Green Technologies


SERC is excited to launch a series of Green Technologies programmes which are aimed at those in the energy and renewable sector who are looking to Upskill, Reskill & Innovate.

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South Eastern Regional College (SERC) is excited to launch a new series of Green Technologies programmes which are aimed at those in the energy and renewable sector who are looking to Upskill, Reskill & Innovate. 

We have courses running September 2021- June 2022. Find out more below: 

 

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OFTEC oil Modules 101, 105E & 600a

OFTEC oil burner training course is aimed at installers who want to become OFTEC registered as domestic oil firing system service technicians of pressure jet burners. The course covers the regulations and standards that apply to oil fired pressure jet heating installations and installation practice. 

The course is made up of both practical and multiple choice written assessments, you will be required to attend the college two days per week over a two week period. The cost of the course includes training, assessment and the certification fee. 

The course will cover OFT10-101, OFT 10-600, OFT10-105E. OFT10-101 Domestic commissioning and servicing of pressure jet appliances, OFT10-600 Domestic and non domestic oil storage and supply installation, OFT10-105E Domestic Oil Firing system Installation and energy conservation measures in Buildings.

Pre-requisites: Category 1: Previous OFTEC qualifications Category 2: NVQ2 or 3 plumbing qualification

Course Duration: 4 days 

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Domestic Gas Categories CCN1, CENWAT1, CPA1

This course is targeted at Gas engineers, Plumbers with ACS gas qualifications (Domestic Only) CCN1 is required for any operative wishing to work on domestic gas installations and appliances.  CENWAT1 - central heating boilers and water heaters

Pre-requisites: Previous ACS gas qualifications or Domestic Gas MLP DNGA3 certificate.

Course Duration: 4 days 

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Domestic Gas New Entrant Managed Learning Programme (MLP)

The LCL Awards Managed Learning Programme is designed for both new entrant learners into the gas industry and those who claim to have prior experience and knowledge of the Building Engineering Services industry sector.

The Domestic Gas Installer New Entrants Course starts with the basic principles of gas heating and plumbing and pipework skills, leading to further areas such as  gas safety. As this is a Managed Learning Programme, all topics are broken down into easy-to-digest sections, with industry recognised qualifications and certificates of competence awarded on completion of the MLP. On completion of the New Entrants course and the APL course, successful students will receive a competence certificate and an industry recognised Managed Learning Programme training certificate from Logic Certification, necessary to access ACS gas training and assessment. 

Course Duration: 1 day a week for 10 weeks 

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Unvented Hot Water (Hot Water Systems & Safety)

The aim of this course is to train candidates in the installation and safety requirements of unvented hot water cylinders. The candidate will also gain an understanding of Building Regulation Part G3. The programme will provide an extensive insight into Unvented Hot Water Cylinders and will prepare candidates for end of programme examinations leading to recommendation to Blueflame for certification. Upon completion of the course the candidate will be able to:  Recognise the various forms of hot water supplies, State the functional requirements of Unvented Domestic Hot Water systems, Design an Unvented system to comply with Part G of the Building Regulations, Carry out commissioning of an Unvented System State and rectify common causes of faults in an Unvented System.

Pre-requisites: It is essential that HWSS candidates will be experienced in the installation of domestic cold and hot water systems. It is also essential that they hold one DCLG recognised competency in a conventional fuel i.e. gas, oil or solid fuel; or for those in the plumbing field an NVQ level 2 or equivalent plumbing qualification or experience.

Course Duration: 1 day

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

LPG changover from Natural Gas

LPG Changeover course is for experienced operatives who already hold either Core Domestic Natural Gas Safety (CCN1) or Core Commercial Gas Safety (COCN1) and wish to work on LPG fired appliances in permanent dwellings. The course includes training and assessment on the following modules:  CONGLP1 - LPG Changeover (including Permanent Dwellings)

Pre-requisites: CCN1 and applicable gas appliances certificate

Course Duration: 1 day

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Commercial Gas Changeover

This course is aimed at experienced operatives who hold the Core Domestic Gas Safety (CCN1) qualification and who wish to undertake commercial gas work. The CODNCO1 module is normally undertaken as part of the Commercial Changeover Gas Safety Course.

Pre-requisites: CCN1 and applicable gas appliances certificate

Course Duration: 5 day

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Water Safety in Health Care

This course is for staff involved in the operation of building water systems within hospitals and healthcare environments. This includes Plumbing Installers, Heating Technicians, Design Engineers, Maintenance Personnel as well as staff responsible for Infection Control and Water Treatment services. Some of the content involved in the course will be: How to improve patient safety in daily work duties by work processes, The microbiology and health effects of water borne bacteria that can cause harm to human health, Prevention and control of the risks associated with the management of water –borne bacteria, Application of relevant legislation within day-to-day duties, Ability to understand and demonstrate the correct protocols for working on and around water systems within healthcare, How to communicate, manage and understand how actions impact on the protection of vulnerable patients, Practical workshop demonstrations on fault identification and processes will be included on the course as well.

