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The Government is aiming to publish a Heat and Buildings Strategy later this year, which will set out the actions for reducing emissions from buildings. 

This will include prioritisation of energy efficiency measures and low carbon heating as part of an ambitious programme of work required to enable key strategic decisions on how mass transition to low-carbon heat is achieved and will set the UK on a path to decarbonising all homes and buildings.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is currently undertaking work to understand the existing skills base within the UK heating industry and the mechanisms required for increasing the number of low carbon heating installers.

The expected increase in deployment of heat pumps in forthcoming years will require a significant increase in the number of trained, high quality installers. This will likely require a robust training framework that will future proof installers with a high level of skill to install heat pumps.

The CIPHE has been leading on a future of heat decarbonisation education whilst supporting and engaging with government on its future heat policies. The group is unique as it is technology agnostic with a complete mix of technology expertise from heat pumps and boilers to low temperature heat emitters, such as underfloor heating. The group has been engaging with industry and installers to create the core competences required for a Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water Systems in Dwellings course and are now carrying out a wider consultation to further seek opinion from installers and industry.

The regulated qualification is designed to upskill installers and to act as a prerequisite before installing a low temperature heating system for all heat source technology. The course will cover the design of low temperature heating systems including heat loss, heat emitters, pipe and pump sizing and domestic hot water storage to name a few.

Following the consultation, the group will be continuing to map out and design a new innovative set of digital training material and tools to assist the installer of the future.

This consultation has been developed alongside a new Heat Pump Training Course, which is also now out for consultation. A link to this partner consultation will be shown at the end of this survey. 

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback as part of this consultation. The course criteria for the initial course is laid out in the the document here.

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Proposed new training route 

Proposed new training route 

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* 1. What is the primary line of business for your company?

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* 2. How many employees does the company that you work for have?

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* 3. How are old are you?

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* 4. What is the most common heat source technology that you install?

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* 5. What is the second most common heat source technology that you install?

To answer the below questions, you will need to download and read the consultation Qualification Specification here

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* 6. Do you agree with the need for a core Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water in Dwellings qualification  as a prerequisite for installing low temperature heating and hot water systems?

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* 7. How could the core Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water in Dwellings qualification be adopted as a prerequisite for installing low temperature heating and hot water systems? (please select all that apply)

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* 8. Do you agree with the prior qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience required to undertake the course?

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* 9. Overall, how would you rate the content proposed for the Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water in Dwellings course?

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* 10. Is there any content that you think needs adding, removing or adjusting within the course bear in mind these are overarching core competences?

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* 11. Do you agree with the course duration being 2 days including the assessment? Some of which may be undertaken online.

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* 12. Do you agree with the need for an industry standardised set of up to date high quality digital tools to support the course and the installer to design a correct low temperature heating and hot water system?

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* 13. Do you agree that being supplied a full set of endorsed and standardised industry design tools would encourage you to attend the course?

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* 14. Do you agree that the course should also cover consumer engagement within to ensure the needs of the property and consumer are met?

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* 15. How likely are you to attend this course?

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* 16. What would make you more likely to attend this course?

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* 17. As the UK moves towards meeting the net zero targets and the decarbonisation of heating in the future , do you agree with the need for a low carbon installer skills card?

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* 18. Do you have any additional comments you would like to make?

Thank you for completing the survey, we really appreciate your feedback. 

If you have not already done so, please also complete the Heat Pump Training Course Criteria Consultation Survey.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HeatPumpTraining

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