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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.

SBEM Masterclass (CPD)

This 6.5 hour CPD day will provide practising non-domestic energy assessors with an SBEM refresher using the latest England and Wales version (iSBEM 5.3a).  Topics covered include entering SBEM data effectively, basic calculations including boiler efficiencies, calculations of COP and EER of split systems, hot water standing losses, and exhaust calculations. Additionally, consideration will be given to the basic data quality checks assessors should carry out prior to lodgement.

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. Entering SBEM data effectively.
  2. Basic calculations including boiler efficiencies, calculations of COP and EER of split systems, hot water standing losses, and exhaust calculations.
  3. Basic data quality checks assessors should carry out prior to lodgement.

Prerequisites

This programme is intended for practising Non-Domestic Energy Assessors but may also be suitable for those wishing to develop a better understanding of the field before committing to a full qualification course.  It is also a useful refresher for Level 3 Non-Domestic Energy Assessors considering upgrading their qualification to Level 4.

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.

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.

Level 4 Diploma in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment (DipACEA)

All air conditioning systems with an effective output of 12kW or more must be regularly inspected by an accredited Air Conditioning Energy Assessor. In accordance with the current regulations, these inspections must be conducted no more than 5 years apart.  New systems must be inspected within five years of first being installed.  Those wishing to conduct these assessments must be qualified, competent and currently registered with a government approved Accreditation Scheme.  The Level 4 Diploma in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment (CertACEA) qualification allows you to demonstrate your competence in this field to be able to register with an Accreditation Scheme.

Programme Outline

The Level 4 Certificate in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment programme begins with an initial face to face course over four days.  This includes an induction covering the legislative background and details of how to assemble the portfolio of evidence combined with training on assessing air conditioning systems and report writing.

This is followed by three to six weeks working remotely with the guidance of an assessor to complete your portfolio of evidence.  During this period you will need to complete a number of inspections of different installations to demonstrate your competence with a range of different system types.  You will need to arrange these site visits yourself.  Once complete, your portfolio will undergo assessment and internal verification before being external verification in completed.

To complete this programme you will also have to successfully complete an external examination set by ABBE.  This can be undertaken at approved test centres nationwide, the same centres that conduct driving theory assessments for the DVLA.  Your first two attempts at this examination are included in the course fees and, once completed successfully, you will be provided with a certificate to include in your evidence portfolio.

The following system types are covered in this course:

  • Unitary packaged systems;
  • Single split packaged systems;
  • Multi-split packaged systems;
  • Simple variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems;
  • Complex (multiple external) VRF/VRV plant;
  • Air handling unit based system; and
  • Chilled water-based systems with terminal units system.

In all cases you will also cover the different types of indoor units (including floor, wall and ceiling mounted units) and their controls (including self-contained on-board controls for temperature and time).

Prerequisites

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 good understanding of scientific principles including basic thermodynamics;
  • 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.

Please Note:  This programme is of high academic and technical demand.  Candidates are often more successful completing the Level 3 Certificate course and gaining practical experience as a Level 3 assessor prior to upgrading to Level 4.

Expected Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme candidates will have demonstrated their competency in meeting the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for an Air Conditioning Energy Assessor (ACEA) for Level 3 & 4 systems.

Price: £2250 exc VAT (£2700 inc)

Our price includes training, ABBE registration, examination fees (up to two attempts), 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.

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Level 4 Diploma in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment (DipACEA) – Upgrade

All air conditioning systems with an effective output of 12kW or more must be regularly inspected by an accredited Air Conditioning Energy Assessor. In accordance with the current regulations, these inspections must be conducted no more than 5 years apart.  New systems must be inspected within five years of first being installed.  Those wishing to conduct these assessments must be qualified, competent and currently registered with a government approved Accreditation Scheme.  The Level 4 Diploma in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment (CertACEA) qualification allows you to demonstrate your competence in this field to be able to register with an Accreditation Scheme.

Programme Outline

This programme builds upon the Level 3 Certificate in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment allowing candidates to undertake inspections of more complex Level 4 systems.  The programme begins with an initial face to face course over one day.  This includes brief revision of the Level 3 course and details of how to assemble the portfolio of evidence combined with training on assessing Level 4 air conditioning systems and report writing.

This is followed by three to six weeks working remotely with the guidance of an assessor to complete your portfolio of evidence.  During this period you will need to complete a number of inspections of different installations to demonstrate your competence with a range of different system types.  You will need to arrange these site visits yourself.  Once complete, your portfolio will undergo assessment and internal verification before being external verification in completed.

To complete this programme you will also have to successfully complete an external examination set by ABBE.  This can be undertaken at approved test centres nationwide, the same centres that conduct driving theory assessments for the DVLA.  Your first two attempts at this examination are included in the course fees and, once completed successfully, you will be provided with a certificate to include in your evidence portfolio.