Pre-requisites: No pre-requisites necessary

Course Duration: 1 day

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

NVQ Level 3 in Plumbing

Level 3 is for candidates who have significant years of relevant plumbing and heating knowledge and skills, usually from a role where you've been self-employed plumber or in a supervisory capacity. Gas Safe and OFTEC registration would be beneficial on application, as there is a formal professional interview to ascertain your previous knowledge and skill level within the plumbing and heating industry. Evidence from practical jobs on site will be required, as will certain centre based tasks and GOLA online unit exams.

Pre-requisites: Current experience of plumbing, heating, gas or oil installations and systems. Presentation to college assessment team of previous work in this industry, gas qualifications or similar evidence routes to identify years of experience.

Course Duration: 12 months

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Level 3 Award in the Installation and Commissioning of Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment in Domestic, Commercial and Industrial locations

This qualification is now updated to the 4th edition of the Code of Practise and is aimed at practicing electricians, electrical technicians and engineers with experience of electrical installations, and associated inspection and testing.This qualification covers the installation of dedicated conductive charging equipment for the charging of pure electric and plug-in hybrid electric road vehicles (PHEV) and includes the extended range of electric vehicles (E-REV). It covers the installation of both AC and DC charging equipment intended for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) complying with BS EN 61851 and “The Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installations”.

Pre-requisites: This qualification is aimed at practicing electricians, electrical technicians and engineers with experience of electrical installations, and associated inspection and testing.

Course Duration: 3 Days

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

This course is for heating and plumbing installers who need to gain the knowledge of the Water Regulations (1999) before applying to join their local water authorities “Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme”. The course is made up of one multiple choice written assessment, you will be required to attend college for 1 full day. The cost of the course includes training, assessment and te certification fee. Course Modules are: Water regulations interpretation and definitions, Requirements, design and installation, Hot and cold water services, Materials and substances, Backflow and contamination prevention, Flushing devices, Sanitary appliances; both internal and external.

Pre-requisites: Candidates should ideally have two years plumbing experience.

Course Duration: 1 Day

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Legionella for Operators or Managers

The Legionella Prevention and Water Treatment course is designed to help plumbers; operators and managers comply with the Code of Practice.   The course will help learners comply with their legal duties including identifying and assessing sources of risk, preparing a scheme to prevent or control risk, implementing, managing and monitoring precautions and keeping records of control measures taken.

Pre-requisites: Although there are no formal pre-requisites to this qualification, applicants should be working within the industry.

Course Duration: 1 Day

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Level 3 Award in the Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps  

This regulated qualification is for learners that wish to demonstrate their knowledge in the Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pumps Systems (Non-refrigerant Circuits). This qualification could be used by operatives or individuals looking to join the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

The Learner will:

  • Know the health and safety risks and safe systems of work associated with air source heat pump systems
  • Know the requirements of regulations and standards relating to the installation, testing and commissioning of air source heat pump systems
  • Know the purpose and operational characteristics of heat pump unit and heat pump system components
  • Know the purpose and operational characteristics of air source heat pump system components
  • Know the different types of air source heat pump systems and the arrangements for hydraulic emitter circuits
  • The principles of air source heat pump selection and system design Know the design factors and principles relating to air source heat pump systems Know the preparatory work required for air source heat pump installations Know the requirements to install, commission and hand over air source heat pump systems
  • Be able to plan and prepare for the installation of air source heat pump systems.
  • Be able to install air source heat pump systems.
  • Be able to test and commission air source heat pump systems.
  • Be able to handover to the client air source heat pump systems.
  • Know the requirements to inspect service and maintain air source heat pump systems.
  • Know how to diagnose and rectify defects and malfunctions in air source heat pump systems.
  • Be able to undertake inspection, service and maintenance of air source heat pump systems.
  • Be able to carry out fault diagnosis and rectification of defects and malfunctions on air source heat pump systems.

Pre-requisites: Plumbing/Heating/Gas NVQ 2/3 or CCN1/CCLP1 & CENWAT or OFT101 & 105E or OFT108 (Where original certificates cannot be supplied, Gas Safe or OFTEC membership cards will suffice). Plus Water Regulations, Unvented G3 qualification and LCL Low Temperature Heating and Hot Water design course

Course Duration: 4 days Heat Pump course. 3 days LCHW design, 1 day G3 & 1 day Water Regs

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Level 3 Award In the Installation and Maintenance of Small Scale Solar Photovoltaic PV Systems

This qualification is primarily aimed at fully qualified electricians (with 18th Edition). Non-electrically competent persons are welcome, provided they have a vested interest in solar PV systems.

Pre-requisites: It is a requirement that any learner wishing to undertake this qualification should hold a Level 3 Electrotechnical NVQ qualification or similar

Course Duration: 4 days

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Gas Appliances HTR1 & CKR1

This is an additional Gas Installation qualification for qualified gas engineers to be competent on working on gas cookers and gas fires.

Pre-requisites: Must hold CCN1 gas qualification

Course Duration: 1 day

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Managed Learning Programme Gas and Anaerobic Digestion

The Domestic Gas Installer New Entrants Course starts with the basic principles of gas heating and plumbing and pipework skills, leading to further areas such as heating design, gas safety and hot water systems.

