BPEC Gas Managed Learning Programme

Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
6 Sep 2021
Qualification Type
Other non-advanced qual
Course Type
6 - 8 months



Glasgow Clyde College's BPEC Gas Managed Learning Programme is a part time commercial training course designed for those wishing to enter the gas industry. On completion of the training, portfolio and successful assessment candidates are issued with a BPEC Gas Foundation certificate. This certificate enables candidates to undertake the relevant ACS assessments and apply to work under the Gas Safe Register.

What will I learn?

  • Core gas safety
  • Combustion performance analysis
  • Industry specific health and safety training
  • Hot and cold water plumbing systems
  • Unvented hot water systems
  • Basic electrical appreciation
  • Safe isolation
  • Practical skills associated with installation, pipework
  • Servicing and repair of boilers, fires and cookers
  • On the job portfolio of verified work undertaken
  • ACS Assessments.

The course will run on a Wednesday and Thursdays. A minimum of 60 days work experience is required (for portfolio completion). 

Cost includes: 

  • Training and assessments 
  • Awarding body registration and certification
  • ACS Assessments
  • Training pack and materials

This is a part time commercial training course and does not meet the criteria for SAAS funding or Fee Waivers

If applications are open at time of booking delegates can apply for a Skills Development Scotland, Individual Training Account

Ex and current Armed Services Personnel may be eligible for Enhanced Learning Credits

If you are a company enquiring on behalf of an employee the company may be eligible for Flexible Workforce Development Funding (FWDF)

The College has a student funding department for further funding / financial advice and support while making enquires and for the duration of the training course - 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • A recognised qualification in the mechanical services engineering sector (e.g. plumbing) or;
  • A minimum of 2 National 4s/Standard Grades or SCQF Level 4 equivalent, preferably English and Mathematics or;
  • National 4 ESOL or equivalent or;

Alternatively candidates must have relevant/appropriate experience that will help build the portfolio or have an entry assessment with one of our gas trainers.

Before enrolling candidates must have a self-sought mentor who is fully Core Gas Safety registered. A training plan needs to be in place with the mentor to enable documentation of each appliance worked on and assist with the completion of the portfolio.

*The College cannot provide candidates with a mentor or employer.

Additional Requirements:

  • A PC/Laptop
  • Internet / WiFi
  • Microsoft Teams – to interact with your class mates and the trainers

Access to the above is required to allow candidates to undertake elements of the course online. Office 365 Service is desirable to allow access to Microsoft Office Product Line (Word, PowerPoint etc) but is included in student account which you will have access to upon enrolment. 

Jobs and further study

On successful recommendation from the College and completion of both college-based assessments and the portfolio candidates will receive a Domestic Foundation Gas certificate which enables them to undertake ACS assessments. ACS is the nationally Accredited Certification Scheme for the gas industry. 

On successful completion of the ACS Assessments, candidates can apply for Gas Safe registration as a competent person. Gas Safe registration is not included in the course cost and is responsibility of the individual.

Once qualified you could:

  • Gain employment within the gas industry earning £30k+
  • Operate your own business
  • Install service and repair boilers, water heaters, fires, cookers and meters
  • Secure work with letting agents/housing associations
  • Carry out landlord gas safety certificates.

Once on the gas safe register for 6+ months, candidates can extend their range by undertaking additional appliances and extend their scope from natural gas to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or to non domestic gas.

Depending on scope, range and experience thereafter, candidates could consider upskilling to install and maintain renewable energy sources such as Heat Pumps.

I've applied — what happens next?

Course costs £1950 - no VAT

£500 deposit will secure a place. 


How can I pay for the course if I am not paying in full?

The course is £1950 (£500 deposit required to secure booking). You will receive an associated invoice and monthly payment plans are available for the £1450 balance. This is a part time commercial training course and is not eligible for SAAS or government funding, except ITA if available.

Do I need a mentor to start the course? 

The mentor must be in place before starting the course. It is in your interest to have this in place as fees are non-refundable once the course starts. One of the entry requirements is to have a mentor in place.

What is the role of the mentor?

The mentor’s role is to supervise your ‘on the job’ training which you record to build evidence of your work-based evidence – your portfolio. The mentor must be willing to support you for the duration of the course. The capacity in which you work with the mentor is agreed between you and them taking into consideration insurance, liability and written agreements etc. The College cannot assist with this.

How much time do I need to spend with my mentor?

The more experience you can get the better to build your ‘on the job’ experience for the portfolio.

Are there various intakes?

There are no other intakes. We can accept late applications a maximum of 2 weeks after the start date. Any days you miss need to be made up as there is a minimum amount of time required in College.

If you require any clarification or have further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch or refer to BPEC’s web page for more information Domestic Gas Foundation | Learning for Life | BPEC


More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3362