Stroma Certification’s Group Competence Scheme (GCS) is an alternative to the Accredited Competency Scheme (ACS) to provide certification for companies with large numbers of gas installers. Traditionally, ACS involves a costly, prolonged assessment of gas engineers off site for companies who employ a large number of engineers. GCS allows the required competency checks to be done more cost effectively on site without interruption to your daily business activity.
Our Group Competence Scheme is accredited by UKAS in line with ISO 17021:2015 to provide Competent Management System Certification in accordance with the Energy and Utility Skills Group Competence Scheme for the Gas Safe Re-Registration of employees standard.
There is a legal requirement for a gas installer to renew their competency every 5 years. ACS therefore checks competence in line with this 5 year period. We believe this is too long since the Matters of Gas Safety change every 6 months. If any regulations change your gas engineers would be non-compliant in their working method until the next assessment. GCS offers an alternative process which involves an annual assessment window. The annual assessments take place on site and reduces the risk of non-compliance due to regulation changes.
Certification is provided to organisations for their Competence Management System under the EU Skills Group Competence Scheme for the Gas Safe Re-Registration of Employees.
GCS Certification ensures that your gas engineers are compliant within a year of any changes in gas regulation. Other schemes test gas installer compliance at an external location, meaning your operatives could be unavailable for up to a week. We understand how valuable it is that your installers are available for work. That’s why we carry out on site assessment at a fraction of the cost of external training.
Stroma is committed to using our clients’ existing strengths to help deliver compliance under GCS. Our approach is non-prescriptive, maximising existing processes and minimising unnecessary costs and time to deliver external validation and quality assurance.
We provide certification in line with the core gas safety elements for the major areas of gas work:
|Code||Type of Work|
|CCN1||Domestic Natural Gas|
|CKR1||Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Domestic Cooking Appliances|
|DAH1||Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Ducted Air Heaters|
|HTR1||Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Gas Fires And Wall Heaters|
|MET1/2||Domestic Natural Gas Domestic Gas Meters|
|MET3LS||Emergency Service Provider And Gas Meter Installer Domestic Gas Meter Installations Natural Gas|
|LAU1||Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Domestic Laundry Appliances|
|CPA1||Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Combustion Performance Analysis|
|COCCLNG1||Domestic To Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Core Laundry|
|CKHB1||Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Gas Range Cooker/Boiler|
|DFDA1||Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Forced Draught Gas Burners|
|HWB1||Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Swimming Pool Boilers|
|LEI1||Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Leisure/ Miscellaneous Appliances|
|HTRLP2||Domestic LPG Closed Flue Gas Fires|
|WAHLP1||Domestic LPG Boat/Caravan Warm Air Heaters|
|WATLP2||Domestic LPG Caravan Water Heaters|
|LEILP||Domestic LPG Single Bottle Supply Leisure Equipment|
|CMDDA1||Domestic To Non-Domestic Natural Gas & Carbon Monoxide/ Carbon Dioxide Atmosphere & Appliance Testing Appliances Burning 1st, 2nd & 3rd Family Gases|
(CEN1 & WAT1)
|Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Central Heating/Hot Water Boilers & Circulators, Combination Boilers, Storage Water Heaters And Instantaneous Water Heaters|
|Code||Type of Work|
|COCN1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas Core Heating Appliances|
|CDGA1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Direct Fired Heating Appliances And Equipment|
|CIGA1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Indirect Gas-Fired Heating Appliances & Equipment|
|CORT1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Overhead Radiant Plaque And Tube Heaters|
|ICPN1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas &LPG Pipework & Fittings|
|TPCP1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas; LPG; Other Gases Testing And Purging|
|TPCP1a||Non-Domestic Natural Gas Testing And Purging|
|BMP1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas, Gas Boosters|
|CLE1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Laundry Appliances|
|CCCN1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas Core Catering Appliances|
|CODC1||Domestic to Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Core Catering|
|COMCAT5||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Forced Draught Burner Appliances|
|COCATA1||Domestic To Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Catering Appliances|
|CODNC01||Domestic to Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Core Heating|
|CMET1||Emergency Service Provider And Gas Meter Installer Low Pressure Diaphragm And Rotary Displacement Meter Installations Natural Gas|
