Waxman launches installer training academy

The Waxman Group has invested over £100k in a specialist training academy offering independently-certified courses for renewable energy installers at its head office in Elland, West Yorkshire.

Waxman Training Academy will offer a selection of courses dealing with solar PV, solar thermal, water regulations, heat pump installation, unvented hot water, biomass and working from heights.

All courses will be held in a brand-new purpose built facility featuring a lecture theatre-style classroom with audio visual projection facilities, a trouble-shooting test room and a unique scaffolding rig mounted to multiple roofs on a house shell, where practical demonstrations can be carried out at height.

The Waxman Training Academy is headed up by Simon Pattison who joined Waxman Energy as renewable energy and technical manager in February 2011 and has some six years’ renewable energy installation training and assessment experience.

Pattison said: “In the current climate and amid tightening legislation and the introduction of various government incentive schemes, it’s vital that installers not only stay on top of developments but that they update and expand their skill set.

“Installer training is not normally particularly hands-on but our courses will be heavily centred on practical experience. Those attending can expect a 50/50 theory/practical split.”

All of Waxman’s courses are Logic Certified, with the exception of biomass and working at heights. Solar PV and solar thermal courses meet the training entry requirements for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS); the unvented hot water course is recognised by Competent Person Schemes (CPS); and the water regulations course is fully recognised by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS).

Courses include weight loading and sizing and designing installations and attendees will also benefit from direct access to Waxman’s extensive range of renewable technology products.

Courses begin at the Waxman Training Academy on 10 April. Full details including entry requirements, prices and availability can be found at, or call 01422 371811 or email for details.