Green Deal Advisor guide
The Green Deal is a unique opportunity for consumers to save on their bills and become more energy efficient.
It’s also a chance to boost the jobs market, with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimating it will support around 65,000 opportunities by 2015.
Sounds like a big boost doesn’t it? But where will those jobs come from?
Green Deal Advisors will be the key to implementing the Green Deal as consumers won’t be able to get their energy efficient measures completed without an assessment.
Advisors will be employed to carry out that assessment and there are many different ways to get involved.
You could be a salaried employee or sub-contractor of a Green Deal Provider – such as Green Deal Central.
You could do it independently as a self-employed assessor.
Or you could look to the public sector or civil society funded to deliver the Green Deal.
But first, advisors will need to be trained.
Asset Skills is the training provider which has been appointed to develop an Accreditation of Prior Experimental Learning (APEL) framework.
This gives Green Deal Advisor candidates a template for best practice, ensuring standardisation in the industry.
It also ensures any existing skills are taken into account to become part of the Green Deal Advisor qualification process.
A qualified, authorised Green Deal Advisor is then an individual who meets the National Occupational Standards to work in the industry.
This means they have followed the syllabus endorsed by Asset Skills.
And the Green Deal Advisor is an individual who is employed by a company which has been certified by the accreditation body, which has signed the Code of Practice and is on the Green Deal register.
Training could cost between £1,000 and £2,000, so the Asset Skills advice is to shop around.
There is some government funding available. In March 2012 climate change minister Greg Barker set aside £1 million for the training.
And awarding bodies such as City & Guilds, ABBE, EDI, BPEC and SQA will also be able to give further advice on where to go for training and funding.
On to the day job - there are two main areas for the advisor to asses in the domestic market.
The first is of the fabric of the building, the result of which will produce an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
It will tell you how well a house is doing in terms of energy efficiency and give some indication on areas to be improved.
The second step looks at the occupants and how well they are doing.
The heating system and how many people live in the property can all contribute – either negatively or positively – to being energy efficient.
Alternatively if an advisor wants to work on commercial properties then the Green Deal assessment will build on an existing SBEM framework for producing the EPC – I know it’s a lot of acronyms but as an advisor you should get used to.
So what are you waiting for? Find out more in our Green Deal Advisor guide.