Domestic On Construction Energy Assessor (DOCEA) Training

Domestic On Construction Energy Assessor (DOCEA) Training



Stroma Certification’s ABBE-approved Domestic On Construction Energy Assessor Training is a five-day Level 3 course to qualify as a Domestic On Construction Energy Assessor (DOCEA). Only qualified Domestic On Construction Energy Assessors can produce both Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) calculations and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) required for all new homes.

Complete the DOCEA training with Stroma Certification and you’ll gain membership of a fully audited new build scheme. Candidates are guided through the assessment process, from receiving clients’ instructions to gathering and inputting data to generating the SAP report and lodging the EPC. The SAP course is the only one of its kind to cover the Scottish Building Regulations (in addition to England, Northern Ireland and Wales). A certificate is provided at the end of the course to confirm competency in EPC lodgement and understanding of regulation in Scotland.


Main objectives of the course:

  • Full, practical and guided workshops
  • Analysing plans, specifications and constructions
  • Taking measurements from architectural plans
  • Building U-Values
  • Basic model building using free Google SketchUp™ software to identify building element areas
  • Inputting data into approved software
  • Exploring different options and design strategies to improve the energy performance of dwellings
  • Produce accurate SAP energy assessment reports and EPCs
  • Covers relevant elements of the 2013 revisions to the Building Regulations, and changes within SAP 2012

Rating new build dwellings

The Standard Assessment Procedure is the Government’s methodology for calculating the energy performance of new build UK dwellings. It is used to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and Part L of the Building Regulations. SAP energy assessments are based on a range of factors including building materials, heating systems and controls, ventilation and renewable technologies.


FSAP 2012 software

Stroma Certification provides FSAP software to help DOCEAs to compile SAP calculations in order to consult and assist with the design of new build developments. The FSAP Software is built in-house by our sister company, Stroma Software, who provide mobile and desktop software to a range of UK industries. FSAP tuition is a component aspect of the four day course and DOCEA members are provided with a software download once they complete the training.

FSAP Software

Course Content

Stroma Certification’s Domestic On Construction Energy Assessor (DOCEA) training is approved by the Awarding Body of the Built Environment (ABBE). A registration fee of £230+VAT is payable to ABBE upon course completion. We offer DOCEA training across the UK and can provide the course at a location of your choosing for groups of four or more individuals.

Day One:

  • Qualification Overview
  • OneFile
  • Conservation of fuel and power reference documents
  • SAP Conventions
  • SAP Methodology
  • Software Demo

Days Two

  • Workshop 1- House with attached garage (Appendix U, indicative thermal mass, post code areas)
  • Non repeating thermal bridges
  • Workshop 2 – House (non repeating thermal bridges)

Day Three:

  • U Values presentation
  • U-Values Demo
  • U-Value Exercise
  • Workshop 3 – RIR (average storey height, U-Values)

Day Four:

  • Workshop 4 – Flat ( Thermal Mass, Thermal bridges, U-Values)
  • Portfolio Requirements
  • Q&A

Day Five:

  • Portfolio Workshop
  • Q&A

Following course completion, Stroma Certification will award applicants certified status on receipt of a portfolio containing evidence of business skills and a minimum of 5 pre-set SAP assessments.


Course Tutors

Simon Berry

Simon Berry

Simon is the Scheme Manager for our Domestic on Construction Energy Assessor (DOCEA) Certification scheme. He has a vast technical knowledge of the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) and how this is applied in the process of assessing the energy performance of new dwellings. Simon also helped develop our FSAP Software.

Sharon Street

Sharon Street

Sharon offers training and portfolio assessment assistance to the Stroma Certification team. She is a former Stroma employee who worked to deliver Stroma Certification services, including member assessment and training course provision. Sharon now works as a consultant on our domestic and non-domestic schemes to ensure compliance.



Book your DOCEA Training course

DOCEA Training represents a huge opportunity for the energy assessor marketplace. SAP is required for every single new build dwelling. The new housing market is traditionally a growth sector with successive governments having pledged to boost new housing numbers. This means that more reports are required every year and with no requirement for s site visit, SAP work is extremely convenient to mesh with your current working routine.

Course Duration Price Registration Fee
Domestic On Construction Energy Assessor (DOCEA) – Level 3 5 days £1,500 £230*

All fees exclude VAT. *Registration fee is payable to ABBE.

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