A MANDATORY course for plumbers and heating engineers will be relaunched at Forth Valley College next month.

The Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) covers a range of sectors within the downstream gas industry – and is an essential course for all gas plumbers.

Now, Forth Valley College’s Falkirk campus will offer two three-day courses in October and November to allow any gas plumbers to attain or renew their certificate.

The first course will be held from Monday, October 2 to Wednesday, October 4, while the second will run from Monday, October 30 to Wednesday, November 1.

Harry Hunter, FVC commercial trainer, said: “We hope as many plumbers and gas heating engineers as possible in the Forth Valley area will consider us to renew or complete their ACS qualification.

“The new Falkirk campus centre, based within the college’s energy centre, will enable the candidates to train and be assessed in the domestic gas suite.

“With top of the range brand new modern appliances set within a bright and open space, the new domestic gas centre will provide training and assessment for industry professionals and will attract new students to gas engineering.

“We are looking forward to hearing from anyone interested in finding out more.”

An ACS certificate is usually valid for five years, with candidates eligible to take re-assessment on expiry. The three-day course will cost each applicant £550.

Assessment typically consists of a combination of practical and theory examinations and on successful completion, BPEC Certification Ltd upload the results to Gas Safe Register.

For more information on course costs and how to book, visit the website at forthvalley.ac.uk.