Our upcoming suite of qualifications in domestic gas utilisation offers multiple routes for learners to become Gas Safe registered engineers.
Every engineer seeking to join the Gas Safe Register must show they are competent and qualified to work safely and legally with gas. Gas Safe Register is the official stamp for gas safety in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey, having replaced the previous CORGI registration scheme.
EAL has worked closely with Energy & Utility Skills, the Sector Skills Council, to offer QCF qualifications that cover all aspects of gas safety, giving workers in the downstream gas industry the skills, knowledge and competence to support their application for a Gas Safe Register ID card.
Ensuring gas safety
The full suite will cover metering, gas emergency service first call operatives, and the installation and maintenance of cookers, tumble dryers, leisure equipment, domestic space heating, domestic warm air heating, water heating and wet central heating.
A number of these qualifications meet both the competence and knowledge requirements for apprentices in the gas industry. By gaining the appropriate qualification, successful learners can pursue Gas Safe registration in the following categories:
The core skills and knowledge units can also be delivered as a standalone qualification for workers without hands-on experience – for example, managers and customer services staff –to their improve understanding of the industry.
With different combinations of units making up 23 qualifications in total, EAL has developed a comprehensive range of support materials to help Centres with delivery. These include:
Following the first amendment to the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations (BS7671), EAL will soon launch a bespoke learning route to help contractors who are already 17th Edition qualified, and those who need to be aware of changing regulations, prepare to work safely within the updated standard.
All new installations from 1 January 2012 must satisfy the new regulations, bringing the UK into line with other European standards. From Autumn 2011, Centres will be able to offer an EAL-recognised training route to help industry address the change. EAL supports the undertaking of non-accredited training sessions such as this to ensure contractors have an awareness and understanding of Amendment 1 and can operate safely within the new regulations.
Centres delivering this EAL learning route will have access to presentation slides and guidance notes to help them run their training sessions. These have been designed to aid clarity and consistency, and also reduce preparation time. Learners will receive an EAL Certificate of Attendance that shows their commitment to keeping their knowledge up to date.
EAL is also working towards the launch of its industry-recognised 17th Edition qualification offering for the QCF, which is currently planned for the end of October. The knowledge qualification will incorporate Amendment 1 and will be open to all learners, with particular emphasis on electrical contractors and qualified supervisors.
An important update on EAL’s electrical inspection and testing qualifications for the QCF will also feature in Spotlight later this month.
EAL has teamed up with NICEIC to bring you a printed copy of the updated 17th Edition Wiring Regulations for just £62 – that’s more than 20 percent less than the recommended retail price.
You can order your copies immediately by sending your name, address and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive your copies within three working days, and orders are payable by invoice only. Postage is just £7.00 regardless of the size of your order, so don’t forget to order all the copies you need in one go!
Semta’s reviews of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and N/SVQ qualification structures for Performing Engineering Operations and Fabrication and Welding Engineering have been extended until 30 September 2011.
The NOS set out the skills, knowledge and understanding required to undertake a particular task or job role to a nationally recognised level of competence, helping formalise training requirements for employers and employees across the UK. Contributing to the reviews will ensure that these standards, and Semta’s engineering Apprenticeship frameworks, continue to reflect the needs of employers.
For further information about the standards, and how to contribute to the reviews, see the Semta website.
Other related news:
The Electrotechnical Assessment Specification Management Committee (EAS) has agreed to delay the implementation of the new Qualified Supervisors technical competence requirements until 6 April 2013, to align with anticipated revisions to Part P of the Building Regulations (England and Wales).
The industry bodies represented on the Electrotechnical Assessment Specification (EAS) Management Committee are pleased to announce that the new level 3 qualification is expected to become available by June 2012, with the first candidates completing some two months later. In order to align with changes likely to occur regarding Part P of the Buildings Regulations (England and Wales), the committee has now agreed that the new requirements will come into effect on 6 April 2013.
There will be several routes to satisfying the requirements for registration as a Qualified Supervisor, including on-site assessment, off-site assessment, a mixture of the two, and the gaining of appropriate qualifications. A Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Installing, Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installation Work in Dwellings (QCF) will be the minimum qualification level for Qualified Supervisors responsible for electrical work in domestic properties subject to Part P of the Building Regulations (for England and Wales). EAL will be launching this qualification in June 2012.
For compliance with Building Regulations in Scotland, Approved Certifiers of construction for electrical installations must be eligible to be graded as Approved Electricians and be suitably qualified e.g. SVQ Level 3 in electrical engineering or equivalent.
For work in commercial or industrial premises, the minimum qualification requirement for Qualified Supervisors will be the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Building Structures and the Environment) (QCF), including the Level 3 NVQ Diploma available from EAL.
