The UK’s largest supplier of heat pumps has opened its first national training centre to meet the rising demand from businesses and householders moving to renewable energy technology.

Karbon Homes is just one of the organisations which will take advantage of Go Geothermal’s new training centre in Cold Hesledon, Seaham.

The housing association, like many other businesses, is now seeking to install renewable energy technology in its new and existing properties as part of the Government’s move to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050.

This includes air source heat pumps and Go Geothermal’s training centre will enable heating engineers to learn how to install the pumps.

The training centre – the first of several planned in the UK – will feature heat pumps supplied by Go Geothermal through its CTC brand.

Engineers will get hands-on training and experience in the installation of the CTC heat pumps and at the end they will receive the nationally recognised BPEC Level 3 Award Installation and Maintenance of Heat Pumps qualification.

The courses will be delivered in partnership with Robinsons UK, a national technical training academy.

Tim Williams, Executive Director Go Geothermal, said: “We are delighted to have opened our first heat pump installation training centre in the North-East.

“As a business with its head office in the region, we couldn’t have picked a better location for the first centre, which will provide businesses and organisations with access to technical competence courses using the latest, state-of-the-art CTC air source heat pumps.”

Further training centres in Exeter, Worcester, Blackpool, and Glasgow are also scheduled to open in 2023.

Tim added: “This will provide us with full national coverage, enabling installers across the UK to undertake fully accredited heat pump installation courses.

“Renewable energy technology like heat pumps will play a key role as the UK moves to carbon neutral status by 2050, so we’re proud to be making our own contribution towards this goal.”

Businesses/organisations/individuals wishing to book onto the course at the Seaham centre can visit or anyone requiring more information on the course or the other planned training centres can email