Commercial Gas Foundation (Managed Learning Programme)

Assessment Information

Our Commercial Gas Foundation Heating and Catering courses are designed for ACS Category 2 and 3 candidates wanting to enter the gas industry.


Category 2 trainees will hold a recognised qualification in the mechanical services engineering sector (e.g. plumbing) but lack gas training and experience, while Category 3 applicants are new to the gas industry and will need more intense training.

Further Information

Assessments normally consist of a combination of practical and theory examinations.

The course requires 33 days in a college environment (with the schedule decided by the training provider) plus ‘on the job’ training with candidates providing work-based evidence under the supervision of a Gas Safe registered installer.

Your Commercial Gas Foundation Certificate will allow you to undertake the relevant ACS gas assessments, providing entry at category 2.

Expiry Information

No expiry date is applied. (But there is an expiry for the ACS gas assessments which is five years).

Useful Information

On completion of the training, portfolio and successful recommendation, candidates are issued with a BPEC Commercial Gas Foundation Certificate for either Commercial Heating or Catering.

Upon receipt of the Commercial Gas Foundation certificate candidates can then apply to undertake the relevant ACS assessments.

Training Materials

The Commercial Catering Gas Foundation Candidate Portfolio and The Commercial Heating Gas Foundation Portfolio: These allow candidates to record all the “on-the-job” and “off-the-job” training they undertake as evidence of the necessary knowledge and experience to undertake the ACS assessments.

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