Home Energy Advisor 3 day course

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High quality home energy advice is central to Government's plans to improve our homes. The Government's "Green Deal" is expected to drive huge investment and create 100,000 jobs in home energy efficiency by 2025. This Home Energy Advice course has been developed to give you the skills to prepare for this demand early on.

We have developed this 3 day course in response to demand for shorter, simpler course that delivers the knowledge required to deliver sound home energy advice. It is based on the longer and more challenging ABBE Level 3 Certificate in Energy Advice (Home), which is currently the "best guess" preparatory qualification to that which will be required for Green deal advisors. However, you may not have the time or the need to complete the extensive portfolio, (five Homes Energy Audit Reports and evidence of ability to cover the course requirements), which is a requirement of the qualification; hence you should consider this course as a smart alternative solution.

This course comprises 3 days of face-to-face training by experienced industry experts and an exam day. The course broadly covers the same key aspects as the ABBE qualification:

  • Preparing for and undertaking a full professional assessment of a property's energy performance
  • Communicating effectively with households to assess energy usage, encourage and develop an action plan to reduce consumption
  • Complete and explain a Home Energy Audit Report (including EPCs) and support clients in implementing recommendations

The training will build on the skills of current Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) and Home Inspectors (HIs), but is also suitable for beginners.

Who should attend?

Asset managers, housing and maintenance staff, domestic energy professionals, property services companies, social housing residents and anyone wanting to exploit the booming market around the Green Deal.

Course agenda

Day 1 - Client context

  • Types of clients and their issues
  • Researching client contexts
  • identifying solutions
  • Communication skills

Day 2 - reduced data SAP and EPCs

  • EPCs and SAP
  • rdSAP conventions 1
  • rdSAP conventions 2
  • preparing the EPC

Day 3 - Developing a plan to reduce energy consumption

  • Identifying appropriate improvements
  • Demonstrating the benefits
  • Preparing a home improvement plan

What will I gain from this course?

This course will:

  • Enable you to provide better understanding and effectively communicate practical ways to help clients reduce their energy use and fuel bills
  • Provide you with a strong platform to support residents in reducing their energy bills
  • Enable current DEAs and HIs to expand their professional portfolio
  • Provide you with skills to inspect dwellings (in accordance with rdSAP, the software used to model and calculate the energy performance of buildings) and understand the range of relevant measures to improve energy efficiency of buildings

The course is designed to be transferable for proposed future Green Deal requirements.

How long is the training course?

The course includes three days of tuition, the exams following soon after.

How is the course assessed?

Candidates must successfully complete up to 3 external exams, which overarch the content of the whole course. These exams may be booked by the candidate online, on demand, and taken at venues around the country.

Exams 1 and 3 will be made up of 20 multiple choice questions to be answered within 45 minutes; exam 2 will be made up of 10 multiple choice questions to be answered within 20 minutes. The pass mark is set at 70%.

The exam certificates will be awarded by the Awarding Body of the Built Environment (ABBE).

I'm already qualified as a DEA/HI

Experienced practitioners will be deemed exempt from certain units, if they can provide evidence of current practice and have an up to date record of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Specifically there are exemptions from some examinations:

ExamExempt candidates
1Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) and Home Inspector (HI)
2Home Inspector (HI)
3City and Guilds Energy Adviser (qualified in Energy Awareness or Provide Energy Efficiency Services)

Where will the training take place?

The course will take place at First Intuition, London.

How much does it cost?

Please get in touch if interested in this course. SHIFT members get up to 50% off course prices.

For further details about the Home Energy Advice course or to discuss options for in-house training, please contact our friendly team on 0800 225 1141 or email info@bakerstimber.co.uk.

Preparing for the Green Deal

The Green Deal is central to the Government's plans to improve energy efficiency in our homes, saving carbon and reducing fuel bills. The Green Deal will offfer households around £7,000 of energy efficiency improvements, the cost of which can be paid back over time, with a guarantee that the savings will be more than the cost. The Green Deal will rely on skilled professionals who can provide high quality advice and installation.

Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, has said that the Green Deal will create over 100,000 new green jobs in the next ten years. Final details of the skills needed will be announced during the 2011/24 and this course will be tailored to meet these needs.

Read more about the Green Deal in our blogs.

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