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Brokers urged to cash in on EPCs

FastTrack is urging brokers to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the full rollout of Energy Performance Certificates.

The energy assessor training firm says more than 1.6 million residential rental units and commercial and public buildings will need to be assessed from October when EPCs are extended to cover the whole market.

FastTrack says brokers are well placed to qualify as assessors because of their familiarity with the market.

FastTrack is preparing for the full rollout by making a domestic energy assessor qualification available with no formal entry requirements.

Candidates do not need surveying or energy-related experience to sit for the qualification but basic computing skills are desirable.

Graduates from the programme will be submitted to take the City & Guilds diploma for domestic energy assessors.

A number of assessor courses have been made available since the full rollout of HIPs was announced last year.

But there are concerns that many students have been told there are more jobs available in the sector than exist and that remuneration is better than it is.


Darling fails to slay Stamp Duty beast

Every year as the chancellor dusts off the red box we face the same question – how do you solve a problem like Stamp Duty?

Smokers and drinkers pay more

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TCF deadlines loom, warns Ifs School of Finance

The Ifs School of Finance is calling on brokers to ensure they are prepared for the Financial Services Authority’s Treating Customers Fairly deadline. Brokers must have appropriate measures in place to test whether they are treating their customers fairly by March 31, reminds the body. And all firms are expected to be able to demonstrate […]

Orbiter to unveil specialist solution

Orbiter is unveiling a specialist solution next month built using the latest online technology. This advanced technology has enabled it to build complex rules and underwriting criteria behind a simple user interface.Andy Brown, director of Orbiter, says: “Sourcing is only one feature of the Orbiter proposition, but we recognise it is a hugely important part […]

Simon Fletcher

Auto-enrolment: pay attention or pay the price

By Simon Fletcher

As a chief executive officer of a business in the financial services sector, I have been dealing with the introduction of auto-enrolment for our clients for some time, but I can also speak from an employer’s point of view, having to go through the process ourselves.


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