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HRP adds heat pump courses

HRP has recently added City & Guilds standard heat pump courses to its offering.

These new City & Guilds courses are Level 3 Awards suitable for qualified air conditioning engineers, heating engineers and plumbers, installers and designers, who wish to build their businesses by expanding their expertise into the developing renewables industry.

City & Guilds 2399-31 is a Level 3 Award in the Installation of Heat Pump Systems (non-refrigerant circuits). The course duration is three days, and the content includes installation health and safety practices, the basic design principles of various heat pump systems, the planning and preparatory work required prior to installation, the application of air source and ground source systems, the operational characteristics of heat pump components, heat pump commissioning and handover, and regulations pertaining to installation, testing and commissioning.

City & Guilds 2399-32 is a Level 3 Award in the Installation and Maintenance of Heat Pump Systems (non-refrigerant circuits). This is also a three-day course, covering health and safety, routine service and maintenance requirements, fault-finding diagnostics, and repair of various heat pump systems.

Both courses have a prerequisite of City & Guilds 2399-01 Environmental Technologies Awareness, which includes Solar PV, Solar Thermal, the working principles of renewable and water conservation technologies, plus the factors and practical issues which must be considered in the design and specification process.

These new Level 3 courses provide a pathway to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS Certification), which provides reassurance that the installer in question has attained a professional standard of competency and consistent quality. The MCS accreditation is also a requirement for those who wish to offer their customers the financial benefits obtained through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which looks set to boost the industry when it is introduced in October 2012.

Practical experience is essential for successful completion, and so HRP has invested in purpose-built mobile rigs for both air source and ground source heat pump installations.  This means that installers can choose to take the course at their nearest HRP Service Centre, of which there are 17 nationwide, or they can attend the company’s state-of-the-art training facility in Slough.

“We’re delighted to be one of the first in the UK to offer the C&G 2399 heat pump training courses to installers and engineers as an ‘entry ticket’ to MCS certification,” said John Roe, Director of HRP.  “With the RHI incentives due to become available from October 2012, the benefits of training and certification will provide the correct knowledge levels and installation standards required for this exciting and expanding industry.”