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DEC Masterclass (CPD)

Led by a respected expert in the field, the DEC Masterclass is a 6.5 hour CPD that will provide delegates with a complete refresher and insight into the methodology and practice associated with the production of Display Energy Certificates (DECs).  During the session delegates are encouraged to share any queries they have or difficulties they have encountered.  There is also an opportunity for questions and discussions formally during the day and informally over lunch.

Programme Outline

During the day you will cover:

  1. Recent changes in legislation, methodology and guidance.
  2. The importance and impact of benchmarking.
  3. A review of energy data and its sources, how to verify floor areas, identification and evidencing of extended occupancy.
  4. The Advisory Report (AR), in particular a look at software recommendations, production of bespoke recommendations and the carbon impact rating.
  5. Guidance on the use and application of DEC conventions and quality assurance issues.

Prerequisites

This programme is intended for practising Display Energy Certificate (DEC) Assessors but may also be suitable for those wishing to develop a better understanding of the field.

Expected Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme delegates will have updated their knowledge and practice to reflect new developments in the field.

Price: £150 exc VAT (£180 inc)

Our price includes training, buffet lunch and a CPD certificate.

20% discount for members of Sterling Accreditation - discounted price: £120 exc VAT (£144 inc)

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.

Short Courses & CPD

Northern Energy Training is respected nationwide for its high quality short courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes.  Developed and delivered by our team of experienced practising assessors supported by educational professionals, you can be sure of a high quality, friendly training experience.

Our unique CPD programmes are designed to ensure you continue to meet the recognised National Occupancy Standards (NOS) required to practise as an accredited energy assessor.  They include updates for legislative and convention changes combined with tips for better practice.  Northern Energy Training is the approved CPD partner for Sterling Accreditation but our courses are also recognised by all the other major accreditation schemes in the UK.

Northern Energy Training's short courses help you extend your knowledge and skills into new areas.  What's more, practising energy assessors can count them towards their annual CPD requirements.

Many of our courses are supported by materials on our web training portal.  In some areas, this includes access to discussion boards and the opportunity to discuss case studies with experienced professionals.

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Bespoke Training & CPD

If you can't find what you are looking for or want us to run bespoke CPD for your organisation please contact us.  We provide one-to-one training days for assessors wanting to develop particular skills or master a particular aspect of energy assessing.  Additionally, many companies use us to provide continuing professional development for their staff and assessors.  Bespoke courses can target specific issues relevant to the work being undertaken and contracts held by the organisation.

Qualifications Offered

Northern Energy Training is fully approved by ABBE, the Awarding Body for The Built Environment, to offer a range of nationally recognised qualifications.  As a leader in the field, we have Direct Claims Status for many of our programmes meaning successful candidates can obtain their qualification faster.

All of our trainers for energy qualifications are experienced current practicing energy assessors.  They are able to bring the energy assessment process to life with real examples from their work. Many of our trainers are also involved in the operation of accreditation schemes and approved organisation providing technical support and auditing services.

Successful training also requires expert delivery and support.  Here at Northern Energy Training all our trainers are supported by fully qualified education professionals.  Between them, they have years of experience working in schools, colleges and higher education to bring you the best experience possible.

What do I need to do prior to attending the DEC APEL course?

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.

By collating this evidence prior to attending the course you should be able to complete your APEL portfolio by the end of the course. This will speed up the assessment process and help you obtain accreditation faster.

What does the DEC APEL training course cover?

Our unique two day course is designed to build upon your prior knowledge and experience and equip you with the skills you will need to safely and effectively undertake DEC assessments.

Day 1 covers an introduction to the methodology for operational ratings, data processing, the ORCalc software, production of certificates and advisory reports and audit requirements.

Day 2 focuses on developing your evidence portfolio including the completion of the three required DEC simulations to demonstrate your competence.

Please Note: You will need a working laptop for the course that you can install the ORCalc software onto.

APEL Programmes

Our unique APEL programmes are mapped to the recognised National Occupancy Standards (NOS) allowing you to develop your career in a new direction.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning) is a process that recognises the skills, knowledge and experience you already have.  You don't need to complete a full new qualification.  You can provide evidence that you already meet the required National Occupancy Standards through other means.

Our programmes have been developed in partnership with Sterling Accreditation to enable experienced non-domestic energy assessors to take on new roles.  We have also eliminated the need for large paper based evidence portfolios by moving to a web based electronic system on our new Web Training Portal.

What's more, we've already done the evidence mapping for you.  You will be asked to provide specific pieces of evidence then attend a face-to-face training course to fill in the gaps.  During the course you will obtain the additional skills and knowledge you will need to practice in a new area.

All our APEL programmes are recognised by Sterling Accreditation.  Providing you meet the all the requirements and are in good professional standing, you will be able to join the appropriate National Register upon successful completion of the programme.

Additional Information

Further information about the following courses is available by clicking on the links below:

Sterling Accreditation DEC APEL

In collaboration with Sterling Accreditation, this programme is for experienced non-domestic energy assessors to become accredited to provide Display Energy Certificates (DECs).  Developed in response to the implementation of Section 63 Action Plans, this programme is primarily aimed at those wishing to practice in Scotland.  Accordingly, it focuses on the legal requirements in Scotland which are different to those in England and Wales.

