Green Deal Advisors
The Green Deal assessment is the gateway to the Green Deal, a homeowner cannot enter into a Green Deal plan without a qualifying assessment.
The assessment and accompanying advice must be carried out by a qualified and authorised Green Deal Advisor. They will have a mixture of technical knowledge, practical competence and ‘soft’ skills to provide households and businesses with the advice they need to take informed decisions.
WHAT IS THE GREEN DEAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS?
The assessment for the domestic sector will be in two parts:
- Assessment of the fabric of the building resulting in an improved Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- Occupancy assessment to take into account additional information about the way the current householder(s) uses the property.
The assessment method for non-domestic buildings will build upon the existing SBEM methodology for producing an EPC, taking into account the way the existing occupants use the building to produce estimated energy savings and recommendations.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE A QUALIFIED, AUTHORISED ADVISOR?
A qualified, authorised Green Deal Advisor is any individual who:
- meets the requirements to be set out in both the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Green Deal Advisors
- is employed by an organisation that has been certified by the appointed accreditation body against the relevant Green Deal Scheme Standard, has signed the Code of Practice, and appears on the Green Deal register.
HOW WILL ADVISORS GET PAID?
To enable flexibility, the approach to payment of assessors and the price of the assessment will be determined by the market. Research suggested that to enable a wide appeal a variety of payment solutions should be available. Once the Green Deal is established, the market will be monitored to ensure it is operating effectively.
HOW WILL ADVISORS’ WORK BE MONITORED/ QUALITY ASSURED?
DECC believe that those providing Green Deal assessments and associated advice should be certified by an accredited certification body. These certification bodies will be accredited to deliver certification in line with a Green Deal Scheme Standard that will cover both what is expected of them and what is expected of the companies/organisations delivering assessor services. The United Kingdom Accreditation service (UKAS), has been appointed to independently accredit the certification bodies.
HOW DO I GET TRAINED AS A GREEN DEAL ADVISOR?
The Diploma in Green Deal Advice is now available. See our training page for details. For current Energy Assessors, there is top up training available to achieve the Diploma, and for newcomers to the market the full Diploma is also available.
HOW DO I BECOME EMPLOYED AS A GREEN DEAL ADVISOR?
The Green Deal Advisor may be employed in one of several ways. They could be:
- a salaried employee or sub-contractor of one or more Green Deal providers/installers;
- an independent, self-employed Green Deal Advisor commissioned directly by a consumer;
- a public/third sector official or representative of a civil society organisation funded (or self-funded) to deliver Green Deal assessments
ROLES IN PROVIDING GREEN DEAL ASSESSMENTS
The main industry roles are:
GREEN DEAL ADVISORS
Green Deal Advisors will need to be active members of an accredited Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) Accreditation Scheme for either Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) or Non-Domestic Energy Assessors (NDEAs), as appropriate to the sector they intend to provide Green Deal assessments for. In Scotland, they will need to have obtained membership of an Approved Organisation, appointed by Scottish Ministers in the production of domestic or non-domestic Energy Performance Certificates, as appropriate.
In addition to the skills and competences required of energy assessors, DECC and Asset Skills have developed the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Green Deal Advisors. The publicly available syllabus provides more detail on the knowledge that is required for the role. There are also Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) routes available.
GREEN DEAL ADVICE ORGANISATIONS
ecmk is accredited by UKAS to act as a Certification Body to certify Green Deal Advice Organisations (GDAO). A Green Deal Advice Organisation could be any size from a large organisation to a sole trader.
In order to work as a Green Deal Advisor (GDA) you either need to be certified as a GDAO or work with or for a GDAO. The Green Deal Advice Organisation is the organisation between GDAs and Consumers. Some large organisations may well be Advice Services and Providers.
Certification Bodies are assessed by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to the standard EN 45011 and against a set of guidelines for certifying the provision of Green Deal Advisor Services. Once they have obtained accreditation, they will be able to certify organisations that employ Green Deal Advisors, who may be Sole Traders or larger companies.
DECC is developing the Certification Body guidelines as well as the specification for the work that Green Deal Advisors will be expected to carry out, whoever they work for. These guidelines and specification, which together will be known as the Scheme Standard, have been tested through a pilot programme run by UKAS.
DECC and Asset Skills have worked closely with Awarding Organisations and potential learning providers on the development of the NOS for Green Deal Advisors. The Green Deal qualifications has been taken up by a number of Ofqual-approved Awarding Organisations, and these qualifications will be endorsed by Asset Skills.
Source: DECC February 2012