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Spirax Sarco provide expert training to optimise your steam system. Trainers are in touch with the day-to-day problems and practical aspects of delegate jobs. Many of the courses available are approved by CIBSE / BTEC / CEA.

Course Location: Training centre based at Charlton House in Cheltenham. Fully equipped air conditioned lecture rooms / practical demonstration area / fully operational Boilerhouse.

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Course B1 - Introduction to Steam and Condensate Systems

Seminar Length: 1 day

Available Course Dates 2017: 17th Jan | 2nd Feb | 6th Mar | 27th Mar | 21st Apr | 11th May | 31st May | 26th Jun | 10th Jul | 25th Jul | 7th Aug | 12th Sept | 25th Sept | 10th Oct | 13th Nov | 12th Dec

Fee: £330 +VAT

Who will benefit? Anyone requiring an appreciation of steam and condensate systems and factors affecting their operation.

What is it about? This course provides a broad understanding of the purpose and safe operational requirements of steam and condensate systems and factors affecting their performance and plant output.

Delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of steam and its uses
  • Understand why condensate is formed, how and why to remove it and its value
  • Know the major components of a steam and condensate system
  • Understand the importance and relevance of correct pipe sizing
  • Identify best practice steam installation

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Course D6 - Steam Boiler Plant Fundamentals (Shell Boiler)

Course Length: 2 days

Available Course Dates 2017: 11-12th Jan | 24-25th Jan | 27-28th Feb | 28-29th Mar | 19-20th Apr | 3-4th May | 16-17th May | 1-2nd Jun | 5-6th Jul | 26-27th Jul | 30-31st Aug | 13-14th Sept | 20-21st Sept | 3-4th Oct | 14-15th Nov | 13-14th Dec

Fee: £650 +VAT

Who Will Benefit? Anyone involved in the planning or upgrading of boiler and those responsible for the day to day running of steam boilers - large and small. It is also relevant for those needing an overview of how a boiler works or as a pre-cursor to the BOAS course.

What is it about? This course provides an understanding of the wet side of the boiler and outline trends in the management and control of boiler plant in order to achieve high levels of efficiency and safety with smooth operation.

Delegates will be able to:

  • Identify major types of boiler
  • Understand the boiler fittings and their uses
  • Know the types of daily/weekly tests recommended
  • Understand elements of feedwater treatment, deaeration and storage
  • Understand boiler water level control and alarms
  • Understand blowdown controls, vessels and pits
  • Appreciate the benefits of heat recovery systems and energy management
  • Understand the requirements of efficient best practice including BG01 ('Guidance on Safe Operation of Boilers') and HSE INDG436 ('Safe Managament of Industrial Steam and Hot Water Boilers')
  • Understand how boilers produce steam and how this can affect other areas of the steam plant

Note: This course is also available specifically for water tube boilers.
Please ask for further details (ref: D6WT)

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Course D8 - Boiler Plant Regulations and Guidelines

Course Length: 1 day

Available Course Dates 2017: 9th Mar | 15th Sep

Fee: £320 +VAT

Who Will Benefit? Anyone seeking an understanding of the regulations and guidelines relating to steam and steam boiler plant.

What is it about? This course provides a broad overview of legislation, guidance and best practice within the wet side of the boiler and in steam systems to help users understand what is expected of them.

Delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the uses and benefits of steam
  • Understand pressure and temperature of steam
  • Appreciate general steam system safety
  • Have an overview of pressure system/pressure equipment requirements
  • Know the selected standards - boilers and water treatment
  • Understand the requirements of BG01 and HSE INDG436
  • Appreciate the importance of risk assessment, competence, training and supervision

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Course D6A - Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme (BOAS) - Operator and Manager

Seminar Length: 5 days

Available Course Dates 2017: 23-17th Jan | 13-17th Feb | 27th Feb-3rd Mar | 20-24th Mar | 3-7th Apr | 24-18th Apr | 5-9th Jun | 26-30th Jun | 10-14th Jul | 7-11th Aug | 4-8th Sept | 25-29th Sept | 9-13th Oct | 23-27th Oct | 13-17th Nov | 4-8th Dec

Fee: £1350 +VAT - Plus KIWA-Gastec registration and assessment fees (£405+VAT for cat 2 Shell boilers / £480+vat for cat 3 water tube boilers / £80+Vat for dual award).

