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					Green technology,
design and building
services
Offering Courses in:
Green Energy
Energy Assessment
Gas
Electrical
    City of Sunderland College has partnered up with PPL Training, the UK’s leading Provider
    of Microgeneration renewable energy training. The partnership has created a Renewable
    Energy Training Academy at City of Sunderland College’s Hylton Skills Campus.

    The aim of the Renewable Energy Training
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    accredited awarding bodies such as BPEC and
    NICEIC. The courses are recognised, where
    appropriate, with UK Government grant schemes
    such as the MCS.
    (Micro-generation Certificate Scheme)
    Although specific manufacturer courses may be beneficial, they may not entitle
    the person to join a grant scheme. This is because renewable energy manufacturer
    courses tend to be aimed at a single product and are not generic enough.
    M.C.S. Schemes have been established to deliver funding to all householders, and promote high standards
    in the industry. Basically, it is a requirement that, in order for householders to access grants, systems must
    be installed by a member of a recognised M.C.S. Scheme, and all equipment must be M.C.S. Approved.
    We pride ourselves on small group training, with the emphasis being on
    excellent trainee support to promote the right learning atmosphere.
    At City of Sunderland College we continue to offer Domestic Gas ACS Training and
    Assessment for Initial and Reassessment candidates in the following:

    •   CCN1 Core Gas Safety
    •   CEN1 Boilers
    •   HTR1 Fires
    •   CKR1 Cookers
    •   WAT1 Water Heaters
    •   MET1/MET2 Meters
    •   CPA1 Flue Gas Analysers
    As well as the Bpec Combination Boiler/High Efficiency Fault Finding and Electricity for Plumbers Courses.
    All our courses include free onsite parking, complementary lunch and
    refreshments, internet access and a range of trainee support services.




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Contents
How to book a place on a course ........................................................................................................................................................4
Solar PV ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................7
NICEIC Solar Photovoltaic (Installer) ..................................................................................................................................................8
Solar Thermal ..............................................................................................................................................................................................9
Bpec Solar Thermal Hot Water (Installer) ......................................................................................................................................10
Bpec Solar Thermal Hot Water (Non-Installer) ............................................................................................................................ 11
Bpec Unvented HOT Water Storage (Non-Installer)..................................................................................................................12
Bpec Unvented HOT Water Systems (Installer) ...........................................................................................................................13
Ground Source Heat Pumps ...............................................................................................................................................................14
Air Source Heat Pumps .........................................................................................................................................................................15
Bpec Heat Pumps (Air Source and Ground Source) (Installer) ..............................................................................................16
Bpec Warm Water Underfloor Heating (Installer) ......................................................................................................................17
Bpec Warm Water Underfloor Heating (Designer) ....................................................................................................................18
Bpec Rainwater and Grey Water Recycling...................................................................................................................................19
Bpec Water Regulations .......................................................................................................................................................................20
Bpec Part P Electrical Course..............................................................................................................................................................21
Bpec Energy Efficiency (Part L) ..........................................................................................................................................................22
Bpec Renewable Energy Awareness ...............................................................................................................................................23
City & Guilds 2382 17th Edition Wiring Regulations Course (Full) and (update) ...........................................................24
Domestic Loft Insulation (Installer) .................................................................................................................................................25
NICEIC Health & Safety Training Course.........................................................................................................................................26
MCS Quality Assurance Manual and Training ..............................................................................................................................27
Code for Sustainable Homes ..............................................................................................................................................................28
Level 3 Diploma for Domestic Energy Assessor .........................................................................................................................29
Level 3 Diploma for Non-Domestic Energy Assessor ...............................................................................................................31
ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Display Energy Certificates ...............................................................................................................32
ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Construction Energy Assessment ..................................................................................................34
ABBE Level 3 Award in Home Energy Advice .............................................................................................................................36
Installation of Photovoltaic (PV) Panels .........................................................................................................................................38
Domestic Gas Courses CCN1 Core Gas Safety .............................................................................................................................39
CEN1 Boilers ..............................................................................................................................................................................................4 0
WAT1 Water Heaters ..............................................................................................................................................................................41
HTR1 Fires ..................................................................................................................................................................................................42
CKR1 Cookers............................................................................................................................................................................................43
MET1/MET2 Meters ................................................................................................................................................................................4 4
CPA1 Flue Gas Analysers.......................................................................................................................................................................45
Bpec Combination Boiler and High Efficiency Boilers fault finding Course ....................................................................4 6
Bpec Electricity for Plumbers Course..............................................................................................................................................47

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    How to book a place on a course
    Our booking process is simple, you can book and pay for courses anytime by logging onto our
    website at www.citysun.ac.uk or call our booking line on 0845 2600 968 (office hours only).
    Full payment for the course is required before the course start date.
    We take all major credit and debit cards.




    Payment is also accepted by bank transfer, and with prior agreement, direct invoicing.
    Please call us for more details.
    The easiest way to book and pay for your training is via our website

    www.citysun.ac.uk


    THE CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES
    The Code is a standard designed to improve the sustainability of new homes.
    It sets a single framework for the home-building industry to design and construct homes to
    higher environmental standards by addressing features of sustainability that aren’t currently
    covered in the Building Regulations. It also gives new homebuyers better information
    about the environmental impact of their new home and its potential running costs.

    The Code is a major tool in the Government’s target for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016.
    Since April 2008 all new social housing must be built to a minimum of Code level .The Code is
    voluntary in the private sector but since May 2008 all new homes must have the Code rating in the
    Home Information Pack (HIP). For homes that have not been assessed this is shown as a nil-rating. For
    training on the CODE for Sustainable Homes please see the Cracking the CODE course on page 28.

    Benefits the code will deliver

    Environmental:
    • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Our future housing stock will be better adapted to cope with
     the already inevitable impacts of climate change.
    • Reduced impact on the environment overall.
    Benefits for house builders:
    • A mark of quality providing differentiation from competitors
     and a demonstration of sustainability credentials.
    • More certainty over future Building Regulations.
    • Flexibility to find cost-effective solutions to meet and exceed minimum requirements.




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Benefits for consumers:
•   Provides information on the sustainability performance of different homes, aiding choice.
•   A more sustainable choice will help the homeowner to reduce their own carbon footprint.
•   Lower running costs from greater energy and water efficiency.
•   Homes built to Code standards will provide a more pleasant and healthy place to
    live – for example with more natural light – and adaptability for future needs.

How does it work?
The Code uses a Sustainability Rating System with six levels:
Level 1 is the entry level, achieving standards above the Building Regulations.
Level 6 is the highest level, reflecting an exemplary sustainable development.

Code Levels Total Point Score
Level 1 (*)      6 Points
Level 2 (**)     48 Points
Level 3 (***)    57 Points
Level 4 (****)   68 Points
Level 5 (*****) 84 Points
Level 6 (******) 90 Points

The points required to achieve each level are based on nine categories of environmental
impact, shown in the table opposite. These are then sub-divided into “issues”.
Some of these “issues” are mandatory requirements – for example, at Code level, 15 points must
be achieved through delivery of mandatory “issues”. The remaining 4points can be achieved
using many sustainable options – some of which will have a lower cost than others.




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    The table below lists the categories and shows just some of the
    available products that contribute to them.
    These categories are weighted based on their ability to impact on more sustainable construction,
    for example Energy and CO Emissions has been awarded the highest weighting at 6.4%.




                                                                                                             




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Solar PV
Photovoltaic Solar Panels – Electricity Generation
Using the sun’s energy to create electricity, PV systems only require daylight – not direct
sunlight to work. PV systems convert solar radiation into electricity. The simplest systems
provide electricity to a building directly, but they can also be used with batteries to store
energy or be connected to the main grid. The efficiency of a PV system is affected by its
location and aspect with southerly locations and south facing panels being more effective.

Where can they be used?
Solar PV systems are suitable for use in almost any building. They need a suitable south
facing area for panels to be mounted, and can be used as a stand-alone electricity
supply directly to the building, or can be connected to the main grid.

