Located in Mountrath, Co. Laois, METAC Training has established itself as a market leader in the energy training field. The company, which was established in 2006, provides specialist training to installers and service technicians in the energy industry on a wide range of courses including, gas, oil, electrical, solid fuel, welding and fabrication and renewable energy. Each day, learners from around the country travel to Mountrath to avail of the first-class training and facilities available at the company.
METAC Training offers training and assessment to candidates in a professional learning environment with friendly, approachable trainers and staff who are always on hand to answer questions where applicable or offer assistance where needed. As well as training, some courses can be delivered off site in locations around the country depending on the training requirements.
The Irish industry has always played a huge part in new course development and educating learners while addressing market needs. One such course is the new heat pump course coming on stream in 2019, designed to upgrade the skills and knowledge of people in the renewable energy industry. Candidates who successfully complete their end of programme examinations will be recommended for certification and subsequent registration with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland as a Qualified Installer.
METAC is the only training centre in Ireland certified to offer the new Servicing and Maintenance of Solid Fuel Burning Appliances course. This three-day course provides participants with the knowledge and understanding to enable them to service and commission solid fuel burning appliances to meet the requirements of building regulations, health and safety regulations and standards.
Last year saw the introduction of the Solar PV and Microgen courses. As METAC is the largest energy training and assessment provider in Ireland, it is fully furnished with the specialist equipment needed to deliver this course in line with the required standards of QQI. Both the micro solar photovoltaic systems implementation and the micro-generator electrical installation courses are five days in duration each and QQI Certified to a level 6.
2018 also saw METAC Training become the only approved centre to offer the greatly anticipated QQI Non-Domestic Gas Safety course (commercial). This programme is designed to provide the energy sector with suitably qualified people to carry out non-domestic gas installation work in a safe and efficient manner.
METAC continue to provide training and assessment for Domestic Gas operatives to comply with the CRU requirements for a five-year reassessment cycle. There are different options available to candidates for training and assessment, whether they need some training or just assessment.
METAC van stickers, in conjunction with ARACHAS Insurance, is a means of identifying the candidates trained at METAC who have successfully completed their qualifications. This was introduced following enquiries from both the public and installers and is seen as a mark of quality.