This scheme is now closed
On Construction Domestic Energy Assessors (OCDEA) assess new build properties from plans. They also assess homes undergoing major refurbishment, extensions or other new building work that requires Building Control approval.
Namely, OCDEAs are qualified to:
- calculate SAP ratings;
- produce Building Regulations submissions;
- produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).
To practice as an OCDEA one will need to:
- undertake training and assessment to achieve the ABBE Diploma in On Construction Domestic Energy Assessment;
- be accepted as a member of a Government-approved accreditation scheme.
NES offers a training and assessment package for those wishing to become practicing OCDEAs. The package includes training for producing new build EPCs and building regulations submissions, but also provision of knowledge and awareness of the principles of low energy / carbon design. Courses are very practical and include exercises to reinforce the learning as well as assessment of a range of house types and technologies.
The package includes 5 days of face to face training, namely:
- Day 1: Domestic Energy Ratings;
- Day 2: The EPBD and Building Regs;
- Day 3: SAP and NHER conventions;
- Day 4: NHER Plan Assessor software;
- Day 5: Improving Energy Efficiency, supplementary online CPD material for home study and one to one support from experts via the NES on line assessment centre.
Ahead of the course learners receive a comprehensive training manual, a copy of the NHER Plan Assessor software, and a CD full of key supplementary documents. After the first two days of the course, there is a two week gap to allow time for home study and practice, followed by 3 further days of training and initial assessment.
During the course, learners carry out 4 practice assessments, one EPC under exam conditions and complete an internal examination. Following the 5 days of training and initial assessment, learners complete 4 EPCs / Building Submissions that are assessed by assessors, and sit an external multiple choice exam set by ABBE, the OCDEA awarding body.
NES also offers an ‘assessment only’ route for those that have the competence and knowledge required to be On Construction DEA and you feel you know SAP 2009 and Part L1A of the Building Regs well enough, to achieve the ABBE level 3 Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment qualification. Through this it is not required to undertake any training and it is only needed to complete and pass the practical assessment, coursework and ABBE external exam.
To find out more about training and assessment with the NES please visit: http://www.nesltd.co.uk/