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 ACS Assessments and Re-Assessments - FAQ

Who can take an ACS re-assessment ?

Re-assessment is only available to operatives who currently hold an in-date ACS qualification. If an operative needs to undertake a re-assessment it will be more effective in terms of cost and time if both core gas safety and appliance assessments are completed at the same time.

Which is right for me assessment or re-assessment ?

If your ACS qualification has not expired then you are eligible for an ACS re-assessment which is shorter in duration than the full assessment. If it has expired you will need to complete the full assessment

Can I take an ACS re-assessment if I have not done any ACS assessments?

If you have not undertaken any ACS assessments or hold a currently valid ACS assessment then you will not be eligible for a re-assessment. If however you have a valid aligned gas services S/NVQ certificate  this will generally be accepted as a pre-requisite for re-assessments (Ask centre for details if you think this applies.)

What is the difference between an ACS initial assessment and re-assessment ?

The ACS initial assessment takes longer to complete and has more written questions in it. The ACS re-assessment tests only those key areas previously undertaken, plus any new legislation introduced over the last five years. The re-assessment is shorter in length. ACS re-assessment is only available to operatives who have a current ACS qualification in those categories applied for.

If only my core expires can I just take that on its own again?

Yes, you could take it on its own but it would reduce overall time to take both the core and any appliances you hold together, as you would not need to repeat areas which are common to both core and appliances.

Can I add a new assessment area to my re-assessment ?

No. The extra appliance/core must be taken under ACS initial assessment conditions.

What is a core assessment?

Core assessments are usually pre-requisites to appliances and can be taken in domestic natural gas, commercial, catering or LPG situations prior to, or in conjunction with, relevant appliance assessments.

Practical and written re-assessment procedures

1st Attempt in allotted time

If result is 100% = Pass

Less than 100% = Re-assessment

Note may now either:

(a) undertake further training and then re-take assessment, or

(b) re-take assessment immediately

Note 2nd attempt in either case must be within 30 working days of 1st attempt

2nd Re-assess performance criteria in which competence was not demonstrated

1st and 2nd attempts totaled together

If result is 100% = Pass

If less than 100% = At assessor discretion minor parts of practical/ written may be clarified by practical/oral questions, or

Fail = Re-take whole assessment