What are the key benefits?
• They do not generate greenhouse gases, saving CO emissions.
• Grants are available to cover up to 50% of installation costs –
  dramatically reducing the pay-back period.
• There are a number of installation options available including on-
  roof, canopy, façade, sky light and complete roof solutions.

Installing solar panels
Although easy to install the location and aspect, weather, shade and tilt should all be considered first
– these factors will affect the performance of the system. Planning permission may also be required.
The PV system can connect in to the local electricity network; any excess can be sold
back to the grid. Contact your local electricity provider for further details.
In a stand-alone system, solar electricity is stored in a battery for use at a later time.
You can use PV systems for a building with a roof or wall that faces within 90º
of South, as long as no other large buildings or trees shadow it.
In England changes to permitted development rights for domestic renewable
technologies mean that most solar PV installations do not require planning
permission as long as they respect certain size criteria. Exceptions will apply for
installations on flat roofs, listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas.
The NICEIC Solar PV course shown on page 8 is recognised for Government
grants and the new microgeneration feed in tariff.



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    NICEIC Solar Photovoltaic (Installer)
    Duration 3 days
    Suitable for Installers of solar PV systems, Electricians
    Certification NICEIC Solar Photovoltaic certificate (MCS approved certificate)
    Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
    Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment
    •   Nationally recognised course
    •   On and off grid
    •   Health and Safety qualifications required
    •   Purpose built training rigs
    •   Small class size

    Course Modules
    •   Environmental background
    •   Different types of PV technology
    •   Design and specification of solar PV systems
    •   Installation of PV systems
    •   Commissioning and testing systems
    •   Maintenance
    •   Government grants and funding bodies

    Summary
    This NICEIC Solar Photovoltaic course is aimed at qualified electricians and current
    solar PV installers wishing to gain a formal qualification in Solar PV. The course
    covers both on and off grid solar PV installations, including property suitability,
    surveying, shading, panel sizing, testing, roof access, DC / AC circuits.
    Government incentives and grants such as the feed in tariff (from April 2010) are also discussed
    in detail. This will give up to 41.p/kWh generated back to the property owner and up to a further
    6p/kWh for electricity feed into the grid. The average domestic installation will benefit from
    over £1000 in grants and free electricity per year for 5 years, tax free and linked to inflation.
    Delegates for the course must hold a current NVQ 3 - 2230 or Part P Full Scope (17th edition version) and
    IEE 17th Edition wiring regulations. There are also certain health and safety qualifications that must be
    taken alongside this course (NICEIC Working at Heights, NICEIC Manuals Handling and NICEIC COSHH).
    These can be taken as assessment only (as part of the day package) or a separate
    training and assessment session, please see page 26 for more details.
    Deleagates are exempt from undertaking the NIECIC Health and Safety training if they
    hold the following qualifications: Iosh, Nebosh or Plasma

    Related courses
    NICEIC Health and Safety Package, Bpec Part P Full Scope.


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Solar Thermal
By heating your water using the sun’s radiation, thermal collectors provide almost all your hot
water during the summer and an average of 50-70% annually. The liquid that circulates the panels
is heated by the sun; this then passes through a coil in the water tank which in turn heats the water.
A twin coil cylinder is required, as one coil receives the heat from the collector on the roof, and
the other is used to supply heat from the main heat source when solar energy is insufficient.

Where can they be used?
Although typically used domestically, there are solar thermal systems on the
market to cater for any size of building. Ideally they will need to be mounted on a
south facing surface, which receives direct sunlight for most of the day.

What are the benefits?
Reduces CO emissions on an average domestic system by up to 400kg
per year (depending on the fuel being replaced).
Easy-to-install and maintain.
They can easily be integrated with other heating systems to meet
the additional hot water requirements during winter.

Installing solar thermal systems
There are a number of installation options available including surface-mounted options for pitch
or flat roofs, A-frames, in-roof and complete roof installation, canopy or façade construction.
Solar thermal systems need to be connected to a twin coil cylinder – which is often bigger than
a standard hot water cylinder. One coil receives heat from the solar collector on the roof, while
the second receives heat from the other main heat source when there is insufficient sunlight.
Space should be allowed for larger twin coil cylinders when planning your project.
You will need 2-4m² of South-East to South-West facing roof space.
The Bpec Solar Hot Water course on page 10 provides the training required
to install both flat plate and evacuated tubes solar systems.



            Typical Evacuated Tube / Flat Plate Solar Collector system

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     Bpec Solar Thermal Hot Water (Installer)
     Duration 2 Days
     Suitable for Installers of solar hot water systems.
     Certification Bpec Certification (MCS approved certificate).
     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
     Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment
     •   Recognised course for Government grant schemes
     •   Practical and theory solar hot water training
     •   Previous plumbing experience required
     •   Manufacturer-independent training
     •   Open book multiple choice examination
     •   Small training groups
     •   Includes a comprehensive Bpec study manual
     •   Mandatory requirement to hold an Unvented Hot
         Water Certificate to attend this course.

     Course Modules
     •   Introduction to domestic solar hot water
     •   Solar collectors
     •   Hot water storage and installation basics
     •   Preparing to install a solar hot water system
     •   Fitting of solar collectors
     •   Plumbing layout
     •   Control and power requirements
     •   System commissioning

     Summary
     This Bpec Solar Hot Water installers course is aimed at plumbers and heating engineers wishing
     to gain further qualifications and skills in the commercial provision of domestic solar hot water
     heating systems. The course is two days in duration with a third day available for candidates
     who do not hold a current unvented hot water certificate (a mandatory requirement).
     The syllabus covers the selection, design, installation and maintenance of
     domestic solar hot water systems. It includes practical sessions on purpose-
     built roof rigs and demonstrations of solar hot water equipment.
     The solar hot water certificate from Bpec is a nationally recognised qualification for joining
     Government grant schemes such as the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). The
     qualification is also recognised by the Solar Trade and Renewable Energy Associations.

     Related courses
     Bpec Unvented Hot Water Storage (installer), Bpec Energy Efficiency,
     Bpec Water Regulations, Bpec Heat Pumps (installer), NICEIC
     Solar Photovoltaic.

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Bpec Solar Thermal Hot Water
(Non-Installer)
Duration 2 days
Suitable for Design engineers, architects, building surveyors and those
wishing to gain further insight into solar thermal hot water systems.
Certification Bpec Certification
Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment
Note Those wishing to take an installation course should see the
Bpec Solar Hot Water (installer) course on Page 10

•   Defined scope scheme for non-installers
•   Theory solar hot water training
•   No plumbing experience required
•   Manufacturer Independent training
•   Open book multiple choice examination
•   Small training groups
•   Includes a comprehensive Bpec study manual

Summary
This Bpec Solar Hot water (non-installer) course is aimed at design engineers, architects and associated
professions who wish to gain an understanding of how solar hot water systems are installed and their
operation. It is not aimed at those wishing to become an installer. There are no previous qualifications
required, although the Bpec Unvented Hot Storage (non-installer) course is recommended, in order to
understand the principles of pressurised storage systems. The course is 2 days in duration with a third
day available for candidates who wish to take the Bpec Unvented Hot Storage (non-installer) course.

Related courses
Bpec Unvented Hot Water Storage (non-installer), Bpec Renewable Energy Awareness




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     Bpec Unvented Hot Water Storage
     (Non-Installer)
     Duration 1 day
     Suitable for Non-installers wishing to gain further insight into unvented hot water systems
     Certification Bpec Certification (WRAS approved certificate)
     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
     •   Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment
     •   Non-installer qualification
     •   No plumbing experience required
     •   Recommended for Bpec Solar Hot Water (non-installer)
     •   Open book multiple choice examination
     •   Small training groups
     •   Includes a comprehensive Bpec study manual
     This Bpec Domestic Unvented Hot Water Systems non-installers course is aimed at those wishing
     to gain a further understanding of the installation and operation of domestic unvented hot water
     systems. The course covers the design; installation and commissioning of unvented hot water systems.

