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BESA enables online F-gas certificate renewals

UK: Air conditioning and refrigeration engineers in the UK can now renew their F-gas certificates online through a new service being offered by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

The BESA F-gas renewal course, announced yesterday, has been developed in partnership with Mitsubishi Electric. It is aimed at refrigeration engineers who are either approaching the end of their five year certification period for category 1 and category 2 F-gas or want to ensure they are up to date with the latest mandatory F-gas requirements.

BESA has introduced the scheme at a time when the constraints of the pandemic have made it difficult for some engineers to renew their licence, but also solves the problem for some engineers in outlying areas who need to travel large distances to attend an accredited centre.

“The most important thing for us was to enable engineers to still be able to get this renewal certificate,” said Helen Yeulet, BESA’s director of training and skills.

The service is to open to anyone whose existing F-gas certificate is valid or expired within the last 12 months. Certificates accepted are BESA, CITB, C&G and Logic4training.

Users of the service will also need to provide current evidence of F-gas category 1 or F-gas category 2 working on live RACHP systems. This would include a signed statement of eligibility from the applicants employer, or self-declaration if self-employed, and two commissioning/log sheets.

Once the eligibility documents have been checked and validated by BESA, the applicant can re-certificate online at their own pace. 

The F-gas renewal course is made up of six modules: Fundamental Terms and Principles; Environmental Impact and Regulatory Requirements; Importance of Leak Checks and Other Maintenance; Key Components of the Refrigeration Cycle; Impact of Ozone Depletion and Global Warming; Practical Tasks Performed by an F-Gas Certified Engineer. 

In total, the modules are expected to take around five hours to complete.

The renewal course is priced at £295.00 +VAT, or £250.00 +VAT for existing BESA or Refcom members.

Further information here.

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