In the quest for more sustainable and environmentally friendly heating solutions, the heat pump industry has emerged as a beacon of hope. Heat pumps, particularly air source heat pumps (ASHP’s), are gaining momentum as a viable alternative to traditional heating systems. However, to fully realise their potential, it is imperative to invest in training more engineers for the heat pump industry. 

If you’re passionate about renewable energy and want to contribute to a greener future, becoming a heat pump designer and installer could be an ideal career path. In this guide, we’ll explore the steps to becoming a certified heat pump designer and installer as well as the benefits it brings to the industry and wider environment. 

Addressing Climate Change

The urgency to combat climate change has never been greater. The heat pump industry plays a crucial role in reducing carbon emissions by providing efficient and sustainable heating solutions. According to the Committee on Climate Change, buildings account for approximately 20% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions. By training more engineers in the heat pump industry, we can accelerate the transition to greener heating systems, significantly reducing carbon footprints and mitigating the impact of climate change.

Meeting the Growing Demand

As awareness of the environmental impact of traditional heating methods grows, so does the demand for heat pump installations. Training more engineers in the heat pump industry will help meet this growing demand. With a skilled workforce, the industry can keep up with the increasing number of households and businesses looking to adopt heat pump technology. Moreover, it will foster healthy competition, driving innovation and improving the quality of installations and maintenance services.

Before diving into the world of heat pump design and installation, it’s essential to have a solid understanding of how heat pumps work. Heat pumps extract heat from the air, ground, or water and transfer it to a building to provide heating and, in some cases, cooling. Researching and familiarising yourself with different types of heat pumps, including air source, will help you in advance of any training.

Embracing Technological Advancements

The heat pump industry is continuously evolving, with new technological advancements enhancing efficiency and performance. By investing in training programs, engineers can stay up to date with the latest developments in heat pump technology. This ensures that installations are carried out correctly, maximizing energy efficiency and customer satisfaction. With training, engineers can troubleshoot effectively, maintain, and repair heat pump systems, extending their lifespan and ensuring optimal performance.

Gain Relevant Experience

We always recommend you gain at least some hands-on experience in the field of heat pump design and installation professionals in this field. This will provide you with some of the practical knowledge and skills that are essential for becoming a successful heat pump designer and installer and aid you in your decision as to whether you wish to undertake further accredited training.

Obtaining Certification

Obtaining certification can greatly enhance your credibility and marketability as a heat pump designer and installer. Some relevant certifications include:

We offer accredited training at our County Durham and Worcestershire Training Centres through OFTEC via Cert-ain that comply with and allow for registration on the MCS scheme. 

Eligibility Criteria:

AApplicants in this category are regarded as holding a nationally recognised qualification and/or registration in a trade associated with heating and/or plumbing and/or heat pump system design work* for a period of not less than two years. Candidates must provide evidence of relevant qualifications and / or registration to support entry.

*heat pump system design work – OFT21-504D only
BMust provide written evidence to the Assessment Centre confirming that the candidate has ‘on the job’ heating installation and/or maintenance experience for a period of not less than two years, that would support their application for the range of assessments to be undertaken and evidence of ongoing continual professional development. Applicants must provide evidence of this related experience to the Assessment Centre.

The evidence must consist of, as a minimum, the following: 
– Name and address of the business(s) providing the related experience.
– The types of related work undertaken.
 And in addition to the above·       
– Hold current and valid Water Regulations certificate **
– Hold current and valid Unvented Hot Water certificate **
– Undertake heat pump training at our OFTEC Approved Training Centre prior to accessing the
OFTEC assessments.  
**Both Water Regulations and Unvented Hot Water can be tied into your training if needed

Improving Energy Efficiency

One of the most significant advantages of heat pumps is their energy efficiency. According to the Energy Saving Trust, air source heat pumps can generate up to three times more energy than they consume. Trained engineers can optimize system designs, ensuring that heat pumps operate at their maximum efficiency. By minimizing energy wastage, trained engineers contribute to significant reductions in energy consumption, leading to lower energy bills and a more sustainable future.


Training more engineers in the heat pump industry is essential for achieving our climate goals and building a sustainable future. By equipping engineers with the necessary skills and knowledge, we can accelerate the adoption of heat pump technology, significantly reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency. As the demand for renewable heating solutions grows, investing in training programs not only benefits the environment but also creates job opportunities and stimulates economic growth.

Becoming a heat pump designer and installer offers a rewarding career path with the opportunity to make a significant impact on the environment. By following these steps and investing in your education, training, and professional development, you can embark on a successful career in the heat pump industry. Whether you choose to add additional disciplines to your existing portfolio, are starting your own business or work for an established company, the demand for skilled heat pump designers and installers continues to grow as we strive for a greener and more sustainable future.