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Spirax Sarco celebrates its 500th BOAS delegate

29 March 2012

Spirax Sarco is celebrating the 500th delegate to complete its Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme (BOAS) course at its new UK Steam Technology Centre in Cheltenham

Spirax Sarco was the first organisation to become accredited to teach the BOAS course in 2005, which provides national accreditation for anyone that operates or managers industrial boilers. BOAS was recently recommended in the new best practice BG01 boiler guidance, published by the CEA, SAFed and HSE in 2011.

Mark works at a UK paper mill and was the lucky 500th BOAS trainee and received a ‘thank you’ gift pack from Spirax Sarco on the completion of his training. “Having recently read the new BG01 document I knew the importance of BOAS training and asked to attend a course,” says Mark. “Having compared other training providers we chose Spirax Sarco because of their experience and excellent training facilities. I would definitely recommend them.”

Successful candidates may use the designatory letters "Cert. IBO" (Certified Industrial Boiler Operator) or "Dip.BOM" (Diploma in Boiler Plant Operation Management). After five years BOAS graduates are asked to take a refresher course, also available at the Cheltenham training centre.

“This is another important milestone for Spirax Sarco’s training provision in the UK,” Says Roger Glassonbury, Spirax Sarco Training Manager. “Properly trained staff can add real benefit to a company’s bottom line, as they are more aware of the energy saving and environmental aspects of steam plant, as well as learning how to do the job safely and gaining new skills.”

Spirax Sarco has recently invested £1.4M into the refurbishment of the UK Steam Technology Centre, which is the only training facility in the UK to offer a fully-operational steam system with SCADA control. This enables it to enhance the quality of training across Spirax Sarco’s selection of steam engineering courses, as well as supporting live technology demonstrations.

With an international reputation for its training provision, Spirax Sarco supplies an array of training courses to cover all aspects of steam and condensate systems, with many courses approved by professional bodies, including CIBSE, CEA and BTEC.


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