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F-Gas Level 3 Certification Training Course - Halifax, Yorkshire - Viva Training Centre

F-GAS – Level 3 Certification

Course Duration:

5 Days

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VIVA Training delivers F Gas Category 1 and 2 certification (Level 3), which covers the four main F Gas Categories.

We offer top-notch practical facilities that provide a conducive learning environment. These facilities are designed to simulate real-life scenarios, providing a hands-on approach to learning. Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) engineers need to complete F-Gas certification to work on split-systems.

To find out which Level 3 Certification you can qualify for, see the Requirements & Qualifications section.

£1,194.00 inc. VAT


F-Gas Level 3 Course

F-Gas certification is a requirement for Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) engineers who work with Fluorinated Gases. F Gases cause global warming with the most harmful (those with a high Global Warming Potential (GWP)) are in the process of being phased out as part of the F-Gas regulations.

F-Gas courses allow you to work on split systems and recharge existing units. If you are wanting to start working on Heat Pumps then we highly recommend looking at our Air Source Heat Pump Course prior to completing your F-gas.

F-Gas certification must be renewed every five years.

What does our F-Gas Course cover?


Category 1 (Level 3):

Covers the installation, maintenance, service, recovery, decommissioning and leakage checking of refrigerant systems of any size, plus Categories 2 – 4.

Category 2 (Level 3):

Covers installation, maintenance, service, recovery, decommissioning and leakage checking of refrigerant systems with a charge of less than 3kg (6kg if hermetically sealed). Includes Categories 3 & 4

Not covered separately:

Category 3 (Level 2):

Refrigerant recovery from systems that contain less than 3kg of F-Gas.

Category 4 (Level 2):

Checking for leaks and identifying leakage risk in refrigerant systems, including air conditioning units and heat pumps.

F-Gas engineers will learn:

  • Hazards and safe working practices
  • The storage and transportation of recovered refrigerants
  • The cause and effects of global warming, climate change and ozone depletion
  • The recovery of refrigerant and oil in preparation for disposal
  • Identification of components to air conditioning units and heat pumps
  • Construction and examination of pipework, pressure testing, evacuation and completion of records
  • The fabrication and fitting of mechanical brazed joints
  • The installation, commissioning, servicing and repairs of refrigeration systems and heat pumps
  • Industry-leading F Gas training

We’re approved by Worcester Bosch to deliver training to its F-Gas installers.

The course is led by industry expert trainers who bring a wealth of practical experience and up-to-date knowledge to the classroom. Learning from professionals who are deeply involved in the industry provides you with insider insights and practical tips that are not often found in textbooks, enhancing the quality of your education and preparing you for real-world situations.

Wider Learning


Appliances that use F Gas, such as heat pumps and air conditioning units, require plumbing works using specialist tools and equipment. As part of this course we touch on a wide range of areas within refrigeration including: Installing or repairing copper pipework in F Gas installations, as well as teaching our trainees to understand the different types of refrigerant and the different classes of flammability as recognised by legislation, safety standards such as BS EN 378, ISO5149, BS EN 60335 and manufacturers’ instructions.

Benefits of F-Gas Certification

The benefit of completing your F-Gas Certification is it allows you to work with refrigeration. This is ideal for current gas engineers as it allows you to install air conditioning in summer and boilers. Allowing you to diversify your business and provide a new range of products and services to your customers.

The big benefit of our F-Gas course is our Refrigeration Suite, designed by us to let you work on live systems in a safe environment backing up your theory learning with practical hands-on skills.

Upon completing the course, you will receive a certification demonstrating your competency in handling F-Gas systems. This certification enhances your professional credibility, making you a more attractive candidate for jobs in the HVAC industry that involve working with F-Gas systems.

This course is ideal for anyone seeking employment within the air conditioning, refrigeration and associated building and renewables industry.

This means

  • Guarantees Winter & Summer income.
  • Great skill to add to any Gas Engineers tool set.
  • Opens the door to the other side of the gas & heating industry.
  • Can help you transition your business into the green/renewables market.

