Discounted heat pump training for Nottingham installers 

Nottingham-based plumbing and heating tradespeople are being offered discounted heat pump training, by renewables training provider GTEC, to help them to brush up on their skills before the end of March 2022.

The training takes place at Nottingham College and funding means that a package of courses that would usually cost £965 now costs just £140. 

2022 is set to be a big year for air source heat pumps (ASHPs) – the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, launching in April, will offer homeowners up to £5,000 towards the cost of an ASHP. With recent announcements about the rising cost of energy bills, more consumers will be looking for low cost, low carbon ways to heat and power their homes – ASHPs can offer significant savings for the right property. 

By getting the training done now, installers in Nottingham will be ready to take advantage of the uptick in the area. 

What training is on offer? 

Air source heat pump training, plus WRAS water regulations and energy efficiency for domestic heating (the latter two qualifications are optional). All three courses have a value of £965 + VAT. 

The heat pump training is designed for candidates with experience in the plumbing and/or heating sectors, such as gas installers and plumbers. Some candidates may already have the WRAS and energy efficiency qualifications, in which case they can just undertake ASHP course. 

All three qualifications help to become part of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). For homeowners to access the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, they must choose an MCS certified business to undertake the heat pump installation. 

Griff Thomas, from GTEC, said: “End-user demand is growing, spurred on by the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, a desire to ‘go green’ and reduce energy bills. At the moment, there are simply not enough trained engineers to meet the government’s target of 600,000 heat pumps installed annually by 2028. 

“Plumbing and heating installers in Nottingham who take advantage of this heavily discounted training can take their place in this emerging marketplace, future-proofing business’ as we move away from fossil fuels.”