​NIBE moves to bridge industry training gap


15 September 2017
NIBE Energy Systems believes it has provided a solution for an industry training gap with the creation of a specialised course at one of its training and education centres.

NIBE has launched its British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC) heat pump course, an industry recognised qualification which is required for installers to become or retain MCS accreditation at its training facility in Chesterfield.
Robin Adderley, Sales and Marketing Director at NIBE, said: “It had become apparent that installers were finding it more and more difficult to source this essential training, either to become newly qualified or to update their existing qualifications.

“As this plays a vital part in our sector of the plumbing and heating industry we decided to offer the course via our existing, well respected training centre to ensure the future of renewable heat pump systems was reinforced from an installer angle with the required support across the UK.”

The course, which allows installers to satisfy the growing demand for the installation of renewable energy heat pump systems in domestic and commercial settings, will allow installers to consolidate their ability to not only install, but also maintain, a variety of heat pump systems including ground source and air source, both of which continue to grow in popularity.

Growing demand
Candidates should ideally have in excess of five years’ experience in an associated field (plumbing or heating engineering) and a qualification which equates to NVQ Level 3 in plumbing, heating or engineering. However, the course is also available to those that are currently working towards such qualifications to allow them to gain specialised training in the newest sector of the industry.

Robin added: “Renewable energy heat pump systems are becoming increasingly popular and it is important that the correct training is given to heating installers to enable them to competently and professionally install these niche systems. 

“We take great pride in training and have NIBE VIP Installers that have undergone programmes on installing our own systems. To be able to support the industry by offering this additional course will place installers in a very strong position to be able to cope with the growing demand for heat pump systems competently, and with confidence.” 

NIBE’s BPEC Heat Pump Course will last place over three days at NIBE Chesterfield. It is suitable for existing BPEC holders who need to re-new and also new installers seeking the qualification for the first time. The latter is subject to qualifying conditions. The course costs £360 per person including VAT. Course dates incude 17-19 October and 14 -16 November.

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