What do the candidates think – Making use of your RHI voucher

Logic4training speaks to solar thermal candidate, Tom Hunisett at our Luton centre about the Renewable heat incentive (RHI) voucher scheme and getting into the world of Renewable energy.

Tom started his Renewables training with Logic4training in April. He is the first candidate to receive an RHI Training support voucher. Tom, who works for TSG building services, talks about how he got into Renewables, what he thinks about the scheme and his excitement at prospect of a bright and lucrative future for engineers making use of the scheme.

 

With the domestic RHI launch a couple of weeks ago, many installers and central heating services (like TSG) are predicting a big up take in biomass boilers, solar thermals and heat pumps within the home.

If you have a voucher contact us and get your renewable energy training sorted! Call us on 020 8845 7222

Big spring discounts on heating and electrical courses

Spring has sprung and we’re feeling generous, offering 20% off a range of gas, electrical and oil courses at our Northolt and Basildon centres.

Basildon bargains:

20% off Commercial Changeover, 19 – 27 May, perfect for domestic engineers looking to up-skill into the commercial gas arena.

20% OFF OFT50 Oil New Entrant at our Basildon centre, 19 – 23 May, a new entrants’ course for candidates interested in a career in oil heating.

Northolt discounts:

20% OFF C & G 2382, 17th Edition Wiring Regulations, 12 – 14 May, essential for anyone needing to join a Part P Competent Persons Scheme.

20% OFF C & G 2377, PAT Testing, 15 & 16 May, for electricians who wish to carry out the inspection and testing of in-service electrical equipment.

 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get 20% off this great range of courses – book now by calling 020 8845 7222. Or contact us.

 

Massive 35% off 17th Edition Wiring Regulations training

Are you an electrician? Do you need the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations to join a Part P Competent Persons Scheme? We’re offering a whopping 35% off the 17th edition wiring training course taking place at our Luton centre from the 28th to the 30th April.

About 17th Edition training

The City & Guilds 2382-12 17th Edition Wiring Regulations course is for experienced electricians and those requiring a working knowledge of the British Standard BS7671:2008 (2011) (17th Edition Wiring Regulations.)

You don’t need any specific qualifications to attend the course, but some experience of electrical installations is essential. Training takes place in the classroom and at the end of the course you’ll complete a two hour, online assessment, in the format of multiple choice questions.

You’ll need a copy of the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations which you can buy from our online shop, Logic4trade. Click here to purchase your copy.

An essential course for electricians, this is a great opportunity to complete 17th Edition Wiring training at a considerable discount. Call us now to book – 0845 845 7222, or enquire online.

17th Edition Wiring course details:

Where? Logic4training’s Luton centre

When? 28th – 30th April

Discount? 35% off!

Why the Frack should I care about Domestic RHI

On the 9th April 2014 the UK Government Launched the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI). This is a financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat (such as: Solar thermal biomass boilers, ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps) essentially promoting the use of renewable energy in the home in an effort to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint.

“People who join the scheme and stick to its rules, receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat their system produces.” Ofgem

Great news right, this means the more self-sufficient and green you are the more you benefit and hopefully, the more money you save.

So if we are trying to reduce our carbon footprint, rely less on gas and other fossil fuels why is the government so insistent on Fracking?

 

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You may have seen the documentary, “Gas land” which highlights the environmental damage of Fracking in the USA. It became infamous for its scenes involving homeowners setting their tap water on fire.

Although there is still a lack of clear cut evidence that Fracking is a threat to the environment, reports of air and water pollution persist, as well as links to tremors and minor earthquakes. The apparent effects on the people living near Fracking sites are also hard to ignore with the drinking water poisoning some of the populationThis cannot be a coincidence.

David Cameron is still adamant that it is the way to go (see this BBC news article from January) which leads to the confusion regarding the true value of the domestic RHI scheme.

If our government is still promoting the use of gas extracted in, potentially, the most environmentally unsound way, why should we bother spending money on making our homes green? If our government won’t take the lead and focus on clean, renewable energy why should we?

 

Why should we care?

 

After the recent reports that inaction on climate change has become catastrophic, we all need to care. That means everyone, homeowners, business owners, politicians, corporations, EVERYONE!

The Domestic RHI scheme may seem like a small step but it is a small step in the right direction and, if it works, will see homes become miniature, self-sufficient power stations.

Villages like Balcombe will hopefully become common place, proof that affirmative action and the power of community can still make a difference.

Surely looking after our environment, so our descendants can breathe clean air and enjoy nature, is the most important responsibility we have as human beings?

The evidence to support man made climate change is now overwhelming. Education and training is now the key to changing the public’s attitude on green issues and the importance of clean renewable energy.

