Train at the UK’s leading dual fuel academy


Our national dual fuel academy, based in Bolton, delivers accredited gas and electric training and assessment for professionals looking to gain qualifications or upskill in the domestic and commercial sectors.

The academy serves as the skills development centre for our nationwide engineering workforce, who are trained to the highest of safety and technical standards necessary to carry out the Government’s Smart Meter Rollout programme across British homes and businesses.

Our centre is also open to the public, with bespoke courses that cater for new entrants and experienced engineers alike.

If you’re new to the trade, you can train with SMS to gain fundamental domestic gas and electrical skills to help you progress in your career, whilst more experienced engineers and utility professionals can either refresh their skills or gain commercial qualifications with us. Browse our range of courses below. 


Gas Courses
Domestic Gas (ACS) Course

Our Domestic Gas Course, delivered under the Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS), caters for beginners to the industry wishing to become a Gas Safe Register engineer, as well as more experienced gas operatives looking to refresh or upskill in certain domestic gas categories. Besides domestic gas metering, we offer training modules on a range of domestic gas appliances, including central heating and cookers.

Our course packages are bespoke, depending on your individual needs and experience, offering expert training and assessment in the following modules:

  • CCN1 - Gas Safety
  • CMA1/CMA3 - Gas Metering
  • MET1 - Gas Meter Safety
  • CKR1 - Gas Cookers
  • HTR1 - Space Heaters
  • REGT1 - Medium Pressure Meters
  • PEB1 - Protective Equipotential Bonding
  • CPA1 - Combustion Performance Analysis
  • CENWAT - Central Heating/Hot Water
  • SAFE ELECTRICAL ISOLATION

To enquire about the cost and duration of our course packages and the latest available training and assessment dates, contact us today. Call our academy directly on 01204 803300 or leave your details  at smstrainingacademy@sms-plc.com and our team will get back to you.

Commercial Gas (ACS) Course

The Commercial Gas (ACS) Course is for experienced installers who wish to take on more varied work in the commercial gas sector. Our skilled trainers provide guidance and support to help to build your expertise and open up new career opportunities in the commercial gas metering industry. Modules covered include:

  • CMET1 - Commercial Gas Meter Safety
  • CMET2 - Medium pressure twin-stream RPD/turbine meters
  • ICPN1 - Commercial Gas Pipework
  • MET4 - Diaphragm Gas Meters
  • TCPC1/1A - Strength/tightness testing & purging
  • REGT2 - Testing/commissioning of medium pressure regulators

To enquire about the cost and duration of our course packages and the latest available training and assessment dates, contact our academy directly on 01204 803300 or leave your details with us at smstrainingacademy@sms-plc.com and our team will get back to you.


Electric Courses 
18th Edition (Requirements for Electrical Installations)

We offer training and assessment in 18th Edition, officially known as the Level 3 Award Requirements for Electrical Installations (BS7671:2018), certified by the LCL Awards.

Suitable for new entrants, newly qualified electricians, or practising electricians looking to refresh their knowledge in line with the latest industry regulations, this qualification is designed for those seeking to progress in their career and develop the skills needed to carry out work within the electrotechnical industry.

During the course you will focus on meeting the standards and demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations, including:

  • essential aspects of safety
  • selection and erection of electrical equipment
  • inspection and testing

The qualifications can lead directly into employment, offering learners the chance to develop their skills and knowledge to a high standard recognised by the industry.

To enquire about the cost and duration of our courses and the latest available training and assessment dates, contact our academy directly on 01204 803300 or leave your details with us at smstrainingacademy@sms-plc.com and our team will get back to you.

Safe Isolation of Electrical Installations (CPD)

This course, accredited by the LCL Awards, has been developed for professionals already working in electrical related industries, such as Plumbers, Heating Engineers, Kitchen fitters, Mechanical Engineers and Appliance Installers. Its aim is to ensure learners are fully aware of and able to put in to practice the industry Safe Working Procedure for the Isolation of Electrical Supplies.

When working on any electrical installation, whatever the size, it is imperative that operatives apply the correct isolation procedure every time to prevent injury to themselves and other users or engineers whilst work is taking place. This course will deliver the knowledge and skills to ensure learners understand the requirements and can apply it on site.

