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CAST - Compressed Air System Technology

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On average this
course contributes
10-15 hours
towards your CPD

This e-learning module has been created by the Virtual College, in partnership with the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS). The course has been written by experts in the industry and is accredited by British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) the UK trade association for suppliers and users of compressed air products and services, and has been developed in partnership with Virtual College as an e-learning course. Successful candidates are awarded a VC certificate.

Compressed air is an essential source of power for business and industry, and its generation accounts for at least 10% of industrial electricity. The Certificate in Compressed Air System Technology (CAST) provides a comprehensive introduction to the main principles of compressed air systems. It has been developed by BCAS in partnership with Virtual College as a unique qualification to meet the needs of employers for compressed air training.

Each module includes learning activities supported by Flash animated graphics and interactive challenges. There is an online multi-choice assessment on completion of each module.

Course Details

Lesson Plan

The course comprises 10 modules, to provide a comprehensive introduction to the main principles and uses of modern compressed air systems, thereby contributing to improved safety in the workplace.

  1. Science and properties of air - Basic concepts of how air behaves depending on its pressure, volume and temperature including a basic understanding of Thermodynamics
  2. Applications of compressed air - Where and why compressed air is used, an overview of the energy sources from which it is produced
  3. Compressed air systems - Overview of the key components within a system and what each component does
  4. Air compressors - An overview of the different technologies and what each type of compressor is used for
  5. Control systems - How the supply of compressed air can be matched to the needs of the users
  6. Air treatment - Cleaning and drying the air to the required standard
  7. Storage and distribution of compressed air - Storing air in a system and distributing it to where it is needed by the user
  8. Maintenance of compressed air systems - The importance of good maintenance to keep systems running safely and at their most efficient, including air hose safety
  9. Health, safety and environment - Overview of health and safety legislation affecting compressed air systems, and the effect of compressed air use on the wider environment
  10. Compressed air in action - Real examples of compressed air in use

Target Audience

This course is highly relevant for any business using compressed air or making related equipment. Equipping employees with a greater understanding of compressed air principles represents a significant business advantage in terms of employee development and customer service. Enrolling on this course also helps meet health and safety obligations with respect to compressed air as an employer.

Relevant to anyone needing to know more about compressed air production and use, relevant health and safety issues, legislation and energy efficiency. Of relevance to manufacturers, distributors, installers and users of compressed air equipment and systems. Previous knowledge of the subject is not required.


It is estimated that this module will take approximately 10-15 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.


On completion of this e-learning course you will be able to download a BCAS/Virtual College certificate.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements needed for this course.

What our customers have said

I liked the fact I could print the pages as having a re read is what helps me to learn
TR 16/03/2015
Language was simple and easy to understand and didn't use terms that weren't first explained
GB 12/03/2015
I liked the fact that the information being conveyed was provided in a variety of mediums (i.e. speech & text).
TB 17/11/2014
Easy to follow
GF 07/11/2013
The easy interactive style and layout
DB 24/10/2013
I liked the convenience of having access to the course at all times because it was on line
HR 16/08/2013
I Liked how it was very easy to follow
MP 14/08/2013
It made learning more fun with the animations
LS 24/07/2013
I liked the step by step approach to gaining knowledge and understanding
IW 23/07/2013
I liked the way it was explained, drawings were very helpful
JH 28/06/2013

Cost and Discounts

£385+ vat - This cost is for a single user.

£280 + vat - This cost is a single user fee if your organization is a member of the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS).

To claim your special BCAS member rate - go to the members area of the BCAS website, click here, login to access the special discount code - then use when purchasing from this site.

Additional discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please email telephone 01943 885089.

* please note: your information may be shared between the Virtual College and the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) for the purpose of administration, monitoring and evaluation, to help keep the course current and up-to-date.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

Alternatively: if you have a specific question or concern why not contact us directly?


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


The course is self-paced so you decided how fast or slow the training goes. This course will take approximately 10-15 hours to complete, however you can complete the course in stages revisiting the training at any time.

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