It is important for us as consumers to remember that gas engineers will not learn about the bespoke installation requirements of different boilers from their industry training, for this they need boiler manufacturer product training. Approved Installer schemes are primarily a way for each boiler manufacturer to improve the installation standards of their boilers by offering specific training on their boiler models to gas safe registered engineers.
All of our nine boiler manufacturers offer free, optional training on their boilers to encourage better installation and maintenance standards. Five have gone a step further and set up ‘approved installer schemes’ or ‘accredited installer schemes’ (all the same thing) that make training a mandatory requirement of membership.
Approved installer schemes are open to any independent installer. In return for a number of member benefits such as business support, a dedicated technical hotline and extended 10 year warranties to their customers, they must attend the manufacturers’ training courses.
The benefits to manufacturers are: 1) They achieve a better take up of their boiler training courses than those that only offer free training. 2) They cultivate loyalty to their brand from their network and, in doing so, hope to sell more boilers.
We as homeowners also stand to benefit from these schemes. 1) We benefit from better installation standards by using a fitter trained in the boilers they offer. 2) We get a free extended warranty from a local, installer.