     Related courses
     Bpec Solar Thermal Hot Water (non-installer), Bpec Heat Pumps Warm water
     underfloor heating (designer), Bpec Renewable Energy Awareness.




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Bpec Unvented Hot Water Systems (Installer)
Duration 1 day
Suitable for Installers of unvented, solar thermal, UFH and heat pump systems
Certification Bpec Certification (WRAS approved certificate)
Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment and practical assessment
•   Legal requirement to install/maintain unvented hot water systems
•   Previous plumbing experience required
•   Practical fault finding session
•   Required for Bpec Solar Hot Water (installer)
•   Open book multiple choice examination
•   Small training groups
•   Includes a comprehensive Bpec study manual

Course Modules
•   Introduction to Unvented Systems
•   Domestic Hot Water Supply
•   UK Regulations
•   Design principles
•   Installation methods
•   Commissioning methods
•   Servicing

Summary
This Bpec Domestic Unvented Hot Water Systems installer’s course is aimed at plumbers and
heating engineers wanting to legally install, service or commission domestic hot water systems
in the UK. It is a legal requirement of the building regulations that all domestic unvented hot
water systems over 15 litres capacity are maintained by a qualified person. A qualified person
is someone who holds a currently recognised Unvented Hot Water Systems certificate.
This Bpec Unvented Hot Water Systems course provides such a certificate. This qualification
is also valid for solar hot water engineers who must gain an unvented hot water course
certificate as a prerequisite of attending the Bpec Solar Hot Water course. It is also
a mandatory requirement for heat pump installers to hold this qualification and we
advise warm water underfloor heating installers to also hold this qualification.

Related courses
Bpec Solar Thermal Hot Water, Bpec Warm water underfloor heating
(installers)
Bpec Heat Pumps (installer).




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     Ground Source Heat Pumps
     Ground Source Heat Pumps use solar energy naturally stored in soil, bedrock and
     groundwater as a heat source. They do require electricity to operate, but efficiently produce
     up to five times as much heat energy for every unit of electricity they use. The range
     comprises suitable products for a variety of buildings and heating requirements.

     Where can they be used?
     There are a number of types of ground source heat pumps available to suit the heating
     requirement of any building, whether it’s a new build or existing. They can also be installed
     almost anywhere, providing there is sufficient space to lay ground loops or drill a bore hole.

     What are the key benefits?
     Extremely energy efficient – producing up to five times more heat for every unit of electricity used.
     Environmentally friendly – a typical unit can save tonnes of CO² per year.
     Maintenance free.
     Operates at 5% efficiency when heating domestic hot water (compared to
     100% for electric immersion heaters and 85% for gas boilers).
     Designed to achieve 400% efficiency with radiators and underfloor heating systems.

     Installing a ground source heat pump
     A GSHP can be installed with a horizontal collector; lengths of pipe are
     buried underground to a depth of around 1 to 10 metres.
     Alternatively, a vertical collector can be used; requiring a bore hole to be drilled
     to a depth of around 50m to 100m and the collector is fed into the hole.
     Electrical and plumbing installation is straightforward. It requires only a 40V mains supply
     and a simple flow and return connections to internal and external water circuits.

     Fitting Facts
     You must use a qualified installer when fitting this type of technology.
     Use a professional design service to create schematic drawings tailored to your requirements.
     GSHPs work very effectively with underfloor heating.




                 Borehole Collector           Compact Collector            Horizontal Ground Collector




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Air Source Heat Pumps
Converts the outside air temperature and energy into heat, giving a comfortable temperature
inside the home and reducing heating costs by on average 50% compared to traditional
systems. Exhaust Air Heat Pumps provide hygienic air inside the home, whilst capturing
heat energy from lighting, people and domestic appliances, and recycling it.

Where can they be used?
Air source heat pumps are ideal for use where it is not possible to drill a borehole or lay
surface absorbers for a ground source heat pump. They are generally used to complement
more traditional heating systems, and typically deliver up to 80% of the space heating and
hot water requirements for a building, while the traditional system delivers the balance
on the coldest days or during peak demand. They can be used with underfloor heating
systems and radiators. An additional back-up heating system will be required.

What are the key benefits?
They can reduce your energy consumption for heating by up to 50%
They are very energy efficient – producing up to four times more heat
energy than the electricity required to operate the pump
It is possible to extract considerable energy from the air at temperatures as low as -15°C
They are much cheaper and less disruptive to install than ground source heat pumps

Installing an ASHP
ASHPs are suitable for installation either in a new build or integrated
into an existing building with a traditional heating system
The only consideration for the positioning of the pump outside is proximity to the building
It should be as close as possible to the building to prevent heat loss

Fitting Facts
You must use a qualified installer when fitting this type of technology.
Use a professional design service to create schematic
drawings tailored to your requirements.
ASHPs can easily be integrated with other heating systems
to meet additional heating and hot water requirements.
They work very effectively with underfloor heating.




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     BPEC Heat Pumps Air Source and Ground Source
     (Installer)
     Duration 2 days
     Suitable for GSHP installers, ASHP installers, renewable energy engineers
     Certification Bpec Certification (MCS Approved Certificate)
     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
     Assessment method Practical and theory assessments

     •   Design principles of GSHP & ASHP systems
     •   Installation methods
     •   GSHP & ASHP servicing requirements
     •   Manufacturer Independent training
     •   Open book multiple choice examination
     •   Includes a comprehensive Bpec study manual
     •   Mandatory requirement to hold an Unvented Hot
         Water Certificate to attend this course.

     Course Modules
     •   Environmental backgrounds to the use of Heat Pumps
     •   Main types of Heat Pump systems
     •   Site location
     •   Design of Heat Pumps systems
     •   Heat loss calculations
     •   Installation methods (Air and Ground Source)
     •   Commission systems
     •   Servicing requirements for Heat Pumps systems

     Summary
     This Heat pump installer course has been approved by the Heat Pumps association for operatives
     within the plumbing, heating and renewable industries to gain the required skills to design, install
     and commission ground source heat pump (GSHP) and air source heat pump (ASHP) systems. It is
     not intended for people with little or no prior plumbing knowledge. It is a mandatory requirement
     to hold an Unvented Hot Water certificate to attend this course. We also recommend that people
     attending this course also have Part L Energy Efficiency and Water Regulations certificates.
     Heat Pump technology works in tandem with underfloor heating systems therefore we also
     recommend that operatives have warm water underfloor heating experience or qualifications.
     The Bpec course is recognised to join the MCS grants scheme for both ASHP and GSHP.

     Related courses
     Bpec Unvented Hot Water Storage (installer), Bpec Solar Hot Water
     (installer)
     Bpec Warm Water Underfloor Heating (installer)
     Bpec Part L Energy efficiency, Bpec Water Regulations

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Bpec Warm Water Underfloor Heating (Installer)
Duration 2days
Suitable for plumbers, heating engineers, heat pump installers, builders
Certification Bpec Certification
Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment
•   Practical hands on UFH training
•   Heat loss calculations
•   Previous plumbing experience required
•   Manufacturer-independent training
•   Open book multiple choice examination
•   Small training groups
•   Includes a comprehensive Bpec study manual              Fireplace          Radiators   Underfloor Heating
                                                                                                                  
Course Modules
•   Basic principles of warm water underfloor heating (UFH) systems
•   Advantages of UFH systems
•   Floor systems and finishes associated with UFH systems
•   Various UFH system types
•   Installation methods
•   Servicing and troubleshooting UFH systems

Summary
This course has been developed by Bpec in association with the Underfloor Heating
Manufacturers Association. It is an installation course, therefore principally aimed at those
involved in the installation of warm water underfloor heating systems (UFH). There is a separate
course aimed at designers of warm water underfloor heating systems listed on page 18.
The course is taught in a purpose-built underfloor heating training area and trainees have access
to various types of underfloor systems. The systems are completely operational and designed to
show the installation, commissioning and maintenance of UFH in a real setting. This is a generic
nationally recognised qualification. It differs from a manufacturer’s course in that it is non-
product specific and thus offers a wide range of products and independent installation advice.
Assessment is by means of an open book multiple choice paper and hands on installation task.

