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A gas service installer fits, maintains and repairs gas systems within old and new buildings. This can include central heating systems or gas appliances.
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There are several routes to becoming a gas service installer. You could do a college course, an apprenticeship, on-the-job training, or apply to an employer directly.
You should explore these routes to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
You could complete a college course such as a Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating, a Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Natural Gas Installation or a Level 3 Diploma in Gas Utilisation Installation and Maintenance.
You may need to be working to complete these level 3 qualifications.
You’ll usually need:
An apprenticeship with a gas services company is a good way into the industry.
You could complete an advanced apprenticeship in gas engineering to become a gas services installer.
You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have relevant experience in plumbing or heating, you could apply directly to a gas service company to gain experience as a gas service installer. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced gas service installer and progress as your abilities improve.
You may be able to have your experience and skills assessed through the Accredited Certification Scheme to get a recognised competency certificate.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a gas service installer. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a gas service installer include:
As a gas service installer you will be responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing gas systems in a variety of buildings. You could also be giving advice to customers, ordering new parts and testing to ensure safety measures are met.
The role of a gas service installer involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a gas service installer varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
Check out the latest gas service installer vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
As a gas service installer you could gain experience and move into gas engineering, or supervisory and management roles.
Alternatively, you could set up your own gas installation business or work as a self-employed consultant.
Explore the progression opportunities below