Gas Engineering Operative (GEO)
Gas Engineering Operative (GEO) – Apprenticeship standard level 3
Gas engineering involves the safe installation, commission, decommission and ongoing service and repair of gas appliances in either a domestic or non-domestic setting. Appliances can include but are not limited t, a range of work categories such as central heating boilers, unvented hot water storage, ducted air heaters, cookers, space heaters, meters, alternative fuel, boosters, and testing and purging for industrial pipework.
To access EPA resources for our GEO apprenticeship standard click here.
Apprentices will normally have gained a minimum of 3-5 GCSEs (grade A-C) or equivalent, including English and mathematics at minimum level C or 4. Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprenticeship and will include a recognised background check, equivalent to Criminal Record Bureau/Disclosure and Barring Service (CRB/DBS).
Those who work within gas engineering must have the core requirements below and demonstrate the technical requirements in one setting – domestic or non-domestic. They must be registered on the Gas Safe® Register for four appliances.
Gas Engineering Operative is an essential role. Employers came together to set the standard for this apprenticeship based on the required skills, knowledge and behaviours.
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Duration of the Gas Engineering Operative apprenticeship
Typically, the apprenticeship takes 18 months, depending on when the apprentice is ready for their end point assessment.
Independent assessors from your industry will confirm whether the apprentice has achieved the standard or not (awarding a fail, pass, or distinction). The end point assessment consists of two elements:
- Knowledge test
- Portfolio based on a Competency Test and a Work Log Review with interview
Apprentices will also need to have achieved Gas Safe Registration for the appliances they work on in their Competency Test prior to the end-point assessment.
EUIAS – Independent Assessment Service
The Energy & Utilities Independent Assessment Service (EUIAS) is Ofqual recognised and was established in response to a strong drive from employers in the energy and utility industries to ensure end point assessment is robust, rigorous and meets the needs of industry. To find out more about EUIAS and how we can help you contact us here.
At the end of the process, apprentices will be competent to operate in your environment, having achieved the following:
- Practical experience of the operation and maintenance of appropriate plant and equipment, during fault and normal working activities.
- Operational understanding of industry health, safety and environmental working practices and regulations.
- Knowledge about relevant engineering theories and principles relative to their occupation.
Are you an employer, training provider or institution that is already offering Gas Engineering Operative apprenticeship standard level 3, or considering doing so?
We can help you deliver the standard by providing your end point assessments.
End point assessment allows an apprentice to demonstrate the required knowledge, skills and behaviours to complete and achieve their apprenticeship. With a wealth of experience, we are approved to deliver end point assessment for over 10 apprenticeship standards across various sectors and schemes, catering to a variety of roles.
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