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Improving Non-Domestic EPC Ratings (CPD)

This 6.5 hour CPD day will provide practising non-domestic energy assessors with hints and tips for improving non-domestic EPC ratings calculated for both existing and new-build structures.  Focusing on little nuggets that can make a big difference, this course will help you understand the key data inputs which, when collected, can make a significant difference to the final rating calculated for a commercial, industrial or agricultural building.

This CPD day is very practical in its outlook and SBEM will be used to show how collecting the right extra data can help gain those few extra points required to make an important difference to your EPCs.  In addition to understanding the key factors involved, you will uncover the circumstances in which the effects may be positive or negative.

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. Buildings types
  2. Weather locations
  3. Modular building date (new build)
  4. Heavy / light internal partitions
  5. Kappa values
  6. Floor corrected U-values
  7. Solar gain
  8. Thermal bridges including roof lights
  9. Zone activities
  10. Metering
  11. Power factor correction
  12. Specific fans powers (SFPs)
  13. Standing losses for hot water systems including secondary circulation
  14. Lighting including display lighting, output characteristics and associated controls

Prerequisites

This programme is intended for practising Non-Domestic Energy Assessors providing EPCs.

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.

Discounted rate 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.

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.

Non-Domestic Conventions for EPCs (CPD)

This 6.5 hour CPD day will provide practising non-domestic energy assessors with an introduction to and update on the latest Non-Domestic Conventions for Energy Performance Certificates (Issue 7).  This new version has only recently been released and continues to apply in Scotland as well as England & Wales.  With a large number of alterations and new conventions, this is your opportunity to ensure you are up-to-date.

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. The New Non-Domestic Conventions (Version 6)

Prerequisites

This programme is intended for practising Non-Domestic Energy Assessors providing EPCs.

Expected Outcomes

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

Price: £120 exc VAT (£144 inc)

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

Discounted rate for members of Sterling Accreditation - discounted price: £100 exc VAT (£120 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.

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.

e-Volve Air Conditioning Software Refresher (CPD)

This 6.5 hour CPD day for Air Conditioning Energy Assessors includes an introduction to the use of Sterling Accreditation’s e-Volve air conditioning assessment software and the necessary data entry required to produce an assessment report.  In addition, there is revision of relevant theory, auditing requirements and best practice in the field.

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. Refresher on basic level 3 thermodynamics, common faults and site encounters.
  2. The Executive Summary, writing key recommendations, adding notes and recommendations to the AC Inspection Report.
  3. Naming conventions and best practice for using the e-Volve software package to produce reports.
  4. DCLG scheme auditing requirements and further reporting guidance to satisfy these.
  5. Software conflicts and the Windows 10 OS.

Prerequisites

This programme is intended for practising Air Conditioning 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 Air Conditioning 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.

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.

Additional Information

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.

Training & Course Dates

Additional Dates & Further Information

Additional dates may be available further into the future through our online learning portal.  To access this please click here.

More information about the courses and any specific requirements can be found on specific course pages.  These can be located using the site menus above.

If you would like further information, information about bespoke courses and CPD, or help and advice please contact our team direct.  Email info@northern-energy-training.co.uk or call us on 01476 850384.

Our Equality Policy

Northern Energy Training Limited is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination.

The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

The organisation – in providing goods and/or services and/or facilities – is also committed against unlawful discrimination of customers or the public.

The policy’s purpose is to:

  • provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our employment, whether temporary, part-time or full-time.

  • not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.

  • oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in pay and benefits, terms and conditions of employment, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, redundancy, leave for parents, requests for flexible working, and selection for employment, promotion, training or other developmental opportunities.

The organisation commits to:

  • encourage equality and diversity in the workplace as they are good practice and make business sense.

  • create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued.

This commitment includes training managers and all other employees about their rights and responsibilities under the equality policy. Responsibilities include staff conducting themselves to help the organisation provide equal opportunities in employment, and prevent bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination.

All staff should understand they, as well as their employer, can be held liable for acts of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, in the course of their employment, against fellow employees, customers, suppliers and the public.

  • take seriously complaints of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination by fellow employees, customers, suppliers, visitors, the public and any others in the course of the organisation’s work activities.

Such acts will be dealt with as misconduct under the organisation’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures, and any appropriate action will be taken. Particularly serious complaints could amount to gross misconduct and lead to dismissal without notice.

Further, sexual harassment may amount to both an employment rights matter and a criminal matter, such as in sexual assault allegations. In addition, harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 – which is not limited to circumstances where harassment relates to a protected characteristic – is a criminal offence.

  • make opportunities for training, development and progress available to all staff, who will be helped and encouraged to develop their full potential, so their talents and resources can be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.

  • make decisions concerning staff based on merit (apart from in any necessary and limited exemptions and exceptions allowed under the Equality Act).

  • review employment practices and procedures when necessary to ensure fairness, and also update them and the policy to take account of changes in the law.

  • monitor the make-up of the workforce regarding information such as age, gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and disability in encouraging equality and diversity, and in meeting the aims and commitments set out in the equality policy.

Monitoring will also include assessing how the equality policy, and any supporting action plan, are working in practice, reviewing them annually, and considering and taking action to address any issues.

As a vocational training organisation, Northern Energy Training Limited is further committed to ensuring candidates develop a full understanding of their obligations in promoting equality in the workplace through the delivery of its training courses.

The equality policy is fully supported by senior management and has been agreed with employee representatives.

Details of the organisation’s grievance and disciplinary policies and procedures can be found in the company policy file or requested from the Registered Office. This includes with whom an employee should raise a grievance – usually their line manager. Candidates should raise any grievance in accordance with the centre’s policies – usually with their allocated trainer or assessor in the first instance.

Use of the organisation’s grievance and/or disciplinary procedures does not affect an employee’s right to make a claim to an employment tribunal within three months of the alleged discrimination.

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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