Related courses
Bpec Unvented Hot Water Storage (installer), Bpec Heat Pumps (installer), Bpec
Water Regulations, Bpec Warm water underfloor heating (designer).




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     Bpec Warm Water Underfloor Heating (Designer)
     Duration 2 days
     Suitable for Designers of UFH systems, architects, building engineers
     Certification Bpec Certification (MCS approved certificate)
     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call
     0845 2600 968 for details
     Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment
     •   Design aspects of UFH systems
     •   Heat loss calculations
     •   Domestic and commercial designs
     •   Manufacturer-independent training
     •   Open book multiple choice examination
     •   Small training groups
     •   Includes a comprehensive Bpec study manual

     Course Modules
     •   Basic principles of warm water underfloor heating (UFH) systems
     •   Advantages of UFH systems
     •   Floor systems and finishes associated with UFH systems
     •   Various UFH system types
     •   Installation methods
     •   Servicing and troubleshooting UFH systems

     Summary
     This course has been developed by Bpec in association with the Underfloor
     Heating Manufacturers Association. It is principally a design course, therefore aimed at those involved
     in the design of warm water underfloor heating systems (UFH). The course is taught in a purpose-built
     underfloor heating training centre and trainees have access to various types of underfloor systems. The
     systems are completely operational and designed to show the design, installation, commissioning and
     maintenance of UFH in a real setting. Assessment is by means of an open book multiple choice paper.

     Related courses
     Bpec Unvented Hot Water Storage (non-installer), Bpec Heat Pumps (installer)




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Bpec Rainwater And Grey Water Recycling
Rainwater harvesting has the potential to save a large volume of mains water. Water that would
otherwise be lost can be used instead to flush toilets, water gardens and feed washing machines.
Rainwater harvesting can ideally be used on large surfaces such as roofs or driveways.

Duration 2 days
Suitable for Installers of rainwater and grey water harvesting systems
Certification Bpec Certification
Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment
•   Covers both rain and grey water harvesting systems
•   Direct and indirect RWHS
•   Plumbing experience required
•   Manufacturer-independent training
•   Open book multiple choice examination
•   Small training groups
•   Includes a comprehensive Bpec study manual

Course Modules
•   Water harvesting in context
•   Rainwater and grey water calculations
•   Health and Safety
•   Installation
•   Quality
•   Maintenance and fault finding

Summary
This Bpec Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater Recycling course is aimed at existing
plumbers, builders and ground works engineers wishing to extend the scope of
their activities into Rain Water Harvesting and Greywater Recycling.
The course offers a nationally recognised rainwater and grey water harvesting qualification from
Bpec. It covers the collection, storage and use of rainwater for such activities as domestic washing
machines, WC’s and flushing urinals together with grey water recycling methods. The training
objective of this course is for trainees to be able to select the most appropriate Rainwater or grey
water harvesting system, install any of the common types of system and maintain/service the
common types of Rainwater harvesting system in the UK. We recommend that candidates hold Bpec
Water Regulations and Bpec Above Ground Drainage qualifications before attending this course.

Related courses
Bpec Renewable Energy Awareness, Bpec Water Regulations.




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 Bpec Water Regulations
 Duration 1 day or 2 hour assessment only
 Suitable for Plumbers, renewable engineers requiring water regulations knowledge
 Certification Bpec Certification (WRAS approved certificate)
 Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
 Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment
 •   WRAS approved qualification
 •   Valid in England and Wales
 •   Open book assessment
 •   Includes a comprehensive Bpec study manual

 Summary
 After successful completion of the course the candidate will be able to apply to
 their local water company to be an ‘approved contractor’ for water regulation
 purposes. This means that they can self-certify their plumbing work.

 Related courses
 Bpec Solar hot water (installer), Bpec Heat Pumps (installer),
 Bpec Warm water underfloor heating (installer).




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Bpec Part P Electrical Course
Duration 5 days (Defined Scope) 6 days (Full Scope)
Suitable for Plumbers, Renewable Energy Installers, Gas Engineers
Certification Bpec Certification
Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

Summary – Defined Scope
This 5-day Bpec Part P Defined Scope electrical course covers levels B, C and D electrical work and is
aimed plumbers and kitchen fitters who carry out limited scope electrical work in domestic premises. It
is aimed a people who do “minor electrical work in association with their main activity”. For example, a
plumber fitting an electric shower, or a renewable energy engineer fitting a fused spur for a solar pump.

Summary – Full Scope
This 6-day Bpec Part P Full Scope electrical course covers levels A, B, C and D electrical work
and is aimed at people who carry out both defined scope and full scope electrical installation
work in domestic premises. It allows level A work such as consumer units, completely new
wiring installations and outside cabling (SWA) for example heat pump installations

Related courses
NIECIC Solar PV




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     Bpec Energy Efficiency (Part L)
     Duration 1 day
     Suitable for plumbers, heating engineers, solar thermal installers, GSHP and ASHP installers
     Certification Bpec Certification
     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
     Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment

     Summary
     The Bpec Part L Energy Efficiency course is approved by Gas Safe Register, the Energy Savings Trust
     and the Heating and Hot Water Information Council. The content and focus of both the training
     and assessment have been made appropriate to the requirements of gas engineers and plumbers
     whilst still aiming to satisfy the requirements for compliance with Approved Document L1.
     The one-day Bpec Part L Energy Efficiency course consists of a detailed training session
     which includes the issue of a comprehensive set of documentation to all candidates.
     This is followed by a 30 question multiple choice open-book assessment. Candidates
     will be informed on the assessment recommendation before leaving the centre.

     Related courses
     Bpec Solar hot water (installer), Bpec Heat Pumps (installer) underfloor heating (installer).




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Bpec Renewable Energy Awareness
Duration 2 days
Suitable for Anyone wishing to understand more about microgeneration renewable technologies
Certification Bpec Certification
Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment
•   Covers the major microgeneration energy technologies
•   Open to all persons
•   Useful introduction to renewable energy
•   Very beneficial course for Domestic and Commercial Energy Assessors
•   Includes comprehensive Bpec study material
Summary
This Bpec Renewable Energy Awareness course is open to anyone wishing to gain
a further insight in renewable energy awareness. The renewable energy awareness
course includes solar thermal, solar PV, micro wind, micro hydro, biomass, ground and
air source heat pumps awareness training. This is not an installer’s course, but serves as
an introduction to the green energy and environmental technologies involved.

Related courses
Bpec Solar hot water (non-installer), Bpec Heat Pumps (installer), NICEIC Solar PV.




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     City & Guilds 2382 17th Edition Wiring Regulations
     Course (Full) and (update)
     Duration 4 days full / 1 day update
     Suitable for 16th Edition certificate holders
     Certification City and Guilds
     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

     Summary
     This course is to meet the requirements of BS7671:2008
     known as the 17th Edition wiring regulations.
     BS7671:2008 came into effect on 1st July 2008. This electrical training course is for qualified
     electricians to gain their 17th edition wiring regulations certificate. The City & Guilds 2382 can be
     taken as a 1 day upgrade for holders of the City & Guilds 2381 16th Edition Wiring Regulations 2001
     (or equivalent) or our 4 day City & Guilds 2382 17th Edition Wiring Regulations for new entrants.
     To be accepted on this City & Guilds 2382 upgrade course you MUST hold
     one of following certificates or a nationally recognised equivalent:
     • City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in the Requirements for Electrical Installations
       (BS 7671: June 2001) (2381)
     • City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology Installation
       (Building and Structures) (2330-07)
     • City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology Electrical Maintenance (2330-08)
     • City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Electrical Installations Part Two (2360)
       (from 1 January 2004 onwards only)

     Originals of the above certificates or their equivalent MUST be produced on the course
     start date or sent to us beforehand. We cannot allow students to continue the course
     without producing these original certificates and you will lose your course fees.
     If you cannot find the original certificate, please call us and we can use
     our approved centre access to City & Guilds to confirm them.
     If you hold a BS 7671 16th Edition certificate pre 2001, you will have to take the full 4 day City & Guilds
     2382 17th Edition wiring regulations course. This is because the last update to the 16th Edition was
     in 2001 and only holders of a current 16th Edition certificate can attend the 1 day update course.