Learners outcomes include:

  • Understand and identify the current regulatory requirements and documents
  • Understand the need for Safe Isolation of Electrical Circuits
  • Establish a Safe Working Procedure for the Isolation of Electrical Supplies
  • Identify and use the correct tools for isolating electrical installations
  • Apply the skills on realistic simulation

To enquire about the cost and duration of our courses and the latest available training and assessment dates, contact our academy directly on 01204 803300 or leave your details with us at smstrainingacademy@sms-plc.com and our team will get back to you.

Diploma in Smart Metering (Power)

The Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering (Power) is for learners that are new to the industry and wish to learn how to install and exchange power (electric) smart meters in domestic dwellings. It is also suitable for existing installers, such as gas-only operatives, who intend to upskill and carry out work in a new industry sector. The qualification has been designed to minimise any duplicated effort and ensure learners do not have to re-learn what they already know.

The training and assessment package is certificated by LCL Awards to industry led standards.

Course contents include: 

  • Working Practices in the Energy and Utilities Sector L/502/9858
  • Working Safely in the Energy and Utilities Sector A/502/9855
  • Using and Communicating Technical Information in the Energy and Utilities Sector J/503/0233
  • Delivering Customer Service When Working Within the Energy and Utilities Sector F/502/9856
  • Install and Commission Communication Systems for Smart Meters A/503/0231
  • Install Single Phase Meter and Associated Equipment M/600/3988
  • Change Single Phase Meter and Associated Equipment A/600/3993

To enquire about the cost and duration of our courses and the latest available training and assessment dates, contact our academy directly on 01204 803300 or leave your details with us at smstrainingacademy@sms-plc.com and our team will get back to you.

Commercial Electric/Large Power Metering

Launching soon, this training programme is designed to upskill and prepare experienced domestic electric or dual-fuel meter engineers for more diverse career opportunities in the industrial and commercial (I&C) sector. This course will be delivered in-house to SMS-employed engineers only.

The course covers the following areas:

  • Multi-rate metering
  • Single-phase off multi-phase cut-outs
  • 3-phase metering
  • LV-CT metering
  • HV-CT metering (following time served in the field)

Electric Vehicle (EV) Chargepoint Installer

Launching soon, this course will give electrical installers the extra skills and knowledge required to work safely on EV chargepoints. Whilst this course is currently being rolled out internally to SMS’s engineering workforce, there are plans to open the course publicly in 2022.

Course content includes:

  • Domestic installation workshop
  • Part P & Building Regulations
  • Inspection & Testing
  • 18th edition
  • EV chargepoint installation

To register your interest in this course, leave your details with us at smstrainingacademy@sms-plc.com.


Frequently Asked Questions

The courses include qualifications for working on a range of domestic and commercial gas and electrical appliances, and cover training and assessment in:

  • Gas and electrical safety
  • Installation
  • Commissioning
  • Servicing & Maintenance

The training modules delivered at our centre are hands-on, giving you the vital practical experience that you need to build confidence and pass your exam. As an LCL Awards approved centre, assessments are carried out our academy and included in the course costs. For a full overview of the qualifications you can expect to gain in the different safety and appliance areas, browse our courses.

Our gas courses are delivered under the Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) – the industry recognised and accepted route for operatives to gain a certificate of competence needed to become a member of the Gas Safe Register – whilst both our gas and electrical courses are also approved by the LCL Awards certification body.

The LCL Awards is the sector’s foremost awarding organisation and certification body – recognised by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) – meaning you can be sure that the qualifications you gain with us are what you need to pursue your career in the utility industry.

As well as an approved training centre, we also deliver services across the UK as an accredited installer and manager of meter assets and utility connections, for which we employ a nationwide workforce of engineers. Read about our accreditations here. 


Why train with SMS?

  • Learn from highly experienced trainers

  • First-class training facilities

  • Upskill and gain extra employability in a high demand industry

  • Hands-on courses with blended/online learning

  • Health and safety is our number one business priority
  • Guaranteed work placement provided, if required.

  • We’re a highly reputable utility partner and a leader in delivering the UK’s smart energy infrastructure. Read about our services.

  • We are actively recruiting qualified engineers. View our vacancies.

Enquire about our gas & electric courses today!

Call us on 01204 803300 or leave your details at smstrainingacademy@sms-plc.com and our team will get back to you. Alternatively, drop by and see us at our Bolton academy. Get directions.