Do you want to work on the waterways?

The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) is recruiting for its 2022 BSS Examiner Training Programme and would like to hear from Gas Safe registered engineers who work on boats.

There is a shortfall of BSS examiners in many areas of the country and BSS examiners who are also Gas Safe registered engineers (LPG and Boats) are in especially high demand.

The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) is a public safety initiative owned equally by the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways workforce and any other users.

Being a BSS examiner is a great opportunity to upsell your other services, once the examination has been completed. Some BSS examiners perform the role full time, but many blend it with their existing businesses, building their portfolios and adding additional income.

Examiners operate independently, serving boat owners needing a mandatory MOT-style certification verifying that the craft has met the BSS requirements.

The training programme consists of 12.5 days of attended learning, mainly at the BSS dedicated training compound in Norwich, which has nine full-size boats, and which starts in June. There are also 16 online modules, which can be accessed from May.

The programme covers the BSS requirements for all privately owned and privately managed boats. The cost of the programme is £5,500 (+ VAT), which can be paid in three instalments.

You must show significant hands-on experience in the UK inland waterways. Being Gas Safe registered and qualified to work on boats is a significant benefit to being accepted on to this year’s programme.

If you’re interested, please contact the BSS by email at: or call Janine on 07920 415389.

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