In the building and construction trade, there are several jobs you can do where you can learn as you go along. While there are training courses and qualifications in all the trades, it isn’t always necessary to have them to get started.
However this is not the case if you want to be a gas engineer. It makes perfect sense when you think about it; after all, if you don’t know how to work with gas you could end up doing something very dangerous. If you want to be a gas engineer there are certain qualifications that are required.
The main qualification to get is the CCN1 qualification. Everything else follows on from this. This gives you the knowledge you need to work in domestic situations. There are fifteen areas you must become fully competent on in order to pass this qualification. These include understanding safety legislation, testing flues and installing pipe work and associated fittings.
Once you have got your CCN1 certificate you can make an application to be accepted as a member of the Gas Safe register of qualified gas engineers. However you also need to demonstrate that you have experience of working in practical situations alongside another qualified Gas Safe engineer. It is this combination of experience and qualifications that will get you your own Gas Safe card.
Yes you can, and indeed the more you have the more employable you will be. Many gas engineers also study to become plumbers, so they can work with boilers and also install plumbing within the home. This makes you more attractive as a tradesperson to someone who is looking to get some work done.
Once they know you are a registered Gas Safe engineer you can be sure they will keep your phone number! This is even more the case if they discover you are a qualified plumber as well.
Another way to make sure you can work in more situations and jobs is to take more qualifications to be able to handle various different appliances and situations. For example even though you are a Gas Safe registered engineer you would not be able to work on gas installations in boats unless you had passed the required certification to work in this situation.
There are lots of additional certificates that make you more employable and usable as a gas engineer, so think about studying for as many as you can. As you can see there are plenty of qualifications to study for to become a qualified gas engineer. The more you have the more appealing you are as a tradesperson in this area.