Applicant Information

There are three categories used within the industry to describe a candidates experience prior to taking Oil Assessments. These categories are as follows:

Category 1

If you are renewing an existing OFTEC qualification, you are considered to be a Category 1 ApplicantRevision or Training prior to undertaking assessment is not mandatory, however in most cases it is recommended to ensure that operatives are aware of the most recent changes to legislation, British Standards and industry best practice.  It should be noted that attendance for revision or training will not guarantee success in the independent assessment.

Evidence of your existing OFTEC qualifications (photocopy of your certificates) is required for all Category 1 Applicants.

Category 2

You are considered to be a Category 2 Applicant if ONE of the following applies to you:

  • You already hold an OFTEC qualification and wish to add other categories
  • You have a recognised qualifications and experience in plumbing, heating and ventilation or gas.

Category 2 Applicants will be assessed on a case by case basis, contact our Sales Consultants for further advice.  Our OFTEC10 - 101 (Commissioning & Servicing Pressure Jet appliances) Oil Practical Pre-Training Day which is ideal for Gas Engineers who are cross skilling.

Category 3

If you are new to the oil industry and do not have any qualifications or experience in a related trade (plumbing, heating and ventilation or gas) you are considered to be a Category 3 Applicant.  Category 3 Applicants may also be people who are entering employment or changing career direction, you should undertake an apprenticeship/NVQ or an extended period of training and obtain a portfolio of evidence. 

For further information see our Information for New Entrants page.

Before deciding which course is right for you, check which category of candidate you are:

Category 1 - experienced oil operatives

Category 2 - have some relevant qualifications or experience

Category 3 - new to the industry

  • OFTEC
  • BPEC
  • NICEIC
  • City & Guilds
  • Apprenticeships
  • CIPHE

  • Career Transition Partnership
  • ELC
  • ERS
  • Matrix