Joe Fisher becomes first gas auditor to complete the new CORGI Level 3 VRQ in Gas Auditing Processes qualification


Joe Fisher & Level 3 VRQJoe Fisher, who is based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has become the first gas auditor to complete the new CORGI Level 3 VRQ in Gas Auditing Processes.

(Photo: Left to right: Adam Crampton, Mechanical & Electrical Service Manager, Housing Leeds;Chris Jones, Technical Safety Manager , CORGI Technical Services;Joe Fisher, Auditor, CORGI Technical Services;Tony Butler, Head of Maintenance Operations, Housing Leeds)

Joe, who carries out gas auditing for CORGI Technical Services, has been delivering gas safety auditing to Housing Leeds, Leeds City Council since September 2011.

The new qualification in Gas Auditing Processes from CORGI was launched in May this year and is designed for those who undertake gas audit work in any sector, including social housing, so that they can assess an organisation’s management of risk. It gives a detailed understanding of the role of a Gas Auditor and best practice procedures, as required by Gas Managers. It is the first qualification specifically for gas auditors.

“This course has emphasised the importance of documentation throughout the auditing process,” said Joe “and highlights the factors to consider when working in someone’s home both from a gas safety and health and safety perspective. It has helped to provide me with invaluable information.”

Chris Jones, Technical Safety Manager for CORGI Technical Services is very pleased that a CORGI Auditor is the first to complete the qualification: “Our congratulations to Joe for achieving this qualification. Joe is a very committed, reliable, gas auditor and deserves this success. He attends weekly audit de-brief meetings with Housing Leeds gas managers to deliver and review weekly audit findings from the housing gas service contractors. Joe plays a vital role in our delivery services to Leeds City Council always providing a reliable professional service to the client.”

The new Level 3 VRQ has been accredited by EAL and was designed by CORGI Technical Services. The course is a one day guided learning event, followed by self-study modules and assessment based distance learning delivered and supported by CORGI tutors. Key areas covered include Gas Industry Legislation, Assessing Quality Control levels, Planning Gas Audit Processes, Assessing Gas Work and Effective Communications.

Adam Crampton, Mechanical & Electrical Service Manager at Leeds City Council said: “Leeds City Council would like to congratulate Joe on becoming the first gas auditor to achieve this VRQ L3. This is just reward for the hard work and dedication Joe has put into this achievement.”

“The ongoing relationship between CORGI Technical Services and Leeds City Council represents the desire of both organisations to improve technical excellence within the industry and work in partnership with gas contractors to ensure our residents are provided with the best possible quality of service to remain safe, warm and comfortable in their homes. We recognise the value that this VRQ offers to support this vision.”

The Level 3 qualification is part of the family of qualifications that include the CORGI Level 1 VRQ in Gas Safety Awareness for Tenants, CORGI Level 2 VRQ Award in Gas Safety Awareness in Social Housing, and CORGI Level 4 VRQ Certificates in Gas Safety Management in Social Housing and Gas Safety in Facilities Management.