APHC advises plumbing and heating installation businesses who are considering joining the Green Deal Scheme to research the full training requirements of participation. Companies are encouraged to plan and prioritise their approval as an installer, an assessor, or both accordingly.
This advice comes after a number of organisations have started to strongly promote the potential role of small plumbing & heating businesses in undertaking Green Deal assessment and are encouraging installers to undertake early training. Approval as an Assessor under the Green Deal will require the completion of specific new qualifications. The Green Deal will also see the introduction of a complete new suite of competence requirements for the installation role, which relates to a completely separate set of qualification requirements. While some installation businesses and their staff will meet the minimum qualification requirements to participate in the Green Deal installation activities, it is likely that many will need updated qualifications in order to participate. It is therefore important that businesses consider the full training requirements across the scope of roles they wish to seek accreditation for, and are aware of the time and financial commitment required accordingly.
John Thompson, Chief Executive commented: “ It is clear that plumbing & heating installers could be ideally placed to undertake Green Deal assessment, however, I would urge smaller businesses in particular, to check the Green Deal installer competence requirements first against their own qualifications that they hold in order to understand and highlight any additional training that may be required in what most installers will see as their priority role. Whilst it is admirable that a number of organisations are actively engaging with installers and encouraging them to pick up the assessment work, they are not providing a clear picture of the potential implications on businesses of gaining accreditation for their main installer role. ”
Further details are available covering both the Green Deal Installer and Assessor roles online at: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/green_deal/green_deal.aspx