5 Days £1,095.00 + VAT

This 5 day F Gas Category I courses is ideally suited to personnel with previous experience in air conditioning or refrigeration or those holding formal industry recognised qualifications including the former ‘Safe Handling of Refrigerants’ certificate.  It is also suitable for tradesmen with allied trade qualifications such as a NVQ Level 2 or above in Gas or Plumbing. This 5 day course is the most sought after version of the F Gas course as there are no restrictions to work regarding to the amount of refrigerant contained in the system.

The F Gas Category I course provides successful candidates with certification to carry out air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration work on any size system containing fluorinated refrigerants.

Learners Outcomes:

  • The learner will know the fundamental principles of thermodynamics.
  • The learner will know the environmental impact of refrigerants and corresponding environmental regulations.
  • The learner will be able to carry out checks before putting in operation, after a long period of non-use, after maintenance or repair intervention, or during operation.
  • The learner will be able to check for leakage.
  • The learner will be able to handle the system and refrigerant during installation, maintenance, servicing or recovery in an environmentally friendly manner in accordance with the
  • regulations.
  • The learner will be able to put into operation and maintain reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors, single and two-stage.
  • The learner will be able to install, put into operation and maintain air cooled and water cooled condensers.
  • The learner will be able to install, put into operation and maintain air cooled and water cooled evaporators.
  • The learner will be able to install, put into operation and the servicing of Thermostatic Expansion Valves (TEV) and other components.
  • The learner will be able to build a leak-tight piping system in a refrigeration installation.

Pre Requisites:

This F Gas Category I course is a Level 3 qualifications designed for learners working within the Refrigeration and or related service sector. Learners wishing to undertake the F Gas Category I qualification must hold a recognised qualification in Refrigeration, Heating & Ventilation or other related industry sector or have a minimum of 2 years auditable experience working within the Refrigeration or Heating & Ventilation sector. If you are not sure whether you meet the entry requirements, please call 01656 743661 and ask to speak with a member of the course admin staff.

All learners must have a good practical working knowledge of different soldering and brazing methods to undertake this type of work.

Personnel who meet the entry requirements but without previous refrigerant handling qualifications or sufficient air conditioning & refrigeration experience, are advised to attend the F Gas Category II course prior to attempting the F-Gas Category I.

Learners registered on and undertaking an apprenticeship or qualification which has a requirement for Category I or II F-Gas classification are exempt from the published pre-requisites above.

Category III & IV are Level 2 qualifications and have no pre-requisites, they may be undertaken by any learner after initial assessment by the approved centre.


EU Mutual Recognition ‘Cancelled’ Article 10 of the EU F-Gas Regulation, (EU) 517/2014, requires that Member States give mutual recognition to certification of suitable qualifications from other EU countries, however with the UK now leaving the EU following BREXIT, this is no longer the case. UK F-Gas qualifications are no longer recognised in EU member states.

Candidates working within the EU are advised to update their F Gas certificates via the Irish government website to ensure continued compliance following BREXIT. The Irish government will re-issue a replacement certificate valid within the EU post BREXIT.

Related Downloads:

Gov.Uk web site here

F-Gas Cat 1 (603/1917/3)

Ofqual Qualification

Course Dates 2024

20th – 24th May 2024

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25th – 29th November 2024