|CMET2||Emergency Service Provider And Gas Meter Installer Diaphragm, RD And Turbine Meter Installations Natural Gas|
|MET4||Emergency Service Provider And Gas Meter Installer Non-Domestic Diaphragm Meters Natural Gas|
|REGT1||Emergency Service Provider And Gas Meter Installer Testing/ Commissioning Domestic Medium Pressure Regulators Natural Gas|
|REGT2||Emergency Service Provider And Gas Meter Installer Testing/ Commissioning Non-Domestic Medium Pressure Regulators Natural Gas|
|COMCAT1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Atmospheric Burners|
|COMCAT3||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG|
|CODNESP1||Emergency Service Provider &/ or Gas Meter Installer Natural Gas|
|CESP1 (CMA1/CMA2)||Emergency Service Provider And Gas Meter Installer Non-Domestic And Domestic|
|CMA3||Gas Meter Installer Domestic Natural Gas|
|CMIT1||Emergency Service Provider And Non-Domestic And Domestic Gas Meter Installer Meter Instrumentation Natural Gas|
|CCLNG1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas Core Laundry Appliances|
|ICPN1LS||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Pipework & Fittings Limited Scope|
|ICAE1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Appliances/Equipment (First Fix)|
|COCDN1||Changeover Non-Domestic To Domestic Natural Gas|
|CCP1||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Commissioning Plant And Equipment|
|Code||Type of Work|
|CONGLP1 (PD)||Domestic Natural Gas to LPG Permanent Dwellings|
|CONGLP1 (B)||Domestic Natural Gas to LPG Boats|
|CONGLP1 (CMC)||Non-Domestic Changeover Natural Gas to LPG Mobile Catering|
|CONGLP1 (LAV)||Domestic Natural Gas to LPG Leisure Accommodation Vehicles|
|CONGLP1 (RPH)||Domestic Natural Gas to LPG Residential Park Homes|
|CCLP1 (LAV)||Domestic LPG Leisure Accommodation Vehicles|
|CCLP1 (B)||Domestic LPG Boats|
|COLPNG1||Domestic LPG To Natural Gas|
|CCLP1 (EP)||Domestic LPG External Pipework|
|VESLP1||Domestic LPG Gas Storage Vessels|
|VESLP2||Domestic LPG Single & Multi Supply Gas Storage Vessels.Pe Pipes|
|EFJLP1||Domestic/ Non-Domestic NG & LPG|
|CCLP1 (EPC)||Domestic LPG External Pipework Connections|
|CONGLP1||Domestic Natural Gas To LPG Generic|
|CCLP1 (PD)||Domestic LPG Permanent Dwellings|
|CCLP1 (RPH)||Domestic LPG Residential Park Homes|
|COMCAT2||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Atmospheric Burners|
|COMCAT4||Non-Domestic Natural Gas & LPG Fish And Chip Ranges|
Please contact us on 01977 665420 to discuss your requirements for GCS Certification.
Stroma Certification has partnered with EU Skills to provide our Group Competence Scheme. EU Skills are an organisation committed to finding competent installers for the country’s electricity, gas, water and waste networks. The original EU Skills Group Competence Scheme is endorsed by the Industry Standards Setting Body. It is also supported by UKAS and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Apply online to become certified under Stroma Certification’s UKAS accredited Group Competence Scheme by filling out the application form below. You can also read our GCS members pack for more information. Once we have received your application, it will be processed via our simple procedure:
Step 1: Application
Complete a simple online application form.
Step 2: Formal Site Audit
Our staff complete an initial certification audit on site.
Step 3: Formal Site Audit
A detailed audit of your processes & competencies.
Step 4: Decision Maker
The final stage before
Step 5: Certification
Certification for your CMS to the GCS standard.
Directory of Certified Members
Stroma Certification will provide a directory of Group Competence Scheme certified Organisations upon a request being received. Please submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GCS is not intended for sole traders. Instead, please apply to our Competent Person Scheme.
Stroma Certification's Group Competence Certification scheme documents are made available to the public, applicants and certified Organisations through a downloadable members pack that contains documents including the following:
If you are unclear on any aspect of the certification process please contact Stroma Certification by emailing email@example.com or telephone 0845 621 11 11.
The assessment procedure for the Group Competence Scheme involves an initial review of your company’s processes against the Group Competence Scheme for the Gas Safe Re-Registration of Employees. The Competence Management System is then reviewed to ascertain whether the standard is being met.
Once you have applied for GCS Certification we will carry out a formal on site audit of your processes and competencies. This comprises an initial certification audit followed by a detailed examination of your competencies in addition to on site witnessed assessments. Finally the decision maker will review the final decision to award certification.
Please note that the assessment and audit schedule varies depending on the size of your organisation. Your GCS assessment schedule will be confirmed with you following application.
Annual competency checks
In house or on site delivery
Reduced travel and administration costs
Reduced installer downtime
Expert technical support