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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: £790

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 4 Diploma in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment (DipNDEA)

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ABBE Level 4 Diploma in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment

Energy Assessors wishing to produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for newly-constructed and more complex existing commercial buildings will need to gain this qualification. This will allow you to be accredited as a Level 4 Non-Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA). All buildings now require an EPC when built, sold or let to a new tenant.

A Level 4 NDEA is able to assess new buildings from plans for Building Control purposes, including producing Building Regulation Compliance Checks for Part L (BRUKL) and EPC’s of new buildings on completion. It should be noted that all new buildings, irrespective of their heating systems, are deemed to be Level 4 complexity.

In addition a Level 4 NDEA is able to assess existing buildings with more complex heating systems including Single Duct and Dual Duct VAV Systems, Indoor Packaged Cabinet, Fan Coil and Induction Systems, Constant Volume, Multizone, Terminal Reheat and Dual Duct Constant Volume, Chilled Ceilings, Passive and Active Chilled Beams and Water Loop Systems.

Course format

Option A – 5 days for new entrants cost
Option B – 2 days for existing Level 3 Non Domestic Energy Assessors

Induction covering the legislative background, and details of how to assemble the Portfolio of Evidence.

Training on building construction and services, to enable Assessors to recognise the construction types and building services found in typical commercial buildings.

Non Domestic Energy Assessment training covering the conventions for collecting data and how to enter data into government-approved iSBEM 4.1e software. Software training includes selecting appropriate building types, entering construction types, creation of zones, selecting and entering Building Services Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Hot Water Systems (HWS), entering renewable systems including Photovoltaic Systems (PVS), Solar Energy Systems (SES) and Wind Turbines, Lighting Systems and controls, editing Recommendations and Calculating EPC Ratings

The ABBE Level 4 Diploma in Non Domestic Energy Assessment requires you to carry out Non Domestic Energy Assessment surveys on Two existing buildings and to produce One BRUKL and EPC for a new build from given plans and specifications, to include:-

  • High Street or other retail
  • Low Rise Shallow, Deep Plan or Other Industrial
  • Medium or High Rise (3+ storeys)

Note: The above list is typical and other building types may be acceptable by agreement prior to production of portfolio evidence.

Within the three types of building above the following HVAC systems must be covered at least once:-

  • Substantially Air Conditioned (all air or air/water) (e.g. Constant Volume Systems, Fan Coil Systems, Roof packaged Units)
  • Substantially Air Conditioned (DX/other) (e.g. VRF/VRV systems with centralised ventilation)
  • Mixed Mode (designed) (e.g. with operable mixed mode ventilation systems – this will be incorporated into the off plan project)
  • Centralised Heating System with MTHW/HTHW (e.g. 121oC + operating temperature)

Note: examples of each type of system are only given for indicative purposes, other systems will also be applicable

Four to eight weeks working remotely with the guidance of a Qualification Assessor to assemble the Portfolio of Evidence.

Final assessment of the Portfolio.

There are no examinations with these programmes

Level 3 Certificate in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment (CertNDEA)

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Energy Assessors wishing to produce Energy Performance Certificates, (EPCs), for simple, existing commercial buildings, will need to gain the ABBE Level 3 Certificate in Non-Domestic Energy Assessment to allow you to be accredited as a Level 3 Non-Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA). All buildings now require an EPC when sold or let to a new tenant.

A Level 3 NDEA is able to assess existing buildings with simple heating systems including Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW) boilers, Radiant Tube Heaters, Air Heaters, Room Heaters and Split or Multi-Split and VRF/VRV Air Conditioning Systems, and “typical” construction and lighting systems.

In practice this includes the majority of the high street small retail shops, small restaurants, cafes, public houses, offices, doctors surgeries, community centres, small schools, workshops and storage facilities, which make up the vast majority of commercial buildings.

Existing buildings with more complex heating or cooling systems, or more unusual construction and newly-constructed commercial buildings require a Level 4 or 5 NDEA to produce the EPC.

Course Format – (3 Days)

Induction covering the legislative background, and details of how to assemble the Portfolio of Evidence.

Training on building construction and services, to enable Assessors to recognise the construction types and building services found in typical commercial buildings.

Non Domestic Energy Assessment training covering the conventions for collecting data and how to enter data into government-approved iSBEM 4.1e software, Software trainig includes selecting appropriate buildingtypes, entering construction types, creation of zones, selecting and entering Building Services Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Hot Water Systems (HWS), entering renewable systems including Photovoltaic Systems (PVS), Solar Energy Systems (SES) and Wind Turbines, Lighting Systems and controls, editing Recommendations and Calculating EPC Ratings.

The ABBE Level 3 Certificate in Non Domestic Energy Assessment requires you to carry out Non Domestic Energy Assessment surveys on Three existing buildings to include:-

  • Traditional Construction (e.g. small high street shop or office unit)
  • Portal Frame Construction (e.g. warehouse, workshop, industrial unit, retail warehouse units)
  • Minimum 3 Storey building (e.g. small office block, high street retail store sometimes with integral living accommodation above, dentists surgery or solicitors in old Victorian house)

Note: examples are only given for indicative purposes of typical situations which are common occurrences but other uses of buildings will also apply to the building types.

Within the three types of building above the following three type HVAC systems must be covered at least once:-

  • LTHW Boiler system (e.g. maximum operating temperature 121°C)
  • Split or Multi-split (e.g. Air source heat pumps)
  • Non Boiler system (e.g. Radiant Tube Heater, Air Heaters)

Note: Examples of each type of system are only given for indicative purposes, other systems will also be applicable but use of room heaters such as storage heaters and the like is not usually sufficient on their own to demonstrate coverage.

Three to six weeks working remotely with the guidance of a Qualification Assessor to assemble the Portfolio of Evidence.

Final assessment of the Portfolio

There are no examinations with this programme

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: Please call for information

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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Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

The Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD) is the Directive 2002/91/EC (EPBD, 2003) of the European Parliament and Council on energy efficiency of buildings. The Directive came into force on 4 January 2003 and had to be implemented by the EU Member States at the latest on 4 January 2006.

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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)

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

An Energy Performance Certificate or EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.  It also provides an assessment of the impact the property has upon the environment using a similar scale for emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2).

EPCs are available for both domestic and non-domestic properties but they are both different.  The process involved in producing a non-domestic EPC is more complex and both certificates are formatted differently.  In both cases the certificate comes with recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of the building.  For domestic properties these are included on the certificate whilst for non-domestic premises they are provided in a separate report.

To find out more about getting an Energy Performance Certificate for a domestic property – click here.

To find out more about getting an Energy Performance Certificate for a non-domestic property – click here.

To find out how you can qualify to provide Energy Performance Certificates – click here.

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