Author Archives: Ruth Roome

Become a BPEC Governing Board Member

BPEC Certification Ltd. (BPEC) are currently looking for new members to join our Governing Board (GB). The GB plays an important role within BPEC to ensure all activities are carried out with integrity, impartiality and competently at all levels. The GB is responsible for ensuring robust standards are being maintained in the interest of learners, […]

BPEC Plumbing Textbooks – Phase 1 and Phase 2 only £60 for both!

For a limited time only we are offering the Phase 1 and Phase 2 textbooks for the Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating as a package at the discounted price of £60.00, saving £10.00 on the recommended price of £35.00 each. For any learner currently completing this qualification, these books are a definite […]

Annual surveillance visits

BPEC Certification Ltd is required to undertake an annual surveillance visit at approved assessment centres. This is in order to meet our obligations under ISO/IEC 17024 Following published government advice during the period of restrictions on non-essential travel and meetings, the centre surveillance visits will be conducting by a remote audit process until further notice. […]

Safe to Touch and Safe Electrical Isolation requirements from 1 July 2020

After consultation with the gas industry the ACS Scheme owner Energy & Utility Skills has announced that from July 2020 gas engineers will need to be able to show that they have the knowledge and competence to enable them to follow Safe to Touch and, where appropriate, Electrical Safe Isolation procedures. In articles published by […]

BPEC Bridging Course CMA/CESP/ESP to CCN1 – update

Since its launch in January this year, our Bridging Course – CMA/CESP/ESP to CCN1 has attracted lots of interest and is proving very popular with centres and learners around the UK. The course is aimed at gas engineers who have undertaken CMA/CESP/ESP and are looking to extend their scope to CCN1, and has been developed […]

NEW – BPEC Student Plumbing Pack

We have added to our range of training materials by introducing the BPEC Student Plumbing Pack. Consisting of our Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Qualification Textbooks for Phase 1 & Phase 2, our Water Regulations/Water Byelaws Manual and our Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems Manual – all available for a combined price of only […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions

To support our centres and learners during this challenging time, we have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions. These have been collated by each of our business areas – BPEC Services Ltd (Training Courses & Training Materials), BPEC Certification Body (CB), BPEC Awarding Organisation (AO) and BPEC End-point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) – and […]

Gas Safe COVID-19 Advice and Guidance

Gas Safe have published COVID-19 Advice and Guidance on their website – this can be found by following this link. Please be advised that, in this ever changing situation, Gas Safe will be regularly updating, amending and adding information.

OFTEC update – COVID-19

OFTEC have published ‘Coronavirus – information for heating technicians’ on their website. This can be found by following this link. Please also follow this link for advice from OFTEC in relation to extending qualifications during the pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) BPEC update for customers

Like everyone, we just can’t escape news about Coronavirus, and whereas at one time it seemed a distant problem, it is now much closer to home. We are following the advice from the UK Government and are putting in place as many measures as possible to minimise the spread whilst safeguarding the well-being of our staff, stakeholders, and […]

New BPEC Gas Qualification Launched

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new qualification: BPEC Level 3 Diploma in Gas Engineering. This has been designed for apprentices who are completing the Gas Engineering Operative Apprenticeship Standard ST0155. The qualification is also available to other learners wishing to pursue a gas engineering career within the Building Services Engineering sector. […]

Job Vacancy: Technical Business Support Manager

We are looking to recruit a Technical Business Support Manager. The successful candidate will work closely with the development and operations teams to meet the needs of the business and, therefore, the role will be diverse……one week you may be developing a qualification, and the next you may be travelling to one of BPEC’s nationwide […]

Freelance Opportunities at BPEC

Our Awarding Organisation are currently recruiting for Regional Freelance External Quality Assurers with solid quality assurance experience and current industry expertise in the plumbing and/or gas specialisms. Full details and application information can be seen by following this link. Should you have any questions in relation to the above role, then please email Paul Wilson […]

New BPEC Bridging Course – launch date 20 January 2020

We are pleased to announce that on Monday 20 January 2020 we will be launching our new Bridging Course – CMA/CESP/ESP to CCN1. The course is aimed at gas engineers who have undertaken CMA/CESP/ESP and are looking to extend their scope to CCN1, and it will bridge the gap between CMA/CESP/ESP and CCN1 for operatives […]

Charity Manager and Business Development Manager join the BPEC team

We would like to welcome the latest newcomers to the growing team here at BPEC – Michael Reeves and Jon Price. Pictured above are Michael (left) and Jon (right) being welcomed to BPEC by CEO Neil Collishaw. Michael joins us as our Charity Manager and will oversee our charitable activities which include the annual SkillPLUMB […]

Routes to Gas Safe Registration (New Entrants)

With the introduction of the New Apprenticeships for the Gas Industry and / or Plumbing and Heating Industry, and the implementation of IGEM/IG/1 – Standards of training in gas work, there has been an increase in the industry approved options available to be recognised as a competent gas engineer and apply for Gas Safe Registration. […]

Job Opportunity: Non-Technical Qualification & Assessment Manager

We have an exciting opportunity for a Non-Technical Qualification & Assessment Manager to join our growing team. The position will be based in Derby with the potential for some remote working. For further details and application information, please follow this link. BPEC is committed to being an equal opportunities employer

Connor wins SkillPLUMB 2019 gold medal

Well done to 19 year old Connor Cruden from Moray College UHI and Cowie Plumbing & Heating who was named SkillPLUMB 2019 champion at WorldSkills UK LIVE. Connor can be seen in the photograph, third from the right, with the other finalists and BPEC Chairman George Thomson. BPEC are proud to be the SkillPLUMB competition […]

BPEC Christmas Opening 2019

The BPEC office will close for the Christmas holidays on Tuesday 24th December and reopen on Thursday 2nd January 2020. The last day for shipping of training manuals and materials, for delivery before Christmas, will be Thursday 19th December. Any orders received after 11.00am on 19th December will be processed on 2nd January 2020. Thank […]

BPEC Chairman George Thomson retires

We would like to bid a very fond farewell to George Thomson who is retiring from his role as Chairman and board member of BPEC. George has been a Director and Trustee of BPEC since 2008, and became Chairman in 2015. A second-generation plumber, George has worked in the plumbing industry for over 40 years, […]

SkillPLUMB 2019 Finalists Announced

Following a series of challenging regional heats throughout the year, the competitors who will compete in the 2019 SkillPLUMB UK National Final have been announced. The eight finalists are: • Cameron Clark (Dundee & Angus College) • Alexander Clouston (Inverness College UHI)• Connor Cruden (Moray College) • Samuel Henderson (Tullos Training Ltd) • Anthony Iacovazzo […]