Green Homes Grant Skills Training Scheme

This course covers Heat Pumps, Solar Thermal, Surveys, MCS accreditation & Trustmark Registration

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, gaining 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.

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

The Green Homes Grant Skills training scheme is a time limited opportunity to receive training at greatly reduced cost.

The training scheme commences in January 2021 and is designed to help deliver the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme with subsidised training ending in May 2021.

The course is held online over 4 days (3 days online) with the fourth day comprising a final face to face presentation of heat pump equipment and systems to be held at various locations. This will be subject to compliance with any COVID 19 restrictions / guidance in force at the time. 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 2; setting of an open book exam

  • Final Q & A

Please note: Results and candidate feedback for theoretical project 2 will be sent by email the week following completion of the online course

Day 4 - Thursdays: 1000 to 1230 (suspended)

  • Introduction to heat pumps using a demonstration trailer for face to face training to reinforce the theory learnt thus far

PLEASE NOTE: due to the restrictions that are/may be in place due to COVID 19, we have suspended the face to face trailer days. As an alternative a video demonstration is planned be available from the 15th February  and we are working on a live stream event to provide a more interactive experience. We still plan to hold these "trailer days" at various locations but will organise these when it is prudent to do so.

You will be sent a link to the video and live stream events when they are available.

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 can be found on a Google Calendar here and are as follows:

Jan 18- now full

Jan 25- now full

Feb 1

Feb 15

Feb 22

Mar 8

Mar 15

Mar 22

Mar 29

Apr 12

Apr 19

Apr 26

Trailer days (suspended)

The demonstration trailer is fitted with a fully working air source heat pump system.

The purpose of these days is to reinforce the online training completed thus far and give candidates the opportunity to see and learn using a live system.

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 automatically be issued upon receipt of this booking form, once paid you will receive a welcome pack with joining instructions shortly before your course date.

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 training@optimum.uk.com

Booking Form

To register, please complete all of the fields below.

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VAT number: GB314348911

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