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Why distance learning is a bad idea for gas training

Decades worth of experience in training students to become gas and plumbing experts has allowed our brand to develop into the ‘friendly and high-quality’ training centre it is known as today. We get to know our students on both a professional and personal level to ensure your time at Brookhouse is enjoyable, helping you become confident in communicating with the trainers and excel in your course. These are some of the qualities our fully equipped training centre possess and why we believe face to face training is an essential factor since gas training requires actual, practical, hands-on gas training experience.

The thought of students being offered remote training or distant learning as a ‘virtual’ or ‘real’ learning experience is quite disturbing. Practical learning is essential to any gas or plumbing course; it gives students real experience and allows them to fully understand the ins and outs of the machinery, identify faults when needed, fix issues that arise while on the job. Whilst distant learning might seem like a great option for all students, especially those with young families, it is essential to give students the teachings that will make them competent in their job once in full time employment. You cannot – and you shouldn’t – be learning how to solder purely online! Providing flexible learning options – like evening or weekend courses – is obviously important as people have different life commitments. That’s also one of the reasons why we find out students placements that are local to them. However, regardless of the format of the course chosen, practical sessions are always a necessity and are required by us before a student qualifies

Whilst we can see the appeal to students wanting to take gas courses remotely such as saving time and money on travel, we hear from our industry partners that these students just didn’t receive the kind of training that prepared them well enough for employment. Our trainers don’t just teach our students the gas training handbook or how to pass the ACS Assessment. We prepare them for real work, helping them to understand why something might go wrong and how to fix it.

If you are still torn between different course options, you might be interested in coming to one of our Open Mornings – visit

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15:43 07 Jul 24
Stop thinking about doing the course and get it done.I was a hgv driver for over 15 years no experience in plumbing and gas and was threatening to do the course for a while just wish I had done it sooner.Please don't think u can just attend and pass coz u can't. If u put the work in and study u can pass and succeed. There was times on the course I was thinking how am I going to pass this and wish I hadn't of started it. But after the placement and studying it all sinks in trust. My tutor Chris is a top guy helped with anything I don't understand. Placement was very good I got took on straight away after passing my acs. It took me all in 6 months so it can be done. So it's been just over a year now that I've been employed, the company I work for have paid me to do cookes/fires/Lpg all qualified now. Also I have been doing some jobs of my own aswell. Get it done 5 STAR 100%
Michael GreenwoodMichael Greenwood
11:03 26 Jun 24
I left the Royal Marines after 15 years, having only ever known one employment. The gulf between careers seemed massive.Brook house bridged that gap perfectly. The staff all have a genuine investment in your success.The training and facilities are excellent and leave you well prepared for what you will encounter on site.The work placement was brilliant and selected with care to put you in a strong position to complete your portfolio and ACS.Upon completion Brook house provided advice and support to help me find employment…. 3 days later I was employed.I can’t thank the team enough…well worth it !!
Daniel CroftDaniel Croft
18:57 23 May 24
Can't fault this place at all. It was a great place to learn, the tutors were very knowledgeable and patient. It is a fast paced course especially if you have no previous plumbing/gas experience, but if you take their advice to revise and read the books provided it makes it a lot easier to take it all in.My placement was a bit up and down. My placement was cancelled at the last minute but BTC had set me up with another but this could only be for a month. During that month BTC had kept on it and arranged a permanent placement who I am now fully employed with. Cheers Tim. When on placement I needed to get in contact with my tutor for a couple of questions. He was easy to get hold of and was happy to help. Cheers John.All in all I am very happy that I chose Brookhouse and would recommend to anyone.Thank you all at BTC
Ben AndrewBen Andrew
11:41 18 May 24
Best decision I've made with my life.I qualified in around 7 months and got a job with British Gas immediately after passing. The instructors were great, really knew their stuff.Portfolio jobs were marked off by staff usually within a week. Guaranteed placement was good but there were a few issues such as not doing enough gas jobs but it was sorted by brookhouse.£7,000, leaving a job and 6 months unpaid training is a big decision to make. It paid off massively for me. I've now got a career I love, a large payrise and a job I enjoy.A few tips-Study hard, it's a fast paced course.-Have a plan of what you want too do after, I'd recommend employment after. 6 months isn't enough to go self employed I feel.-worth getting accommodation so you can focus on course.