NEF runs One Stop MCS a one day course which aims to assist installers with the MCS Certification process.
Delegates are supplied with a fully editable MCS Manual and the day will cover the 19 steps required within MCS001 for Quality Management.
Apart from this course NEF does not run renewable energy training with a focus on installers. We are however, aware of a number of other organisations
Listed below is the installer training
that NEF is aware of, listed by technology. Please
note that this list is not exhaustive and that
exclusion from this list does not imply criticism
and inclusion does not indicate endorsement. If
you run accredited renewable energy training courses for
installers or training on your renewable energy products and consider you ought to be included
on this page, please contact Sandra Hayes or 01908 354535.
BPEC run a course developed in conjunction with the
Solar Trade Association aimed at already qualified or
experienced domestic heating engineers and plumbers.
The course usually takes approximately 2-3 days to complete
including theory, practical and assessment.
are a number of assessment centres that run the BPEC
approved course and they can be found following the
Logic Certification offer a course in Solar Thermal
Domestic Hot Water which was developed in collaboration with NEF and STA. The course is delivered within 2-3 days and includes both a written and practical assessment.
Both the BPEC
and the Logic Certification courses can assist in achieving
recognition under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) which is required to
gain access to Government support initiatives for microgeneration
e.g the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Source Heat Pumps (GSHP)
BPEC has a training course in Ground
Source Heat Pumps developed in conjunction with the Ground Source Heat Pump Association and a number of manufacturers .
Logic Certification offer a Heat Pump course that covers both air and ground source and is approved by the GSHPA.
NICEIC also run courses on Heat Pumps, Solar Thermal and Solar PV through training centres such as Renewtech.
HETAS is the official body recognised by government to
approve solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels
and services. In association with the Solid
Fuel Association HETAS operates a registration
scheme and training for heating engineers with special skills in
the installation and maintenance of solid fuel heating
The Centre for Alternative Technology offers a 5 day course on Biomass: Wood Fuel for Domestic Heating.
the North East's Woodland Initiative run Ignite training, a one day course on firewood production .
& Guilds have develloped 2399-01 City & Guilds level 2 Award in Environmental Technology Systems Awareness;. 2399-11 City & Guilds level 3 Award in the installation of Small Scale Solar Photovoltaic Systems and 2399-12 City & Guilds level 3 Award in the installation and maintenance of Small Scale Solar Photovoltaic Systems (to replace the Certificate in Installating and Testing Domestic PV Systems 2372). These courses are offered at a number of City & Guilds approved training centres.
Logic Certification offer a 3 day Solar PV course which is accepted by the MCS registration schemes.
Loughborough University run a five day Wind Power Summer School each year and the Centre for Alternative Technology runs a six day course. In
addition, a number of companies run courses specific
to the installation of one manufacturer's turbine -
for example: Proven and Iskra.
Page last updated: 20th June 2011