Course Content

The training and assessment have been designed to provide the necessary skills for the design, installation, testing, commissioning, handover, servicing and fault-finding of ground and air source heat pump systems in accordance with the latest NOS/QCF criteria and MCS scheme requirements.

Day 1

  • Fundamental working principles of heat pump systems
  • Fundamental requirements of building location/building features for the potential to install heat pump systems
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Typical advantages and disadvantages of heat pump systems
  • Health and safety risks and safe systems of work
  • Requirements of relevant regulations/standards relating to practical installation, testing and commissioning
  • Activities for heat pump installation work

Day 2

  • Fundamental principles of heat pump selection and system design
  • Fundamental design principles for ground source ‘closed loop’ heat pump collector circuit design and component sizing
  • Layouts of ‘open loop’ water-filled heat pump collector circuits
  • Fundamental air source heat pump design consideration
  • Preparatory work required for heat pump installations
  • Installation, testing, commissioning and handover requirements
  • Planning and preparation for the installation of heat pumps (non-refrigerant circuits)
  • Requirements for routine service and maintenance
  • Diagnosing and rectifying faults

Day 3

  • Heat loss design calculations for domestic dwellings
  • Calculation of hot water requirements and determination of storage vessel sizing
  • Improving insulation levels to minimise heat loss through building fabric and optimised heat pump choices
  • Calculating energy output from traditional radiators to take into account the lower level of energy generated by heat pumps
  • Theory and Practical assessment to practical installation, testing and commissioning
  • Activities for heat pump installation work

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