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Public Building Assessor (DEC) Training



Stroma Certification’s Public Building Assessor (DEC) training is a two-day course which teaches energy assessors to produce Display Energy Certificates for public buildings. Our DEC Assessor course is approved by ABBE (the Awarding Body for the Built Environment).

By completing our DEC training course delegates can join our DEC certification scheme. The scheme is authorised by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). All DEC assessors are regularly audited to maintain assessment standards across the industry. You’re supported by a dedicated and expert technical support team and provided with the software and technical resources to gain a competitive advantage within the public building assessment industry.


Explaining Display Energy Certificates

Display Energy Certificates (DECs) provide buildings with an operational rating, in terms of energy usage, on a scale of A-G (A being the most efficient). DECs are based on the actual amount of metered energy used by the building over a 12-month period.

A DEC and Advisory Report (AR) are required for public buildings with a useable floor area over 500m2 that are occupied in whole, or in part, by public authorities and by institutions providing public services to a large number of persons, and are therefore frequently visited by members of the public.


Software from SystemsLink

Through our partnership with SystemsLink, you can access OR Toolkit software. OR Toolkit enables certificates to be stored alongside existing energy data to make energy assessment of public buildings easer for DEC assessors. Full training is given in the use of the software to process DEC data and lodge the advisory report.


Course Content

Stroma Certification’s Public Building Assessor training is approved by ABBE. A registration fee of £230 (+VAT) is payable to ABBE upon course completion. We offer DEC training across the UK and can provide the course at a location of your choosing for groups of four or more individuals.

Day One

  • An introduction to Energy Assessment
  • ABBE Diploma qualification structure and requirements
  • National Occupation Standards (NOS) Units 1 and 2
  • Building Elements and Services

Day Two

  • Display Energy Certificate (DEC) background and legislation
  • DEC content and methodology
  • Introduction to, and explanation of the government’s software and the source of the Central Information point (CIP) file
  • Workshop covering data entry and production of the certificate Advisory Report (AR)

Following course completion, Stroma Certification will award applicants certified status on receipt of a portfolio containing evidence of business skills and a minimum of 3 DECs.


Course Tutors

Tony Balaam

Tony Balaam

Tony is our resident ABBE NDEA Level 4 Tutor and has been with Stroma Certification for over 10 years. With over 50 years’ experience in HVAC systems and Energy Management, Tony has a wealth of practical knowledge to call upon when delivering the complexities that Level 4 has to offer. Tony’s employment history includes being a Design Engineer for district heating systems, a Contractor in the design and construction of complex HVAC systems, and time spent as an Energy and Maintenance Manager for a Local Authority body. In short, there are a few (if any) with more knowledge and experience in the world of HVAC than Tony.



Book your DEC Training course

Following course completion, Stroma Certification will award applicants certified status on receipt of your proof of qualification certificate, as well as confirmation of the necessary Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.

Course: Display Energy Certificate (DEC) – Level 3
Duration: 3 days
Price: £975
Registration Fee: £230*

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


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