DECs are now required by businesses wishing to defer their Section 63 Action Plan under the requirements of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 which took effect on 1st September 2016.

 

Programme Outline

 This programme is structured into the following key stages:

  1. Complete an application form and return it to Northern Energy Training.
  2. Confirm your course dates and submit your payment of fees.
  3. Once payment is received, you will be provided with access to the pre-course materials online so that you can begin to prepare your evidence portfolio.
  4. Complete the two day DEC APEL training. During this course you should complete your evidence portfolio.
  5. Your portfolio will be assessed and, once acceptable, passed to Sterling Accreditation for registration.

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.

Prerequisites

This programme is only open to accredited Energy Assessors who have been practicing in any of the following areas for at least two years:

  • Non-Domestic Energy Assessment;
  • Air Conditioning Energy Assessment; and/or
  • Non-Domestic Green Deal Advice.

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 Display Energy Certificates.  Providing satisfactory professional standards are maintained they will gain approval through Sterling Accreditation.

Price: £650 exc VAT (£780 inc)

Our price includes 2 days training/assessment, the Sterling Accreditation APEL application fee, 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: DEC APEL

Our unique two day course is designed to build upon your prior knowledge and experience and equip you with the skills you will need to safely and effectively undertake DEC assessments.

Day 1 covers an introduction to the methodology for operational ratings, data processing, the ORCalc software, production of certificates and advisory reports and audit requirements.

Day 2 focuses on developing your evidence portfolio including the completion of the three required DEC simulations to demonstrate your competence.

Please Note: You will need a working laptop for the course that you can install the ORCalc software onto.

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.

By collating this evidence prior to attending the course you should be able to complete your APEL portfolio by the end of the course. This will speed up the assessment process and help you obtain accreditation faster.

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Level 3 Diploma in Operational Ratings (DipOR)

The ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Operational Ratings allows those wishing to produce Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Advisory Reports (ARs) for public buildings to register with an Accreditation Scheme. This will allow them to be accredited as Display Energy Certificate Assessors (DECAs).

Buildings that require a DEC by law have a total floor area greater than 250m2, be occupied in whole or part by public authorities or by institutions providing a service to the public, and frequently visited by the public. These buildings need to display a current Display Energy Certfifcate (DEC) and have available a current Advisory Report (AR).  Other buildings can have a DEC voluntarily and there are often significant benefits for the organisation of having these.

Unlike Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), DECs and ARs are produced using an Operational Rating (OR) based on energy usage in the preceding year.  The reflect the way energy is actually being used and the management processes in place to maintain energy efficiency by the organisation occupying the building.

Here at Northern Energy Training, we also offer this qualification in combination with other non-domestic qualifications including those for Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Air Conditioning Energy Inspections.  Please contact our team for further information.

Programme Outline

The Level 3 Diploma in Operational Ratings course includes full training in the operational ratings (OR) methodology and in the use of the government approved ORCalc software.  This software is free to use (subject to licence conditions) and is used to produce Display Energy Certifcate (DECs) and Advisory Reports (AR) which can be lodged on the National Register.

All candidates must also assemble a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their competence in the role of DEC Assessor.  This portfolio needs to include DECs for at least two real buildings in addition to the simulation provided during the course.  Each candidate is assigned to an assessor to guide them through this process and evaluate their competence against the National Occupancy Standards (NOS).

Course format:

  • One day induction covering the legislative background, an introduction to the OR methodology and details of how to assemble the Portfolio of Evidence, along with ORCalc software training including the conventions of data collection and entry.
  • One day training on construction of buildings and the services within them. This will enable DEC assessors to recognise the construction types and building services found in commercial buildings.
  • Three to five weeks working remotely with the guidance of an assessor to assemble the portfolio of evidence.
  • Final assessment of the portfolio.

Prerequisits

There are no formal prerequisites for this course.  However, candidates are most likely to be successful if they have:

  • A good working knowledge of mathematics;
  • A good level of literacy with proficiency in the English Language;
  • A sound working knowledge of computers including familiarity with Windows 7 or later, an internet browser and an office package; and
  • Some familiarity with the construction of buildings and building services.

Expected Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme candidates will have demonstrated their competency in meeting the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for producing Display Energy Certificates and Advisory Reports.

Price: £1430 exc VAT (£1716 inc)

Our price includes training, ABBE registration, 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: Level 3 Diploma in Operational Ratings (DipOR)

No, there are no examinations required to complete this programme.

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About

Northern Energy Training was established in 2009 by practicing Energy Professionals to provide quality Domestic, Non-Domestic Energy Assessment, Green Deal Advice, Display Energy Certificate and Air Conditioning Energy Assessment Training.  We are fully approved by ABBE, the Awarding Body for the Built Environment and have Direct Claims Status for many of our programmes.

All of our trainers are experienced current practicing Assessors, able to bring the energy assessment process to life with real examples from their work.  Many of our trainers are or have provided technical support to a variety of accreditation schemes for several years.

Northern Energy Training delivers a large number of courses at its easily accessible Grantham Training Centre, situated close to the East Coast Mainline Station and about a mile from the arterial trunk road junctions of the A1/A607 and A1/A52.  However, we are able to deliver courses at your own premises by prior arrangement.

We look forward to you joining our quality programmes.

Addresses of our current training venues are available 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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