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Government Funding available for Heat Pump Training in Scotland

11th Jan.

Are you a heating engineer interested in installing heat pumps? 

The Scottish Government's MCS Certification fund provides a grant to heating engineers interested in heat pump installation to become MCS certified on heat pump installation!

The grant will pay up to 75%, up to a maximum of £1000 of the certification fees and will run until funds run out or until the end of March 2024 - whatever comes first. So it's best to get booked in while this is still available!

Our Air Source Heat Pump Course (LCL Awards Level 3 Award in the Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps) is MCS Approved and would enable registration with MCS for work under the scope of MIS 3005-I (The Heat Pump Standard - Installation).

Those wishing to design installations (MIS3005-D (The Heat Pump Standard - Design)) would need to complete further training in addition to this qualification, such as the LCL Awards Level 3 Award in Low-Temperature Heating and Hot Water Systems in Dwellings, which we offer in our Kirkintilloch training centre!

A changing landscape

In Scotland, we will see big changes in how we heat our homes and buildings in the next few years. Low and Zero-emission systems such as heat pumps will become more and more common with the goal of reducing the use of fossil fuels in mind.

This will be a huge job - we're talking over 2 million homes and 100,000 non-domestic buildings that need to switch by 2045. And by 2030, half of our homes, over a million households, need a low-carbon heating system.

There's going to be a huge demand for Scottish businesses working in low carbon and energy efficiency. The Scottish Government is funding to help heating system installers switch from fossil fuel boiler installs to low carbon systems such as heat pumps.

Who can apply to the MCS Certification Fund?

To apply for the MCS Certification fund, you must:

  • Be a small/medium enterprise in accordance with European Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC (i.e. with less than 250 full-time equivalent employees and a turnover not exceeding £42 million) and/or a balance sheet total not exceeding £36 million
  • Have at least one registered office in Scotland.
  • Carry out heating installations in Scotland.
  • Not currently already MCS certified for any heat pump technology.

Find out the steps to become MCS certified and more information on the MCS Certification fund at:

MCS Certification Fund

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