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Technical Certificate in Cellar Service Installation and Maintenance (NCCSIM)

Qualification for Cellar Service Engineering Sector

BFBi, with the assistance of Member companies, has developed a  qualification for the Cellar Service Sector. This Level 2 Technical Certificate has been developed with BIIAB.

Why was the qualification developed?

The BIIAB Level 2 Technical Certificate in Cellar Service Installation and Maintenance (NCCSIM) was developed to help satisfy the current demand for qualifications at this level for cellar service engineers, as at present no hallmark of suitability qualified engineer exists. The NCCSIM has been developed to fill this gap and become the recognised quality minimum standard in this specialist field, particularly in regards to gas installation.

What does the qualification cover?

The qualification is in five key subject areas, including

  • Unit 1 - Health and Safety and Survey of the Cellar
  • Unit 2 - Properties of Beer and Beer Dispense Equipment
  • Unit 3 - Cellar Service Equipment
  • Unit 4 - Service Installation
  • Unit 5 - Dispense Pressure Systems

For more details on the units and for information on the qualification please CLICK HERE to download the leaflet

Who is the NCCSIM for?

The NCCSIM is for those working or planning to work, as a cellar engineer within

        pubs                          hotels 
        bars                           wine bars 
        restaurants                night-clubs

or any other venue that has a cellar that requires an engineer.  The qualification is not suitable for licensees who wish to learn more about the gas system.

What are the benefits of the NCCSIM?

The NCCSIM sets a national standard for all cellar engineers. Successful candidates receive an individual certificate for each unit passed and an over-arching certificate upon completion of all five units.

Following successful completion of units, engineers can apply for their identification card, providing a licence to practice and confirmation of competence to the customer.

Where is training available?

Training dates are in place and can be planned at venues across the country. Please  contact Robin Wilcox on 01902 422303 01902 422303 or email for further details.

For further information CLICK HERE

How long will it take and what are the costs?

NCCSIM refresher training has been designed to be delivered in five, one day modules. Whilst it is intended that each unit be delivered in a one day session, candidates would be expected to have already gained practical experience.  An examination is taken at the end of the training day.

At present, the costs for each unit are £175 +VAT per unit, the entire qualification costing only £875.00 + VAT.

Included in the cost is the registration and examination from BIIAB, the relevant unit reference material (binder if the 1st unit) and the training day at one of the nominated venues including examination and feedback of results. (certificate if applicable)

How is the learning assessed?

Each unit is assessed by a multiple-choice question examination. The number of questions and length of the examination varies depending on the unit.

Upon registering, you will receive you first unit reference material within a binder, this information should be studied and is the basis for the examination. When you register to attend each unit thereafter you will be sent the relevant unit reference material.

Who are the trainers?

BFBi has appointed trainers from the industry to cover the five units. These are people who have been in the Industry for many years with a wealth of experience. For full details on who the trainers are please contact BFBi. 

If you are interested in becoming a trainer to deliver the NCCSIM please contact BFBi on 01902 422303 or email

Future plans?

The NCCSIM will be developed to adapt to the changing industry we are in. BFBi has introduced identification cards stating which units the candidates has completed.  The "white card", signifying completion of health & safety and survey of the cellar unit is equivalent to a CSCS card required for cellar service technicians working on new build sites.

BFBi is working towards the development of a Trailblazer for Drinks Dispense, enabling employers to provide a career pathway for their employees and facilitating Government funding.

Is funding available?

BFBi is in the process of securing funding for all candidates via the creation of a new Drinks Dispense Trailblazer.  Please watch this space for further details.  

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