CIBSE Certification to certify competence of Green Deal Advisors based on demonstration of existing skills and knowledge
CIBSE Certification Ltd has announced it is offering assessment of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for certifying competence as a Green Deal Advisor (GDA).
The APEL route to certification, which is accredited by UKAS and already used by CIBSE to certify Energy Assessors, will now allow experienced practitioners who can demonstrate that they already have all the required skills and knowledge to become Green Deal Advisors.
Andrew Geens, Head of Certification at CIBSE, said: “CIBSE is welcoming the Green Deal initiative as a tool to help make buildings more energy efficient. However it is critical for this initiative to work that all Green Deal Advisors provide the best informed advice on where energy performance improvements can be made.”
For experienced energy assessors and advisors, particularly those who work within the area of non-domestic energy and advice, the APEL route offers the opportunity to build on their existing experience and expertise, and to quickly build into this the required framework to become a Green Deal Advisor.**
By offering certification to building engineers and surveyors with proven skills and competence over a minimum of two years – rather than those who have simply completed a short training course and assessment – CIBSE can be confident that businesses and organisations will receive the best possible advice.
The non-domestic sector the Green Deal covers lighting, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery, along with the insulation, heating and hot water, glazing and micro-generation options that the domestic sector focuses on. So it touches much of what CIBSE’s members are already very involved with.
The first Non-Domestic Green Deal Report from a CIBSE certified company has already been lodged.