Do I need an F-Gas certificate?

   23 November 2023         Blogs

Every individual working on equipment containing fluorinated gases must hold a personal F-Gas qualification/certificate. Every business entity, whether working as a sole trader or a limited company, must hold a company registration certificate (REFCOM) for any work involved with any part of an installation, repairs, servicing, maintenance, or decommissioning.

This means that someone working as a sole trader must be registered as a company as well as hold their individual F-Gas certification i.e. City & Guilds 2079-11, BESA FGas, CITB J11, or LCL FGas.

Qualifications for new entrants to the refrigeration, air-conditioning and/or heat pump industries

If you want to work in the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and/or Heat Pump Industry, installing, servicing and leak checking systems the City & Guilds Award in F-Gas and ODS Regulations: Category I – Leak checking, recovery, installation, service, maintenance of equipment qualification is the legal minimum requirement.

Suitable for new entrants to the industry or those with no previous training, Category 1 f – gas means you are able to carry out any of the controlled activity on any size system.

There are, however, a number of different F-Gas qualification levels. These are as follows:

  • F-Gas Category 1 covers the installation, service, maintenance, recovery and leakage checking of stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment with a charge more than 3kg or 6kg (if hermetically sealed).
  • F-Gas Category 2 covers equipment with a charge of less than 3kg (6kg if hermetically sealed).
  • F-Gas Category 3 covers refrigerant recovery from stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment.
  • F-Gas Category 4 covers leak checking of stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment.

How do I apply for a F-Gas Category 1 certificate?

Develop Training are able to offer F-Gas Cat 1 (City & Guilds 2079-11) training course at centres across the UK including, York, Swindon, Derby, Manchester, Linlithgow (Scotland), Norwich, Brentwood & Birmingham. Our equipment is mobile so we can also deliver bespoke F-Gas training at a location of your choice. The training course is certified under the City & Guilds 2079-11 scheme.

Find out more about the F Gas Category 1 training course here:

Get in touch

Contact us today on 0800 876 6708 or to discuss your individual training needs, to book a place on an F-Gas training course, or enquire about a bespoke course at a location of your choice.

About the Author

brandon clark: f-gas trainer

Brandon Clark, F-Gas Trainer

Brandon is a refrigeration and air conditioning expert who spent many years working in industry installing and maintaining equipment containing F-Gases. He is qualified to Level 3 NVQ and has several years of experience teaching apprentices. He joined the Develop team in 2023 on our Emerge & Evolve 'train the trainer' programme.

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