Who will benefit? This course is designed for practicing boiler house operatives or those responsible for managing a boiler house and its operators.

Course Objectives:

  • To train and prepare candidates for the BOAS qualificaiton
  • To promote safety and energy efficiency in the boiler house with due regard to environmental aspects
    and legal requirements
  • The syllabus will contain information on the following:

  • Steam fundamentals
  • Fuel types
  • Combustion
  • Feedwater
  • Boiler controls and instrumentation
  • Operation of boilers
  • Safety & legal requirements
  • Boiler efficiency

What is BOAS? The Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme (BOAS) provides national accreditation for industrial boiler operators and boiler plant managers, a course recommended by BG01 ‘Guidance on the Safe Operation of Boilers’.

Spirax Sarco is a licensed and approved BOAS training provider. The D6A course provides training to the BOAS syllabus and includes the written examination. Candidates are also interviewed by a Gastec assessor during the course.

Successful candidates may use the designatory letters "Cert IBO" (Certified Industrial Boiler Operator) or "Dip BOM" (Diploma in Boiler Plant Operation Management). Candidates from both award categories take the same course and written papers. Interviews are specific to each award. The awards are valid for 5 years, after which a refresher course becomes necessary.

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Course D6AR - Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme (BOAS) - Renewal - Operator and Manager

Seminar Length: 2 days

Available Course Dates 2017: 14-15th Feb | 4-5th Apr | 27-28th Jun | 8-9th Aug | 24-25th Oct | 5-6th Dec

Fee: £450 +VAT - Kiwa-GASTEC registration and assessment fees in addition (£405+VAT for cat 2 shell boilers / £480+vat for cat 3 water tube boilers / £80+vat for DUAL award).

Who will benefit? Qualified boiler operators and boiler plant managers/supervisors who have already undertaken the BOAS course are already entitled to use the designatory letters "Cert IBO" and "Dip BOM" respectively. For new/inexperienced boiler operators see the Steam Boiler Plant Fundamentals course.
For boiler operators and managers wishing to obtain a BOAS qualification see the Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme course.

What is is about? This is a renewal course for boiler operators and managers/supervisors who are already accredited within the Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme. The renewal course should be taken on the fifth anniversary of gaining the BOAS award and five yearly thereafter.

Essential: Already BOAS qualified. Supply of paperwork.

Recommended: Completion of pre-reading (supplied by ourselves).

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Course M2 - Steam Plant Maintenance - City and Guilds Accredited

Seminar Length: 4 days

Available Course Dates 2017: 16-19th Jan | 6-9th Feb | 20-23rd Feb | 27th Feb-3rd Mar | 10-13th Apr | 24-27th Apr | 15-18th May | 12-15th Jun | 3-6th Jul | 17-20th Jul | 31st Jul-3rd Aug | 14-17th Aug | 18-21st Sept | 2-5th Oct | 30th Oct-2nd Nov | 20-23rd Nov | 18-21st Dec

Fee: £1250 +VAT

Who will benefit? Those involved with the maintenance and installation of steam systems and those wishing to obtain a recognised maintenance based steam qualification.

What is it about? This course provides delegates with the basic knowledge and practical skills necessary to assess your competence and knowledge based on the City & Guilds syllabus.

Delegates will be able to about:

  • Understand the fundamentals of steam systems
  • Demonstrate good installation practices
  • Demonstrate fault finding through practical experience
  • Maintain steam traps, pressure reducing valves, condensate pumps and other ancillary equipment
  • Have an understanding of basic boiler house maintenance - Feedwater treatment and burners

Additional Information: This course is assessed by multiple choice test paper and practical assessment. Spirax Sarco is accredited by The City & Guilds of London Institute as the sole approved test centre for Module 13 - Steam Plant Maintenace. Delegates will take practical and written tests as part of the coure.

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Course M3 - Safety Valve Accreditation

Seminar Length: 1 day

Available Course Dates 2017: 24th Feb | 19th May | 18th Aug | 3rd Nov

Fee: £320 +VAT

Who will benefit? Those involved with the installation, maintenance and setting of safety valves and requiring training to work on them.

What is it about? This course gives an understanding of the importance of safety valves, their sizing, setting and installation and what work may be carried out on them, all in accordance with current legislation.

