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  1. Thomas

    Thomas New Member

    Hi Guys, I new here so I look forward to reading as well as trying to contribute towards this great forum. I am booked onto the CCTS APL OFTEC Oil Course in Belfast as I am a newbie to the servicing side of the oil industry. I drive oil tankers and would like to do some servicing etc on the evenings and weekends for some extra dollars. Can anyone give me a heads up on the course as well as the company as such. Ie is this course bang on to get me out there fully qualified to service domestic boilers? I look forward to your replies.

    Many thanks.
  2. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    That APL course is for beginners to the oil boiler work, but does I believe include the 101 course, which will qualify you to service or commission (analyse & set new oil boilers).
    Honest answer is the 101 course is basic (so the other part of APL must be laughable) and you won’t learn much, nor will you be able to become an expert in a short time . The oil boiler work in this part of UK is saturated with “oil technicians” and you just have to look at adverts.
    Gas here is now steadily taking over.
    Personally I wouldn’t let a beginner to oil boiler servicing go near my boiler, but that’s just the way the rules work.
    And I don’t respect anyone solely on the oftec qualification.
    Imo it is just a way of employing people in training centres to use money from the trainees, which in turn will add tax to the government. The end customer pays.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2018
  3. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I would agree with Best there.
    There is no course that will leave you fully qualified and competent. That goes for everything to do with trades and not just Oil.
    There are however, a lot that promise it.
    Best way to look at it is like your driving test, passing it means your safe enough to start building theory!
    Still we all start somewhere.
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  4. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    The tone of my first reply looks a bit grumpy, but I did try to add some smileys, but wouldn't work earlier. So here's some now. - :):):):D