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A new heat pump installer qualification

Oldham College are partnering with the North West Skills Academy to deliver this specialist new training course. The BPEC level 3 Award in the Installation and Maintenance of Heat Pump Systems is for those already working in the plumbing industry who wish to gain the retrofitting skills that are needed to help Greater Manchester become ‘carbon neutral’ by 2038.


What qualifications or experience do I need to study this course?

You should have a trade qualification which is a minimum level 2 N/SVQ in either: Plumbing, Conventional Heating Engineering, Heating & Ventilating (commercial, industrial or residential), Oil-Fired Technical Services, or Gas Installation & Maintenance, or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence. Alternatively, the course is open to heating installers with a minimum 3 years+ of experience in installing wet central heating systems, evidenced either by manufacturer courses certification, Gas Safe Register, OFTEC, MCS or HETAS registration.

Will I have to pay?

If you meet the funding criteria the course is FREE. You will also need to be either a resident of Greater Manchester (GM), an employee of a company which is based in GM, or work in a construction setting within GM.

What kind of things will I study and learn?

This course will cover: understanding how the ground and air can act as a source of renewable energy, the main elements of heat pumps, the advantages of the various collector types and emitter types with heat pumps and clear identification of applications for various heat pump systems. You will be provided with a course manual to support your studies.

Assessment consists of a combination of practical and theory assessments including an online exam.

What can I do when I complete the course?

This qualification is designed to ensure you have the understanding to fully comply with the industry regulations and are competent to install and maintain heat pumps.

Will I have to pay for the course?

If you meet the funding criteria the course will be free. To meet this criteria you should either be a resident in the Greater Manchester area, working for an employer based in the Greater Manchester area or are working on a construction setting in the Greater Manchester area.

How is the course delivered?

Courses start each week. The course is delivered 1 day per week at the College over a 4-week period.

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