A short guide to the Accredited Certification System (ACS) which is the means by which gas operatives are assessed to prove their competence in gas safety. The law requires that all persons working on gas installation must be safe to do so and registered.
ACS (Accredited Certification Scheme) is the means by which gas operatives are assessed to prove their competence in gas safety. Subject to certain provisions, the law requires all persons working on gas to be competent to do so. Unless a person has been assessed through the above scheme they have not proved competence and are not legally able to carry out any work on a gas appliance or system.
Upon successful completion of the assessment, a certificate usually valid for five years is issued as proof that competence has been demonstrated. Details of all operatives that are deemed competent are also kept by the registration body Gas Safety Register.
DO I NEED TRAINING BEFORE THE INITIAL ACS ASSESSMENT?
If you are undertaking any element for the very first time you will require training no matter the scenario. This training will ensure you get up to scratch on all modern legislation and practices within your chosen sector of work.
You may also need to show proof of working with that appliance or system in the real world, this is not always the case but is set for specific courses if you are extending your qualifications into a new sector.
ASSESSMENT OR RE-ASSESSMENT
Operatives that hold a current ACS certificate do not need to go through the full assessment procedure but are eligible to attend a shortened re-certification assessment which is both quicker and cheaper. Areas of competence are broken down into work areas and a wide number of assessments are available to enable competency to be demonstrated in all areas of gas utilisation.
Operatives who do not hold a current ACS certificate are not eligible to attend the shortened assessment and will need to be fully assessed for all work types that they intend to carry out.
Gastec runs re-assessment courses every month across all areas of work.
WHAT WILL I GET IF I CAN PROVE COMPETENCE?
Upon receipt and verification of the Application for Certification and Assessment documents, UK Certification will send you a certificate and record card stating all qualifications. In all cases, the certificate and record card are issued for your personal use but remain the property of UK Certification and may be withdrawn if the conditions of issue are not complied with.
Lost certificates and record cards can be replaced by application, and Gastec can guide you on who to contact. All UK Certification certificates and record cards issued (including replacements) are subject to a fee.
Most ACS certificates are valid for five years. Your certification body or Gastec will usually send you a reminder email, indicating the date your certificate expires. Any certification will not be valid if the expiry date has passed. appliance/pipework-related categories will not be valid if the core certificate has expired. E.G
CCN1 – EXPS 2021
CKR1 – EXPS 2027
The above core element (CCN1) is expired, therefor the CKR1 is NOT valid.
WILL I GAIN GAS SAFE REGISTRATION ON COMPLETION OF THE ASSESSMENT?
No. Once you have proved competence and hold the appropriate certificates you are able to apply for Gas Safe registration. Further details of the application procedure are available from the Gas Safe Register.
DO I NEED TO BE GAS SAFE REGISTERED?
Self-employed engineers and employers need to be registered with the Gas Safe Register by law before they can carry out gas work. If you work for a company they should be Gas Safe registered and should provide a list of all operatives they employ that can be shown to any customers via the Gas Safe portal.