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Gas service technicians install, service and repair gas appliances and heating systems.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £12,000 to £38,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

To fully qualify as a gas service technician you’ll need:

  • a recognised gas industry Level 3 qualification
  • Gas Safe registration (used to be called CORGI registration)
To get Gas Safe registration, you’ll need a qualification that covers the safety requirements for the type of appliances you want to work on, for example boilers. If your qualification doesn’t cover all the safety requirements, then you could get your skills and knowledge assessed through the Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS). 

You could also get into this career through an apprenticeship.

Energy & Utility Skills has more information about careers in the gas industry.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical skills
  • communication, organisation and problem-solving skills
  • basic IT skills and good maths skills for making calculations
  • the ability to follow technical layouts and diagrams
  • the confidence to make decisions and accept responsibility

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • installing appliances and systems
  • carrying out planned maintenance checks on systems and equipment
  • testing controls and safety devices to make sure they’re working properly
  • finding and repairing gas leaks using computerised fault-finding equipment
  • replacing or repairing faulty or old parts
  • ordering new parts
  • keeping records of work you’ve carried out
  • giving customers advice about gas safety and energy efficiency
You’ll also give customers quotes for jobs, sell additional company services and deal with complaints.

4. Salary

Starter: £12,000 to £18,000 (apprentice)

Experienced: £24,500 to £31,000 (qualified)

Highly Experienced: £38,000

You may also be paid bonuses, shift allowances and overtime on top of your basic salary.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and you may have to work on a rota if your employer offers 24-hour emergency cover.

You’ll work in customers’ homes or premises.

You’ll usually need a driving licence but your employer will supply a van and equipment.

The job can be physically demanding and may involve working in small, cramped spaces or at height.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into gas engineering, or supervisory and management roles. 

You could also set up your own gas fitting business, but you’d need considerable experience to do this.

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Last updated: 10 September 2018