What the changes mean for …
… existing Qualified Supervisors
The new requirement will not apply retrospectively to existing Qualified Supervisors. Individuals who already have a competency-based qualification recognised by EAS Management Committee will not need to have the new qualification if they apply to become a new Qualified Supervisor after 5 April 2013.
… practising Qualified Supervisors applying before 6 April 2013
The new requirement applies only to proposed Qualified Supervisors applying after 5 April 2013.
… those previously registered as Qualified Supervisors
Anyone who has been working as a registered Qualified Supervisor within the two years preceding 6 April 2013 will be eligible to be proposed as a Qualified Supervisor for a new employer without needing to demonstrate the new level of technical competence.
For further information on the new Level 3 qualification as it develops, please sign up for our weekly Spotlight e-bulletin.
Other related news:
These QCF competence qualifications are now available for Centre approvals and learner registrations. They will eventually replace the NQF versions which expire for new registrations on 31 December.
EAL Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Marine Engineering (QCF) – 600/1031/9
59 credits, 215-576 guided learning hours
This qualification is aimed at learners and apprentices who are new to the sector, with limited experience or looking for a career change. With a choice of 15 pathways, it allows successful learners to demonstrate skills and competence in a wide range of marine engineering disciplines.
The qualification will form part of Semta’s updated Apprenticeship/Foundation Modern Apprenticeship framework for engineering in England and Wales.
EAL Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Marine Engineering (QCF) – 600/1054/X
115 credits, 301-402 guided learning hours
This qualification is aimed at new or existing workers in the marine engineering industry with sufficient experience of their role at level 2. It includes 22 job-specific pathways, covering a variety of areas including electrical/electronic installation and maintenance, pipework, structural steelwork, mechanics, sheet metalwork, welding, coating, rigging, composites, marine outfitting, and yacht and boat building.
The qualification will form part of Semta’s updated Advanced Apprenticeship/Modern Apprenticeship framework for engineering in England and Wales.
- visit our qualifications search area to view the qualification manual
- login to online services to view and download the manual, learner guide and unit materials
- add the qualification to your Centre remit using the normal process.
Other related news:
Semta, the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies, has issued the following statement on changes affecting the issue of Apprenticeship certificates:
As you may be aware, the majority of the Apprenticeship provisions of the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 are now in force. One of these provisions is The Apprenticeships (Issue of Apprenticeship Certificates) (England) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/900) that came into force on 13 April 2011.
The ASCL Act requires all apprentices that complete their Apprenticeship on or after 13 April 2011 to apply for a certificate. However, the application may continue to be facilitated by a college/training rovider. Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) will under normal circumstances continue to process the application within ten days subject to all evidence requirements being met.
The Act also introduces a single charging policy for all completion certificates. The maximum cost that can now be charged for apprentices who complete on or after 13 April 2011 for issuing an original Apprenticeship completion certificate is £25.
While the reduction in fee for the process will hopefully be seen as good news, there are issues with regard to the availability of the new Apprenticeship certificates that comply with the act detailed above. Semta cannot use its supply of old certificates as they are not compliant under the Act, so we must regretfully withhold the issue of new Apprenticeship certificates temporarily pending delivery and setting up of new certificate stock. This is not a Semta issue as the same applies to all SSCs.
Having discussed the issue with our certification department, they feel the following guidelines would minimise the inevitable temporary disruption to your service this will cause.
- requests received for apprentices who have completed their Apprenticeship prior to 13 April 2011 will be actioned in the normal way and we will continue to process these applications within ten days subject to all evidence requirements being met and these will be charged at £30.00
- registration and certification requests for apprentices who complete on or after 13 April 2011 will be invoiced at the lower rate of £25. Certifications will be ‘processed’ as normal (to prevent a backlog building up) but the certificates will not be issued until we have stocks of the new certificates
- Semta will ensure that records are kept of the number of Apprenticeship certificates that have been awarded but not issued to each training provider/college
- Semta will be pushing to minimise the time required to obtain stocks of the new certificates so that we can issue the backlog of certificates as soon as we can
- Semta will open negotiations with the Skills Funding Agency to identify whether they will accept these details as evidence of completion so that training providers could be paid in the interim.
Semta regrets the inconvenience that this will cause and as described above, will be making an approach to the Skills Funding Agency to ensure training providers can claim completion income in the normal way.
Some EAL Centres have received information to the effect that SummitSkills will now be responsible for all Apprenticeship framework claims. This is incorrect, as Semta is still responsible for the registration and certification of engineering and manufacturing Apprenticeship frameworks.