Timeline blog: 2016-2017 - Brexit and the introduction of the MLP, plus new qualifications to reflect changes in legislation

20 Jun 2024

2016 and 2017 were busy years for Logic Certification, with the development of a Managed Learning Programme (MLP) for new gas entrants, two gas auditing qualifications and following the introduction of new F-Gas regulations, a suite of qualifications for the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector.

February 2017 saw another milestone in the issuing of 200 thousand certificates and in the same year, Logic Certification was accredited as being a Living Wage employer.


2016 brought with it a period of unsettling political change. Following a referendum on 23rd June, in which 51.9% of the electorate voted for Brexit, the decision was made to leave the EU. The UK had been a member of the EU since 1973, so there was a lot to untangle. The following negotiation period was politically challenging and deeply divisive, with two snap elections in 2017 and 2019 before Brexit officially took place on 31 January 2020.

Gas Safe review

Following its first ten years as a gas registration body, in the autumn of 2016, Gas Safe began preparing a Decade Review, which was published the following year. Stakeholders were invited to participate in a variety of events, focus groups, and surveys to gather information on the state of the industry and gas safety. This was to help Gas Safe pinpoint areas of consensus and divergence within the industry and to help in planning future strategy and initiatives for improvement.

New routes into the gas sector

At this time, Logic Certification had been developing its new Managed Learning Programme (MLP) to meet the requirements of the recently introduced IGEM/IG/1 (Standards of training in gas work). With the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) appointed to be the Authoriser of Training, this brought around a single body responsible for the standardisation of new entrant gas training. The MLP was designed to offer an alternative to longer college courses and help new entrants become effective heating engineers with defined theoretical and practical training periods.

The introduction of a standardised ‘portfolio’ of practical experience has been a game-changer for many learners who have found working with experienced engineers in real-life situations a great way to cement theoretical knowledge and build confidence. You can find out more about LCL Awards’ MLP here.

Logic Certification has always been responsive to industry needs in developing qualifications. The introduction of two new gas auditing qualifications in 2016 is a case in point. 

Morgan Lambert, recognised as one of the industry’s most experienced gas safety management consultants, provides third-party audit services for Social Housing Providers, worked with us to develop the Level 2 Award in Gas Safety Awareness in Social Housing, designed to enable non-technical staff to assist in answering queries relating to Landlord Gas Safety Records and a Level 4 Award in Gas Safety Management in Social Housing, for those that oversee work on gas appliances. Both these qualifications are still available today.

An F-Gas first

In 2017 Logic Certification worked with industry experts Business Edge in developing new DEFRA approved F-Gas awards, as regulations for Fluorinated Gases were updated. The overriding objective of the new F-Gas legislation was to lessen the negative impact on climate change by reducing emissions from fluorinated greenhouse gases, which are used predominantly in the RACHP sector.

The new F-Gas regulations were phased in over a few years as new, safer gases were gradually introduced. From the start, engineers were required to hold a dedicated qualification and a certificate of competence. Logic Certification was the first AO to offer a Level 3 qualification in this discipline, providing more advanced learning opportunities and enhanced progression routes for those working in the sector. To view the LCL Awards’ F-Gas qualifications, please click here.