     Related courses

     NIECIC Solar PV.




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Domestic Loft Insulation (Installer)
Duration 1 day
Suitable for Installers of domestic loft insulation
Certification Certificate of attendance

Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment
•   Practical training
•   Covers types of domestic loft insulation
•   Health & Safety
•   Building regulations
•   Small training groups
Summary
This is a one day domestic loft installer’s course. It is aimed at anyone wishing to gain theory and
practical training in the installation of domestic loft insulation. Loft insulation is one of the best ways
to save money on fuel bills and reduce the carbon footprint for buildings. The insulation training
course covers both the hands-on practical and background theory in topics such as; building
regulations, plumbing and electrical considerations together with health and safety requirements.

Related courses
Bpec Solar Hot Water (installer), NICEIC Working at Heights, NICEIC Health & Safety Course.




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     NICEIC Health & Safety Training Course
     Duration 1 day (training and assessment) OR 2 hour (assessment only)
     Qualifications Working at Heights, Manual Handling and CoSHH

     Suitable for All trades and occupations which involve manual handling, working at heights
                  and the control of substances hazardous to health

     Certification NICEIC Certification

     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

     Assessment method Open book multiple choice assessment

     Note This is a mandatory course for full certification for the NICEIC Solar PV (installer) course

     •   Practical Training
     •   Health & Safety
     •   Government Regulations
     •   Small Training Groups

     Summary
     This 1-day training course or 2 hour open book assessment only, will provide you with a nationally
     recognised qualification in Working at Heights, Manual Handling and CoSHH
     (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health).

     The course includes a presentation and various exercises, followed
     by a short open book multiple choice test paper.

     This course is required for full certification for the NICEIC Solar PV (installer). Candidates may
     choose from either a 1 day training and assessment course, delivered the day after completion
     of the 3 day NICEIC Solar PV course or a 2 hour assessment only
     course taken on the evening of the second day of the NICEIC Solar
     PV. The course is also useful to installers of Solar Thermal Hot
     water systems and other renewable energy technologies.


     Related courses

     All courses.




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MCS Quality Assurance Manual And Training
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) offers installers access to grants for installing
a variety of renewable energy technologies including solar thermal hot water, solar photo
voltaic, heat pumps and biomass. In order to join the scheme the installer is required to operate a
comprehensive quality assurance system. This course provides not only quality assurance training,
but a complete MCS compatible quality assurance system covering the major technologies.

MCS QUALITY ASSURANCE MANUAL AND TRAINING COURSE

Duration 2 days

Suitable for Administration Staff working for companies wishing to join the MCS

Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

The course provides a comprehensive personalised quality assurance manual for installation
companies seeking MCS membership, combined with a two day quality assurance training
course for up to two delegates from each company. All delegates are required to bring a
laptop. The course is ideally suited for administration staff, but we have developed the course
to ensure that installers who have a good understanding of Microsoft Word and Microsoft
Excel will be able to comprehend the Quality management system and course content.

•   Quality Assurance training
•   Comprehensive QA manual Included
•   Aim at admin staff / senior management / owners
•   Generic to the MCS scheme operators (including NICEIC, BRE, NAPIT, ELECSA, CORGI)
•   Main technologies covered including solar thermal, heat pumps, solar PV
• Small training groups (max 6 companies) and post-course support available
Summary
Following feedback from many installers within the renewable energy sector we find that people
vastly underestimated the amount of work required to implement a QMS comparable to ISO9001,
especially in small companies or sole traders. Therefore we have developed a training package
and quality assurance (QA) manual in conjunction with a national MCS installation company,
The Eco Team. The course is a two day quality assurance training program which provides
the MCS applicant company with comprehensive QA training, together with a complete QA
system for the operation of their MCS installations. The Quality Management System includes
documents policies and processes to comply with the requirements of the scheme. This includes
Quotation, Ordering, Installation, Commissioning and Handover as well as a comprehensive Safety
manual with Risk Assessments and Method statements. The course aimed at small to medium
renewable energy installation companies wishing to join the MCS for grant access, but requiring
a comprehensive QA training program and manual. Training is delivered in
small groups with a maximum of 6 companies attending each program.

Related courses
Bpec Renewable Energy Awareness, Cracking the CODE for Sustainable Homes


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     Code For Sustainable Homes
     The Code for Sustainable Homes gives a comprehensive measure of the sustainability of new homes,
     ensuring that sustainable homes deliver real improvements in key areas such as carbon dioxide
     emissions and water use. The Government’s ambition for the Code is that it becomes the single national
     standard for the design and construction of sustainable homes, and that it drives improvements in
     home building practice

     CRACKING THE CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES (GENERAL AWARENESS)

     Duration 1 day
     Suitable for All persons wishing gain a background insight to the CODE for Sustainable Homes

     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

     Note This course is aimed at individuals wishing to gain an overview of the elements
     of the CODE for Sustainable homes. It is not intended to replace the CODE assessor
     course which are also available, and typically of a longer duration.

     •   Introduction to the CODE
     •   Organisations delivering the CODE
     •   Understanding ratings
     •   Awareness of Sustainable Design
     •   Small training groups

     Summary
     This course has been developed to provide a short general awareness
     course of the main aspects of the CODE for Sustainable Home.

     It is aimed at general builders, merchants, installers, architects, surveyors, local council
     employees and other individuals wishing to gain understanding of the CODE.

     The course covers an explanation of each of the sustainability categories
     including; Energy and Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Water, Materials,

     Surface Water Run-off, Waste, Pollution, Health & Wellbeing, Management, Ecology.

     Also covered is an overview of the different types of organisation involved with the code.

     All candidates will receive a comprehensive resource manual.


     Related courses
     Bpec Renewable Energy Awareness, MCS Quality
     Assurance Manual and Training Course.




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Energy Assessor Courses

Level 3 Diploma For Domestic Energy Assessor
Duration 5 days plus portfolio work
Suitable for All persons

Certification City & Guilds

Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

Note All individuals are required to register with one of the accreditation bodies
such as Elmhurst or Northgate. There is a cost for this service (yearly lodgement fee).
A CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check is also required for all applicants.

•   DEA training
•   Recognised City & Guilds qualification
•   Aim at those seeking employment as a domestic energy assessor
•   Generic to the MCS scheme operators (including NICEIC, BRE, NAPIT, ELECSA, CORGI)
•   Main technologies covered including solar thermal, heat pumps, solar PV
•   Small training groups
•   Includes comprehensive training material

Summary
The Diploma for Domestic Energy Assessors is a very hands on
practical course and is accessed via two units:


Unit 1
On Line Multiple choice TEST - Mandatory for DEA

Principles of Domestic Energy Assessment

Soft skills (time management, improving self, develop relationships)

Health and safety (maintain safe working practices)

Building construction (DEA)


Unit 2
Prepare for, undertake and complete Domestic Energy Assessments. This unit
will be assessed by the production of at least 5 assignments, effectively the
production of at least 5 Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s).

Candidates must complete at least one assignment for each of the following age bands:

Pre 1949 1950-1981 1982-1995 1996-2002 Post 2002
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 Candidates must cover ALL of the following housing types at
 least once when completing the assignments:

 Terraced, Semi Detached, Detached, Flat and maisonette

 The EPC’s must cover at least five of the following six issues. N.B.
 More than one issue can arise in one assignment.

 Extensions Alternative wall type Room in roof

 Solid wall construction Conservatory Converted former non domestic

 We shall arrange for you to visit two different types of properties where you will conduct a home
 inspection. You will gather evidence from the properties identifying the age, its construction, the
 type of insulation and heating system used. You will be given access to software that will produce
 an Energy Performance Certificate based on the information you have gathered during your visit.

