There are three categories used within the industry to describe a candidate’s experience prior to taking oil courses and assessments. Our oil courses and assessments are suitable for Category 1 applicants who can provide evidence of their existing OFTEC qualifications and Category 2 applicants who have attended our OFTEC 101 pre-training day. Category 3 applicants with sufficient on-job experience will also be considered subject to completion of our detailed application form.
If you are renewing an existing OFTEC qualification, you are a Category 1 applicant. Revision or training prior to undertaking assessments is not mandatory, however, in most cases, it is recommended to ensure operatives are aware of the most recent changes to legislation, British Standards, and industry best practice. Attendance for revision or training will not guarantee success in the independent assessment. Evidence of existing OFTEC qualifications is required for all Category 1 applicants.
You are 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 qualification and experience in plumbing, heating, and ventilation or gas.
Category 2 applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis when you speak with our sales team. Our OFT10-101 oil practical pre-training day is ideal for gas engineers who are cross-skilling.
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 a Category 3 applicant. Category 3 applicants may also be entering employment or changing career direction. You should undertake an apprenticeship/NVQ or an extended period of training where you are able to produce a portfolio of evidence.
Category 3 applicants for oil courses will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, to ensure the course is suitable. Please call and speak to our Sales team for further information and advice.