Training provider Business Edge Ltd warns that the pressure is on for engineers who have missed the F-Gas Certification deadline.
Business Edge Managing Director, Mike Creamer says: “With the passing of the July deadline, the heat is on for those who’ve missed the bus and aren’t qualified to handle refrigerant. Some could be in great difficulty over this. Let’s make it clear, they are technically breaking the law by trading illegally. Business Edge is receiving calls every day from companies who realise this and now understand why they have to become F-Gas compliant.
“Accordingly, we’ve created more training floor area and instructed new equipment at our three Training Centres. We’ve also secured a Mobile Training Centre which we hope to utilise in the future to cope with the demand. We are also doing all we can to ensure that our customers can be trained and certified as quickly as possible.
“The wider picture is very interesting. Will wholesalers now refuse to sell refrigerant to those who haven’t F-Gas Certification? If they do, could this lead to a shortage of people in the industry able to work? Will systems requiring service and repair suffer downtime? Is the end user aware there could be a problem here? There are simply a great deal of unanswered questions.”
Business Edge offers F-Gas Certification, training and assessment courses, Category 1 to 4, from both awarding bodies (ConstructionSkills and City and Guilds). The assessment process covers safe handling of refrigerants, pipework and jointing skills, recovery of refrigerants, pressure testing and intrusive and non-intrusive leak testing – and performance of checking systems, dependent upon the level of assessment taken.
The company has training centres in Portsmouth, Milton Keynes and Barnstaple. Business Edge offers comprehensive training for engineers in F-Gas Certification aimed at those who install, service and repair refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems.
Delegates who have little or no experience of oxy-acetylene brazing should attend a ConstructionSkills’ Pipework and Brazing Course (Industrial or Commercial Schemes) run by Business Edge prior to being assessed under the F-Gas scheme.
Business Edge can be contacted on (023) 9223 0007 or at firstname.lastname@example.org