Training for new entrants to the gas industry
'Standards of training in gas work'
(IGEM/IG/1) is one of the outcomes from revision in 2013 to the
Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances
L56 Approved Code of Practice and relates specifically to
Regulation 3 (1), see paragraphs 80 and 81.
IGEM/IG/1 sets out the requirements for training in gas work
for; new entrants to the gas industry working under the scope of
the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations (GS(I&U)R);
those persons currently or previously registered seeking
re-registration as a 'class of persons' (or have a relevant gas
qualification) and; those persons working at premises or on
equipment outside the scope of GS(I&U)R.
In order to met the new requirements set out in IGEM/IG/1 for
the new entrants to the industry, the industry has developed
training specifications to cover each of the utilisation sectors;
domestic, non domestic both for Natural Gas and LPG. The industry
has come together facilitated by EU Skills, IGEM, UKLPG and the
Meter Asset Managers though the MAMCOP Board to create these
specifications on which the training will be based.
Industry formed a working group facilitated
by IGEM to prepare
IGEM/IG/1 Supplement 1 Non domestic training specification.
Those industry bodies who contributed include the Large Business
Forum, EUA, ICOM, CEDA, CESA, CITB, SLEAT, UKLPG, EU Skills, Gas
Safe Register and organisations including National Grid, Wales and
West Utilities, National Grid Metering, Energy Assets, Calor,
Carillion, British Gas Business Commercial Services, Romec, UK
Certification, Northern Gas Assessment Services, Logic
Certification, Blueflame Associates, GTS, CH4 Services, Global
Energy Associates, Installation and Design Services, SA Gas
Engineering, Cert-ain Certification, Specialist Gas Assessment
Services, GATC, CentriC Technical Services.
This Specification is designed to provided
the criteria for training to be developed for a new entrant to the
industry to gain an initial overall understanding of the non
domestic gas industry and then proceed to a sector specialisation
course, for example pipework, metering, heating, catering, laundry
Training courses that have been designed to
meet this specification and have acquired industry recognition will
enable those that successfully complete that training to apply to
an ACS centre for an appropriate assessment(s) of competence.
Passing such assessment(s) will enable that person to apply to Gas
Safe Register to become a 'class of persons' to allow them to work
in those premises covered by GS(I&U)R.
This training may equally be appropriate for
those persons working at premises or on equipment outside the scope
The IGEM/IG/1 Supplement 1 is available from IGEM or from EU
Skills from 1st July 2016 and those training organisations wishing
to offer such training can prepare their courses for recognition by
an EU Skills approved organisation.