Requirements & Qualification for F-Gas Level 3

Category 1 Requirements:

To qualify for Cat 1 F-Gas training you must hold a valid refrigeration qualification or certification.

Category 2 requirements:

You must have experience working within Plumbing, heating, or Electrical industry.

Both these options will allow you to install, maintain, service, recover, decommission, and check for leakage of refrigerant systems. The difference is in the amount of refrigerant that can be handled. For domestic us as well as small office buildings and restaurants, category 2 will most likely be sufficient.

Please note this course offers a digital certificate only and not a physical card. The digital certificate is the document required to register with REFCOM.

F-Gas Training Location

This Course is based in our Halifax Training centre located close to the M62 with great access from all over the country.

Our purpose built centre offers state of the art classrooms and workshops where you can put into practice the principles you will learn about, getting in-centre experience working on actual appliances. The practical of the F-Gas Course primarily takes place in the Refrigeration Suite, purpose built with bays of industry standard live refrigeration units for you to work on.

We find our students love our facilities so much they are one of the main reasons they keep coming back for further training.

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Please note all trainees are asked to park in the free car park opposite the mill. If you have a large van with ladders, or roof rocks and won’t fit under the 2.1m barrier, please get in touch with us and we will grant you a permit to park inside the mill complex.

Level 3 Course Pricing

Our F-Gas Course costs £1194 inc VAT. This includes everything you will need during your journey with us over the 5 days including your course materials, final assessments, and full certification.

Paying by deposit

Whilst investing in yourself is essential in the trades, we understand sometimes paying a lump sum isn’t ideal. That’s why we are happy to take a £500 deposit to secure your place on the course. The remaining balance will be due 3 weeks before the commencement of the course. We will contact you via email to arrange for your start with us and invoice for the remaining balance.

If you want to discuss your payments or your options please get in touch with us via 08006123177.


If you want to stay with us for the 5 days required for the F-Gas course, we have a number of great affordable hotels and Airbnbs in the area.


Travelodge Halifax

Gate 9, Dean Clough Industrial Park, Halifax, HX3 5AY

Tel: 08719 846144


Premier Inn Halifax Town Centre Hotel

Broad Street Plaza, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1YA

Tel: 0333 321 9262


Shibden Mill Inn

The Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 7UL

Tel: 01422 365840


Holdsworth House Hotel

Holdsworth House, Holdsworth Road, Halifax, HX2 9TG

Tel: 01422 240024


For more places to stay and help in planning your visit, check out our Plan Your Visit page.

To start the category 2 F-Gas course you must have prior experience in refrigeration i.e Electrics, plumbing, heating. For Cat 1, you must have a prior qualification in Refrigeration.

In order to buy refrigerant gases you will need to register with REFCOM. Please note this course offers a digital certificate only and not a physical card. The digital certificate is the document required to register with REFCOM.

Your minimum deposit of 50% is due straight away and is what secures your place on the course, the rest should be paid before you can qualify.

While we do not find direct employment after the course, we do provide you with all the skills and knowledge to gain employment or start up your own business.

Of course, you will just need to enter their details above or when you get in touch with us. We will require to speak to the individual trainee(s) before the course starts to complete our informal assessment.

You don’t need anything to start the course. All we recommend is you bring some steel toe-cap boots and work trousers from day 1 of the course as F-gas is a very practical lead course.

Qualification in our F-gas course allows you to safely work on/install any split system refrigeration unit up to the category allowances for your specific qualification.

You will understand the principles of air conditioning including servicing, repair and installing, however, we would always recommend you undertake specific manufacturer training for insight into the intended models of the unit you wish to install.

