Latest News: Training Renewables Training Boost in Bristol
Renewables training boost in Bristol Charlotte Leslie MP has officially opened the NAPIT Bristol Training Centre – as part of their joint venture with Plumb Center and Sevenoaks Energy Academy.
The training facility at St Andrews Trading Estate in Avonmouth, Bristol will offer a range of electrical and renewable technology courses. Working installations of renewable technologies such as biomass, solar PV/thermal, heat pumps and the latest combined heat and power unit, demonstrate a diverse range of sustainable heating solutions, while the courses themselves will delve into all the technical detail required to become a certified installer.
Displays also show solar panels and evacuated tube collectors on different types of roof, highlighting the broad range of potential applications for solar thermal and solar PV.
Simon Allan, Renewables Director, Plumb Center talks about the role of the centre in creating a low carbon economy: “The Renewable Heating Incentive and Green Deal are massive opportunities for renewables to enter the mainstream – installers will be driving that change, so for those who want to stay ahead, now is the time to get on a training course.”
Ms Leslie, who is the MP for Bristol North praised the centre as exactly the kind of initiative that is needed to help boost the economy and create local jobs as well as striving towards carbon reduction targets. The partnership has opened similar training centres in Leamington Spa, Sevenoaks, Leeds, and Exeter.
In addition to installer courses, the centre will present career options and opportunities for homeowners to see the technologies in action before committing to any investment. NAPIT Group Director Michael Andrews spoke of the day‟s success: “I am delighted that we have opened a training facility in the South West and would like to extend an open invitation to the surrounding community to come and view our Centre. We will be working hard over the coming months with local businesses, school, colleges and universities to educate all ages and involve them in what is a most exciting industry.”
City & Guilds Solar Photovoltaic (PV) with the NICEIC
Understanding the design, installation and commissioning of a Domestic Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems.
What will you learn?
This award is intended for qualified electricians who aim to install grid-connected PV systems to domestic dwellings (either as an integrated solution or as a retro fit.
It is concerned with domestic systems installation within prescribed specifications and therefore does not cover design or glazed or curtain wall systems. This 4 day course includes all the Health & Safety requirements to allow direct access to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
Who should attend?
Individuals who wish to install and self-certify solar PV installations, and access NICEIC‟s MCS Installer Scheme (or other government scheme operators).
Successful candidates can diversify their business into the emerging renewable energy market. The early adopters of these technologies can win unique business and exploit the opportunities that the solar PV industry presents.
Candidates are required to have the skills and qualifications to meet the entry requirements for a Qualified Supervisor on the NICEIC Approved Contractor Scheme or a Competent Persons Scheme such as the NICEIC Domestic Installer Scheme.
Acceptable qualifications include:
City & Guilds 2382-10 Certificate in Requirements for Electrical Installation (BS7671:2008)
City & Guilds 2382-20 Certificate in Requirements for Electrical Installation Update (BS7671:2008)
BRE Solar masterclass: wind loading and roof structures
With the rapid rise in the numbers of PV and solar thermal installers, changing regulations and concerns over building control issues, a half day seminar on 13 March 2012 at BRE Watford.
The seminar is aimed at building control officers, installers, mounting system manufacturers and will provide the most up-to-date information on this safety-critical topic.
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Next Step Candidates might also be interested in other renewable technologies such as Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps, Solar Thermal, Bio Fuels, Wind Power and Hydro Power. This course will allow the candidate to apply to NICEIC‟s Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
To join the NICEIC Microgeneration Installer Scheme (MCS), call 0800 519 5190.
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