Please note that this page contains information and links most relevant for people living in Scotland.
If you’re an installer or an assessor working in the domestic or non-domestic sectors, getting the correct certifications can open doors for your business.
Both the UK and Scottish governments run schemes making money available to both households and businesses to make energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to their property and premises. However, each scheme has its own set of contractor requirements, which must be met for the work to be funded.
Mobile heat pump training centre
This fully equipped classroom travels to rural and remote areas of Scotland to deliver BPEC certified heat pump training. It can provide additional support for colleges and be an upskilling resource for industry.
The centre is currently only available in Scotland.
Funding schemes in Scotland for certification and upskilling
Below are some schemes available in Scotland for certification and upskilling. Each section includes the target audience, available funding and key contractor requirements. This list is by no means exhaustive and there may be schemes available that don’t feature here.
The Scottish Government’s MCS certification fund provides heating engineers with a grant to become MCS certified on heat pumps (either air, ground or water source).
The grant will pay 75%, up to a maximum of £1,000, of the certification fees and will run until funds run out or until the end of March 2024, whatever comes first.
*This fund is now closed. This page will be updated if funding becomes available again.
This fund provides funding to UK Apprenticeship Levy-payers and SMEs in Scotland which they can use to access flexible workforce development training opportunities. Apprenticeship Levy paying companies can claim £15k toward training, with non-Levy Companies able to claim £5k. It’s intended for employers to address skills gaps and training needs. For example, new skills for your employees to adapt to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to support inclusive economic growth through up-skilling or re-skilling employees who reside in Scotland.
The fund can be accessed through two different routes, through the Scottish college network, and private training providers for training not offered by a college. All applicants should consider the college route before applying for the independent training provider route. Please visit Scottish Funding Council’s website for more information.
If you are looking to utilise the private training provider route, you can work with more than one provider, but all training requirements and providers must be detailed within one claim.
You can find your local college, course options and how to apply here.
For private training providers an application must be made through Skills Development Scotland.