The Heat Training Grant Explained Written by Josh Jackman Updated on 29 August 2023 ✔ The Heat Training Grant gives engineers £500 discounts on training courses✔ The £5 million scheme should help to train 10,000 new heat pump installers✔ 38 training providers all over England are qualified to offer the discountHeat pumps are a crucial part of reaching net zero, and they’re increasing in popularity – but not quickly enough.One of the main reasons behind this is the lack of trained installers, which is why the government has introduced the Heat Training Grant.This scheme allows some providers to offer massively discounted rates on heat pump and heat network training programmes, which will make them more affordable for new engineers.If you’d like to get a heat pump, fill in this quick form with a few details, and we’ll put you in touch with local experts who’ll give you free heat pump quotes. What type of central heating do you currently use? Gas boiler Electric boiler Oil boiler Other / not sure Get started What’s on this page? 01 What is the Heat Training Grant? 02 Who is eligible for the Heat Training Grant? 03 How do you apply for the Heat Training Grant? 04 How much will you pay with the Heat Training Grant? 05 Can you get extra support on top of the Heat Training Grant? 06 Why was the Heat Training Grant created? 07 Will the Heat Training Grant be a success? 08 Next steps 09 FAQs What is the Heat Training Grant?The Heat Training Grant is a government grant of up to £500 that engineers in England can use to subsidise short heat network and heat pump training courses.The government said it hopes the scheme will run until March 2025The grant was created to increase the number of engineers who are able to install eco-friendly domestic heating systems, like heat networks (which are also known as district heating) and heat pumps.With an initial investment of £5 million, it should train 10,000 heating engineers. Who is eligible for the Heat Training Grant?Almost all trainees in England will be eligible for the Heat Training Grant.You can qualify if:You’re a sole trader, unemployed, or employed by a company with 250 (or fewer) employeesEither you or the company that employs you are certified by a competent person scheme for heating and hot water installations, like APHC, BESCA, Blue Flame Certification, NICEIC, Gas Safe Register, HETAS, NAPIT, OFTEC, or StromaThe government hasn’t given you or the company that employs you grants totalling more than £315,000 in the past three yearsIf you’re not certain that you fulfil all these requirements, ask one of the training providers that offer the grant.All eligible courses are short and targeted at trainees who have previous experience in heating, construction, and/or building. How do you apply for the Heat Training Grant?You don’t need to apply for the Heat Training Grant.Providers entered a competition to secure government funding that now enables them to offer courses with a Heat Training Grant discount.You can take advantage of the Heat Training Grant by registering for a relevant course with any of the 38 training providers offering courses with the grant’s discount.This list includes plenty of educational institutions, as well as manufacturing powerhouses like Baxi, Daikin, and Worcester Bosch.Courses are available all over the country – from the north-east to the south-west – so you should have no trouble finding one near you.Which heat training providers can you use?You can use any of the 38 companies offering a valid Heat Training Grant course.Check out the list below to see which educational and corporate organisations have qualified.Organisations offering Heat Training Grant coursesAccess Training AcademiesActivate Trade Training LtdAlpha Building Services Engineering LtdBarnet and Southgate CollegeBaxi UKChichester College GroupCity of London CollegeDaikin Air Conditioning UK LtdEssex Skills CentreExeter CollegeGrant Engineering UK LtdGRE Training LtdHampshire Training and AssessmentsHerts Energy LtdIdeal HeatingIgnite Gas trainingLogic4TrainingLondon Gas Training CentreLow Carbon Exchange Training LtdNAPIT TrainingNIBE Energy SystemsOFTECOptimum Energy Solutions LtdOptions SkillsSert Training LtdSpecialist Gas Assessment Services LtdStaffordshire Training Services LimitedStede AssociatesSteve Willis Training CentresThe Focus Training Group (SW) LtdThe Quantum Group LtdThe Sheffield CollegeThe Trafford College GroupThe Windsor Forest Colleges GroupUnitherm UK LtdUniversal Skills CentreViva TrainingWorcester Bosch How much will you pay with the Heat Training Grant?You’ll pay as little as nothing if you choose a course that uses the Heat Training Grant.Prices range from free up to £450, with most courses costing around £200 after the grant’s £500 discount.The exact amount you pay will depend on the course you choose, and which provider you go with.We’d recommend looking at all the providers in your area, and making a choice based on their respective prices and reputations. Can you get extra support on top of the Heat Training Grant?Certain heat pump manufacturers are offering extra discounts and perks to engineers who take a Heat Training Grant-eligible course with them – on top of the initial £500 reduction.Ideal HeatingIdeal will give you an extra £500 discount if you take a Heat Training Grant course at any of its locations in Yorkshire, the south east, and the south west.The Hull-based company has promised that engineers will be able to receive training