Renewable heating systems training

Free renewable heating systems training content

Free renewable heating systems training

 Is your business struggling to meet the demand for renewable heating technology? 

Do you see the move to carbon neutrality and the desire to cut household bills as a business opportunity, especially in rural areas? 

UHI Argyll has secured funding to provide free training, in partnership with West College Scotland. Training is aimed at experienced plumbers or heating engineers within Argyll and Bute and Arran who want to broaden their skill set. This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. 

Why is this needed? 

 It’s important that residents in remote, rural areas can enjoy all the benefits of renewable heating technology, saving money and protecting the environment. We want to support local technicians to develop the skills and capacity needed to service, repair and maintain these systems. 

When and where will these courses be held? 

The renewables courses will be delivered by our partner West College Scotland, at its campus in Paisley.   

The training on offer   

This course is designed to provide a background to renewable energy heating and energy technologies for anyone who may find it of interest. 

This is a nationally recognised qualification in the installation and maintenance of small thermal hot water systems.  

This course is designed to provide you with the skills to design, install and commission ground source, and air source heat pumps. 


These courses are fully funded, and we will reimburse travel expenses to West College Scotland, subsistence, and cover for loss of earnings. Full information on how to claim will be provided to successful applicants.  

Closing date for applications: 6 May 2022 

How we assess the applications

  • Priority will be given to businesses in remote/rural locations that can demonstrate the sustainability of their business, and where there is evidence of customer demand for green technologies.
  • Places on each course are limited to 1 per business, and we may ask for supporting evidence where this scheme is oversubscribed.
  • Candidates should hold certification in  Water  Byelaws  (Scotland)  or  Water  Regulations  (England and  Wales) and provide proof of  Unvented Hot Water certificate for both Heat Pumps and Solar Thermal Systems training.
  • Please  note  that  we  may  be  able  to  assist  you  with  alternative  funding  if  you  are  not  awarded  a place


The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit