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Heating and Hot Water Comfort
TYPE Online Curriculum
DURATION 6 hours
PRICE £125.00
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This series of 6 modules is in Heating and Hot Water Comfort. Covering the main types of central heating systems, system controls, hot water storage and water treatment, you will have a solid base understanding of the subject. Each module includes a Knowledge Check to test understanding, with a final assessment which is scored.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

The programme includes a variety of learning resources: online learning modules, required reading and a number of learning activities and tasks. The online modules and the final assessment are marked online and if you achieve the required mastery score you will have passed the course and you will be able to download and print off your certificate.

You will benefit most if you work through the modules one at a time, complete the e-learning modules, read the handouts, complete the learning activities and finally discuss the practical elements with your line manager or more experienced colleagues.

Module 1 - Introduction to Central Heating

Key Topics
  • Principles of a Central Heating System
  • Components of a System
  • Fitting the System Together
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Introduction to Central Heating This programme deals mainly with “wet” central heating systems, where water is the main heat transfer fluid. In the UK this is by far the most common technology, although you may also occasionally come across electrical heating and warm air systems. We will explore the components of a wet heating system and how they combine to provide inobtrusive, reliable heating and hot water comfort.

Required Reading:
Boiler Installations

Learning Activity:
Worksheet 1
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Introduction to Central Heating

LEARNING ACTIVITY
Find out which is:
a) the most frequently sold boiler in your branch, and
b) the most frequently sold non-combi boi...

30 minutes

Module 2 - System Controls

Key Topics
  • Implications of Poor System Control
  • Timers, Programmers and Thermostats
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System Controls Controls are a vital part of any central heating system, their purpose is both to ensure the dwelling is kept warm when required and to minimise enrgy waste. This module will give you an overview of the key controls in a system.

Required Reading:
Complying with Part L

Learning Activity:
Worksheet 2
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System Controls

LEARNING ACTIVITY
Look at home and see if you can identify what sort of heating controls you have in your central heating system.

20 minutes

Module 3 - Boilers, Heat Pumps and Solar

Key Topics
  • Types of Boiler and their Components
  • Air Source and Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Solar Thermal
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Boilers, Heat Pumps and Solar The largest single item in any central heating system is the heat source, and whilst it will be still, in all likelihood a gas boiler, increasingly other sources are being specified. In this module we look briefly at the types of gas boiler as well as other sources of heat including heat pumps and solar panels.

Required Reading:
Boiler Plus
Weather Compensation

Learning Activity:
Worksheet 3
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Boilers, Heat Pumps and Solar

LEARNING ACTIVITY
From the boilers stocked in (or available to order from) your branch, find three that offer the option of weather compensation ...

30 minutes

Module 4 - Hot Water and Hot Water Storage

Key Topics
  • Hot Water Consumption and Demand
  • Vented and Unvented Cylinders
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Hot Water and Hot Water Storage Busy households generate a high demand for hot water, and whilst combi systems, which don't store hot water, are the most popular system, there will still be numerous occasions when stored hot water is required. This module looks at both vented and unvented stored water solutions.

Required Reading:

Learning Activity:
Worksheet 4
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Hot Water and Hot Water Storage

LEARNING ACTIVITY
Go into the warehouse and identify one vented cylinder and one unvented cylinder. How do cylinders of similar volume compare in...

15 minutes

Module 5 - Heat Emitters

Key Topics
  • Radiators and Fan Convectors
  • Underfloor Heating
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Heat Emitters Heat emitters are usually the most visible part of a central heating system, and it is vital that they are sized and supplied correctly. This module looks at the types of heat emitter on the market and, in the case of steel panel radiators, looks at the how size and configuration can influence performance.

Required Reading:
Balancing the System

Learning Activity:
Worksheet 5
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Heat emitters

LEARNING ACTIVITY
Identify 4 products that would normally be sold with a radiator and find out which are the best-selling brands and models of ea...

40 minutes

Module 6 - Water Treatment

Key Topics
  • Types of Water Contamination
  • Methods of Water Treatment
  • Standards and Legislation
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Water Treatment If a central heating system is to perform efficiently over an extended period, the system water must be kept in good condition. This module looks at how and why water treatment is so important.

Required Reading:
Protecting Central Heating Systems

Learning Activity:
Worksheet 6
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Water Treatment

LEARNING ACTIVITY
Find out:
a) which is the most frequently sold water treatment product in your branch, and
b) where in the warehouse...

30 minutes

Final Assessment

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Final Assessment

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