Delegates will:

  • Know the purpose of safety valves
  • Understand the selection of set pressure
  • Be able to identify factors affecting sizing
  • Know the main issues around safety valve installation
  • Know the key parts for installation of safety valves
  • Understand what maintenance is permissible and how to carry this out safely

Note: This course only applies to Spirax Sarco safety valves.

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Course D1 - Design of Steam and Condensate Systems

Seminar Length: 4 days

Available Course Dates 2017: 30th Jan-2nd Feb | 20-23rd Mar | 22-25th May | 19-22nd Jun | 24-27th Jul | 21-24th Aug | 18-21st Sept | 16-19th Oct | 27-30th Nov | 11-14th Dec

Fee: £1030 +VAT

Who will benefit? Designers, plant engingeers, consulatants, and those responsible for the general layout of steam and condensate services.

What is it about? This project based course provides specialist knowledge of current practices in steam and condensate systems, and the factors to be considered in their design.

Delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the properties of steam and why it is used
  • Calculate the steam demand for different types of steam plant
  • Understand the requirements of steam distribution system
  • Understand the need for different steam traps and air vents
  • Understand the different methods of steam trap checking and their advantages and disadvantages
  • Explain the requirement to remove and recover condensate
  • Understand the need for pressure reduction and the different types available
  • Explain the factors affecting control valves
  • Realise the importance of flash steam recovery
  • Explain how safety valves are set, lift and leak
  • Size pressure reducing valves, steam traps, condensate pipe, flash vessels, safety valves and blowdown vessel

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Course D2 - Understanding Pressure and Temperature Control

Seminar Length: 1 day

Available Course Dates 2017: 31st Mar / 6th Oct

Fee: £350 +VAT

Who will benefit? Anyone responsible for the selection and efficient operation of pressure and temperature controls in steam systems.

What is it about? This course provides a basic understanding of pressure and temperature control, with emphasis on selection and application rather than pure theory.

Delegates will:

  • Know the benefits and use of the different types of pressure and temperature controls available (direct acting, pilot operated, electric and pneumatic actuation)
  • Be able to identify the types of controllers, signals, sensors, actuators and positioners
  • Understand valve selection and sizing
  • identify the type of application for each type of control arrangement

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Course D7 - Clean and Pure Steam Systems

Seminar Length: 1 Day

Available Course Dates 2017:Please enquire for more information.

Fee: £350 +VAT

Who will benefit? Anyone with responsibility for the design and operation of clean and pure steam systems. This course is particularly relevant to those working in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food and drink and healthcare sectors.

What is it about? This course will provide an understanding of all aspects of clean steam, pure steam and associated water quality including quality critical aspects of design, operation, maintenance and validation.

Delegates will:

  • Be able to identify the classifications of clean steam and high purity water
  • know the requirements of good design, installation and distribution practices
  • Be able to identify clean steam components and applications
  • Understand the importance of steam quality testing and validation

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Course E1 - Carbon Reduction and Energy Efficient Steam Systems

Seminar Length: 1 day

Available Course Dates 2017: 10th Feb | 12th May | 11th Jul | 5th Sept

Fee: £350 +VAT

Who will benefit? Energy Managers, Project Managers, Maintenance Operators and anyone who needs to manage their costs and carbon reduction within the steam system.

What is it about? This course covers some of the steps to gaining savings in carbon emission and energy around the boiler house and steam system. It primarily covers saturated steam and shell boilers as most UK boilers are of this design, although will apply to other designs.

Delegates will:

  • Be able to identify ways to reduce energy and make savings in:
    - boiler performance
    - steam distribution
  • Be able to measure and control energy in the steam system more effectively
  • Be able to calculate payback and create a business case for carbon reduction and energy savings

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Course LA1 - Legionella Awareness

Seminar Length: 1 day

Available Course Dates 2017: 8th Mar | 6th Jun | 16th Oct

Fee: £320 +VAT

Who will benefit? Anyone involved in monitoring and managing hot and cold water systems to ensure the risk presented by legionella bacteria is minimised.

What is it about? This course is designed to raise awareness and reduce the risk associated with the water-borne bacteria that cause Legionnaires’ disease. Delegates who attend this course will leave with an understanding of how to apply relevant legislation within their day to day duties, with a particular focus on the Health & Safety Executive’s new version of the Approved Code of Practice (L8) and accompanying technical guidance (HSG 274) documents.

