Over the past two years, the competence Standards Setting Body (SSB) has facilitated many discussions on whether the existing routes to registration with Gas Safe Register, in particular for new entrants, are sufficient, robust and deliver a consistent outcome. Now you can have your say on whether the current regime is fit for purpose or whether it needs to change.How do new applicants qualify?During the past 12 months, more than 6,400 new applicants have become Gas Safe registered and now operate as new entrant gas engineers.
So, how do new applicants obtain the necessary qualifications, experience and competence to become registered? The current routes for new applicants are either to gain an S/NVQ* or to prove existing experience and gas safety competence through a managed learning programme (MLP) and then undergo gas safety assessment through the Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme for Individual Gas Fitting Operatives (ACS). In addition, applicants with no previous industry experience, either in gas, plumbing or related trades, are able to use the ACS route in conjunction with an MLP.
This route may also be supplemented by additional training and practical experience via training and assessment centres.Full article found in Registered Gas Engineer, June 2011 issue.To feedback your views on on new entrants to the gas industry, please go to:www.surveymonkey.com/s/downstreamgasThe deadline for responses is 31 August 2011