 

Renewable energy training courses

We want to be a part of the solution. Logic4training offers a variety of courses for engineers wishing to move into the renewables sector (Here)

If the Domestic RHI scheme takes off, which we all hope it does, demand for engineers specialising Solar thermal, heat pumps and biomass (a course we’re launching soon) will increase.

If you have an RHI training support voucher you can use it with Logic4training to save money on any of our renewable courses as well as the prerequisite courses.

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Domestic RHI is launched!

After much anticipation, the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been launched today (9th April 2014), offering homeowners payments to offset the cost of installing solar thermal, heat pump and biomass technologies.

Applications are open now, so installers looking to help their customers take advantage of the domestic RHI can start the ball rolling. The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat, and is open to everyone – home owners, social and private landlords, and people who build their own homes.

Technologies covered:

  • Heat pumps: Both ground and air source. As air source heat pumps are likely to be the most popular technology, suitable for most homes, we’ve launched an air source only heat pump course. Click here for details.
  • Solar thermal hot water: Suitable for almost any property with a sunny roof, evacuated tube panels and liquid filled plate panels are both covered by the domestic RHI.
  • Biomass: Wood fuelled heating running on pellets, chips or logs. We’re launching a biomass training course in the coming months. Contact us for more information.

Only one space heating system is allowed per property but homeowners can apply for solar thermal and a space heating system.

The guaranteed payments are made quarterly over seven years for households in England, Wales and Scotland. (Northern Ireland has its own RHI scheme). The scheme is designed to bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuel heat sources and renewable heat alternatives.

To apply for the domestic RHI and find out more, visit: www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-renewable-heat-incentive

Logic4training delivers solar thermal and heat pump training (including our new air source only heat pump course). To find out about these and our other renewable training programmes, click here.

Want to train for less? Vouchers are still available under the RHI Training Support scheme, with prerequisite courses now also covered. Click here for more information.

Apply for vouchers at www.rhitraining.co.uk.

 

 

Registering your Hot Water Systems & Safety qualification

The Hot Water Systems & Safety (HWSS) course is aimed at experienced heating and plumbing engineers and must be updated every five years, allowing successful candidates to self-certificate work covered by Approved Document G. The course is also a prerequisite for solar thermal hot water training.

Registering Hot Water Systems & Safety (HWSS) qualification

Once you’ve achieved your qualification you need to register it, plus make sure the work you carry out in accordance with HWSS is certified.

Existing gas engineers: If you are a gas engineer you need to let the Gas Safe Register know you’ve achieved the qualification, you may have to supply them with the certificate.

Once you have installed a hot water cylinder as part of a boiler installation, then Gas Safe Register can notify Local Authority building control on your behalf – a legal requirement. Simply go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk/engineers, log in and visit the ‘Notifications’ area.

Competent Persons Scheme members: Members of other CPS’; such as OFTEC, NIC, APHC, NAPIT or MCS; need to let their relevant body know. Those looking to join a CPS should apply under the installation of hot water cylinders, Part J & G.

About HWSS

Hot Water Systems & Safety replaces the unvented hot water course, including the 2010 revision to the G3 Building Regulations, for both vented and unvented systems.

For information on the changes to the G3 Building Regulations, click here.

Course content includes:

  • Installation and safety
  • Regulations, standards and guidelines
  • Theory of hot water expansion
  • Principles of hot water storage
  • Design considerations
  • Components and function
  • Safety controls, discharge and integration
  • Maintenance and servicing

Suitable candidates must be experienced in the installation of domestic hot and cold vented and unvented water systems and hold one Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) recognised competencies in a conventional fuel (such as gas or oil). For those operating in the plumbing sector, NVQ Level 2 or equivalent qualification/experience is required.

Need HWSS to do Solar Thermal Hot Water?

The RHI Training Support Voucher scheme is now providing funding for prerequisite courses. For more information, click here.

For more information about the HWSS course, click here, or call 0845 845 7222.

RHI Training Vouchers – prerequisite courses now qualify!

Do you want to become a renewable installer and take advantage of the domestic RHI? Are you missing the prerequisite qualifications needed to take part in appropriate training?

Good news! The RHI Training Support Voucher Scheme has agreed to contribute to the cost of these pre-requisite courses, such as Water Regulations (WRAS), Unvented Hot Water and Energy Efficiency for Domestic Heating, providing an incentive to ‘go green’ for even more building services engineers.

From Monday 24th March, if a candidate has not already undertaken training they can request funding to help contribute to any prerequisites.

HOW IT WORKS: If a candidate has a voucher they can apply for the remaining balance of a voucher (which is capped at £500) to be used on prerequisite courses. So, if the Voucher value is £415, they can apply for £85 to go towards this training.

Please note: the funding will be for a maximum of 75% of the course cost.

Prerequisites for solar thermal:

Prerequisites for heat pumps (air or ground source)

HOW TO APPLY: Contact your training provider (i.e. us!) who will fill out the necessary form.