 Each assignment has a specific date when they should be handed in to your tutor; however,
 these dates are flexible for you to learn at your own pace if required. Whilst we anticipate you
 completing each assignment in your own time we do have planned tutorial sessions. These
 dates are set prior to the start of the course allowing you to arrange a suitable time to see your
 tutor. You will also have access to each tutor via email, mobile and telephone if required.


 Related courses
 City & Guilds Diploma for Non-Domestic Energy Assessor, Bpec
 Renewable Energy Awareness Bpec Part L Energy Efficiency.




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Level 3 Diploma For Non-Domestic Energy Assessor
Duration 5 days plus portfolio work
Suitable for All persons
Certification City & Guilds
Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968
Note All individuals are required to register with one of the
accreditation bodies such as Elmhurst or Northgate. There is a cost                                    for
this service (yearly lodgement fee). A CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)
check is also required for all applicants.
•   Non-domestic energy assessor training
•   Recognised City & Guilds qualification
•   Aim at those seeking employment as a non-domestic energy assessor
•   Small training groups
•   Includes comprehensive training material
Summary
Applicants who already hold the Level 3 Diploma for Domestic Energy or candidates with a good
knowledge of surveying or a construction background may be eligible to apply. Candidates that do not
hold the level 3 Diploma for DEA’s must provide a CV with their application.
The Diploma for Non Domestic Energy Assessors is a very hand on practical course and is assessed via
two units:

Unit 1 Prepare to carry out Non Domestic Energy Assessments for Buildings
•   On Line Multiple choice TEST Mandatory
•   Principles of Non Domestic Energy Assessment
•   Portfolio Assignment
•   Soft skills (time management, improving self, develop relationships)
•   Health and Safety (maintain safe working practices)
•   Building construction (DEA)

Unit 2 Produce Non Domestic Energy Assessments for Basic Buildings
• Line Multiple choice TEST Mandatory
• Prepare for, undertake and complete Non Domestic Energy Assessments
• Using ISBEM Software to produce Non Domestic Energy Assessments On
We shall arrange for you to visit different types of properties where you will conduct an inspection.
You will gather evidence from the properties identifying the simple HVAC [Heating, Ventilation and Air
Conditioning Systems]. You will be given access to software that will produce an Energy Performance
Certificate based on the information you have gathered during your visit.
Each assignment has a specific date when they should be handed in to your tutor, however, these dates
are flexible for you to learn at your own pace if required. Whilst we anticipate you completing each
assignment in your own time we do have planned tutorial sessions. These dates are set prior to the start
of the course allowing you to arrange a suitable time to see your tutor. You will also have access to each
tutor via email, mobile and telephone if required.

Related courses

City & Guilds Diploma for Domestic Energy Assessor, Bpec Renewable Energy Awareness,
Bpec Part L Energy Efficiency.                                                                               31
     Abbe Level 3 Diploma In Display Energy Certificates
     The European Legislation which created the Domestic Energy Assessor also requires
     buildings that are either publicly owned or publicly accessed to have a Display
     Energy Certificate (DEC). Whilst the DEC has a one year lifespan, the advisory report
     which accompanies the DEC needs to be renewed every seven years.

     Unlike the other Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), DECs identify how energy efficiently the
     building is being operated, by assessing the actual energy usage and comparing it with benchmarks.

     DECs for these publicly owned or accessed buildings can only be produced by energy assessors
     who have qualified as Display Energy Certificate Energy Assessors and who hold a licence to
     practice. The most adaptable and flexible way to achieve this is to gain the ABBE DipDEC award.

     The number of buildings which need to be assessed is large, and the Government has
     decided that all buildings covered by this directive should be assessed by October 2008.

     The ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Display Energy Certificates is aimed at those who wish to focus
     on large publicly owned or publicly accessed buildings. Like the other highly regarded ABBE
     energy and related awards, this level 3 qualification is based very closely on the National
     Occupational Standards developed specifically for this work. It has been designed to be simple
     to understand whilst ensuring candidates are well equipped to undertake this technically
     challenging role. The award has been developed in consultation with representatives from
     industry, the Sector Skills Council and the Department for Communities and Local Government
     (CLG). As usual, with ABBE awards the emphasis is on quality not on expediency. More information
     about the Diploma can be downloaded from the ABBE website www.abbeqa.co.uk


     What sort of person becomes a Display Energy Certificates Assessor?
     A large number of DEC energy assessors will eventually be required to service the needs of industry.
     ABBE’s awards enable new entrants and experienced practitioners to become qualified, though
     naturally the starting point will vary accordingly. For example, those who have backgrounds in
     energy management, facilities management, energy auditing etc. are ideally placed to enter
     this market and may complete their award more quickly. Domestic Energy Assessors and Home
     Inspectors will also find this award readily accessible after additional training.Those with no previous
     background will also find that they are able to enter this market, as an ABBE award with appropriate
     training will teach you all that you need to know to succeed in this role and not just qualify.


     If you have achieved the DipDEC what could you do next?
     Successful candidates of this award have a number of other career options. You will be
     able to widen your role by taking the Level 3 and then level 4 awards in Non Domestic
     Energy Assessment. In addition, you can opt to enter the Domestic sector via the well
     established Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Energy Assessment and the Level 4 Diploma in
     Home Inspection. ABBE’s awards have been designed to maximise what you have already
     achieved and enable your achievement to count towards your next career move.




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How long will it take to acheive the Diploma?

If you have substantial prior knowledge and experience of similar work, the period could be
as short as a few weeks. For candidates with no knowledge or experience, it could take several
months. In either case, the duration of the training is also dependent in part on the way the

training is delivered by your chosen assessment centre.Your centre will be able to advise you
on this in more detail.The other factor that will affect how long you take to complete the award
will be the amount of time and self motivation you can dedicate to achieving the award.


Summary of requirements for qualification
Whether you are an experienced practitioner or new entrant, you are required to reach the same level
of performance as set out in the qualification handbook. This details the standard that you need to
demonstrate and the evidence requirements you will need to meet to prove your competence.

To assist, ABBE designs its awards to recognise the skills and abilities you may already have from other
ABBE awards (such as the DipDEA or DipHI*) or via membership of specified professional bodies. Either
of these options will enable you to cover the requirements of unit 1 of all the ABBE energy awards
and more with some ABBE awards. ABBE has done this by building its awards based upon a common
core, with the specialist units stemming from this shared base. This means that if you choose to take
other ABBE awards you will already be part way through, with only the evidence/training associated
with the additional specialism to complete. Details can be found in ABBE’s award handbooks available
online but your assessment centre will be able to advise further. Irrespective of how you achieve the
awards, the basic requirement to satisfactorily complete the four units and the external examination
administered by ABBE remains. This includes the need for a minimum of three Display Energy
Certificates based on the Operational Ratings energy calculation methodology [OR] to be submitted
as evidence. *Other awards/training are also recognised by ABBE. More details can be found in the
award handbooks or the ABBE Accreditation of Prior Achievement [APA] Agreements available online.


How much will it cost?
Assessment Centre costs will vary depending
on a number of factors such as:

The level and depth of your previous experience. A new entrant
will require more tuition than an Experienced Practitioner. The way
in which each assessment centre structures its delivery.The level
of support and guidance offered beyond the minimum and other
services included in the assessment centres award package.

Please Call 0845 2600968 for more details




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 Abbe Level 3 Diploma In On Construction Energy
 Assessment
 From April 2008 all newly created dwellings require an Energy Performance Certificate
 (EPC) before they can be marketed. EPCs for these newly created dwellings can only be
 produced by qualified On Construction Domestic Energy Assessors who hold a licence
 to practice. Dwellings that require an EPC include buildings that were originally used for
 other purposes but which have been converted, as well as newly built homes.

