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BESA F Gas Category 1 Initial Assessment (January 2020)

Ideal for:

Engineers carrying out leak testing, refrigerant recovery, installation or service and maintenance on systems containing over 3kg of refrigerant. This training is a requirement if working within the European Union.   


3 days - 09.00-15.30


14/01/2020 - 16/01/2020

Other 2020 Dates:

11/02/2020 - 13/02/2020
31/03/2020 - 02/04/2020
19/05/2020 - 21/05/2020
07/07/2020 - 09/07/2020
11/08/2020 - 13/08/2020
10/11/2020 - 12/11/2020
01/12/2020 - 03/12/2020


The course takes place at our Leeds Road facility, LS19 6JY.


  • Current legislation and environmental concerns
  • Causes and effects of ozone depletion and global warming
  • Key commissioning techniques leading to a more efficient energy cycle
  • Pipework and brazing skills
  • Pressure enthalpy diagrams and the vapour compression cycle
  • Pressure and leak testing and evacuation
  • Changing, reclaiming and recycling refrigerants
  • Purchasing refrigerants
  • Installation, service and maintenance of the refrigeration system


Course objective:

This course is aimed at providing an understanding of how to work with and handle fluoro-carbon refrigerants as required by the EU F-Gas regulations.  This includes legislation, ozone depletion and global warming caused by release of harmful substances. The key practical assessments involve pipe jointing, pressure testing, evacuation, system charging and refrigerant recovery with a final written examination.   

Some prior knowledge of refrigeration and experience in pipework and brazing would be advantageous.  

Successful completion of the course provides students with mandatory F-Gas certification for a period of five years as outlined in EU Regulation 517/2014 after which a short refresher is required to update holders on changes to the regulations. This allows successful candidates to work on equipment of any size and type containing fluorinated refrigerants.  

Note: Changes to F-Gas regulations introduced January 2015 will not affect accreditation gained before that date.


Study method:

This course combines classroom and practical work with a theory test and a number of practical assessments covering the handling and use of refrigerants in addition to basic pipework and brazing skills.


Price: £660 +VAT

Including tuition, materials, lunch and refreshments.

Previous training participants

Organisations such as BT, Ministry of Defence and Virgin have sent individuals on our training courses. Here’s what our delegates have to say:

“The course content both practical and written was of a high quality that ticked all boxes at an understanding level that was just right for the learning required.”
Power Maintenance Engineer, BT

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