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Domestic Energy Assessor Training 101

Aug 17, 2007
NHER Energy courses help to train domestic energy assessor candidates in the UK abound. There are different training packages, each with its own energy courses.

These energy courses are based on four training elements, each two days in length. Once a DEA candidate signs up for the energy courses each category of course is delivered about two weeks apart.

Training is generally held in Milton Keynes, UK, at the NHERs suite dedicated to DEA training. Energy courses are held weekends or weekdays and candidates can choose the format and schedule that works best for them.

Two of the four elements of the total energy courses training are required of those who have already worked in the energy assessor field and are just seeking DEA certification and diploma. For those just starting out as energy assessors all energy courses are required.

Category one involves two days of courses, which involve energy-related lectures as well as practical workshops on energy-efficiency and assessment. During these energy courses students will be introduced to the first two units of the UKs National Occupational Standards.

They will get practical information on the way to upload evidence of energy compliance. Having assessed 1400 home inspectors as of this writing, those who designed the NHER energy courses determined that this information is an absolute must for DEA candidates.

Without practical guidance and workshops such as this, according to these DEA experts, candidates will have a difficult time progressing in their candidacy.

Details of the learning involved in these energy courses include the knowledge of what energy compliance really is, what is required of NOS units one and two, how they will find and generate the compliance evidence, how they will upload said evidence, and how to write a personal statement.

Energy courses will also look at the general health and safety of individuals, and the community as a whole as it pertains to and is influenced by the wise use of energy.

Students will learn and practice the steps of assessing energy risks and reporting them. They will see a live demonstration of the online EPC software, and will be given access to it.

The second category of DEA energy courses, optional for those who have energy assessor experience, includes two complete days of classroom lecture and practical energy assessment exercises.

Here candidates will get a broader understanding of the basic theory of home construction of thermal energy and of residential energy efficiency. They will learn how dwellings are constructed, the home construction terminology associated with residential building, and identification of property age with consideration of local geography. They will be taught about home construction regulations and will take part in exercises that teach them how to identify construction age.

These energy courses will also teach student to identify the basics of thermal properties, to include attics, cavity walls and insulation, among others. They learn about heating, cooling and hot water systems and controls, as well.
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James Copper works with NCS, who offer energy training for those wishing to become a domestic energy assessor.
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