 Like the other highly regarded ABBE energy and related awards this level 3 qualification is
 based very closely on the National Occupational Standards developed specifically for this
 work-role. These were developed in consultation with representatives from industry, the
 Sector Skills Council and the Department for Communities and Local Government [CLG]
 and are designed to ensure assessors are well equipped to undertake this more technically
 challenging role. As usual, with ABBE awards the emphasis is on quality not on expediency.

 In line with industry practice the ABBE award enable candidates to compile
 predictive EPCs at the design stage as well as on newly finished homes.


 What sort of person becomes a Consruction Energy Assessor?
 ABBE’s awards enable new entrants and experienced practitioners to become qualified, though naturally
 the starting point will vary accordingly. Qualified and motivated DEAs should be able to achieve
 this award as well as those who already work in this sector such as builders, architects, designers,
 surveyors and those who work within building companies, local authorities and housing associations.


 If you have acheived the DipOCEA what could you do next?
 A number of options are available to you. You will be able to progress onto the ABBE Level 3
 Diploma in Non Domestic Energy Assessment or the Diploma in Display Energy Certificates. You
 can also train to be a Domestic Energy Assessor [DEA] or Home Inspector [DipHI] which has the
 additional option of the ABBE Certificate in Valuation of Residential Property for Secured Lending.


 How long willit take to acheive the Diploma?
 If you have substantial prior knowledge and experience of similar work, the period could
 be as short as a few weeks. For candidates with no knowledge or experience, it is likely to
 take upwards of 4-6 months, and is dependent on the way the training is delivered. Your
 centre will be able to advise you on this in more detail. To some extent it will also depend
 on the amount of time and self motivation you can dedicate to achieving the award




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Summary of Requirements for Qualification?
Whether you are an experienced practitioner or new entrant, you are required to reach the
same level of performance as set out in the qualification handbook. This details the standard
that you need to demonstrate and the evidence requirements you will need to meet to
prove your competence. ABBE designs its awards to maximize the skills and abilities you may
already have from other achieved awards such as the DipDEA. This includes memberships
of specified professional bodies. You may be able to use evidence within this award in
other awards you choose to undertake. Your assessment centre will guide you in this.

Irrespective of how you achieve the awards, the basic requirement to satisfactorily
complete the four units and the external examination administered by ABBE remains.
This includes the need for a minimum of 5 Energy Performance Certificates based
on the Standard Assessment Procedure [SAP] to be submitted as evidence.


How much will it cost?
Assessment Centre costs will vary depending on a number of factors such as:

The level and depth of your previous experience. A new entrant will
require more tuition than an Experienced Practitioner.

The way in which each assessment centre structures its delivery.

The level of support and guidance offered beyond the minimum and other
services included in the assessment centres award package.

Please Call 0845 2600968 for more details




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 ABBE Level 3 Award in Home Energy Advice
 Duration 1-3 day’s depending on prior experience and qualifications
 Suitable for Energy assessors, Home Inspectors, Heating Engineers, those working in the
 energy advice industry Certification ABBE (Awarding Body for the Built Environment)

 Course fees Please call 0845 2600 968 for details

 Assessment method Multi choice Exam

 Home Inspectors exempt from Unit 1 and Unit 2

 Domestic Energy Assessors Exempt from Unit 1

 C&G 6076 in Energy Awareness / C&G 6049, NVQ level 3, in Provide
 Energy Efficiency Services Holders are exempt from Unit 3

 Course Modules
 Unit 1: Inspect dwellings to gather data on their energy performance
 (Exempt Candidates- DEA and HI)

 Unit 2: Make recommendations for basic improvements to the energy efficiency of dwellings
 (Exempt Candidates- HI)

 Unit 3: Gather information from householders on occupant factors and provide
 basic home energy advice (Exempt Candidates- Energy Adviser)


 Summary
 The need for the HEA has arisen from the Government’s wish to encourage improved energy efficiency
 and sustainability of households in England and Wales. Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), energy
 ratings for homes similar to consumer-friendly ratings of kitchen appliances, have been compulsory
 at the time of let or sale of domestic properties since 2008, and this new initiative builds on this.

 The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) has proposed that Housing Energy
 Advisers (HEAs) should use an approach similar to that used to deliver EPCs, to provide energy
 advice to occupiers of properties whether or not they are changing hands via sale or let.

 HEAs will visit homes to undertake an energy assessment of individual households to
 identify recommendations that will help to reduce costs and lower CO² emissions. Their
 recommendations will not be limited to physical measures relating to a building, but
 will include changes to occupant behaviour to promote home energy efficiency and
 reduced fuel bills. The HEA will be a skilled adviser who can encourage and motivate
 the householders, easing the process of putting recommendations into action.




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Current legislation sets minimum qualification requirements for energy advisers working within
the Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) and Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).

CERT and CESP are legal obligations on energy suppliers (and in the case of CESP, energy
generators) to offer schemes which aim to reduce carbon emissions from domestic energy
use. The nature of such schemes has to be agreed, in advance, with Ofgem, the energy
regulator, which oversees the energy suppliers’ delivery of CERT and CESP schemes. As of
late 2009, energy advice has been an available measure in such schemes, and Ofgem issues
guidance to suppliers on minimum standards for energy advice and energy advisers.

Ofgem states, in its draft guidance, that it considers that the home energy survey and consequent
recommendations should be in line with current industry standards. ABBE considers that
the only industry standard currently available to define a home energy survey is RDSAP (the
methodology underpinning the domestic EPC). Therefore, the data entry and recommendations
used in RDSAP are used to define the home energy survey used within this award.

In addition to the home energy survey, Ofgem states that energy advice should also cover energy
saving behaviours relevant to the householder, and that the topics covered and advice given
should be in line with that provided by Act on CO2 and the Energy Saving Trust. Therefore, this
award considers the data and recommendations relating to energy saving behaviours contained
in the EST’s Home Energy Check (used on-line, and by the EST’s Advice Centres (ESTACs).

This qualification has been designed to encourage participation
in education and training in other related areas by:

• Enabling current practitioners in Domestic Energy Assessment (Domestic Energy
  Assessors [DEAs] or Home Inspectors [HIs]) to expand their portfolio of services offered
  to their customers by encompassing provision of energy advice in the home.
• Encouraging those with expertise in other housing areas to qualify as HEAs.
• Attracting candidates from outside this industry to qualify as HEAs.




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     Installation Of Photovoltaic (PV) Panels
     Duration 1 day
     Suitable for Solar PV Installers, Roofers

     Certification Certificate of attendance

     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

     •   On-roof and roof tile PV panels
     •   Safety equipment
     •   Practical training
     •   Small training groups (max 10)

     Course Modules
     •   Introduction to PV systems
     •   Health & Safety
     •   Roof Access
     •   On-roof panels
     •   PV tile
     •   Basic Shading theory
     •   Roof mounting systems
     •   Electrical connections
     •   Setting out PV Panels
     •   Practical installation of PV panels

     Summary
     The course is aimed at those involved with the installation of on-roof solar PV panels including
     qualified roofers, labourers and Solar PV qualified electricians. The morning theory session
     covers a basic introductory level to PV components, health & safety awareness, different
     types of roof mounting equipment, shading awareness and electrical connections.

     The afternoon practical session is held on our purposed built roof rigs complete with
     scaffolding and harness connections. The session will cover the installation of a complete
     array of PV panels including the electrical connections between the panels.

     Candidates should bring PPE including all weather gear and safety boots, all other PPE will be provided.


     Related courses



     NICEIC Solar PV (installer), NICIEC Health & Safety Package.


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DOMESTIC GAS COURSES

CCN1 Core Gas Safety
Duration
Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

Suitable for candidates who are currently Gas Safe Registered or expiry within the last 12 months.
For Initial candidates (Category 1 and 2) they must hold a City and Guilds/ NVQ Level 2/3 in Gas, Plumbing
or Mechanical services Qualification or other related qualifications and be able to provide evidence of
experience working with a Gas Safe registered operative. Please call 08452600968 to discuss this option.

Candidates whose qualifications have expired over 12 months ago may be eligible to take there assessments
as per reassessment regarding costs and duration please call 08452600968 to discuss this option.