Delegates will:

  • Describe the typical symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease and the types of people who are most susceptible
  • Discuss methods of transmission and infection of Legionnaire’s disease
  • Explain the key requirements of legislation, codes of practice and guidance relating to the management of Legionella
  • Identify key role and responsibilities associated with the management if legionella bacteria
  • Describe a risk assessment process and the importance of monitoring and control
  • Understand how hot and cold water systems operate
  • Identify and apply measures for controlling risks within hot and cold water systems, including testing regimes

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Course SEM1 - Practical Steam Metering

Seminar Length: 1 day

Available Course Dates 2017: 20th Apr | 22nd Sept

Fee: £320 +VAT

Who will benefit? Anyone responsible for using metering when implementing energy saving programmes.

What is it about? This course provides an understanding of common metering methods and practical data collection in order to effectively manage and implement energy saving programmes.

Delegates will:

  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of different types of meter
  • Understand the common metering terms and their meaning
  • Identify the components of good installation practices
  • Be able to monitor and target and produce effective reporting

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Course RA1 - Introduction to Boiler House Risk Assessment

Seminar Length: 1 day

Available Course Dates 2017: 9th Feb | 6th Apr | 6th Jun | 15th Aug | 12th Oct

Fee: £350 +VAT

Who will benefit? Anyone involved in the safe operation and assessment of a boiler house, boiler house operatives and managers.

Delegates will:

  • Understand the principles of risk assessment
  • Complete the risk assessment process
  • Know the definition of a competent person
  • Identify and know the requirements of INDG436 and associated legislation
  • Know the specific requirements for conducting a boiler house risk assessment
  • Identify and apply measures for controlling risks within hot and cold water systems, including testing regimes

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Course W1 - Boiler House Water Treatment

Seminar Length: 1 day

Available Course Dates 2017: 7th Mar | 18th Apr | 4th Jul | 7th Nov

Fee: £350 +VAT

Who will benefit? Anyone involved in the day to day running of steam boilers and utility plant including site technicians, boiler operators, supervisors, plant engineers and maintenance engineers.

What is it about? This course is designed to explain why water treatment of steam plant helps ensure it operates safely and efficiently. The aim is to provide delegates with the knowledge and information to help manage and treat the system effectively.

Delegates will:

  • Develop a practical guide to water treatment operations
  • Understand the importance of water treatment guidelines
  • Develop schemes to prevent scale, corrosion and fouling
  • Understand chemical dosing requirements
  • Know how to put in place a boiler water treatment strategy

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Free of Charge Correspondence Courses

Automatic Controls - An Introduction

Who will benefit? It is useful for engineers who are involved with control systems and also for mechanical or electrical engineers who need a general appreciation of controls.

What is it about? This course aims to give a basic introduction to automatic controls, with specific emphasis on temperature control.

Course Format: This is a self-study course and will be supplied as a series of booklets by post. You will be able to submit your assessment test answers for marking and if successful you will be awarded a Spirax Sarco Certificate of Achievement.

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Hot Water Heating

Who will benefit? It is beneficial to anyone whose work brings them into contact with hot water heating systems, providing basic knowledge for those who have not specifically trained as a heating engineer, such as works engineers, plant managers and hospital engineers.

What is it about? This course focuses on one small, but important, part of the building services package - the hot water heating system. It broadly covers some aspects of its design and function.

Course Format: This is a self-study course and will be supplied as a series of booklets by post. You will be able to submit your assessment test answers for marking and if successful you will be awarded a Spirax Sarco Certificate of Achievement.

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Steam Utilisation

Who will benefit? Anyone whose work brings them into contact with steam.

What is it about? This is the most comprehensive course on steam utilisation available. All users need to be aware of the properties of steam so that they can benefit from them, and system designers need to be using the most modern steam systems available to maximise plant efficiency and operation. Those responsible for installing systems must be sure specifications are understood, and those maintaining them need to be able to diagnose and rectify faults.

Course Format: This is a self-study course and will be supplied as a series of booklets by post. You will be able to submit your assessment test answers for marking and if successful you will be awarded a Spirax Sarco Certificate of Achievement.

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