Late last year, the Prime Minister laid out a Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, complete with a well-documented commitment to see 600,000 heat pumps installed in homes per year by 2028. Now over half a year later, we are continuing to see a steady rise in conversations around the need to shift away from the fossil fuel boiler and towards low carbon heat pumps, which are already available and ready to go. One thing that isn’t quite ready, however, is the installer base – with a limited number of installers currently trained and ready to install heat pumps.
Getting to Grips with Heat Pump Technology
As Head of Installer Development at NIBE Energy Systems, I’d encourage all heating installers working in the industry to get to grips with heat pump technology as soon as possible to ensure that they are ready to deliver the greener homes and buildings the UK needs to meet net zero. Those currently installing traditional systems already understand the fundamentals of heating, so it’s just a case of adding to the list of skills they’ve already gained through their careers so far.
Becoming a Certified Heat Pump Installer with NIBE Pro
Installers can now learn all there is to know about heat pump technology through NIBE’s streamlined installer partnership scheme, which brings all the aspects of the heat pump certification journey under one umbrella to ensure the journey is as straight forward as possible. Designed to guide and assist installers throughout the training process, NIBE Pro allows installers to continuously develop and progress over time, unlocking a rewarding career path well into the future – with the added bonus of the training costs being fully redeemable through the NIBE Pro voucher scheme.
Installer Knowledge is Key to the Low Carbon Transition
Accredited heat pump installers have a vital role to play in the decarbonisation of heat on the road to net zero. This will not just come through the installation of low carbon heating systems into homes up and down Britain but also through the knowledge and advice they can share with customers around the benefits the technology has to offer. Sure, installers need to understand how to install heat pumps to roll them out into homes, but it’s equally important that they understand how the technology works in order to recommend it to the masses.
Route to Becoming a NIBE Pro
The journey to becoming a heat pump installer begins with the basics.
To become a NIBE Pro, you will first need to complete the following NIIBE Pro Training Course Package:
For those new to the world of heat pumps, gaining an understanding of the different types of heat pump technology is an essential starting point. For those looking for some initial insight into the different types of heat pumps, the key aspects of Air Source and Ground Source Heat Pumps are summarised below.
The Basics – Air Source and Ground Source Heat Pumps
Air Source and Ground Source Heat Pumps both use naturally occurring thermal energy to provide renewable heating and hot water but the heat source and set up requirements are fundamentally different. Much like the names suggest, Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) use low grade heat stored in the soil, while Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) absorb heat from the air. While the basis of the technology is the same, the different heat source makes for very different setups and requirements, with GSHP installations needing outside space suitable for digging, and more work in terms of planning and labour – making them an ideal solution for new developments where groundworks are already taking place.
Getting to grips with the key differences between the two systems is a fundamental part of the training process, but it need not be daunting. Following the completion of the NIBE Pro Training Course Package, installers are then guided through the process to MCS and TrustMark certification, receiving hands on support with the design and commissioning of their first NIBE heat pump system.