Official Statement from the Health and Safety Executive
“We have had reports that some ACS assessment centres have closed due to COVID-19, resulting in engineers being unable to take their ACS reassessment.Engineers are expected to take all reasonable measures to maintain their ACS qualifications, including planning ahead where possible.
Maintaining gas safety competence is essential for registered gas engineers. If assessment centres have enough staff and customers to keep functioning, they should do so and follow Gov.uk advice on good hygiene and encouraging engineers not to attend if they should be self-isolating.
If engineers take all reasonable steps to update their expired ACS certification as soon as possible, and continue to work safely, HSE will permit registered gas engineers to remain on the Register for an additional period during the peak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures. Engineers may be required to demonstrate that they have taken reasonable steps to renew their qualifications. Engineers MUST maintain their Gas Safe registration during any extension of their ACS qualification period if they are carrying out gas work.
This is a temporary measure and does not remove the standing requirement for registered gas engineers to maintain their ACS certification and renew certification every 5 years.”
Gastec Training Statement
It’s impossible to escape the Coronavirus pandemic that is affecting all of our lives in one way or another. We are all responsible professionals and many of you can keep your businesses running by ensuring cleanliness and maintaining the appropriate social distancing.
Gastec Training are confident that we can keep you safe in our training centre. In line with official advice from HSE it is recommended we stay open in order to maintain gas safety competence for registered gas engineers.
In order to do this:
- We already have social distancing in force with UKAS regulations for Assessments.
- We have increased our daily cleaning routine.
- We have all the necessary hand gels and washroom facilities you require.
- We recommend you bring your own drinking vessel for tea and coffee etc. We will continue to supply our own if you prefer which are sanitised during the day and heat treated overnight.
What’s important is that we all work together through this unprecedented time and fight the COVID 19 spread. We at Gastec Training will remain open and will be conducting business as usual until we are told otherwise.
Remember: Please don’t come to our training centre if you or members of your household are displaying any of the COVID 19 symptoms – high temperature, dry cough and shortness of breath.
The Team at Gastec
Gastec Training is a leading supplier of training and assessment services to the utilities industries, providing training services at all levels for over 20 years . We offer the full portfolio of training and assessment services for the gas, oil, plumbing, electrical and solid fuel utility sectors.
When considering a new career the first step should be an assessment of your training needs. Will an employer offer it on the job or do you need to plan your own training first. If you are considering a career in the utilities industry then there are a wide range of training courses and training providers available to you.
We provide guidance and advice to experienced operatives seeking to renew and extend existing ACS qualifications. We offer the full range of ACS Assessment and Re-Assessments for gas operatives
Widen Your Skill Set
Gastec offer a range of opportunities for technicians who want to extend their expertise within the gas sector by undertaking conversion training. Gastec offer a range of courses which will enable experienced operatives to extend their current qualifications into new sectors and thus broaden the range of work they can carry out.
As a leading supplier of training and assessment services to the utilities industry Gastec Training recognises the financial value of training. We have partnered with Ideal 4 Finance who can offer a range of flexible finance services for clients who are funding their training.
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