HETAS has launched an updated range of solid fuel and biomass training courses which feature new modular formats, along with improved theory and practical assessments.
The format of the courses has been revised to meet the latest industry needs and standards, and the courses have been developed by HETAS working alongside industry stakeholders.
The launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has increased demand for HETAS training, particularly for the biomass course. Last year there was a 40% increase in the number of candidates attending HETAS training courses, compared to the previous 12 months. As the only competent person scheme specialising in solid fuel and biomass, HETAS offers a wide range of courses from an introduction to solid fuel through to the more advanced stove and biomass installer training and chimney system training.
Commenting on the figures, HETAS Chief Executive, Bruce Allen, said ‘the solid fuel and biomass sector is growing, no doubt as a result of impetus from the RHI. We are constantly reviewing and revising our courses to meet demand, and as well as catering for the solid fuel industry we also offer a range of courses suitable for gas and oil installers who are looking to expand their skills and offer biomass to their customers.’
Refresher training is also proving popular, with new legislation requiring that from June 2014 anyone registered with a competent person scheme must have up-to-date training qualifications. That means they must have attended either a training course or a refresher course within the last five years. In total there are 20 HETAS approved training centres in the UK and Ireland, with plans already in place for more centres in the UK and Ireland, to meet increasing demand.
Find out more about the range of HETAS solid fuel and biomass courses at www.hetas.co.uk/training.