What our customers have said

Just recently completed a fault finding course with the ever knowledgeable Roy Fugler.I honestly cannot rate this training centre and Roy highly enough!I completed my ACS training with them over two years ago and they were my number one choice when I decided to expand my knowledge around the inner workings of a boiler and how to diagnose the issues that often arise.I will have to re-sit my ACS again in a few years and there’s only one place I’ll be going. It’s VIVA all the way!
Great course, trainer clearly implemented his knowledge to the class making it clear an understandable
Passed my ACS with Viva, great trainers put me at ease in a relaxed training atmosphere. Roy & Pete are down to earth, helpful and know there stuff. Lindsay was helpful with the paperwork/ portfolio side of the course, which also helped as paperwork isn't my forte.The company they use for placement are also good, made a few new friends and enjoyed the experience with Basi. Would recommend and I will be going back.
Well worth the journey from London! Thank you Roy you have answered many of my questions I have had for many years. Can’t thank you enough for passing on the knowledge which will massively improve me as an engineer for years to come.David
Fantastic course just completed ASHP and water regs. Brilliant team and facilities.
ASHP course - Very good Will definitely be back for more courses
Great fast pace training, would recommend
ASHP course, Great 3 Days training,Pete was excellent with great knowledge.Well worth the costThanks Viva Training.👍🏻
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Well what can I say, if you need any of the training I highly recommend viva,Very knowledgeable trainers and great venue. 5*****
Response from the owner: Thank you for your 5-star rating, Suresh! We appreciate your support and look forward to serving you again.
Absolutely wonderful training, very informative and excellent experience
Did the heat pump installation course. Really good and informative. Free brews as well!
Great training great experience would recommend
Training on ashpGreat course Peter has been fantastic with the training explained everything clearHighly recommendAndrew lehan
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Response from the owner: Thank you for your 5-star rating, Shaun! Your support is much appreciated and we’re glad you liked our service.
Brilliant course. Very informative. Excellent tutor.Highly recommended
Response from the owner: Thank you for your positive rating, Sean! We're glad you're satisfied with your experience at Viva Training Academy. We look forward to serving you again.
A good place to do the Training for air source heat pump developing skills
Great place for training with really good facilities. Great communication from admin staff to trainers made the whole process very smooth. Recommended.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the 5-star rating, Kevin! Your support is greatly appreciated.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Thank you, Pete.
Response from the owner: We're delighted to know you enjoyed the course, Andrew! Pete will be happy to hear your positive feedback. Thanks for choosing Viva Training!
Best course I have attended Unlike others which are showroom based don’t touch this or you left mark there.This was actually hands on course Different makes and models were in workshop both live and dead boilers also lots of sensor switches pumps,G valves etc. Pete was excellent made sure everyone understood what were they doing and what outcome or readings they were looking from each test carried out.pete put faults on live Boilers when we were away for break to simulate real world scenarios which was really good.Excellent would really recommend it.
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Very good training centre and learned a lot in a short time.Attended a heat pump course and water regs. Very thorough and smooth at the same time.Very Nice experience.
Amazing course with very knowledgeable trainers. Would 100% recommend viva training & I’ll be coming back for further training myself in the near future
Very good course good tutor and learned more than I thought I would.
Brilliant course, very informative
Brilliant ASHP course. Excellent training.
Very good learning experience recommended *****
Response from the owner: Thank you for your feedback, Ubaid. We're glad you had a good learning experience with us. Keep recommending us and we look forward to serving you again!
Really informative, staff are friendly and helpful, I would say there is a lot to take in but would recommend viva to any one who wants to start doing the f gas and air source , as you will have a better understanding of how systems work, thankyou viva it’s been emotional 😁👌🏽👍🏽🤩
Completed my ASHP at viva training. Great atmosphere, trainer very knowledgeable and easy going. Would highly recommend this place. Will definitely be back for any further or on going training.
Very professional team!
Response from the owner: Thank you for your 5🌟review, it is appreciated Adela
Great company very informative and very detailed training on air source heat pumps. Tutor was very good and very helpful all the way
Attended ASHP training! Great training and great facilities
Response from the owner: Thanks for the 5-star rating, Majid! We're glad you had a great experience. If you need any further assistance, please feel free to reach out.
Top guys and great place
Would highly recommend. Lovely staff and knowledgable tutors
I came back to do heat pump training ,I already did my gas safe with viva training academy. They been fantastic .would recommend highly.
Great facilities and great training
Great centre for learning and development. 👍

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