Green Homes Grant Skills Training Scheme

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The course covers Heat Pumps & Heat Loss calculations, Solar Thermal,

Heat Pump surveys, MCS & Trustmark accreditation

The course provides 13 hours of Structured CPD / Active Learning

This time limited course is supported by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in conjunction with the Green Homes Grant team and run by the Midlands Energy Hub.

It is funded by BEIS with a small candidate contribution required in order to meet state aid rules.


The course covers Heat loss calculations and surveys, Heat Pump theory and installation, Solar Thermal fundamentals, and assistance to  gain MCS accreditation and Trustmark Registration. The purpose is to increase the number of installers and surveyors in these sectors to meet the rapidly growing demand in these markets and provide a comprehensive understanding of heat pump systems for those wishing to learn more. 

A substantial amount of calculation software will be provided free of charge to candidates for surveys, heat pumps etc.

The course is open to everyone with an interest in these sectors and there are no prerequisite entry requirements.

More information about the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme can be found here

The course is held online over 3 days online (1 full day followed by 2 half days) with a video presentation and explanation of a working heat heat pump  system that you can access anytime after completing the course. (Video currently in production)


This is not a regulated course leading to an accreditation but will provide the foundation for development of a ‘skills card’ as a quality assurance scheme, similar to the Gas Safe scheme currently used. It also provide a steppingstone for operatives wishing to go on and complete the IDHEE full diploma.


All courses start on a Monday


Day 1 - Mondays: 0900 to 1200 / 1300 to 1600 (mid-morning and afternoon coffee breaks)

  • Introduction

  • Regulations and standards; introduction to and the importance of EPC’s, MCS and the Green Homes Grant

    • background and the reasons for standards and controls

  • Health and Safety

    • Risk assessment

  • A theoretical project based upon a real project to include:

    • EPC and eligibility requirements for grants

    • External and internal site survey

      • Including client specific requirements / Electrical requirements / Planning permissions if applicable

    • Heat loss calculations

      • This will act as a steppingstone for operatives wishing to go on and complete the IDHEE full diploma

  • Basic heat pump system design and fundamentals

    • Sizing the heat pump

    • Designing the system

    • Installation


Day 2 - Tuesdays: 0900 to 1230 (mid-morning coffee breaks)

  • Review Day 1

  • Solar thermal fundamentals

  • The MCS process and accreditation

  • Building Regulations Compliance


Day 3 - Wednesdays: 0900 to 1230 (mid-morning coffee breaks)

  • Review Day 2

  • Trustmark application

  • Remote post course support

  • Potential for future support

  • Theoretical project

  • Business opportunities

  • Final Q & A


By the end of the complete course candidates will:

  • Know the relevant regulations/standards and requirements relating to practical installation, testing and commissioning activities for heat pump installation work

  • Know how to survey a property in order to produce heat loss calculations, design and dimension a heat pump system

  • Know the health and safety risks and safe systems of work associated with heat pump system installation work

  • Know the types and application of heat pump systems

  • Know how the performance of a heat pump system is measured

  • Know how to apply for MCS accreditation and Trustmark registration


Who would benefit from the course?

The training may be of benefit to:


  • Non MCS accredited installers (plumbing and heating companies) wishing to add heat pumps to their portfolio and become both MCS accredited and Trustmark registered

  • EPC assessors to enable them to carry out heat loss calculations and heat pump specific surveys on behalf of installers

  • Suppliers / distributors of heat pumps

  • Air conditioning companies looking to add heat pumps to their portfolio

  • Installers support staff

  • Apprentice plumbers

  • Community energy groups, landlords, councils and housing association staff



The course is heavily subsidized by BEIS with a nominal charge to candidates of £156.91 plus VAT (£188.29 inclusive of VAT) to comply with state aid rules. This course would normally cost £990 plus VAT (£1,188)

Courses commence early in January 2021 through to April. Spaces are limited so early subscription is advised.



Online course dates

All online courses are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays and must be attended as a block on consecutive days during the same week, i.e. it is not possible to do Monday one week and then the Tuesday, Wednesday on another week.

Dates are as follows:

Jan 18- now full

Jan 25- now full

Feb 1- now full

Feb 15- now full

Feb 22- now full

Mar 8 - now full

Mar 15 - now full

Mar 22 - now full

Mar 29- now full

Apr 12- now full

Apr 19- now full

Apr 26- now full

How to book

Please complete the form below only if you wish to actually book a course. An invoice for the amount noted above will be issued shortly after we receive your booking form and once paid you will receive a welcome pack with joining instructions shortly before your course date. The welcome pack is usually sent on the Friday before your chosen course begins.

Please make a note of the date you have booked before submitting the form.

If you have any questions prior to booking please email us via