The following system types are included in the Level 3 course and familiarity with them will be assumed:

  • Unitary packaged systems;
  • Single split packaged systems;
  • Multi-split packaged systems; and
  • Simple variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems.

In all cases this also includes the different types of indoor units (including floor, wall and ceiling mounted units) and their controls (including self-contained on-board controls for temperature and time).

The following system types are considered to be Level 4 systems and are covered in this course:

  • Complex (multiple external) VRF/VRV Plant;
  • Air handling unit based systems; and
  • Chilled water-based system with terminal units system.

Prerequisites

Candidates undertaking this programme must hold the Level 3 Certificate in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment (CertACEA).  In addition, they must have recent experience of working as an accredited Level 3 Air Conditioning Energy Assessor in the UK.

Expected Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme candidates will have demonstrated their competency in meeting the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for an Air Conditioning Energy Assessor (ACEA) for Level 3 & 4 systems.

Price: £1300 exc VAT (£1560 inc)

Our price includes training, ABBE registration, examination fees (up to two attempts), 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.

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Level 3 Certificate in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment (CertACEA)

All air conditioning systems with an effective output of 12kW or more must be regularly inspected by an accredited Air Conditioning Energy Assessor. In accordance with the current regulations, these inspections must be conducted no more than 5 years apart.  New systems must be inspected within five years of first being installed.  Those wishing to conduct these assessments must be qualified, competent and currently registered with a government approved Accreditation Scheme.  The Level 3 Certificate in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment (CertACEA) qualification allows you to demonstrate your competence in this field to be able to register with an Accreditation Scheme.

Please Note:  Your accreditation with this qualification will restrict you to only inspecting buildings where Level 4 systems are not present.

Programme Outline

The Level 3 Certificate in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment programme begins with an initial face to face course over three days.  This includes an induction covering the legislative background and details of how to assemble the portfolio of evidence combined with training on assessing air conditioning systems and report writing.

This is followed by three to six weeks working remotely with the guidance of an assessor to complete your portfolio of evidence.  During this period you will need to complete a number of inspections of different installations to demonstrate your competence with a range of different system types.  You will need to arrange these site visits yourself.  Once complete, your portfolio will undergo assessment and internal verification before being external verification in completed.

To complete this programme you will also have to successfully complete an external examination set by ABBE.  This can be undertaken at approved test centres nationwide, the same centres that conduct driving theory assessments for the DVLA.  Your first two attempts at this examination are included in the course fees and, once completed successfully, you will be provided with a certificate to include in your evidence portfolio.

The following system types are included in the Level 3 course and will be within the competence of a Level 3 Air Conditioning Energy Assessor:

  • Unitary packaged systems;
  • Single split packaged systems;
  • Multi-split packaged systems; and
  • Simple variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems.

In all cases you will also cover the different types of indoor units (including floor, wall and ceiling mounted units) and their controls (including self-contained on-board controls for temperature and time).

The following system types are considered to be Level 4 systems and are not included in the Level 3 course:

  • Complex (multiple external) VRF/VRV Plant;
  • Air handling unit based systems; and
  • Chilled water-based system with terminal units system.

Prerequisites

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 good understanding of scientific principles including basic thermodynamics;
  • 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 an Air Conditioning Energy Assessor (ACEA) for Level 3 systems.

Price: £1750 exc VAT (£2100 inc)

Our price includes training, ABBE registration, examination fees (up to two attempts), 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.

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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.

Level 3 Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment (CertDEA)

Those wishing to produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for existing houses will need to gain the Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment (CertDEA). This will allow you to be accredited as a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). All domestic properties require an EPC when sold, rented or let.

EPC's are also required to enable owners to claim the higher rate feed in tariff (FIT), where the EPC achieves a minimum D band rating.

The course includes full training in the RdSAP methodology used to assess existing domestic properties and in the use of government approved software to produce the EPC.

Candidates must also assemble a portfolio of evidence of their competence, including EPCs for five real domestic properties. Each candidate is assigned to an assessor to guide them through this process. The assessor will verify that the candidate's evdience meets the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for a DEA.

Programme Outline

The programme begins with a face-to-face induction course covering the legislative background, an introduction to the RdSAP methodology and details of how to assemble the portfolio of evidence.  This continues with RdSAP training covering the conventions for collecting data and how to enter data into government-approved software. Additionally methods determining the age of a dwelling, recognising the construction and insulation of the main elements and identifying the heating and hot water systems together with the heating controls are covered.

Practical work carrying out assessments and producing EPCs is then completed independently by the candidate.  This usually takes three to five weeks working remotely with guidance from their assessor.

Finally assessment of the evidence portfolio is completed followed by internal and external verification to confirm the required standards have been met.

Prerequisites

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 a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).

Price: £1200 exc VAT (£1440 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 Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment (CertDEA)

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

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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.

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