ACS Assessment

An Introduction

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.

What is ACS

ACS or 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 to a gas appliance or system.

Upon successful completion of assessment a certificate 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 Assessment

There are no requirements or pre-requisites to undergo training before you apply for ACS Assessments but it is however advisable to do so. In part because of the changes in legislation over time you knowledge of which will be part of the assessment.

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.

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. In all cases, the certificate and record card is issued for your personal use but remain the property of UK Certification and may be withdrawn if the conditions of issue are not complied with.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 applying to UK Certification. All UK Certification certificates and record cards issued (including replacements) are subject to a fee.

How Do I know when my UK Certification needs renewing?

The certificate category is valid for five years. UK Certification will send you a reminder letter, indicating the date your certificate expires, together with a list of UK Certification approved assessment and training centres. A completed category will not be valid if the expiry date has passed. Work-related categories will not be valid if the core certificate has expired.

Will I gain Gas Safety Register registration on completion of the assessment?

No. Once you have proved competence and hold the appropriate certificates you are able to apply for Gas Safety Register registration. Further details of the application procedure are available from Gas Safety Register.

Do I need to be Gas Safety Register registered?

Self-employed engineers and employers need to be registered with Gas Safety Register by law before they can carry out gas work. If you work for a company they should be Gas Safety Register registered and should provide a list of all operatives they employ to Gas Safety Register.

Gastec Training

Gastec Training and Assessment Centres is a leading supplier of training and assessment services to the utilities industries. We  offer the full portfolio of training and assessment services for the entire utilities sector including the Gas Safe register.

Gas Courses

We have developed a full and varied range of courses designed to suit all personnel in the gas industry. The courses and assessments cover all areas of domestic and commercial servicing and installation procedures. We are constantly working to develop new courses to meet the ever-changing innovations and legislative needs of the gas industry.

Electrical Courses

At Gastec we provide structured modular training for the electrical industries that require either compliance or mandatory training and assessments together with a recognized qualification.

Oil Courses

The OFTEC series of courses includes courses for equipment installers in both the domestic and commercial oil sectors

Solid Fuel Courses

We have new courses ideal for those new to the sold fuel sector or experienced operatives seeking to widen their skills.  The range of courses include such areas as its delivery,  storage, relevant technologies and appliances.

A New Career Direction ?

We offer a range of courses for new entrants with no experience of the utilities sector. Courses are available in all the major utility sectors.

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Industry Expertise ?

If you are an experienced technician in the utilties sector but wish to broaden your skill set we have a range of conversion courses available

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A New Career Direction ?

We offer a range of courses for new entrants with no experience of the utilities sector. Courses are available in all the major utility sectors.

Industry Expertise ?

If you are an experienced technician in the utilties sector but wish to broaden your skill set we have a range of conversion courses available

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About Gastec

Gastec is a leading supplier of training and assessment services to the utilities industries with gas,electrical, oil, plumbing and solid fuel courses.

Choosing a Training Provider

We offer courses for new entrants, those looking to broaden their skill-set or experienced operatives looking to update their qualifications.

Booking a Course

We have an expert team waiting for your call with specialists in new entrant training as well as assessments and re-assessments for experienced operatives.

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Gastec is located close to the centre of Milton Keynes and only 10 minutes from Junction 13 of the M1 offering easy access from the major transport routes.


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First Steps

Get an overview of the steps you need to take to forge a new career in the lucrative utilities sector.

What questions you should be asking, what training you need and how to plan your training.

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Gas

Do you want to be your own boss, work hours that suit you and do interesting, and challenging work?

If you want to make a good living the gas sector is a good first choice with many opportunities.

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Oil

There is a continuing demand for OFTEC qualified heating oil operatives within the utility sector

If you would like to work in this sector on a range of oil installations find out about our New Entrant oil courses.

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Electrical

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The New Entrant training course takes you from complete novice to accredited electrician.

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New Entrant Guide

The Gastec New Entrant Guide provides detailed information on our New Entrant courses.

It also includes further information on the full range of training courses available from Gastec


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Gas

We offer a comprehensive range of gas courses for experienced operatives wishing to develop their skills or cross train into new areas.

Our courses cover domestic, commercial, and LPG applications as well as cross training courses between industry sectors

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Oil

At Gastec we know the busy working engineer must remain compliant at all times with the current regulations and OFTEC standards

Our structured training courses for operatives in the oil sector provide training and assessments to OFTEC standard.

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Electrical

We offer a range of courses for the busy working engineer who needs to remain compliant with current regulations and standards.

If you work in this sector find out more about our structured, modular training courses offering a recognised qualification.

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Plumbing

If you want to remain up to date with the current regulations we offer a range of training and assessments to ensure full compliance

We offer practical hands on courses for plumbers. These provide operatives with a practical skills and knowledge of the regulations.

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Solid Fuel

Our solid fuel courses provides a pathway to a career in solid fuel including the basic principles and technologies of solid fuel appliances.

If you are interested in a greater understanding of modern solid fuel, its delivery, technologies and appliances contact Gastec


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ACS Certification

A fulfilling career in the gas sector is on offer for those committed to developing their skillset by training and accreditation

ACS or Accredited Certification Scheme ensures that gas operatives are assessed to prove their competence in gas safety.

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Eligibility

Candidates are split into three categories. Prerequisites to attend assessment are dependent on the category an operative falls into.

The exact category will depend on a range of factors based on past experience and prior accreditation and assessments

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Assessments

To work on gas installations all operatives must demonstrate that they are competent to do so. ACS Accreditation is how they do this

New operatives or experienced technicians seeking to work in new applications will need to undertake the assessment process.

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Re-Assessments

A shortened ACS Re-Assessment is available to operatives who hold an in-date ACS qualification for their application speciality.

Operatives wishing to widen their skillset to new application areas such as catering would need to take a full assessment


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Exciting Career Choices

The utilities sectors offers a range of choices in terms of specialities and qualifications for anyone leaving the armed forces seeking a new career

New Entrant Courses

If you are new to the utilities sector we can offer advice on the most cost effective way to train and get accredited for a new lucrative career

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Develop Your Training Plan

We have an expert team waiting for your call with specialists experienced in helping ex-armed forces personnel plan their training needs.

Enhanced Learning Credits

At Gastec are proud to be able to offer Service Leavers the chance to claim their ELC entitlement and use on a majority of Gastec’s Courses.


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Work at Gastec

We offer a range of employment opportunities for experienced personnel wanting to work in a training role.

Experienced Personnel

We look for personnel who combine experience of the utility sector and an understanding of the regulatory framework.

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ACS Assessors

We welcome your application if you have experience of ACS Assessment with in domestic and commercial assessments.

Does This Sound Like You ?

Contact the team at Gastec if you would like to find out more about taking your career in the utilities sector to the next level.


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Gastec is located close to the centre of Milton Keynes and only 10 minutes from Junction 13 of the M1 offering easy access from the major transport routes.

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