for a £100 registration fee.Worcester BoschWorcester Bosch is offering a free additional training programme to any engineers who take a Heat Training Grant course at its Wakefield, West Thurrock, or Worcester centre.Choose from Low temperature heating design, Water regulations, Hot water systems and safety, Basic electrics for heating engineers, Wiring of central heating systems, Introduction to renewable heating, and Compress 7000i air to water and hybrid heat pumps.NIBENIBE will hand over a £1,300 discount to engineers who take a Heat Training Grant course, but there’s a catch: the discount isn’t on the initial course.To access it, you’ll need to become a NIBE Pro member afterwards, then take one or more of the Swedish company’s courses available in the NIBE Pro package – which is where you can use your £1,300 discount.VaillantVaillant is offering an extra £500 discount to engineers who take one of the company’s Heat Training Grant courses at its centres in Belper, Bristol, Elland, Farnborough, Maidstone, and Sunderland – though, again, it’s only valid on an additional course from Vaillant.You can choose from a list including Low temperature heating and hot water design, Design of heat pump systems, Water regulations, Vented and unvented hot water systems, and Electrical safe isolation.BaxiIf you sign up for a training course at one of Baxi’s Dartford, Warrington, and Warwick centres and go on to install a Baxi air source heat pump, the company will give you reward points. Why was the Heat Training Grant created?The Heat Training Grant was created to make heat pump training courses affordable for engineers, with the goal of attracting more people to the industry.This will hopefully lead to an increase in heat pump installations.The UK has fallen behind on its path to net zero, with just 69,000 domestic heat pumps installed in 2022, according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC) – a sharp increase on 2021, but far below the year’s target of 130,000.One reason for this shortfall is a lack of qualified installers.There are only around 3,000 heat pump engineers across the country, which is not nearly enough to meet the current demand, and far below what’s needed to match future demand.The CCC stated that the UK will need 30,000 new engineers by 2030 to hit the necessary targets to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.If the Heat Training Grant succeeds, 10,000 new installers will be trained in its initial two-year run, which is a good start. Will the Heat Training Grant be a success?The Heat Training Grant has a high chance of success, as long as all the groups involved throw their weight behind it.The initial cost of training is the main barrier for many potential installers, so taking away that obstacle should attract thousands more young engineers to the industry.However, the government and the organisations offering the training schemes need to promote it properly, ensuring prospective installers hear about the offer.The government has failed with initiatives like the Boiler Upgrade Scheme and Green Homes Grant because it didn’t spread the message well enough. People won’t engage with schemes if they don’t know they exist.If the government and training providers promote the scheme properly – and funding is maintained until the current March 2025 end date and beyond – the programme could be a crucial step on the road to net zero. Next stepsYou now have all the information you need about the Heat Training Grant.If you’re a budding engineer, it’s a great way to get some important training without spending all your money.Once you’ve passed one of these courses, you’ll be able to start installing heat pumps.If you’d like to see how much a heat pump would cost you, fill in this quick form with a few details, and we’ll put you in touch with trusted installers who’ll give you free heat pump quotes. FAQs What is the £5 million Heat Training Grant? The £5 million Heat Training Grant is a government scheme that enables organisations in England to provide training courses on heat pumps and heat networks at a £500 discount.This means engineers starting off in the industry can receive training for an average of around £200, instead of the normal rate of £700.Some training providers that have qualified for the grant even offer the courses for free. What is the heat pump grant for the UK in 2023? The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is the biggest heat pump grant in the UK in 2023, giving discounts of £7,500 on the cost of new air or ground source heat pumps.The Home Upgrade Grant provides a range of energy-efficiency home improvements – including heat pumps – to low-income, energy-inefficient, off-gas grid homes.Homeowners in Scotland can use the Home Energy Scotland Grant and Loan to buy a new heat pump, while low-income and vulnerable households in Wales may be able to get a heat pump through the government’s Nest grant. How do I get a heat pump grant in the UK? You can get a heat pump grant in the UK by asking installers about the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.If they use the grant, they can get you £7,500 off the cost of a new air or ground source heat pump.You can also contact your local authority to see if you qualify for the Home Upgrade Grant. Written by: Josh Jackman Lead Writer Josh has written about eco-friendly home improvements and climate change for the past four years. 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