Sterling Accreditation Section 63 APEL

In collaboration with Sterling Accreditation, this programme is for experienced non-domestic energy assessors to become accredited to provide Section 63 Action Plans in Scotland.  It has been developed to enable the implementation of Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 which took effect of 1st September 2016.

Programme Outline

The 2 day programme covers the following:

  • Section 63 Regulations
  • Timescales for implementation
  • Qualifying Buildings applicable under Section 63
  • Exempt and Compliant Buildings
  • Prescriptive and Alternative Measures Action Plans
  • Additional information you need to provide to clients to support Action Plans
  • Software use and Competency Assessments

Day One predominantly deals with the legislation and its application whilst Day Two focuses on producing competency evidence meeting the requirements of Scottish Government.  This includes completing a short written knowledge test and three practical case scenarios.

Your paperless evidence portfolio is prepared online through our new web training portal where you will also find materials to support you through the process.


This programme is only open to accredited Energy Assessors who have been practicing in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment for at least two years.  Assessors not already practicing in Scotland must first seek advice to confirm eligibility to join the Scottish register of Non-Domestic Energy Assessors and will usually need to be working at Level 4 in England & Wales.

Ideally you will hold a relevant formal qualification but all candidates are required to provide satisfactory evidence that they have been actively practicing and submitting assessments to the relevant National Register.

You will also have to provide evidence of having completed a site visit for an energy assessment within the last 12 months. This evidence needs to demonstrate the safe and systematic collection of data and include site notes, floor plans, photos, calculations and a risk assessment as you would typically provide for an audit.

Expected Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme candidates will have demonstrated the competency standards required for admission to the National Register for the completion of Section 63 Action Plans in Scotland.  Providing satisfactory professional standards are maintained they will gain approval through Sterling Accreditation.

Price: £790

Our price includes 2 days training/assessment, the Sterling Accreditation APEL application, assessment and verification of your evidence portfolio with full professional support to guide you through the process.

Further Information

For details of upcoming course dates and venues visit our course listing - click here.

If you require additional information then please contact our team.

FAQ: Section 63 APEL

We provide all applicants with pre-course resources to help you make the most of your course and to ensure you can produce a portfolio to demonstrate your prior experience and competence. You are required to complete some short tasks prior to attending the course.

This includes background reading and guidance to help you prepare the evidence you need to submit from a site visit you have already conducted for another energy assessment within the last 12 months.

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