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Have you ever thought about living a life without light, water or gas? It may seem like a simple life but we have to admit that it is going to be a difficult one. We have to go through a lot of process in order to produce something instead of doing it in just one click. Therefore, utilities such as gas, water and electricity plays an important role in the society. Without these, people will not be able to perform and do their jobs properly.


Because of the necessity, the utilities sector came into play and employed competent individuals who are knowledgeable in various areas. Hence, the utilities engineering was introduced.


What is Utilities Engineering?


The Utilities Engineering provides training and assessment in order to support the gas, electric, water, oil, refrigerant, steam and renewable industries. It is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) as a certification body to deliver the nationally accredited certification scheme for Individual Gas Fitting Operatives and OFTEC oil.


The Utilities Engineering has different schemes. Let’s take a look at all of these schemes.


Building Regulations Part P


The scheme is ideal for those doing electrical work in new domestic dwellings or extends or alters existing installations. It has 2 schemes available – Defined Scope BS 7671 and Full Scope 7671. If you carry out electrical work as part of your associated work such as installation of new circuit from a consumer unit, then the Defined Scope is suitable for you. On the other hand, you need to take Full Scope since it is more ideal for those who conduct electrical installation work in domestic premises.


The assessment and training is approved by the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT).




If you need proof of training and assessment under the Electricity at Work regulations that you can work in a safe manner, the Electric Scheme is suitable for you. There are 6 categories –


  • Essential Electrics such as electric bonding and concepts
  • Central Heating Controls Fault Findings which shows how to adopt a systematic fault finding approach to central heating systems and controls
  • Central Heating Controls Wiring, non-notifiable, which shows how to install central heating controls and its wiring
  • Combination Boiler Basic Fault Finding or the systematic fault finding approach to combination boiler faults
  • Combination Boiler Advanced Fault Finding or the fault finding approach done at an advanced level
  • Basic Refrigeration Systems Electric which shows how to install compressors and basic refrigeration system controls and wiring




There are 2 schemes – Gas Training and ACS gas. Gas Training offers various gas courses such as Domestic or Commercial Natural Gas Safety, Cookers, Boiling Burners, LPG safety permanent dwellings, Pipe Installation and Central Heating Boilers among others. On the other hand, ACS gas is a key requirement when working on domestic liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), commercial and commercial catering appliances.




This scheme is ideal for those involved in the inspection, installation, commission and service of oil-fired equipment and storage tanks. This can be essential if you want to get recognized as an OFTEC-approved technician or if you don’t want your work oil inspected by the Building Regulations.


The assessment is in compliance with the Oil Firing Technical Association or OFTEC on oil-fired equipment. It has 4 categories –


  • Oil firing system installation
  • Oil firing commissioning and servicing pressure jet appliances
  • Oil firing commissioning and servicing vaporising appliances
  • Oil storage tank and installation




The Refrigeration Scheme is intended for individuals who install, service & repair, recover or leak check refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems. The scheme also includes knowledge and understanding of handling ODS/HCFC, HFC and HC refrigerant and properly brazing the pipework of any of these systems.


To comply with the requirements of F-Gas Regulations, the options are –


  • Safe handling of refrigerants, EC 842/2006 categories I and II
  • Recovery of refrigerants, EC 0842/2006 category III
  • Leak checking without system break in, EC 842/2006 category IV


Otherwise, the following options are –


  • Safe handling of anhydrous ammonia
  • Pipework and brazing industrial or commercial


Renewable Technologies


If you are after advice, design and installation of energy efficient heating and hot water system, renewable technologies scheme is the right one for you. Also referred to as Energy Efficient for Domestic Heating scheme, this scheme provides assessment and training in order to enable heating installers to adapt to changes in the building regulations and at the same time, encourage positive attitude to high efficiency products. However, this scheme is only concerned on heating and hot water systems and equipment as well as the knowledge required when installing system and equipment. It has 6 subject areas –

  • Benefits of efficient heating and hot water
  • Energy efficiency and the Building Regulations
  • Importance of boiler efficiency
  • Importance of an efficient hot water cylinder
  • Importance of domestic heating and hot water controls
  • How to commission heating and hot water systems and handover to the customer




The courses offered under this scheme are in accordance with the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations or PSSR that will give engineers the ability to correctly identify and install the necessary equipment relevant to steam. You will be given onsite training to help you prepare for company requirements. It also has a structured training with the following courses to be taken in the following order –


  • Steam equipment maintenance
  • Steam utilisation
  • Boiler house operators
  • Control valve and instrumentation
  • Refrigeration




There are 2 schemes under this – the Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems and Water Regulations 1999. The Unvented Hot Water Storage System is ideal for engineers who need to meet the requirements prescribed in the Building Regulations Approved Document G. It covers inspection, installation, commissioning and servicing of unvented hot water storage units and its corresponding package. It involves 3 modules – Inspect, Commission and Install & Service.


Consequently, the Water Regulations 1999 concerns how to become an approved plumber. Before one becomes an approved plumber, there is a need for proper training, adequate knowledge of the regulations as evidenced by passing an assessment and a sufficient public liability insurance cover.

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