Who are Green Deal Advisors?
Green Deal Advisors undertake assessments on properties to identify which energy efficiency measures are most appropriate. They have the required technical and practical knowledge to make recommendations about the Green Deal measures and only homes that are assessed by a Green Deal Advisor will qualify for the Green Deal.
The assessment of the property will be carried out using a standard methodology, stored and independently quality assured. In addition, the Green Deal Code of Practice will set out the requirements placed on assessors to ensure that, whatever the employment route for the assessor, the assessment and advice provided must be impartial. Sanctions will apply in the event that these requirements are not complied with.
What is the Green Deal Advice Service?
A Green Deal process is started by an impartial assessment of the property and its occupancy. This is known as the Green Deal Advice Service and will be carried out by a Green Deal Advisor.
The framework used is the current Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), although an updated version of this will need to be completed as part of a Green Deal assessment.
For both domestic and commercial customers the Green Deal Advisor will be looking at:
- The fabric of the building, condition and materials used.
- How the building is used, what hours is the building used and for what purpose.
Green Deal Advisor Qualifications
Anyone undertaking the Green Deal Advice Services needs to hold a Green Deal Advisor qualification and also be an active registrant of an EPBD energy assessment scheme or Approved Organisation in Scotland (such as Elmhurst).
NICEIC deliver the following energy assessment and Green Deal Advisor training courses in partnership with Elmhurst Energy.
- City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment
Provides the candidate with the skills and qualification to register with an EPBD scheme for domestic energy assessment. The registrant can then undertake and lodge domestic energy performance certificates. This is the prerequisite to join a Green Deal Advisor Course.
- City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Green Deal Domestic Advice
Provides the candidate with the skills and qualification to act as a Green Deal Advisor. This role delivers the Green Deal Advice Service, produces Green Deal Advice Reports and is able to centrally lodge competed reports. An organisation must have access to or employ qualified Green Deal Advisors in order to attain certification for the Green Deal Advice Service.
Green Deal Advisor Routes
There are two routes to become a Green Deal Advisor:
- An individual with no experience takes a combined Green Deal Advisor qualification and Domestic Energy Assessor Qualification
- An existing energy assessor takes only the Green Deal Advisor qualification
Individuals will need to hold a Green Deal Advisor qualification in the same discipline that they are energy assessors.
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For a company to undertake the Green Deal Advice Service and produce Green Deal Advice reports, it must be a certified Green Deal Advisor.
How to Become a Green Deal Advisor?
NICEIC offers Green Deal Advisor certification.
Before beginning the certification process, all staff within the company who plan to undertake the Green Deal Advice Service must hold a Green Deal Advisor Qualification, and must also be an active registrant of an EPBD energy assessment scheme or Approved Organisation in Scotland (such as Elmhurst).
Once you have fulfilled these requirements, you may apply to become a Green Deal Advisor.
The certification process for becoming a Green Deal Advisor establishes whether the company operates processes that support the provision of the Advice Service. An assessment will be conducted at the office of the company.
The requirements for becoming a Green Deal Advisor are held within the ‘Specification for Organisations Providing the Green Deal Advice Service’ document. This details the management system and process requirements, for the company as well as the requirements placed on individual Green Deal Advisors.
Green Deal Advisor Downloads
For more information on becoming a certified Green Deal Advisor, please download the following documents:
Green Deal Advice Service – Guide to Certification
Green Deal Advisor – Application Form
Green Deal Advisor – Fee Sheet