Group Competence Scheme
About the Scheme
The Group Competence Scheme (GCS) was developed by Energy & Utility Skills to meet a demand that originated from employers in the gas industry for an alternative approach to enable the re-assessment of Gas Safety competences.
GCS is not a replacement for Gas Safe registration. The scheme offers a radically different way to demonstrate gas competence of registered engineers and is an alternative to the Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS); it’s available to businesses of any size with the exception of sole-traders.
Matters of Gas Safety (MoGS) competence is maintained through managed CPD and in-house assessment based ‘on-the-job’ rather than reliance on a single “snapshot” assessment every five years – which can also allow engineers to work with out-of-date standards for a long period of time.
GCS aligns to existing employer statutory responsibilities and incorporates the same MoGS criteria as ACS and is certificated by a UKAS accredited certification body following an audit of the employer’s GCS management system.
- As of February 2018, 2,585 engineers on the Gas Safe Register have gone through GCS, with a total of 15,492 qualifications