What's Involved in a Managed Learning Programme (MLP) Gas Course - Viva training Centre

Welcome to the exciting and dynamic world of gas engineering. As we stand at the intersection of tradition and innovation, every aspiring and practising gas engineer must understand the foundational principles, the latest trends, and the profound implications of their work on safety and the environment.

In this video, Allen and Richard from Viva Training present a comprehensive overview of what it takes to be a successful gas engineer today. Whether you’re considering a career in this field or are a seasoned professional looking to update your knowledge, this guide offers invaluable insights and pointers.

Allen Hart: Welcome to today’s video, where we dive into becoming a gas engineer. With the expertise of Richard from Viva Training, we aim to give you a holistic view of the Managed Learning Programme for aspiring gas engineers.

Richard: Absolutely, Allen. Our collaboration over the years has given us rich content to share. As you begin your journey at Viva Training, the induction introduces you to health and safety, the basics of combustion, and identifying pipework faults.

Pipework Installations

Richard: Let’s look at this mock-up board. It showcases some glaring errors in pipework installations. As trainees, you’ll learn about correct installation procedures around gas meters, types of connections, and the various sealing techniques.

Allen: Additionally, pipework and its installation are crucial. Trainees will get hands-on with pipe bending techniques using tools like pipe benders. There’s also practical training, such as setting up boiler jigs.

Tightness Testing

Richard: Tightness testing ensures the integrity of the gas installation. It starts with visual checks, examining the gas meter for stickers and lever positions. We delve deep into the importance of this test, emphasising safety and accuracy.

Gas Distribution Network

Allen: A gas engineer should be well-versed in gas distribution. We’ll cover natural gas’s origins, understand the national grid, and provide a comprehensive gas supply overview.

Gas Emergency Actions and Procedures

Richard: Safety is paramount. This segment covers gas emergency actions and procedures, understanding and identifying carbon monoxide risks, and the various detectors available in the market.

Understanding Gas Appliances

Allen: From open flue boilers to conventional ones, we’ll discuss different boilers, their flues, and functionalities.

Richard: Beyond boilers, the course encompasses other gas appliances: outset gas fires, water heaters, cookers, and more. It’s imperative to understand their safety devices and installation procedures.

Basic Electrics and Safety

Richard: Many modern gas appliances integrate electrical components. The course ensures you are proficient in basic electrics, from wiring systems to safety precautions.


Allen: Proper ventilation is essential. We delve into when and how to ensure proper ventilation, ensuring the safety and efficiency of gas appliances.

British Standards and Guidelines

Richard: Familiarize yourself with the British standards and their condensed versions in gas manuals. They guide every aspect of a gas engineer’s work.

Key Checks and Servicing

Allen: The 26.9 checks are pivotal to any gas engineer’s job. We ensure you understand how to check for appliance safety and efficiency.

Central Heating Systems

Richard: From S plans to gravity-fed hot water systems, the course covers a variety of central heating configurations.

Allen: Additionally, practical experience is crucial. At Viva, apart from in-house training, we also facilitate the building of a portfolio, where trainees get on-field experience with seasoned gas engineers.

Richard: Absolutely. Our partnership with established gas installation businesses ensures our trainees receive comprehensive hands-on training.

Gas Safety and Regulations

Richard: Regulations are the backbone of our industry. We’ll deep dive into the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. It’s essential that every engineer not only knows them but understands their implications in practical situations.

Customer Service Skills

Allen: Being a gas engineer isn’t just about technical knowledge. Effective communication and exceptional customer service skills are equally vital. We provide modules that will enhance your interpersonal skills, ensuring a holistic approach to the profession.

Metering and Pressure

Richard: Understanding meter types, installations, and pressure dynamics in gas systems is crucial. We ensure you can effectively manage, adjust, and troubleshoot these components in real-world settings.

Diagnostics and Fault Finding

Allen: A significant part of a gas engineer’s job is troubleshooting. Our modules equip you with the necessary skills to diagnose issues in different appliances and systems, guiding you in finding solutions efficiently.

Energy Efficiency and Environmental Concerns

Richard: In today’s world, energy efficiency isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a necessity. Our course material covers the latest in efficient gas systems, their benefits, and the environmental impact of various appliances.

Future Technologies and Trends

Allen: Gas engineering is a constantly evolving field. We discuss the future of gas, including potential technological advancements and innovations. This ensures that our trainees are not just prepared for today but are also future-ready.

Examinations and Certifications

Richard: Upon completion of the modules, trainees undergo rigorous testing to ensure they’re ready for the field. Successful candidates receive certifications, making them fully qualified gas engineers.

Allen: Thank you for joining us in this comprehensive overview of becoming a gas engineer. You can forge a successful career in this industry with dedication and the proper training. We encourage all aspiring engineers to contact us at Viva Training for more details and assistance.

Richard: Yes, and always remember that the journey of a gas engineer is one of continuous learning and growth. With the proper foundation, the sky’s the limit. All the best to everyone embarking on this path.

Allen: That’s a wrap for today. Stay tuned for more insightful content, and remember to hit that notification bell to stay updated. Stay safe, and keep learning!

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