NHER launches training programme for energy assessors

The National Home Energy Rating scheme has launched a new training and assessment programme to ensure that there will be enough qualified energy assessors in time for June 2007.

The programme will ensure that government plans to introduce Energy Performance Certificates next June will definitely happen.

NHER’s domestic energy assessor programme includes eight days of intensive training on construction, thermal physics and energy efficiency. It also will assess candidate’s knowledge and skills against the draft national occupational standards recently published by Asset Skills.

Austin Baggett, head of the NHER scheme, says: “Only yesterday, the Government confirmed that seven million tonnes of carbon and billions of pounds from fuel bills could be saved each year by simple measures. We need to encourage householders to take action and to reduce carbon emissions.

“However, the introduction of energy performance certificates is in jeopardy if there are insufficient numbers of trained and qualified experts to do the certification and to offer advice to homeowners on cost-effective improvements.

“We simply cannot wait. For those wishing to qualify in time for next June need to start the training now.

“The draft national occupational standards are already available, and we are confident of the skills required to provide high quality certificates and advice to householders on the carbon and fuel cost savings that can be achieved.”