installer training

Funded installer training for low carbon heat technologies

A training and support scheme has been launched to help existing building services engineers gain the qualifications and certifications required to become a low carbon heat installer and meet the requirements of the Green Homes Grant. The training and support scheme is the Renewable Heat Installer Training & Support Scheme (RHITSS).

What is the RHITSS?

The RHITSS is a package of support for companies looking to install solar thermal, air and ground source heat pumps. It is designed to provide a financial incentive and make the process of becoming a Green Homes Grant Scheme installer easier.

The RHITSS will help installers:

  • Access vouchers which cover up to 70% (depending on State Aid status) of the cost of training and the various certifications required,
  • Find suitable training providers,
  • Overcome the practical barriers to help individuals and small businesses become MCS and Trustmark registered.

The Scheme has been awarded backing from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through Midlands Energy Hub. Installers can register their interest at

Background to the Renewable Heat Installer Training & Support Scheme (RHITSS)

Building services training provider, GTEC, in partnership with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), has won an almost £1M bid to help existing tradespeople access discounted training in heat pumps and solar thermal, in order to meet the demand presented by the Green Homes Grant Scheme (GHGS).

BPEC and LCL Awards will provide several training locations at their centres throughout the UK to support the rollout of the heavily funded courses.

Adrian Simpson, HIES Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, comments:

“We fully support the RHITSS and believe that this will be of great interest to installers. Some installers may be put off being part of the Green Homes Grant Scheme because of the registration process or because they require training and the RHITSS is an excellent way to help installers through the process.”

Installers who take part in the RHITSS will be given the choice of having HIES as their consumer code of practice. To register interest your interest, please click here.