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Government introduces energy inspectors

The government has controversially announced plans to introduce energy inspectors, who will be trained specifically to carry out the Energy Performance Certificate.

Following the governments U-turn on Home Condition Reports the Energy Performance Certificate became the only mandatory part of the pack. As it stands the EPC training is incorporated in the Home Inspectors qualification, however trained home inspectors are up in arms about the announcement and feel the new inspectors will undercut them.

Jim Gillespie, director of Independent Financial Services has spent almost 12,000 training to become a home inspector and sees these new inspectors as a new breed of competition for home inspectors.

He says: Many home inspectors are now disgruntled and many are dropping out of training altogether. I have set up an action group for trainee home inspectors seeking compensation and we are currently seeking a barristers opinion.

You can get training courses to be an energy inspector for 1,000. If these inspectors have not paid as much for their training, they will be able to undercut home inspectors on price.

However a spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government says: There are still opportunities for home inspectors. As it is, only fully qualified inspectors can carry out the Energy Performance Certificate as this is the only qualifcation on offer. With this diploma home inspectors could carry out the energy performance certificate and the Home Condition Report. The new qualification will provide the training to carry out just the EPC

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