Option Skills, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, delivers training courses from its centres in Birmingham, Manchester and London. They specialise in gas and electrics but have recently added renewables to their list of courses.  

Understanding today's learners' diverse backgrounds and commitments, Options Skills has introduced the course to offer complete flexibility. The part-time course aims at providing aspiring heating engineers with the chance to gain vital training with reduced time or financial constraints.

The new programme, which blends online webinars with hands-on weekend sessions, is aimed at individuals balancing full-time work or other weekday responsibilities. Learners will complete 23 in-centre practical training days and 17 theory days either online or at one of the training centres. It typically takes a learner 12 months to complete the course and be ready to pursue a career in the plumbing and heating sector.

The course is delivered by Options Skill's instructors. They have been trained to high industry standards and typically have relevant industry experience themselves. The course is accredited by LCL Awards, one of the Building Services Engineering (BSE) sectors' foremost certification bodies, and by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), guaranteeing that students are receiving instruction that is rigorous and meets industry standards.

No prior experience is needed to start this course. This opens doors for a variety of individuals, from complete novices to those looking to switch industries or build on existing foundational knowledge.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded the following qualifications:

  • CCN1 - Core Gas Safety (Inc CPA1 - Flue Gas Analyser)
  • CENWAT - Central Heating Boilers & Water Heaters
  • CKR1 - Gas Cookers
  • HTR1 - Gas Fires

Mick Fitzgerald, Director at Options Skills, said: "In today's fast-paced world, we realised that many potential students were side-lined due to their inability to commit to traditional training schedules. Our part-time training programme answers that challenge, ensuring no one is left behind."