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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is ongoing training many professionals have to undertake to ensure that they keep up-to-date with developments in their field.  Whilst initial qualifications are often obtained to enter a profession, professionals continue to develop their knowledge through their careers.  Some of this development comes as experience from the projects and tasks they complete, but this is supported by more formal training and research called CPD.

All accredited energy assessors have to complete minimum standards of CPD to ensure that they know about current practice and remain familiar with the legal requirements in effect.  They also have to make sure they know about new technologies and how these can be best used to improve energy efficiency.

Effective Continuing Professional Development can take many forms.  Some CPD can take the form of private research and reading whilst visit relevant conferences, shows and exhibitions is also generally considered effective CPD.  Many professionals will subscribe to professional bodies who provide updates, journals and newsletters.  All accredited energy assessors have to join a government approved Accreditation Scheme (Approved Organisation in Scotland) who also provide CPD opportunities.  These are also numerous courses available from training organisations, some of which lead to recognised qualifications.

To find out more about Continuing Professional Development opportunities – click here.


So you want to find out more about energy efficiency, reducing bills and sustainability.  The teams at Northern Energy Training Limited and Rowleys Commercial Energy Assessment Limited have teamed up to bring you some of the latest information and advice.

These resources are still being developed but, in time, you will be able to find out about:

  • The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
  • Energy Performance Certificates & Display Energy Certificates
  • Saving energy at work, home and school
  • Global warming and other environmental issues

Advisory Report (AR)

An Advisory Report (AR) is a legal document that accompanies a Display Energy Certificate (DEC).  It contains recommendations that could be implemented by an organisation to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.  Implementing these measures is also likely to reduce energy bills helping both businesses and non-profit organisations reduce their running costs.

Advisory Reports are currently in the process of being renamed to Recommendation Reports to match the terminology used with EPCs.  However, the two documents remain very different in their content.

To find out more about obtaining an Advisory Report – click here.

To find out more about training to produce Advisory Reports – click here.

Display Energy Certificate (DEC)

A Display Energy Certificate or DEC is a legal document designed to show how efficiently energy is being used in a building.  They look similar to the more common Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) but whilst the EPC focuses on how efficient a building is based upon its construction, a DEC assesses how well energy use is managed.  They show a rating on a scale from ‘A’ (the most efficient) to ‘G’ (the least efficient).

Display Energy Certificates are used to promote good energy management by organisations and are mandatory for many public buildings like hospitals, academies, museums and council offices in England & Wales.  A DEC is usually accompanied by an Advisory Report (AR), due to be renamed as a Recommendation Report (RR), which makes suggestions as to how energy can be used more efficiently by the organisation.

To find out more about obtaining a Display Energy Certificate – click here.

To find out more about training to produce Display Energy Certificates – click here.

DEC Example
An example Display Energy Certificate (DEC)
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