The role of Gas Auditors in maintaining standards in gas safety is crucial. But does your auditor have the latest qualification and the most up to date information to carry out that role to the highest standards? If you are an auditor, do you have a formal qualification to demonstrate your commitment to gas safety?
Auditors are carrying out a vital role across the UK in carrying out inspections to confirm that gas appliances have been installed and serviced correctly. This responsibility rests on the shoulders of an army of Auditors, many of whom either have no formal auditing qualification or who undertook other gas qualifications many years ago. Most are highly experienced, but it is often difficult for organisations that need to use auditors to be certain that these individuals have the most up to date knowledge and understanding. In particular, with Social Housing Landlords needing to comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and the Health & Safety at Work Act, the role of an experienced and qualified Auditor is essential.
To meet this need for a professional qualification and the recognition that goes with it, CORGI Technical Services has developed a new qualification specifically for Gas Auditors and for those who need to use Auditors and wish to have a better understanding of the Quality Control Auditing processes. The CORGI Level 3 VRQ Certificate in Gas Auditing Processes was launched in April this year already the first candidates have started the qualification.
Developed by CORGI and accredited by EAL, Kim Morris, Head of Training at CORGI Technical Services believes the new qualification fills an important gap in demonstrating accredited competence in gas auditing. “The new qualification gives an understanding of the role of a Gas Auditor and gives details about best practice procedures in gas auditing activities, such as identifying a range of unsafe situations and the importance of detailed technical reports,” said Kim. “Until now, there was no specific qualification to which you can refer to find out if your auditors have up to date qualifications and the right level of experience.”
The course is a one day guided learning event and delivered by experienced CORGI tutors and is followed by self-study modules and assessment based learning. The qualification is assessed by marked assessments and assignments and the production of a portfolio of evidence. Key areas covered include Gas Industry Legislation, Assessing Quality Control levels, Planning Gas Audit Processes, Assessing Gas Work and Effective Communications.
The training covers such areas as the nine key points required on a Landlord Gas Safety Record and how to spot incomplete or inaccurate records, including comprehensive checks on gas engineers’ registration details. Have you thought about the range of documentation that can be used to ascertain the gas safety of an appliance? With such a diverse population in the UK, this qualification also ensures Gas Auditors have a good understanding of Equality and Diversity. The Gas Auditing Proccesses, although essential, are not just about providing an audit service for Social Housing providers to ensure compliance with Landlord Duties and regulatory codes, they cover many other areas.
Joe Fisher is one of the first experienced gas auditors to undertake the qualification and is part way through the self-study modules. “I am taking the qualification to enhance my knowledge of the auditing process. The course work asks you to investigate areas of the process you would not normally look into, such as Health and Safety at Work, Disability Diversities and the formulation of the complete auditing structure.”
“The qualification will complement the list of other qualifications that I already have and will allow me to discuss all aspects of the auditing procedure with clients, both existing and potential,” added Joe. “It wouldn’t be true to say the course is easy, but, for a qualification of this nature I would expect it to be taxing in some areas. There is a vast database of information available on the internet and the course promotes self-research and this in itself increases the knowledge of the auditor.”
The new qualification fits into a family of CORGI qualifications and Kim would like to encourage anyone working in the gas industry to ensure they have recognised professional qualifications. “For Gas Auditors, holding the latest qualification is a key differentiator and a demonstration of your commitment to gas safety,” he said. “For Gas Managers and others needing to employ auditors, the qualification gives the reassurance that the highest standards of gas safety are being met in their organisation. By taking the qualification themselves, Gas Managers will be able to carry out their roles more effectively, comply with regulations and legislation and ultimately ensure the safety of tenants, residents, staff and employees.”
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