The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world's first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. It will support consumers who want to install renewable heating technologies by making payments to them for the heat that they generate.

The RHI training support scheme is designed to help installers gain the qualifications required to become MCS-certified and get involved in the installation and maintenance of domestic renewable heat technologies including solar thermal, heat pumps and biomass systems.

Although the scheme is principally only available in England, if you can meet two out of the following three criteria you may be eligible:

  • Are you a permanent resident in England?
  • Do you work predominantly in England?
  • Is your employer's principal office, or the office where you are based, in England?

Supporting both existing heating engineers and apprentices

Short course vouchers for existing heating installers.

The short course vouchers are aimed at existing plumbing and heating engineers in order to encourage them to undertake training in renewable heating technologies.

This part of the scheme will deliver vouchers worth 75% of the cost of the training and assessment, up to a maximum of £500 per voucher (including VAT).

A maximum of ten vouchers per company will be available. To be eligible the company must be a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME).

Vouchers will be available for:

  • Solar thermal
  • Heat pumps (both air source and ground source)
  • Biomass

For solar thermal and heat pump training courses to be eligible, the training must include a QCF assessment that leads to a qualification that is accredited by an awarding organisation.

Candidates can now receive funding for part of the pre-requisites required for one or more of the approved courses.
1) Vouchers are still capped at £500 inclusive of vat.
2) Training providers will need to apply on behalf of the candidate using the prescribed form that has been sent out by RHITSS to have their candidates voucher “upgraded” to include any pre-requisites.

Vouchers will only last for three months so candidates must ensure that they are able to complete the training and assessment within that period.


Apprenticeship support vouchers

The apprenticeship support scheme will support those nearing the end of their plumbing/heating apprenticeship to become skilled with one or more renewable technologies.

The apprenticeship support vouchers are worth up to £2,500(including VAT).

A maximum of ten vouchers per company will be available. To be eligible the company must be a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME).

If an apprentice has already chosen to take the “renewable technology” pathway, they can apply to extend the number of technologies within that pathway and use the funding to support that training.

If an apprentice has already selected a non-renewable pathway such as oil or gas, they can still apply and use the funding to take one or more of the QCF units in the renewable technology pathway.

Eligible training includes:

  • Understand the fundamental principles and requirements of environmental technology systems
  • Solar thermal (installation & service and maintenance)
  • Heat pump (installation & service and maintenance)
  • Biomass [solid fuel] (installation & service and maintenance)

In addition applications can be made from apprentices to support them in other ways, such as the provision of learning materials and, if required, assistance to enable them to access work types that they may require to complete their apprenticeship programme.


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Vouchers will be issued on a first come, first served basis and there is no intention to limit the vouchers to a certain number per technology.

Vouchers will be issued to candidates based on a cost, technology type and training provider as detailed by the candidate when they apply.

These can then be redeemed by the training provider through the administrator (GTEC Training Ltd) whom will pay the training provider directly.

Training providers will therefore have to register with the administrator before a voucher can be issued. Details on how to do this will be made available when the applications open.

If you are a training provider or awarding organisation and wish to register your interest please use the form above and when applications can be made we will email you and let you know.