Biomass Training gets mapped

HETAS training mapped against national standards

NSAETHETAS has become the first organisation to successfully map biomass assessments against National Occupational Standards (NOS). This means that biomass installer training will be available through HETAS’s nationwide network of Approved Training Centres, some of which are approved with the Summit Skills.

Commenting on the announcement, Bruce Allen, chief executive officer from HETAS, said: “This is fantastic news. It means that skilled heating engineers who might be working on gas or oil can easily add biomass to their qualifications. As well as becoming a biomass partner with the National Skills Academy, HETAS is the only organisation to have biomass training mapped against NOS.  This confirms our position as the specialists for solid fuel and biomass training and registration.”

The HETAS H005 biomass installer course covers appliances up to around 70kW and enables installers to carry out feasibility studies, professionally advise customers on fuel types, storage options, system design and installation specification. Successful completion of the H005 course means HETAS registrants can extend their scope of registration with HETAS on their Competent Persons registration scheme. The course can also be used as part of the criteria for approval with HETAS as an approved Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) installer for biomass.

The National Skills Academy provides training through its partners in the design, installation and maintenance of renewable technologies and energy efficiency measures. Around 100 training centres across England and Wales are currently accredited under the Academy’s banner, delivering a range of courses to meet individual competence requirements within Competent Persons schemes such as that run by HETAS.

All those who train with the National Skills Academy will learn the skills required to become MCS accredited. Using MCS accredited installers can offer customers access to grants under the future domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI) and the Government’s new Green Deal initiative. With 90% of funding from the commercial RHI directed to biomass, installers should be prepared to take advantage of grants under the forthcoming domestic RHI. For more information on the MCS installer scheme with HETAS contact us on 01684 278170 or click here to email.

National Skills Academy

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies has been approved by Government to deliver low carbon and renewables training for businesses in related industries. Prior to the National Skills Academy there was little standardisation in the sector, with candidates running the risk of attending courses that didn’t meet the requirements of schemes such as the Green Deal, while leaving end users open to unskilled trades people.

The Academy currently consists of 22 lead training organisations (hubs) supported by over 100 other training providers, located nationwide. For more information, visit Summit Skills.

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