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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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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.

Prerequisites

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: £650 exc VAT (£780 inc)

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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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.

Peter Rowley

Peter has over 40 years experience in surveying commercial and industrial buildings.  A member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), he has been involved in the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive since it was introduced to the UK in 2007.

With a background including quantity surveying and construction education, Peter is both an experienced energy assessor and trainer.  He also provides technical advice and support to a number of accreditation schemes and approved organisations, including the auditing of submitted assessments.  He is currently both an ESOS Lead Assessor and a Section 63 Advisor.


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