Duration – 5 Days
This direct entry course is available for existing installers and HETAS registrants who wish to expand their skills and branch out into the installation of Biomass and batch-fed appliances. Also suitable for existing HETAS registrants who wish to attain the skills necessary to install biomass boiler appliances.
Course Outcome and Certification: Successful completion of the biomass course allows HETAS registrants to extend their registration categories to include installation of biomass appliances including mechanically fed appliances.
Assessment Method: Theory and practical
This course is aligned to National Occupational Standards (NOS) derived from the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Successful completion of this course provides a route to MCS accreditation.
- Types of fuel and storage requirements
- Feasibility study
- Biomass appliance components
- Biomass heating system design
- Calculating the heat load and system performance
- Pre-installation activities
- Set to work
- Selection of biomass appliances to meet customer requirements
- Appliance Commissioning requirements
- Service and maintenance
- Appliance decommissioning
Option 1- Formal Qualification Entry Route
- N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Plumbing or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
- N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Heating and Ventilating (Domestic Installation) or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
- N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Heating and Ventilating (Industrial and Commercial Installation) or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
- N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Oil-Fired Technical Services or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence; or
- N/SVQ Level 2/3 in Gas Installation and Maintenance or equivalent earlier certification that provides evidence of competence.
In addition, if not included in the above current certification in relation to Water Regulations/Water Byelaws (WRAS or equivalent).
Option 2 - Experienced Worker Route
Option 2 is an alternative route for applicants who wish to enrol on the H005DE course without Option 1 course pre-requisites. Completion of the HETAS Experienced Worker route portfolio may provide a suitable option. Successful completion of the H005DE course can lead to HETAS MCS accreditation. It is important that the portfolio is completed and approved by the training centre prior to attending a biomass course. HETAS are not able to provide a course certificate if the portfolio has not been completed and approved.Applicants are advised to contact their HETAS training centre for more information if this is a desirable route.
In all cases the following could be acceptable and may be used to populate the Experienced Worker Portfolio document.
- Previous related work experience within the plumbing and heating industry.
- Already a competent person within a scheme possessing a history of installation experience.
- Successful completion of an OFTEC training course 101, 102 or 105e.
- A valid current gas safe registration with minimum categories of work: CCN1 and CEN1.
- City & Guilds 6128, 6129 and 6132 technical certificates.
Please note: Stand-alone Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQ’s), including City & Guilds 6128, 6129, and 6132 technical certificates are not acceptable on their own as an alternative to NVQ Level 2 or 3 but may be used to help support completion of the portfolio.
Please note: the Experience Worker Route has an additional fee of £150.00 (excl VAT) for the portfolio assessment.