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  1. Tino Mclaren

    Tino Mclaren New Member

    Hello all

    Im a fully qualified time served instrument technician (ICI, Enron, contract work etc...)

    Im considering a career change to a more public facing job (I wont go into the details unless someone wants to know) and have always been interested in plumbing.

    In fact ive installed many heating systems (on site and dwellings) over the years, usually combi's but I stopped the dwellings when the regs came in but carried on with site work as that's a different set of rules.

    I had my own kane 400 series (450 was the last one, not sure about the new gear) for gas combustion checks, pressure, co/co2 ratio etc.. I also worked with other gases too.

    I also have a HNC in electrical engineering, im not a domestic spark as such (not part p) but again ive re-wired many houses over the years, more recently to 17th ed and used colleagues to sign off.

    Im 51 now and I want a change, is there a swap over road map for someone like me? What will it take?

    Many thanks in advance

    Tino
     
  2. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    TBH I wouldn't change I'm sorry
     
  3. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Surely theres more avenues that could open up with the knowledge you have .
    Plumbing and gas is not as easy as people think
     
  4. Tino Mclaren

    Tino Mclaren New Member

    Thanks but im pretty sure its what I want to do, I appreciate that its not easy.

    I was hoping for some help on any training I would need or how to achieve the swap over.

    Cheers
     
  5. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I'm 50, I want to go down to 3 or 4 days a week.

    At 51 I wouldn't be advising a career change.

    You could pay your money and do a six week course which would get you no where near. Training centres only want your dosh.

    No easy way in.
     
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  6. Chalked

    Chalked Plumber GSR

    Gas training now takes a year to do. Including 6 months working with someone gas safe registered.
     
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  7. Tino Mclaren

    Tino Mclaren New Member

    I realise this is probably not the right place for this sort of question, thank you.
     
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  8. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Tino , sorry they probably are not the answers you want to hear , and IMO this is the place to ask this sort of question.
     
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  9. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Just because you don't like the answers you've been given doesn't mean there wrong
     
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  10. Tino Mclaren

    Tino Mclaren New Member

    No, I appreciate some of the answers Shaun, you couldnt answer my question though because not many on here (if any) have gone to gas technician via this path. I wasnt being ungrateful I was just asking in the wrong place.

    I feel by your short 'dont bother' answers you are like a coiled spring waiting to attack!!! Your demeanour says it all.

    For anyone searching here is what I have found out:

    I have rang ACS (actually UKAS HQ) and spoke to a very helpful chap (an ex engineer and dept manager). I can take the exam directly without completing training (I will be brushing up, a lot!), they can contact my employer and as long as my gas experience (which he believes to be extensive) tallies with ACS requirements then I will be deemed gas safe.

    I will be on probation, ready for any inspector to look at my work as all new gas technicians have to do.
     
  11. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

  12. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Not got time to read and reply now. But will do later.
     
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  13. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    To summarise.

    Feck off. I'll please myself.
     
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  14. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    On an install that is annoying me but will definitely reply later. Sorry.
     
  15. jaydebruyne

    jaydebruyne Plumber GSR

    Ummmm, I don’t think age is a relevant factor in deciding to change career. If you want to change, change. It’s your life. Do what you want. So you don’t have to take any gas exams? That’s a crock of s**t. But hey, gas safe ‘know’ what they’re doing! Good luck with the change.
     
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