Heating technicians


This part of the site contains information for people installing, servicing or
specifying oil-fired or solid fuel heating equipment

training

Training courses and assessment


There are several different courses available, depending on the type of heating equipment you intend to work on.

Once you have successfully completed your training and assessment, you will receive a certificate from the certification body. The certificate is proof of your competence and, once you receive it, you can apply for OFTEC registration.

OFTEC's network of approved training and assessment centres offer OFTEC approved courses covering oil and solid fuel heating:

Oil training courses

OFT10-101 - Single stage pressure jet servicing and commissioning
This course is for technicians who wish to service and commission pressure-jet appliances. The vast majority of household boilers fall into this category. The course covers a variety of areas, including health and safety, fire valve installation, regional legislation and requirements, safe electrical isolation, knowledge of oil storage and supply, knowledge of appliance installation, knowledge of heating systems, and practical servicing and commissioning. This course is normally run over three days (including assessment).

OFT10-102 – Domestic / light commercial servicing and commissioning - vaporising appliances
This course is for technicians who wish to service and commission vaporising appliances, such as many traditional range cookers and room-heaters. The course covers the same areas as the OFT10-101 above, but for vaporising rather than pressure-jet appliances. There are two options for this course - a ‘dry’ course covering appliances (such as cookers) which are not connected to a central heating system, and a ‘wet’ course covering appliances which include boilers. The course is normally run over two or three days (including assessment).

OFT10-105E - Installation of oil-fired combustion appliances
This course is for technicians who wish to install oil-fired appliances such as boilers and AGAs. Areas covered by this course include health and safety, fire valve installation, regional legislation and requirements, safe electrical isolation, knowledge of oil storage and supply, appliance installation, heating systems, and energy efficiency. The course is normally run over two days (including assessment).

OFT10-600a - Installation of oil fuel storage and supply systems
This course is for technicians who wish to install oil tanks and associated pipe work and equipment. Areas covered by this course include Health and Safety, fire valve installation, regional legislation and requirements, safe electrical isolation, and oil storage and supply. The course is normally run over one day (including assessment).

OFT10-201 - Multi stage pressure jet servicing and commissioning
This course is for technicians who wish to service and commission two and three stage pressure-jet burners, such as fitted to some large domestic and light commercial boilers and warm air heaters. The course covers health and safety, regional legislation and requirements, safe electrical isolation, knowledge of oil storage and supply, and practical servicing and commissioning. This course is normally run over three days (including assessment).

Solid fuel training courses

OFT15-108D - Installation, commissioning and servicing of solid fuel burning appliances (domestic space heating)
This course is for technicians who wish to install, commission and service solid fuel appliances such as roomheaters, which are not connected to the central heating system. The course covers a variety of areas, including health and safety,  regional legislation and requirements, safe electrical isolation, knowledge of solid fuel storage, the combustion process, appliance installation, ventilation, flues, identifying unsafe situations, and practical servicing and commissioning. This course is normally run over three or four days (including assessment).

OFT15-108W - Installation, commissioning and servicing of solid fuel burning appliances (domestic space and water heating)
This course follows on from the OFT15-108D above, and covers solid fuel appliances connected to central heating systems. Candidates will have to have taken the OFT15-108D before taking this course. The course covers the safe methods of installing a solid fuel appliance connected to a heating system, interlinking solid fuel appliances into an existing heating system, and practical servicing and commissioning. This course is normally run over two days (including assessment).

Combined courses – other options

It is usually possible to combine some of the courses, as some modules overlap. For more information and to book your place please contact one of our approved centres. A wide range of other courses are also available and these vary from centre to centre - please contact your local centre for more details.

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Oftec approved training centres