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Training for Green Deal Assessors

The Green Deal

The Green Deal intends to assist millions of home and property owners to cut carbon emissions effectively in a revolutionary new scheme. Property owners will not need to pay upfront to benefit from this scheme as it will initially be funded by the government, who ensure that the cost of any qualifying energy efficient installation will be covered by savings on energy bills and paid back over a 25 year period.
This new initiative will create many new jobs for Green Deal Assessors and funding is currently available for training. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) require a large number of assessors who will be subject to in depth training in order to gain accredited certification for this exciting new role. They will gain technical knowledge, practical competence and other varied skills in order to make informed decisions regarding properties.

The Green Deal Assessor

The Green Deal Assessor will be required to enter properties and advise on where energy efficiency improvements can be made and what will be covered by The Green Deal.
All sorts of resources will be assessed for suitability within properties including :
  • cavity wall insulation
  • solid wall insulation
  • loft insulation
  • flat roof insulation
  • biomass boilers
  • condensing boilers
  • draft proofing
  • floor insulation
  • ground and air source heat pumps
  • underfloor heating and many others.

The property will be assessed in two ways. Initially, the fabric of the property will be assessed in order to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and then an occupancy assessment will take into account the way the property is used; the number of residents, rooms in use, etc. All homes, bought, sold or rented, now required an EPC by law. The EPCs carry ratings that will show the current energy efficiency and cost of use and they will also show what could potentially be achieved by making improvements suggested by the Green Deal Assessor. No one will be able to enter into The Green Deal scheme without first having this assessment carried out and an EPC provided.

Training Options

To become a Green Deal Assessor, you simply need to meet requirements set out in the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Green Deal Assessors, or be employed by a company that has been certified by accreditation authorities with the relevant Green Deal Scheme Standard, has signed the Code of Practice and is on the Green Deal register. You could become an employee or subcontractor of one or more Green Deal providers, a self employed assessor commissioned directly by the property owner, or a public sector Green Deal official. If you are new to the energy industry and have no previous experience, you can be fully trained as a Domestic Green Deal Assessor in as little as five days. You will gain in depth knowledge and practical advice on how to produce a domestic Energy Performance Certificate and a Green Deal advice report. You will take part in a short exam and will then receive the Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Green Deal Advice. Existing domestic energy assessors can top up their skills to become an accredited Domestic Green Deal Assessor in as little as two days. The training will consist of taking you through the process required in order carry out property assessments and produce a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR). A multiple choice exam will be required at the end of training. You should be able to take either course online and will be given access to online study material to enable you to study from anywhere in the world at your own pace. A mentor will still be able to guide you through the qualification process and be on hand to answer any questions and provide advice.

Funding for Assessors

Training for Green Deal assessors is expected to become available from June or July 2012. A significant amount of work has gone into putting appropriate qualifications in place and a massive £1 million has been given to Asset Skills to contribute to training costs. Asset Skills have been asked to ensure that there are at least 1,000 qualified Green Deal Assessors ready for the launch in October 2012 and each of these individuals could be entitled to claim £1,000 towards the cost of their training. This funding would appear only to be in place for the first 1,000 applicants at the present time, so don't delay in making enquiries as deadlines are in place.