NGCFE is Now Open!
As we open the UK’s newest gas and heating training centre, we take a look at its world class courses.
What is NGCFE?
The National Gas Centre for Excellence (NGCFE) is a brand-new training centre dedicated to professional central heating engineers, as well as those looking to start a career in the industry.
The centre has been launched in Wakefield to act as a learning hub for engineers right across West Yorkshire and the surrounding regions, and offers a wide range of training and reassessments.
With two large classrooms, the centre comes fully fitted with a range heating, ventilation and plumbing technology, so that attendees can get fully hands on with the appliances they’ll be working on day to day.
Attendees can also be assured that they won’t go hungry, with lunch and refreshments provided on site. Plus, there’s a coffee machine for those that need that all important caffeine fix.
With the opening of NGCFE, engineers in Yorkshire and the surrounding regions, can now sit the gas safe courses and reassessments they need without the hassle of travelling further afield.
Why do heating engineers need NGCFE?
All gas engineers must, by law, appear on the Gas Safe Register to carry out work on domestic gas appliances. Carbon monoxide is extremely flammable and incredibly toxic if inhaled, therefore professional engineers must appear on the register and have the right certification to prove it, otherwise they will be practising illegally.
Research by the Gas Safe Register shows that around two thirds of the illegal work that they inspect is found to be unsafe, so the human cost of working without the right certificates, as well as the implications to your career, cannot be overstated.
What courses are available at NGCFE?
A total of 13 courses and 6 reassessments are available at the centre, ranging from entry level courses for those that want to enter the profession, to those that allow experienced engineers to renew their qualifications in order to continue practicing.
Gas engineer courses include the Core Domestic Gas Safety (CCN1) certification, which all engineers must hold to register as a Gas Safe Registered domestic gas installer.
To ensure that engineers remain fully competent, they must undertake CCN1 reassessment every five years.
Six of our training courses relate directly to gas and central heating and include the initial Domestic Gas Safety CCN1 course, as well as more specific courses such as Carbon Monoxide Testing Training and Domestic Heating System & Boiler Fault Finding.
We’re also proud to be able to provide a gateway for those looking to begin a career as a heating installer, through our Domestic Gas Heating – New Entrants Package. Studied alongside the required 6-month work placement, this provides everything needed to get candidates to the level needed to sit their ACS Gas Assessments and apply to join the Gas Safe Register.
As well as three plumbing courses related to heating, we also offer 13 online health and safety courses for businesses and individuals from a wide range of sectors. These include everything from asbestos awareness and basic fire safety, to manual handling and the timely subject of PPE use.
Who will be leading the courses at NGCFE?
Heading up our team of trainers is Michael Hunt, Managing Director National Gas Centre for Excellence, who has 16-years’ experience in the industry and has experience in all aspects of plumbing and heating.
It is this expertise that Michael is looking to pass on to those looking to add to their training or take that important first step towards a career as an engineer.
“There is a severe lack of quality gas engineers in the industry” Michael says. “Poor standards of training have led to an influx of engineers with a lack of system knowledge and a limited skill set.
“At NGCFE, we have gone the extra mile to ensure that there is everything that candidates need to be able to complete every single assessment in each area, rather than them having to wait or move around our centre. We have everything in place to simulate a real working environment, so that candidates really feel as if they are on the job as opposed to being assessed in a bay.
“It’s important to us that we focus on the why, not just the how. For this reason, we have additional equipment that allows us to manipulate appliances and situations to present various scenarios. This helps candidates get to grips with the issues they are likely to face in the field.”
How do I book a course or assessment at NGCFE?
To find out about our next available course dates, just visit our website, where you’ll be able to fill in our online course enquiry form.
Alternatively, you can call us on 01924 973260.