A heat pump is a device that can provide heating, cooling and hot water for residential, commercial and industrial use. Despite the name, all heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling. They work well in nearly all types of climate.
EHPA aims for quality. Together with its member it tries to show both the end-consumers and policy makers that heat pumps are quality products that are very energy efficient and are using the available renewable energy sources as much as possible.
EHPA is the voice of the heat pump sector in the European Union and advocates for a faster deployment of heat pumps. We want EU laws that enable heat pumps to become the number one heating and cooling solution in Europe. Everyone, everywhere should have access to sustainable, affordable heating.
EHPA members meet at the annual general assembly.
EHPA organises the annual conference Heat Pump Forum, and several heat pump related events every year.
EHPA co-organises and supports the European Heat Pump Summit in Nuremberg.
EHPA is present at major trade fairs in Europe.
The EUCERT programme aims at training and educating heat pump installers throughout Europe. This is in line with EHPA's goal to not only mark quality products but also shine a light on the qualified workforce. Since, an extremely well-running heat pump can lose a lot of its efficiency if not properly installed. Therefore, currently 14 countries are working together to have this scheme in place and in accordance with Article 14 of the RES Directive.
Article 14 (3) of the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Directive says:
“Member States shall ensure that certification schemes or equivalent qualification schemes become or are available by 31 December 2012 for installers of […] heat pumps. Those schemes may take into account existing schemes and structures as appropriate […]. Each Member State shall recognise certification awarded by other Member States in accordance with those criteria.”
EUCert – forward
The European Heat Pump Association wants to be a frontrunner on training and certification schemes for heat pump installers in Europe and it therefore takes, through its Education Committee, the management and development of a training and certification scheme – EUCert – forward.
This EUCert certification programme has grown out of a previous EU funded programme, the SAVE project EU-CERT.
HP, which was aimed at initiating a European training and quality campaign for installers in the field of heat pump technology. It had been supported by the European Commission within the Intelligent Energy Programme and was completed in December 2006. Afterwards, EHPA felt that the sector needed such a program to be wider developed and therefore continued with its partners in several EU Member States to improve the schemes. Today organisations from several European countries, in addition to the original project partners, are actively using and supporting this system.
You can find more information on the countries where trainings are offered in the sub-section Member countries. If your country is not listed yet and you have a vital interest in setting up a training programme based on the EUCERT scheme, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a certified installer!
If you are a heat pump installer or you aim at installing heat pumps and would like to be part of the EUCERT program men, then you need to undertake the following steps:
Look if the country where you want to follow the courses and/or install heat pumps is listed in the ‘Participating Countries’.
If this is the case, then please directly get in contact with the contact person that is mentioned. He or she will help you further and explain when the next courses are and what the entry requirements might be. You can also directly go to the website of the organisation and inquire yourself.
If this is not the case, then please send an e-mail to email@example.com and someone at EHPA will try to help you further.