Vouchers and subsequent prerequisite support is subject to funding, available on a first come, first serve basis so make sure you apply for a voucher now at www.rhitraining.co.uk.

For more information about prerequisite courses and the voucher scheme in general, contact us.

New air source ONLY heat pump course now available

We’ve launched a new Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) only course, meeting customer demand for training in the heat pump most relevant to the majority of installers and end users. A QCF Level 3 qualification, the course meets the latest MCS requirements.

Air source and ground source heat pumps (GSHP) are usually covered in one course, but recent comments from engineers revealed that many do not go on to deliver GSHPs; a technology best suited to large domestic properties with extensive land and customers with a sizeable budget.

Launched just in time for the introduction of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), the new three day QCF Level 3 qualification will focus solely at the specification, survey, design and installation of domestic and small commercial ASHPs.

Mark Krull, Director at Logic4training explained: “Through our new air source heat pump only course, we are giving installers the opportunity to choose which technology they would like to specialise in, ensuring best use of their time and money.

“Thanks to the domestic RHI, ASHP popularity is set to soar; they are generally one of the more widely used renewable technologies because of their suitability for properties of various sizes, plus they deliver impressive fuel and efficiency.”

The new course covers systems with a designed heat output up to 45kWth and includes:

  • Regulations and guidance
  • Principles of ASHP operation
  • Collector types and heat distribution
  • Design and sizing
  • Pre-installation requirements
  • Materials and methods
  • Commissioning, servicing and fault-finding

The new course is also covered by the RHI Training Support Voucher scheme, meaning installers can get a sizeable discount of the cost of this and other heat-based renewable training available through Logic4training – 75% or £500 off the price. Vouchers are still available at the time of writing but funding is running out fast, visit www.rhitraining.co.uk to apply.

Assessment is both practical and written. The course does not cover filling, evacuation or breaking of the refrigerants circuits; this should only be carried out by a qualified refrigeration engineer.

For more information, call us on: 0845 845 7222

 

 

New gas flue legislation – are you geared up?

As of April 2014, installers will be legally required to record levels of flue has carbon monoxide (CO) and the combustion ratio when commissioning condensing boilers.

Part of new Benchmark Commissioning Checklists, this new requirement is designed to protect installers by proving that they have left an appliance running safely and efficiently. There are fears, however, that many operatives are unaware of the new rules and that this now a legal obligation.

The legislation follows concerns arising from a very small number of CO incidents involving newly-commissioning condensing boilers. The concerns have led the Heating and Hot water Industry Council (HHIC) to work alongside manufacturers, and other industry organisations, to develop a means of checking and recording CO levels and combustion ratio (CO/CO2) in the boiler flue gases, as part of the commissioning process.

To complete the flue gas test to the new required standard, installers will need a BS 7967 specified electronic combustion gas analyser with a valid calibration certificate. As part of the new Benchmark Commissioning Checklists, the legislation requires the installer to leave the completed checklist with the boiler.

It has also been recommended that installers advise customers to fit a CO detector with an audible alarm in their homes, in addition to an annual service; something that is already mandatory in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Full background details of the legislation can be found here.

For installers needing to refresh or familiarise themselves on CO and CO2 safety, we offer:

Click here for more information.

Looking to purchase a flue gas analyser? Visit our shop, Logic4trade.

Government crack down on incompetent electricians

The government is looking to crackdown on ‘incompetent’ electricians amid reports that people’s lives are being put at risk by poorly trained engineers, with just ‘a few weeks’ training.

The Communities and Local Government Committee is calling for tougher rules to be imposed on those deemed ‘competent’ to sign off as work as safe and legal. Evidence has come to light that some operatives had done little more than a two-hour open book exam before going on to carry out domestic electrical work, while some had simply completed a ‘five-week wonder’ course advertised on the internet.

Recommendations from the committee include that within five years training, no-one should be allowed to carry out the electrical work covered by building regulations without an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent qualification and “significant period of supervised on-the-job training.”

It has also been suggested that during this period, a limit should be set on the number of jobs each ‘competent person’ could be responsible for approving, as well as renewed calls for the industry to produce a single register of electricians covered by all the competent persons schemes – something that has been promised by the summer.

The committee presented evidence of ‘patchy enforcement’ by local councils undermining the system and little, if any, evidence to back government moves to tighten the work covered under the regulations.

Chairman of the committee, Clive Betts, commented: “Somebody whose only electrical qualification is that they have attended a five-week training course simply should not be re-wiring houses. Yet this is what we were told is happening.

“The person in the home wants to know that the person arriving on the doorstep is a qualified electrician.

“The current system does not guarantee this. Rather, it can brand the incompetent as competent.”

Click here for the full list of our electrical courses.