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Green Deal Advisor Training (Domestic)

The role of a Green Deal Advisor (GDA) will be to carry out a Green Deal qualifying assessment, produce a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) and explain the findings and recommendations. The GDAR will be a pre-requisite for any person who wishes to obtain Green Deal Finance in order to pay for the installation of energy-efficiency measures at their property.

Stroma Certification provides software tools, training and certification schemes to assist the industry in embracing the Green Deal path for Green Deal Advisors.

As a pre-requisite for the GDA qualification, candidates must be a certified Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). Stroma Certification operates training courses and certification schemes for DEAs; for advice about combined DEA and GDA qualification routes, please contact us.

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Training as a Green Deal Advisor for Domestic Properties

Green Deal Advisor (GDA) training with Stroma :

Stroma Certification offers face-to-face training, balancing out the soft skills and the technical expertise of the Green Deal Advisor. All aspects of the GDA National Occupational Standards (NOS) are covered, giving candidates the opportunity to learn about:

  • The principles of the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
  • Requirements in advance of a Green Deal Advisor's visit
  • Consumer Protection within the Green Deal
  • Green Deal finance and other sources of finance
  • Practicalities of providing information
  • Preparing for the Occupancy Assessment
  • Collecting the data needed for the Occupancy Assessment
  • The effect of building pathology and morphology on energy performance
  • The client's needs and how to address them
  • The effect of different types of tenure
  • Behavioural advice, water saving, waste reduction and the process of giving advice
  • Maintaining records of inspection findings
  • The basic principles of Green Deal Advice Reports
  • Entering data into approved RdSAP software (i.e. Stroma Certification's RSAP+)
  • Using RSAP+ (RdSAP software) to recommend measures bespoke to the property and its occupiers
  • The Golden Rule calculation
  • Ensuring the GDAR complies with Conventions and Codes of Practice
  • Reporting, lodging and issuing GDARs, updating EPCs and and record keeping
  • Insulation, heating, hot water and other measures in detail
  • Explaining the GDAR to the domestic customer

Assessment

Assessment for the GDA qualification is on the basis of a Witnessed Assessment and portfolio submission.

During the Witnessed Assessment, candidates are observed conducting the Green Deal assessment and providing advice to a householder, and assessed to ensure that delivery of advice and explanation is to the required standard. Stroma Certification personnel shall carry out the witnessed assessment, within the allocated maximum time of two hours per Green Deal assessment. The assessment is not usually carried out consecutively with the training; it can be arranged to suit client needs.

Following the training , a portfolio of evidence must be submitted to Stroma Certification for assessment. This portfolio must include evidence to meet all of the relevant awarding body’s requirements. Candidates will achieve qualification once the portfolio passes assessment and is verified.

Technical support

Pre and post course learning is provided for candidates, along with a members' area (www.stromamembers.net). A login is required, and gives access to reading material, videos, and useful links, alongside required technical/legislative documentation.

Additionally, members gain access to instant technical support, with a telephone and email helpdesk staffed by qualified advisors available during business hours.

Course Structure

Day One

Providing information to customers on the principles, financing and operation of the Green Deal

  • The components of the Green Deal
  • Providing high quality, independent and impartial advice to customers
  • Providing customers with information on Green Deal to meet their needs

Day Two

Undertaking occupancy assessments and giving advice

  • Conducting an occupancy assessment
  • Methods of reducing energy consumption and achieving affordable warmth
  • Advising customers on methods of reducing energy consumption and achieving affordable warmth
  • Maintaining written records of inspection findings

Preparing and issuing of domestic Green Deal Advice Reports

  • Process of inputting data for the domestic Green Deal Advice Reports
  • Assessing energy efficiency measures for the domestic Green Deal Advice Reports
  • Preparing, lodging and issuing domestic Green Deal Advice Reports

Day Three

Explaining the Green Deal Advice Report to the domestic customer

  • Explaining the components of the Green Deal Advice Report to domestic customers, and their implications, in a professional and impartial manner

Day Four (Non-Consecutive)

Witnessed Assessment

  • Candidate is observed conducting the Green Deal Assessment and providing advice to a householder

Portfolio Guidance Session (if required).

Portfolio

A portfolio must be submitted to Stroma Certification for assessment. Once this has passed the assessment and been verified, the GDA (domestic) qualification is awarded.


Training Fees

Course Green Deal Advisor (GDA) (Domestic)
Duration 3 Days + 1 day witnessed assessment
Course Fee £1020
ABBE Registration Fee £230
Witnessed Assessment Fee Free of Charge*
Software Free of Charge

*First assessment free of charge; if additional assessments are required these will be charged at £300 per assessment.

10% DISCOUNT - Available for existing Stroma Certification scheme members. Please enquire for details.

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"I have found your [GDA] training fantastic and Neil Robinson an extremely helpful assessor who has guided me through my portfolio with care and offered me all the help and support I have needed. I am looking forward to coming to the end of it all and getting my qualification."

Bridget Andreas,
The Greener the Better

How to Apply

Please contact Stroma Certification on 0845 621 11 11 ext 341 to arrange your booking today. You can download our application form by clicking here.