Pre-requisites: Desirable construction or engineering background

Course Duration: 2 days per week over 17 weeks

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Level 3 Award in the Design, Installation and Commissioning of Electrical Energy Storage Systems

This regulated qualification is for those wishing to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in the design, installation and commissioning of Electrical Energy Storage Systems. The qualification has been designed in conjunction with the latest IET Code of Practice and is recognised by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).The learner will know:

  • The key requirements for installation of electrical energy storage systems
  • The learner will know and identify equipment, arrangements and operating modes of electrical energy storage systems
  • The learner will understand the preparation of design and installation of electrical energy storage systems
  • The learner will be able to prepare for the installation of electrical energy storage systems
  • The learner will be able to install electrical energy storage systems
  • The learner will understand requirements for initial verification and handover of electrical energy storage systems
  • The learner will be able to conduct initial verification and handover of electrical energy storage systems

Pre-requisites: This qualification is aimed at practising electricians, electrical technicians and engineers with experience of electrical installations, and associated inspection and testing.

Course Duration: 3 days

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Introduction to Hydrogen Boilers

Hydrogen Awareness – brief introduction to the current gas network, pipework systems, meters, regulators and appliance types. History of Hydrogen use and recent developments. UK Government Strategy for Net Zero 2050. Properties of Hydrogen. Manufacturer of Hydrogen – Grey, Blue and Green. Combustion in Hydrogen – Dangers of H2 use. Gas infrastructure innovation. Appliance innovation. Pure gas pipework systems, limitations and consideration of material types.

Pre-requisites: Desirable construction or engineering background

Course Duration: 2 days

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Introduction to Low Energy Buildings

The purpose of this Low Energy Building Course is to create an awareness of both new and retrofit dwellings that are high quality, safe and fit for the future. This course aims to clarify the impacts and timescales of Low Energy Buildings and to get the candidate thinking about how to prepare for what should be the most radical shake-up of the energy efficiency of domestic dwellings within both the construction and building services industry in a generation.

  • Lower U-Values by improving Insulation throughout the entire Structure
  • Continuous Airtight seals such Wind/Vapour Barriers 
  • Thermal Bridging both in Wall and Window installation 
  • High Performance External Doors and Glazing 
  • Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery 

Pre-requisites: Desirable construction or engineering background

Course Duration: 2 days

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Level 2 Low Temperature & Hot Water Design course

Details coming soon. 

 

Decarbonisation of Carbon Fuels and process innovation in HVO heating appliances

SERC has developed a partnership with EOGB modulating boilers which use HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil).  These are a replacement heating appliance for oil boilers and EOGB are the first company to produce a fully modulating, low NOx appliance which incorporates the following:

  • The Sapphire blue flame boiler provides heating engineers with a solution to fit efficient oil boilers with significantly lower NOx
  • Reduced heating bills for their customers due to the first fully modulating HVO bioliquid
  • The combustion process that takes place within a blue flame burner differs to and is much cleaner than in standard yellow flame burners. The combustion gases within a blue flame burner are re-circulated through a specially designed longer blast tube which has a ring of slots within the combustion chamber. This design allows the combustion gases to mix with atomised droplets of fuel and fresh air (oxygen)drawn in through the burner, to produce a clean blue flame which has much lower NOx emissions
  • The important thing to remember is that blue flame technology remains highly efficient with the added benefit of significantly lower levels of NOx emissions to current legislation.
  • Modulation reduces the volume of CO2 - Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere by percentage/volume, this can only be measured through flue gas analysis and comparable equivalence in similar volumes of POC - Product of combustion from non-modulating fossil fuel appliances, furthermore EOGB appliances reduce the NOX & SOX (Nitrous Oxide & Sulphur Oxide) emissions responsible for Acid Rain, again only measurable through flue gas analysis.

Pre-requisites: OFTEC or Gas Safe registration is desirable and a knowledge of plumbing and geating systems is essential

Course Duration: 30 hrs

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

Decarbonisation of Carbon Fuels and process innovation in Hydrogen Gas heating appliances

SERC has a long-standing partnership with manufacturer Baxi Thermea, who produce a range of heating and hot water appliances.  The latest product is being trailed at the minute in the range of Hydrogen H2 gas, as an alternative fuel gas to replace LPG and Natural methane gas in heating appliances.

There is an opportunity for process innovation for companies to receive one/one bespoke upskilling in the areas of Hydrogen gas, by working on the first H2 appliance in a training centre in N.Ireland. 

The companies and individuals will receive expert product awareness and analysis of POCs (products of combustion) which are very different from the traditional fossil fuel gas supply.

Differences in H2 and CH4 gases are new to the workforce and provide opportunities for companies to get ahead in the specification for new heating technologies to meet government guidance for zero carbon targets.

The Department for the Economy published a Economic Recovery Plan in February 2021, with a focus on building a stronger economy, a green economy and building a higher skilled and agile workforce in the areas of Hydrogen.

Pre-requisites: OFTEC or Gas Safe registration is desirable and a knowledge of plumbing and geating systems is essential

Course Duration: 30 hrs

Interested? Contact Kelly Donnelly, T: 07866146618, E: kdonnelly@serc.ac.uk

 

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