OFTEC Launches New Course After Industry Requests

The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) has responded to requests throughout the industry by extending what it offers with the launch of a new course.

The new scheme will cover the commissioning and servicing of bigger multi-stage burners, as fitted in several medium and light commercial appliances.

The course is called ‘OFT10-201 Servicing & Commissioning of Multi-Stage Burners’ and offers a variety of both practical and theory based assessments for two and three stage pressure jet burners connected to water heating and space appliances.

Along with commissioning and servicing, the course will also cover the topics of appliance installation, knowledge of oil storage and supply, OFTEC procedures, safe electrical isolation, regional requirements, fire valve installation and health and safety.

David Knipe, Training Manager at OFTEC, said that they have already received extremely positive feedback from technicians who have attended the course.

Knipe commented: “Those new to commercial appliances have said it’s equipped them to confidently tackle the servicing and commissioning of light commercial appliances, whilst experienced commercial technicians have found the details on commercial oil storage, risk assessment and procedures very helpful.”

OFTEC says that they are able to offer more support to their technicians’ business growth by covering both domestic and commercial applications through their assessment offering.

The group says it will continue to listen to and respond to the ever-changing industry needs as they strive to provide the top level in advice and progressive services in the future.

Currently, there are nine centres throughout the UK and Ireland which offer the OFT10-201 course, which is set to be introduced in more centres across the country over the next few months.

Last month, OFTEC’s Director General, Jeremy Hawksley, said that the industry has enjoyed a period of sustainable growth thanks to falling heating costs over the last three years and as a result sales in oil condensing boilers have reached their highest point in almost 10 years.


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