ACS gas accreditation course relaunched

ACS gas accreditation course relaunched
Harry Hunter shows off the FVC training facilities

Plumbers and heating engineers will be able to attain or renew their gas accreditation with the relaunch of the ACS assessment scheme at Forth Valley College’s Falkirk Campus, at the start of 2024 at highly competitive prices.

The Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) covers a range of sectors within the downstream gas industry including: domestic, commercial, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and emergency service provider (ESP) – and is a mandatory course for all plumbers working with Gas.

The first of the three day courses – pitched at a competitive price - begins on Monday 5 February with several more planned until June, and they can be booked by visiting the website on

Assessments normally consist of a combination of practical and theory examinations and on successful completion, BPEC Certification Ltd will upload the assessment results to Gas Safe Register.

ACS certificates are normally valid for five years, but on expiry, candidates are eligible to take re-assessment. The re-assessment can be taken up to six months prior to the expiry date of the initial qualification without losing out (MOT style). Previous certificates must be presented to the assessment centre as evidence of holding the initial qualification.

The Gas Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) is the industry recognised and accepted route for experienced gas operatives to gain the certificate of competence needed to become a member of the Gas Safe Register. It should be noted that re-Assessment of Candidates is only available for current Gas Safe registration holders or those who have lapsed by no more than 12 months. If certification has lapsed for more than 12 months the candidate will be required to follow the Initial Candidate route.

The ACS qualification contains CCN1 the core gas safety element and must be achieved before further assessment can take place. Alongside CCN1 candidates must qualify in the appliances they will be working on, such as – Domestic Natural Gas Central Heating Boilers and Domestic Natural Gas Water (CENWAT1), Domestic Natural Gas Cookers (CKR1), Domestic Natural Gas Fires (HTR1) and Domestic Natural Gas Meters (MET1).

This Gas Safety training course is for candidates looking to complete or renew their CCN1 assessment and includes:

  • Legislation for Gas Safety
  • Combustion, pressure and gas rates
  • Pipe work for gas
  • Gas controls
  • Flue gas analysis
  • Ventilation / Chimney systems
  • Tightness testing and purging (both low and medium pressure)

Harry Hunter FVC Commercial Trainer, said: “We hope as many plumbers and gas heating engineers as possible in the Forth Valley area will consider us to renew or complete their ACS qualification. The new Falkirk Campus centre, based within the College’s Energy Centre, will enable the candidates to train and be assessed in the domestic gas suite. With top of the range brand new modern appliances set within a bright and open space, the new domestic gas centre will provide training and assessment for industry professionals and will attract new students to gas engineering. We are looking forward to hearing from anyone interested in finding out more.”

For more information on course costs and how to book visit the website on  or call 01324 403 000.

A link to Harry Hunter’s case study on the FVC website can be found here.