What is the qualification about?
This combined course enables you to complete the Domestic Energy Assessor qualification which is a pre-requisite to the Green Deal Advisor course.
The role of a Domestic Energy Assessor collects data on dimensions, construction, heating and hot water provision of commercial and non-commercial buildings in order to produce an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An EPC is now required by law to be produced when a building is sold or let, and an accredited Assessor can deal with both the sales and lettings markets.
The role of a Green Deal Advisor (GDA) is to carry out a Green Deal qualifying assessment and produce a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) that explains the findings and recommendations. This will be a pre-requisite for any person who wishes to obtain Green Deal Finance in order to pay for the installation of energy-efficiency measures at their property. This new Government incentive is expected to be widely received by home-owners and businesses.
Who is it for and why is it important to me?
This course is for any person who wants to become a Green Deal Advisor.
The Green Deal assessment can only be undertaken by a qualified Green Deal Advisor and is the gateway to the Green Deal. No one will be able to enter into a Green Deal plan without a qualifying assessment of the building and recommendations for measures that could improve the energy efficiency of their home.
How long is the course and what is included?
4 days in total. Free lunch and refreshments throughout the day are included during the training course
What does the course cover?
Day 1 to Day 3 covers the Domestic Energy Assessor course where you will look at the following areas:
The course is comprised of 4 mandatory and an optional unit including:
- Conduct energy assessments in a safe, effective and professional manner
- Undertake Energy Inspections
- Produce and issue energy performance certificates relating to domestic property
- Identify representative properties for sampling.
On Day 4 you will then move onto the Green Deal Advisor course looking at all aspects of the GDA National Occupational Standards (NOS) are covered, giving candidates the opportunity to learn about:
- The principles of the Green Deal
- Requirements in advance of a Green Deal Advisors visit
- Consumer Protection within the Green Deal
- Green Deal finance and other sources of finance
- Practicalities of providing information
- Preparing for the Occupancy Assessment
- Explaining the GDAR to the domestic customer
- Collecting the data needed for the Occupancy Assessment
- The effect of building pathology on energy performance
- Reporting, lodging and issuing GDAR’s, EPC updating and record keeping
- nsulation, heating, hot water and other measures in detail
- The client’s needs and how to address them
- The effect of different types of tenure
- Behavioural advice, water saving, waste reduction and the process of giving advice
- Maintaining records of inspection findings
- The basic principles of Green Deal Advice Reports
- Entering data into energy advice software
- Using RdSAP to recommend measures bespoke to the property and its occupiers
- The Golden Rule calculation
- Ensuring the GDAR complies with Conventions and Codes of Practice
The fifth day is undertaken once you have completed 4 additional Energy Performance
How will I learn and be assessed?
Class room based training, balancing out the soft skills and the technical expertise of the Domestic Energy Assessor and Green Deal Advisor.
The Domestic Energy Assessor course is taught in 3 modules over the first three days with an assignment to complete at the end of each. There is also a practical assessment as part of the course. Once you have completed the training element of the course you will need to undertake 4 additional energy assessments, finding and arranging access to properties yourself. You will complete 1 EPC on a pre-arranged visit during the course.
All candidates are then invited back to GTEC to carry out a witnessed assessment/role play presentation following completion of their portfolio building. Once this has been successfully carried out, your portfolio will be submitted to City & Guilds for certification.
What do I need to bring to the course?
All course material is provided and will be available for collection upon registration on the first day. We recommend that to enable you to undertake the site visits for EPC completion, please bring the following:
- Outdoor clothing including appropriate footwear
- Digital camera
- Meter Key
- 25m tape measure
- Ultra sonic or laser distance measure
- Dust masks
- Disposable Gloves
- Pen and paper
Following this training Green Deal Advisors need to be members of a Green Deal Advisory Service which must be certified by a UKAS Accredited, Green Deal Certification body. Green Deal Advisory Services will be registered centrally with the Green Deal Oversight Body. Each Green Deal Advisor must work directly or via subcontract, for a Green Deal Advisory Service which can be their own company.
After completing both the DEA and the GDA courses you will be able to join a Green Deal Provider as a Green Deal Domestic Assessor and start offering Green Deal Finance.
Who is the certification body for this course?
City & Guilds