Low-carbon training plans break cover

Installers are being urged to have their say on how the industry will move to enabling low-carbon heating systems to become the norm.

The CIPHE and Heat Pump Association has set out proposals for training for low-temperature heating systems and heat pumps.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is currently undertaking work to understand the existing skills base within the UK heating industry and the mechanisms required for increasing the number of low carbon heating installers.

Industry giant Vaillant has urged installers to get involved. Mark Wilkins, head of training and external affairs at Vaillant, said: “As well as growing the number of qualified installers, we must ensure that those undertaking the work have the confidence and the right skills to build a reputable heat pump market.”

Paul Harmer, CIPHE lead technical consultant, said: “The regulated qualification is designed to upskill installers and to act as a prerequisite before installing a low temperature heating system for all heat source technology.

“The course will cover the design of low temperature heating systems including heat loss, heat emitters, pipe and pump sizing and domestic hot water storage to name a few.”

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