Both Daikin and ICS/DeLonghi have launched heat pump based engineer training schemes, in a sign that the industry is gearing up for the forthcoming Renewable Heat Incentives (RHIs) – available from mid-2011.
The schemes are aimed at building up engineer knowledge of installation and commissioning, selection and application.
ICS/DeLonghi Approved Partner Prorgramme (APP) training course is aimed at specifiers and installers who wish to provide heat pumps in both domestic and commercial properties.
It’s also Logic Accredited, providing a demonstratable level of competency when applying for MCS installer accreditation (£295).
Furthermore, APP provides marketing, field based technical support and updated info to its trained engineers.
Daikin’s training programme includes four specific product based courses - based on the companies Alterma range - as well as providing marketing and ongoing information/industry updates, as well as on-site backup
Four courses are available covering subjects such as installation, commissioning, selection, application and servicing – all based on specific Daikin Altherma products. All come at a charge, however this is refunded on the first purchase of a Daikin heat pump.
Designed to “raise standards, set industry benchmarks and help you develop both products and expertise,” there are five regional centres – Glasgow, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and Woking – available to train at, as well as a affiliated colleges.
RHIs are seen in some quarters as the stimulus to take heat pumps to a wider audience, and manufacturers are keen not to be left behind.
A total of £850m is being made available over the spending period, which the Government hopes will drive a ten-fold increase of renewable heat over the coming decade.
Garry Broadbent, director at ICS, which has teamed up with DeLonghi to produce its Approved Partner Scheme, says: “Our hope is that the RHI will spur on the demand for heat pumps long-term, creating enough awareness to kick on after the subsidy dies off.”
It’s predicted that sales will account for 50,000 units by 2015
Daikin, who recently launched its Business Support Programme, believes the market will double in the first year with the advent of RHI.
Pippa Wibberley, Daikin’s commercial director of heating, says: “The combination of RHIs and the policy on new build social housing shows that the Government has made a clear commitment to green technology. The traditional heating market is now changing.”