The Heat Pump Association (HPA) will open its membership to installers at The Installer Show to offer them a voice in shaping the future of the industry. As an exclusive offer for those registering their interest at the Installer Show, membership of the new Installer category will be free for the rest of 2022, and a 50% discount for 2023. Installers can sign up at the HPA stand, A195.

Recognising the important role the installer will play in transforming Britain’s heating, the HPA seeks to give them influence as the industry embarks on an exciting journey of unprecedented growth. The HPA wants to hear from installers about quality, training, certification, accreditation, competencies, customer service and their perspective on how to ensure the rapid rise in heat pump sales takes place in a way that gives the consumer confidence and affordability. It will also seek to expand its membership benefit offerings to installers following feedback from early-joiners.

The HPA has set up a dedicated forum for Heat Pump installers where they can air their views and help shape the HPA’s policy on a range of key issues affecting the industry.

Welcoming today’s launch, Phil Hurley, Chair of the Heat Pump Association, said:

Heating installers will play a major role in delivering the transition to heat pumps and mentoring younger installers to become the workforce of the future. Training courses, qualifications, support schemes, apprenticeships, and clear requirements for installers will all feature in creating a high-skill heat pump installer workforce.

“By the end of the decade, 1m heat pump installations per year and a £5bn market could be a very real prospect – but only if we carry and support the installer. The HPA wants to give them a voice and real influence. Today’s 130,000+ heating installers and young people embarking on apprenticeships will make a significant contribution to the Government’s wish to see 480,000 high-skilled jobs powering the Green Industrial Revolution. The HPA wants to give every installer the best chance of playing a part.”

 

Background
Government has signalled it wishes to phase out new fossil fuel boilers by the mid 2030s, and set a target of 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028. The Climate Change Committee says 19 million need to be installed to meet net zero by 2050. A rapid rise in the number of qualified heat pump installers will be needed to meet these goals, with the HPA forecasting a need for 26,000 fully trained competent installers by 2028.

The Installer membership category
The new “HPA Installer Member” category is designed to support heat pump and heating engineers and give them a voice in the development of the industry and Government policy to support it. It will give them a platform to discuss and influence industry matters that impact them, and a chance to get involved and shape HPA policies.

Key Benefits of Installer Membership of the HPA

  1. Shape the Future of the Sector and Influence Policy. Each Installer company will have the opportunity to join the dedicated HPA Installer Group. Your voice represented in industry consultations and installer standards policy. Your voice represented in HPA position papers and Government policy advice.
  2. Stay informed – Access to Industry Knowledge. Regular newsletters, frequent emails with information on the heat pump market matters, Government consultations, initiatives, etc.
  3. Networking Opportunities. Regular HPA Installer Group meetings to share views and build contacts. Invites to exclusive HPA events.
  4. Benefits and discounts. Depending on interest levels, a range of benefits and discounts that assist installers on for example, work tools and insurances, will be developed and trailed in the coming months.

Levels of Installer Membership

There are two membership categories – one for companies and one for sole traders.

For sole traders, there is one fee charge regardless of turnover, and the undiscounted rate for 2023 will be £99 per year.

For companies, the membership fees depend on the company turnover and the undiscounted rates for 2023 vary from £450 per year for a company with a turnover of less than £500,000 per year and increasing in stages to £4,500 per year for companies with a turnover of more than £10 million per year.

How to join

There are two ways to join:-

  1. At the show. Interested installers can register their interest at the show by going to the HPA Stand, A195where their badge will be scanned. After the show, those who have registered will receive a membership application form together with the HPA Code of Conduct.
  2. For those unable to attend the Installer Live show, they will be able to register their interest online at www.heatpumps.org.uk.

Installer Live Special offer

Only those installers who register their interest at the Installer Live Show 21-23 June 2022 will be eligible for special “show” offer on membership fees. Installer Membership Fees will be waived until January 2023, and there will then be a one-off discount of 50% on the 2023 fees (payable January 2023).

Not another accreditation scheme

HPA Installer Membership provides a platform for heat pump Installers voice with the benefits explained here and is not an accreditation scheme. There are no logos or endorsements, minimum qualification criteria, or complicated onsite assessments. We simply ask that Members sign a Code of Conduct committing them to ensure that they are suitably trained and competent for the tasks they undertake.

Training Pathways

The launch of the new Installer Membership category underpins the launch last year of a range of training courses designed to assist installers on their low-carbon journey.

The 2-day CIPHE “Low Temperature and Hot Water Course covers essential skills for efficient heating and applies to all heating technologies. It includes heat loss calculations, hydraulic balancing, pipe and emitter sizing and low flow temperature heating.

For those wishing to upgrade their skills to include heat pumps, the LCL Awards Heat Pump Course consists of a foundation module (2-days) and Individual Technology modules (1 day per technology). HPA Members have capacity to train 40,000 installers per year on the new Heat Pump Foundation and Technology training courses which are now available to book directly from participating manufacturers, which are listed on www.heatpumps.org.uk.