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  1. d36csr

    d36csr New Member

    Hello all,

    I recently passed my NVQ2, and am now working as a self-employed plumber. Business is good, but I keep having to turn down gas work. I'm now hoping to get Gas Safe registered.

    I hate working for other people! I've read things in the past which suggested that it was possible to do your portfolio self-employed, but this seems too good to be true. Any thoughts?

    I've also heard that the private training companies are a bunch of scoundrels! I can't find a proper college in my area which does gas courses though.

    Any advice on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks,

    p.s. I've done my best to find a thread which has dealt with this already, but couldn't. Apologies if I missed anything!
  2. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Blimey you have entered a minefield pal , You can do it while self employed but you can only build a portfolio working with a GS engineer.
  3. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Where in the world are you? There are a few different paths but the preferred is college or apprenticeship
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  4. d36csr

    d36csr New Member

    Thanks for the quickfire responses. Magic.

    I'm in Bristol.

    So, Jon, which bits of it can I do self employed, if not the portfolio?

    Thanks, Benedict
  5. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber Top Contributor!!

    How will you carry a boiler on a bicycle though? ;)

    Welcome to the forums, Benedict!
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  6. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    In an ideal world , you could look to work for yourself 4 days ish a week and find a GS guy and shadow him for a day , and slowly build your portfolio , then when you are ready go through and pass your ACS , then apply for your own GS reg .

    The problem is finding the GS guy to show you the ropes , this is a MASSIVE problem and its where you may fail , but on the other hand you maybe very lucky .
  7. d36csr

    d36csr New Member

    You wouldn't believe what I fit on a bike Ric! Might have to get the trailer out for a boiler mind you!

    Thanks Jon. That sounds possible, although challenging as you say. It could take a while to gather a portfolio in this way. Is there a time limit, at the end of which they chuck you off the course?

    No wonder gas engineers charge £70 call-out round here!!
  8. scott_d

    scott_d Plumber GSR

    I am in Bristol
    I'm not sure shadowing would work for small jobs but I could sometimes use help on installs. I'm happy to swap plumbing leads for gas leads if you are interested.
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  9. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Thats a great offer from Scott.

    No time limit Benedict, you have finished your level 2 .
    As I say , just build a portfolio, read a lot , go for your ACS and apply for GS reg , dont be fooled into thinking this a in a few weeks , its potentialy a year maybe Two , it just depends how much gas you can learn.
  10. d36csr

    d36csr New Member

    Stunning offer Scott! I've messaged you.

    That's good to hear Jon. I'm in no rush. I mostly just love to learn!

    So I guess that technically I have to do the theory part before I start building a portfolio?
  11. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Beacause you are nt on a course you will have to learn the hard way , the only other way is try get your NVQ 3, but because you are self employed you will have to pay for it
  12. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber Top Contributor!!

    d36csr: there may be a way to get onto level 3 for free (I'm hoping to do this, except my college teaches oil, not gas) which might work, seeing as you live in Bristol. Can you please start a conversation with me as your privacy settings won't let me do that to do?

    Cheers, R
  13. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    He's under Under 10 posts so that's why you can't pm yet but he can pm you (thought I'd explain)
  14. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Only an opinion mate. I did neither. I was fast track.
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