Rhodes heads new Unitherm training centre


16 September 2021
Unitherm training manager Steve Rhodes

Air source heat pump distributor Unitherm Heating Systems has appointed Steve Rhodes as training manager at its new training centre in Exeter.

Rhodes has worked within the renewables industry since 2008 when he worked as a training officer and helped develop and launch the first level 3 national qualification award heat pump course within the UK. In 2012 he started his own renewables business as a training provider and MCS consultant before working as a project manager for heat pump installations. 

Unitherm Heating Systems has made a significant investment in providing a training centre at its base in Exeter with the aim of providing a relaxed learning environment. The company says it is committed to boosting the numbers of installers in the UK capable of installing air source heat pumps as demand for heat pumps continues to grow.

“We’re aiming to be a bit different to your run-of-the-mill training set ups,” says Rhodes. “The venue is perfect for this training – starting with free parking and lunch and refreshments included. But more importantly the exam fees are included in the cost of the course, there is no additional payment required, and all learning materials are included in the course fee.

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The training centre aims to give installers practical experience

"We have three fully operational air source heat pumps installed in the centre including a split system, so installers can get to grips with the real thing – not just look at pictures with arrows! It’s hands-on training in a dedicated centre that is light and comfortable... and air conditioned if required!”

The courses available include a four-day course on Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps – LCL Awards Level 3 Award (National Certification). There are pre-requisite qualifications required for entry to the Logic ASHP course and, if these have lapsed or the candidate doesn’t hold them, then he or she can renew at the training centre.

Unitherm says it has put together an experienced team with technical, installation, sales and project management skills to share with candidates and, once they are confident with heat pump installation, they can offer manufacturer training courses to get them up to speed on particular models. Fees for manufacturer courses undertaken will be credited back to the installers for use against future Unitherm purchases.