combines classroom and practical learning, along with the completion of a portfolio on live installations. The length of time it takes to complete the programme very much depends on previous experience and your ability to stick to the training plan. We will do everything we can to make sure that you have all of the necessary support and guidance needed to gain the qualifications.

Training is broken down into manageable chunks and delivered by ex-British Gas Engineers, covering the following areas:

  • Introduction to plumbing, gas and heating theory and principles
  • Health and Safety including safe use of tools, asbestos, legionella awareness, manual handling and fire safety precautions
  • Pipework installation and practical skills
  • Gas legislation, Building Regulations and British Standards
  • Industry unsafe situations procedures
  • Tightness testing of domestic natural gas installations
  • Measuring and interpretation of gas pressures and the calculation of heat inputs
  • Gas appliance functions and the operation of gas safety controls
  • Principles of flueing, chimneys and combustion
  • Safe isolation of electrical installations
  • Energy Efficiency for Domestic Heating
  • Approved Prior Learning (APL) Programme for Domestic Natural Gas
  • Water Regulations (WRAS), Hot Water Systems, Safety (Inc. Unvented hot water systems)
  • ACS refresher training and assessment for Core Domestic Gas Safety (CCN1) and Gas fired boilers and water heaters (CENWAT)

We cover everything you need to work safely on domestic gas within homes and small businesses, culminating in the ACS assessment; a legal requirement of becoming Gas Safe Registered.

Split into modules, each section of the course covers all the basics along with greater in-depth training. Our experienced tutors (ex-British Gas installers) will support you throughout the programme, which includes theory and practical training, in the classroom and on live installations.

We emphasise the focus on gas boiler installation because this is the most lucrative area within the domestic gas industry.

Read About Matt’s Experience

If Matt’s story inspires you to take the plunge, please get in touch and Richard and his team will talk through the new entrants gas training options available.

Our Managed Learning Programme is very comprehensive and designed to deliver everything you need to know to become a gas installer. If you’re prepared to work hard and are fully committed to the course, we can have you up and running on a new, rewarding career path in just fifteen weeks.


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