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OFTEC 50 - Oil Fired Introductory Course

Start a rewarding career in the oil-fired heating industry.

This 4-day training course (OFT50) provides an intensive and detailed overview of the oil-fired heating sector, and a sound knowledge of the practical skills required to perform everyday tasks. 

This foundation certificate will allow you to move on to further qualifications within the oil-fired heating sector. 

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Course cost

£620.00 exc. VAT

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Course duration

4 days


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Course information

This OFTEC50 Oil-fired Introductory training course is a practical course designed for new entrants with no previous experience or qualifications. It is designed to provide a solid background in oil-fired heating to anyone who wants to carry out work on domestic oil-fired installations and includes a work experience element. 

During the course, you will receive practical training, including work on:

  • Purpose-built oil heating rigs; and 
  • Live equipment within a fully functioning plant room.

You will also cover theory relating to health & safety, industry regulations and best-practice.

Before taking the OFTEC assessment, you will be required to obtain work experience with an OFTEC registered business that is willing to provide an auditable extended oil training programme incorporating both ‘on’ and ‘off the job’ components with organisational support. 

On completion of the course, candidates will be ready to undertake relevant OFTEC training and assessment in the installation and maintenance of oil-fired appliances. We offer a combined boiler maintenance course which offers the three main OFTEC certificates - OFT10-101, OFT10-105E and OFT10-600A.


Evidence of the contents of your oil training programme with an OFTEC registered business must be provided (see course info). If you have any questions or you would like clarification on the entry requirements for this course, please call our training department on 01969 666111.

You will require the following books:

  • OFTEC Technical Manuals (Manuals 1,2,3 and 4) 
  • OFTEC Heating Design Guide 

We can supply you with copies at cost price (£45 each or £180 for the set and £30 for the Heating Design Guide). Please order well in advance of your course by calling our training department on 01969 666111.

Training, assessment, certification and additional course materials are included. 

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The course consists of 4 days in-centre training. 

Successful candidates will receive their GTEC certificate approximately one to two weeks following completion of the course.

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This course covers all the requirements of OFTEC 50, including:

  • Safety requirements
  • Building Regulations
  • Types of oil and their identification
  • Steel and thermoplastic oil storage
  • Construction standards
  • Tank fittings
  • Fuel feed pipe work
  • System design including Part L1 of the Building Regulations
  • Thermostatic controls
  • Gauges and overfill alarms
  • Oil contamination problems
  • Maintenance of boilers
  • Oil burners
  • Pipework
  • British Standards
  • Ventilation
  • Flues
  • Commissioning domestic oil boilers
  • Energy conservation
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Being OFTEC registered means that a business/individual engineer has undergone training, assessments and certification in the safe installation and servicing of oil-fired appliances. It also demonstrates that they have the correct consumer protection in place, such as insurance, complaints procedures and reporting. 

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