AHIPP says there is no shortgage of energy assessors

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers says that its reaserch has shown that there is not a shortage of energy assessors.

The HIP association says that firms training or employing home inspectors and domestic energy assessors firmly believe there will be over 2,500 people qualified to deliver Energy Performance Certificates by June.

It is estimated that around 1.7 million energy reports will be needed each year and that in June, when HIPs become mandatory, 91,000 reports will be needed.

This figure will grow to 153,000 reports in October if current levels of activity continue.

Mike Ockenden, director general of AHIPP, says: Of our 70 members polled we found that an adequate supply of assessors are currently in training and will qualify to undertake the EPC by June.

Chris Rispin, managing director of BlueBox partners which trains home inspectors and DEAs, says: We have 300 DEAs in training and all but two of our courses are full.

“We have been over-whelmed by how keen people are to become energy assessors.

We believe that a significant number of assessors will be ready on June 1 to meet the initial demand and there will be further assessors in the pipeline.

He adds: The training courses are bulging at the seams and we anticipate a second tranche of trained energy assessors coming though post June 1.

Our members report that there is a large appetite for people wanting to re-train as DEAs and are confident in their ability to meet the market demands of HIPs from June 1 onwards.