Start About NIBE News [2020-06-02]   Heating Industry Coalition Consults on Qualification Criteria for Installers of Low Carbon Heating Systems  

 Heating Industry Coalition Consults on Qualification Criteria for Installers of Low Carbon Heating Systems 

NIBE Energy Systems is pleased to have contributed to work undertaken by a Coalition of Heating Industry bodies with particular interests in Low Carbon Heating Systems who have today published two consultations on qualification criteria for low carbon heating system training courses.

The first consultation is for the criteria that should apply to training courses for all forms of Low Temperature Heating Systems - widely regarded as necessary, both to allow a future market transformation into systems such as Heat Pumps, but also to ensure the most efficient performance is obtained for modern gas condensing boilers.

The second consultation is for the particular criteria that should apply to training courses specifically for Heat Pumps - which operate at greater efficiencies when able to heat customer’s homes at lower system operating temperatures.


Installers are invited to take part in both consultations. Reponses must be received by 17:00, Monday 29 June 2020.

Consultation documents:

Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water in Dwellings Qualification

Heat Pump Training Course Criteria Consultation

The Heating Industry Coalition brings together the below industry groups.

Phil Hurley, Managing Director of NIBE Energy Systems said “As Vice-Chair of the Heat Pump Association, I am delighted that we have been able to work across the sector to develop these draft training criteria. Given the expected widespread uptake of heat pumps over the coming years, there has never been a better time for installers to consider upskilling and future proofing their businesses. I therefore urge all heating installers to respond to these consultations and get in touch with us at NIBE if they are interested in learning more about heat pump technology”.


  • The Committee on Climate Change has recommended that a widespread transformation from boilers to heat pumps and other low carbon heating systems will need to take place in the next 10-15 years; the industry bodies backing these criteria consider them essential to ensuring sufficient heating engineers are equipped with the necessary training and skills to bring about a challenging, but achievable acceleration of low carbon heating.

  • The criteria for the generic Low Temperature Heating course have been developed by the Chartered Institute of Heating and Plumbing Engineers, and for the Heat Pump course, by the Heat Pump Association, both in wide consultation with manufacturers, and other industry bodies.

  • The CIPHE and HPA will collate the responses for each set of criteria respectively, and finalise the criteria before submitting to Ofqual for approval and inclusion in the relevant Competent Persons Schemes. It is expected the first training courses being run to these criteria will be available by the end of 2020.

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