Guidance

Qualifications to work with F gas

The qualifications you need to work with fluorinated gas (F gas) and the organisations that offer these qualifications.

You must have your own qualifications to work on equipment containing F gas, even if you work for someone else.

It is against the law to work with F gas if you don’t have the correct qualifications. You could receive a civil penalty for breaking the law. See the Environment Agency enforcement sanctions policy

If you see someone working with F gas that doesn’t have the right qualifications, report it to f-gassuport@environment-agency.gov.uk.

Stationary refrigeration and air conditioning (SRAC) systems (including heat pumps) qualifications

You must have qualifications to:

  • install new systems
  • service and maintain systems
  • check for leaks
  • recover gases
  • decommission and dispose of old systems
  • work on refrigerated trucks over 3.5 tonnes
  • work on refrigerated trailers made to be towed by trucks or trailers

You need a:

  • category 1 certificate to carry out all activities
  • category 2 certificate to install, maintain, service and recover refrigerant from systems containing F gas equivalent to less than 5 tonnes of CO2 - calculate the carbon dioxide equivalent of an F gas
  • category 3 certificate to recover refrigerant from systems that contain less than 3kg of F gas
  • category 4 certificate to check equipment for leaks if you don’t break into the refrigeration circuit

You must have a qualification as an individual from one of these accredited organisations (or an equivalent qualification that another EU member state recognises):

City and Guilds

1 Giltspur Street
London
EC1A 9DD

Telephone: 0844 543 0033
Email: centresupport@cityandguilds.com
Company number: 05200334

Building Engineering Services Association (BESA)

Lincoln House
137-143 Hammersmith Road
London
W14 0QL

Telephone: 020 7313 4900
Email: enquiries@thebesa.com
Company number: 09796322

LCL Awards

Unit 2, 1 Rowdell Road
Northolt
Middlesex
UB5 5QR

Telephone: 020 8839 2439
Email: enquiries@lclawards.co.uk
Company number: 04615993

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) are no longer issuing new F gas qualifications or certification.

Stationary fire protection systems qualifications

To work on a fire protection system that contains F gas equivalent to 5 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide you must have:

  • a Fire Industry Association (FIA) F gas certificate for individuals
  • an equivalent qualification that another EU member state recognises

Find out how to calculate the carbon dioxide equivalent of an F gas

Fire Industry Association

Tudor House
Kingsway Business Park
Oldfield Road
Hampton
Middlesex
TW12 2HD

Telephone: 020 3166 5002
Email: info@fia.uk.com
Company number: 05989140

Mobile air conditioning systems qualifications

You must have a qualification to recover refrigerant from mobile air conditioning systems in:

  • goods vehicles weighing less than 3,500kg
  • passenger vehicles with 8 seats or fewer

You must have a relevant qualification from one of these organisations (or an equivalent qualification that another EU member state recognises):

City and Guilds

1 Giltspur Street
London
EC1A 9DD

Telephone: 020 7294 2800
Email: automotive@cityandguilds.com
Company number: 05200334

Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)

Fanshaws
Brickendon
Hertford
SG13 8PQ

Telephone: 01992 511521
Email: imiawarding@theimi.org.uk
IMI company number: 00225180
IMI Awards Limited company number: 06237350

ABC Awards

Robins Wood House
Robins Wood Road
Nottingham
NG8 3NH

Telephone: 0151 339 4181
Email: centresupport@abcawards.co.uk
Company number: 04117784

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) are no longer issuing new F gas qualifications or certification.

Electrical switchgear qualifications

You must have a qualification to carry out work on electrical switchgear that contains sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). This includes:

  • installing new systems
  • carrying out maintenance
  • recovering sulphur hexafluoride (SF6
  • decommissioning and disposing of old systems

You must have a relevant qualification from one of these organisations (or an equivalent qualification that another EU member state recognises):

Western Power Distribution plc

Avonbank
Feeder Road
Bristol
BS2 0TB

Telephone: +44 (0) 117 933 2156
Email: rlang@westernpower.co.uk
South Wales company number: 02366985
South West company number: 02366894
West Midlands company number: 03600574
East Midlands company number: 02366923

Northern Ireland Electricity plc

PO Box 2
120 Malone Road
Belfast
BT9 5HT

Telephone: 028 90 66 11 00
Email: leonard.taggart@nie.co.uk
Company number: NI026041

EA Technology Limited

Capenhurst Technology Park
Capenhurst
Chester
CH1 6ES

Telephone: 0151 339 4181
Email: sales@eatechnology.com
Company number: 02566313

Siemens Plc

2 Koppers Way
Monkton Business Park South
Hebburn
Tyne and Wear
NE31 2EZ

Telephone: 0191 495 2244
Email: Alan.Rowland@siemens.com
Company number: 00727817

Lucy Electric Ltd

Eagle Works
Walton Well Road
Oxford, UK
OX2 6EE

Telephone: 01865 311411
Email: info@wlucy.com
Company number: 01179461

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

1-3 Strand
London
WC2N 5EH

Telephone: 01623 872611
Email: daniel.tingle@nationalgrid.com
Company number: 02366977

Recovering solvents qualifications

To recover solvents containing F gas from equipment, you must have a qualification from Fraser Technologies (or an equivalent qualification that another EU member state recognises):

Fraser Technologies

24 Grange Road
Houstoun Industrial Estate
Livingston
Scotland
EH54 5DE

Telephone: 01506 443 058
Email: techsupport@frasertech.co.uk
Company number: SC231307

You can recover solvents for up to a year before you qualify if you:

  • work under supervision of a qualified person
  • are on the Fraser Technology training course or an equivalent course in another EU country

Other equipment qualifications

If you’re servicing equipment not covered by specific qualifications, you must have appropriate training and qualifications to cover the handling of F gases.

Published 31 December 2014
Last updated 21 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated list of qualifications and organisations.

  2. We have added the addresses and contact details for accredited bodies offering qualifications to work with F gas.

  3. Updated to show revised list of accredited organisations who offer F gas qualifications

  4. Changed the qualification you must hold from Construction Industry Training Board Refrigeration certificate to Building Engineering Services Association accredited courses relating to F Gas regulation.

  5. First published.