Level 3 Award in the Installation and Maintenance of Air Source Heat Pump Systems (non-refrigerant circuits)

Level 1 Diploma

Course Location


Trafford College


Stretford Campus

Further Details




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Course Start Date

Tuesday 1st August 2023

Course Duration

Part-time, 1 Year

Course Time

18:00 - 21:00

Course Fee

£ 495.00
You may be eligible for support with your tuition fees - please visit the college website - funding and finance page for further information

Course Code


Course Overview

This course combines both theory and practice and will run over three days. There will be multiple start dates throughout the academic year.

Course Requirements

You will need a minimum Level 2 plumbing or gas qualification or equivalent trade experience and both an energy efficiency certificate and a water regulations certificate

What you will Learn

You will learn about the types of ground source heat pumps available including borehole, shallow collector and water collector. You will learn about the efficiency, sizing and positioning of systems and how to install them


You will be assessed through several multiple-choice papers and complete a practical assessment on custom built test rigs


City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Initial Verification (2391-50)
City & Guilds Level 3 Award in the Periodic Inspection (2391-51)
City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Inspection and Testing (2391-52)

Career Options

The course will enable operatives to specify, survey, design and install domestic or small commercial heat pump systems, enlisting manufacturers support where required. Systems up to 24kW for ground source and 16kW for air source heat pumps are covered, plus the following areas:

Background to market
Heat pump regulations and guidance
Principles of ground and air source heat pump operation
Heat pump collector types
Heat distribution
Pre-installation requirements
Installation materials and methods
Filling, flushing and testing
Setting to work, commissioning
Heat pump servicing and fault finding

Mandatory Units

LCL-R3035: Core unit in Heat Pump Technology (Non-Refrigerant Circuit)
LCL-R3036: Air Source unit in Heat Pump Technology (Non-Refrigerant Circuit)
LCL-R3037: Ground Source Unit in Heat Pump Technology (Non-Refrigerant Circuit)

Contact Details

For further information please contact T: 0161 886 7070 or E: info@trafford.ac.uk

Extra Costs Involved

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Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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