OFTEC Blog

OFTEC Blog

Want to read more about our work or registration schemes? We are building a bank of useful articles and case studies to help technicians and consumers understand more about OFTEC. 

Heat and Buildings Strategy must be high on ambition and pragmatism to truly level up

Thursday, June 24, 2021 by Malcolm Farrow

The importance of this year’s UK-hosted COP26 cannot be overstated. With uncertainty around how many more opportunities there will be to decide on the meaningful actions needed to avoid a global climate catastrophe, the stakes could hardly be higher.

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Energy resilience

Monday, January 18, 2021 by Malcolm Farrow

At this time of year, as the temperatures plummet, our thoughts turn to the resilience of the technology we use to heat our homes.

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Weathering the lockdown - a heating business' experience

Friday, May 15, 2020 by OFTEC

We spoke to the GB technician representative, Guy Crabb, on 14th May 2020 to get his thoughts on weathering the lockdown due to the COVID pandemic. Read about the measures he's put in place for this heating business.

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Change is coming in the heating sector

Monday, February 10, 2020 by OFTEC

The urgent need to reduce carbon emissions is clear yet the role that the heating sector will have to play in decarbonising is full of uncertainty. We've talked to heating industry experts to get their views.

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Becoming an OFTEC oil heating registered technician

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 by OFTEC

For homes not connected to mains gas, oil heating is a very popular choice. For technicians working on liquid-fuel fired equipment such as range cookers or central heating systems, displaying the OFTEC Registered Business logo is an important part of showing they have the right qualifications and competencies to work on this type of equipment.

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MCS certification from OFTEC

Thursday, May 04, 2017 by OFTEC

Registering for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) with OFTEC enables you to offer government funded installations to your existing and prospective customers. OFTEC offers MCS for air source heat pumps (ASHP), ground source heat pumps (GSHP), biomass and solar thermal.

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Oil heating training at an OFTEC approved centre

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 by OFTEC

Getting the right training to enable you to gain OFTEC registration is very important. There are several different courses available and you'll need to choose the one most appropriate to the type of work you are planning to carry out. OFTEC has a network of over 90 approved centres throughout the UK and Ireland.

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How to register your business with OFTEC

Friday, January 06, 2017 by OFTEC

Whilst OFTEC is best known for its oil heating registration scheme, many businesses registering with OFTEC also work with solid fuel or renewable heating systems and have added those scopes to their OFTEC registration. Businesses need to have a minimum of one qualified technician for each of the technologies that they wish to register with OFTEC for. The same requirements for carrying out training and assessments every five years apply for every technology registered.

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Reasons to register with OFTEC

Friday, January 06, 2017 by OFTEC

There are plenty of benefits of registering with OFTEC - free technical advice, great value self-certification of installation work, being able to register for all your heating technologies with one company, regular newsletters with useful technical and industry updates, discounted goods and services from our carefully selected partners and exclusive products from the OFTEC Direct online shop

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OFTEC registration for heating installation, service and maintenance technicians

Thursday, January 05, 2017 by OFTEC

OFTEC offers registration for most non-gas heating technologies - including liquid fuel-fired heating and cooking equipment, solid fuel room heaters (wood burning stoves, open fires etc), biomass boilers, solar thermal systems, heat pumps. If you have completed the required training and assessments for your chosen technologies then read on for more information about how you can register.

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