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What’s Involved In Your ACS Gas Assessments
Posted by: Richard Firth on: 3 July 2020
Allen Hart came along to VIVA Training Academy to film what’s involved in your gas training and ACS Gas Training Assessment.
My name’s Allen Hart, and in today’s video I’m at Viva Training Academy. And we’re going to look at what’s involved in your ACS Gas Assessments. Your ACS assessment is, as a gas engineer, it’s something that we need to do to make sure that we’re safe to work on gas appliances. So when you become a gas engineer, you need to go do your ACS. And every five years, you also then need to go reset your ACS as well, to make sure that you’re up to date with all the current regulations. In this video today, I’m going to go through your ACS, or some of what’s included in your ACS, when you go for your ACS training and your assessments.
First of all, I’m going to invite Richard from Viva Training Academy. And Richard can tell us what ACS actually means, what ACS is. Yeah, what is it? What is ACS? What does it stand for? So, let’s invite Richard in.
Thanks, Allen, and welcome to Viva Training Academy. What is the ACS? So the ACS is the Accredited Certification Scheme, which anybody wanting to become a gas engineer or is a practising gas engineer, takes every five years. It’s also known as the CCN1, or more commonly known as And so what does it all entail? So the core gas safety aspects of this, it’s the gas safety regulations, it’s your gas pipe work, it’s combustion, tightness testing and purging, including lower pressure metres and medium pressure metres, chimney systems and testing, ventilation, gas controls, the flue gas analyser, and now from this month, it’s now going to include safe isolation, which from this month is going to be a self-certified safe isolation. And then I think in September, it’s going to be a practising test within that area.
So we’re going to take you through some of the things that you will find, as Allen said, around the appliances. So back over to you, Allen.
Thank you for that, Richard. And in no particular order, the first thing we’re going to look at is gas pipe work and what you’d be expected to know and what you’d be looking out for with gas pipe work. So you’ll be expected to carry out a tightness test. And if there’s a leak, you’ll be expected to trace and repair. We’re also going to visually inspect the gas pipe work. Make sure there’s no damage. Make sure it’s got clips on and it’s got the correct clips on. Also, make sure that clipping distance is correct. Also, the correct pipe size and material. The correct fittings. And nothing obvious, or there’s nothing obvious wrong, such as too close to sockets or open ends.
There’s also other things we’d be checking. So we checking ECV, Emergency Control Valve, make sure it falls off in the correct way. So when it closes, it doesn’t fall downwards. So if it was off, you wouldn’t be able to knock it and knock it on. So that would be on, and that would be off. Also, things like labels on the pipeline, to make sure that it’s labelled correctly so it shows the on and off on the labels. On the metres, make sure the meter’s secured correctly. Also, the label on the front for the emergency service. So if there were a gas leak, there’s a number on there for the customer to be able to call if they had any issues with gas leaks, et cetera. Bonding, another thing that you’d need to check as well. Make sure the bonding is currently installed, the right size and the right distance away. So that’s something for you to read upon as well, to make sure that you know all them distances. So the bonding within the first 600 millimetres or before the first tee. We have done another video on tightness testing as well.
It’s not a comprehensive list that. There will be other things and different training centres will ask different things. What we’re doing now, I’m going to move on to appliances, and we’ll have a look at some cookers. So, let’s have a look.
I’ve got some cookers here, but what I wanted to do, want to show you a cooker with a fold-down lid. So I’m going to pass you over to Richard from Viva Training Academy, and he’s going to show us a cooker with a fold-down lid. And he’s going to go through things that you check or you’d need to know about on your ACS Gas Training Assessment.
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