Certification Bpec Certification
Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details
•   Practical/ Theory Assessment
•   Gas Safe Registered Approved Course
•   Free re-sit of assessments if candidates take the training and assessment option
•   Includes comprehensive study material

Course Modules
•   Flues
•   Ventilation
•   Unsafe situations
•   Pressure and Gas Rating
•   Tightness testing and Purging
•   Pipework
•   Controls
•   Legislation (Initial candidates only)

The course offers comprehensive training and updating of knowledge and practical skills identified
in the current Awarding Body and Gas Safe Register approved Codes of practice. The training also
provides the operative with the necessary preparation and revision for CCN1 assessment.


Related Courses
CEN1 Boilers, HTR1 Fires, CKR1 Cookers, WAT1 Water Heaters, MET1/
MET2 Meters CPA1 Flue Gas Analysers. Bpec Part L Energy Efficiency.
Bpec Combi Fault Finding and Bpec Electricity for plumbers Course.


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 CEN1 Boilers
 Duration
 Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

 Suitable for candidates who have already achieved CCN1 certification (Initial or reassessment)

 Certification Bpec Certification

 Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

 •   Practical/ Theory Assessment
 •   Gas Safe Registered Approved Course
 •   Free re-sit of assessments if candidates take the training and assessment option
 •   Includes comprehensive study material

 Course Modules
 •   Installation
 •   Commissioning
 •   Servicing
 •   Fault Finding

 The course offers comprehensive training and updating of knowledge and practical skills identified
 in the current Awarding Body and Gas Safe Register approved Codes of practice. The training
 also provides the operative with the necessary preparation and revision for CEN1 assessment.


 Related Courses
 CCN1 Core Gas Safety, HTR1 Fires, CKR1 Cookers, WAT1 Water Heaters,
 MET1/MET2 Meters CPA1 Flue Gas Analysers. Bpec Part L Energy Efficiency.
 Bpec Combi Fault Finding and Electricity for Plumbers courses.




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WAT1 Water Heaters
Duration
Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

Suitable for candidates who have already achieved CCN1 certification (Initial or reassessment)

Certification Bpec Certification

Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

•   Practical/ Theory Assessment
•   Gas Safe Registered Approved Course
•   Free re-sit of assessments if candidates take the training and assessment option
•   Includes comprehensive study material

Course Modules
•   Installation
•   Commissioning
•   Servicing
•   Fault Finding

The course offers comprehensive training and updating of knowledge and practical skills identified
in the current Awarding Body and Gas Safe Register approved Codes of practice. The training
also provides the operative with the necessary preparation and revision for WAT1 assessment.


Related Courses
CCN1 Core Gas Safety, CEN1 Boilers, HTR1 Fires, CKR1
Cookers, MET1/MET2 Meters CPA1 Flue Gas Analysers.




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     HTR1 Fires
     Duration
     Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

     Suitable for candidates who have already achieved CCN1 certification (Initial or reassessment)

     Certification Bpec Certification

     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

     •   Practical/ Theory Assessment
     •   Gas Safe Registered Approved Course
     •   Free re-sit of assessments if candidates take the training and assessment option
     •   Includes comprehensive study material

     Course Modules
     •   Installation
     •   Commissioning
     •   Servicing
     •   Fault Finding

     The course offers comprehensive training and updating of knowledge and practical skills identified
     in the current Awarding Body and Gas Safe Register approved Codes of practice. The training
     also provides the operative with the necessary preparation and revision for HTR1 assessment.


     Related Courses
     CCN1 Core Gas Safety, CEN1 Boilers, CKR1 Cookers, WAT1 Water
     Heaters, MET1/MET2 Meters CPA1 Flue Gas Analysers.




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CKR1 Cookers
Duration
Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

Suitable for candidates who have already achieved CCN1 certification (Initial or reassessment)

Certification Bpec Certification

Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

•   Practical/ Theory Assessment
•   Gas Safe Registered Approved Course
•   Free re-sit of assessments if candidates take the training and assessment option
•   Includes comprehensive study material

Course Modules
•   Installation
•   Commissioning
•   Servicing
•   Fault Finding

The course offers comprehensive training and updating of knowledge and practical skills identified
in the current Awarding Body and Gas Safe Register approved Codes of practice. The training
also provides the operative with the necessary preparation and revision for CKR1 assessment.


Related Courses
CCN1 Core Gas Safety, CEN1 Boilers, HTR1 Fires, WAT1 Water
Heaters, MET1/MET2 Meters CPA1 Flue Gas Analysers.




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     MET1/MET2 MeterS
     Duration
     Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

     Suitable for candidates who have already achieved CCN1 certification (Initial or reassessment)

     Certification Bpec Certification

     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

     •   Practical/ Theory Assessment
     •   Gas Safe Registered Approved Course
     •   Free re-sit of assessments if candidates take the training and assessment option
     •   Includes comprehensive study material

     Course Modules
     •   Installation
     •   Commissioning
     •   Servicing
     •   Fault Finding

     The course offers comprehensive training and updating of knowledge and practical skills identified
     in the current Awarding Body and Gas Safe Register approved Codes of practice. The training
     also provides the operative with the necessary preparation and revision for CKR1 assessment.


     Related Courses
     CCN1 Core Gas Safety, CEN1 Boilers, HTR1 Fires, WAT1 Water
     Heaters, CKR1 Cookers. CPA1 Flue Gas Analysers.




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CPA1 Flue Gas Analysers
Duration 3 Hours Training 1 Hour assessment (Reassessment &
Initial)
Suitable for candidates who have achieved CCN1 CEN1or/and HTR1
Certification Bpec Certification
Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

•   Practical/ Theory Assessment
•   Gas Safe Registered Approved Course
•   From February 1st 2010, if you undertake CEN1/HTR1 you must take CPA1
•   No reassessment fees if Candidates take the
    Training and Assessment option
• Includes comprehensive study material

Course Modules
•   Characteristics of combustion
•   Gas Appliances that can analysed
•   Gas Appliances that can not be analysed
•   Level of servicing depending on results of analyser test
•   How to interpret and respond to results of analyser test

Boiler manufacturers increasingly recommend the use of the Flue Gas Analyser for servicing their
appliances to ensure optimum efficiency and running costs. Badly maintained boilers may also
produce lethal amounts of carbon monoxide. Failure to perform these tests could result in prosecution
should boiler defects not being detected and rectified.

Odourless and colourless, carbon monoxide claims more lives every year. Authorities are prosecuting
untrained and ill-equipped service engineers who leave boilers in dangerous conditions. Flame colour
can no longer be used as the sole measurement of boiler efficiency and Flue Gas Analyser’s should be
used to complement existing techniques.

City of Sunderland College deliver a BPEC accredited half day / evening course (4 hours approx) to
train those gas operatives who have already achieved CCN1 Core Gas Safety, on the use of a Flue Gas
Analyser.

A Flue Gas Analyser can be used to assist the gas operative in determining the need for other servicing
operations, before proceeding to final checks and reports, thereby meeting all the requirements of the
Gas Safety (Installations and Use) Regulations (GSIUR).

It is imperative that the use of a Flue Gas Analyser is not viewed as a short cut to servicing.

The instrument is a very useful tool, which enables the operative to reduce the amount of dismantling
of certain appliances during the servicing process, providing the combustion performance criteria are
satisfied. It also enables the operative to ensure combustion is satisfactory before finally leaving the appliance
in operation and as such is a particularly useful piece of equipment.

Related Courses
CCN1 Core Gas Safety, CEN1 Boilers, HTR1 Fires, WAT1 Water Heaters, CKR1 Cookers. Bpec Combi                         45
Fault Finding and Bpec Electricity for plumbers course. Bpec Part L Energy Efficiency
     Bpec Combination Boiler And High Efficiency Boilers
     Fault Finding Course
     Duration 5 Evenings 5.30pm – 8.30pm or 2 Days 9.00am – 5.00pm
     Suitable for candidates who have achieved CCN1 CEN1

     Certification Bpec Certification

     Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

     • Bpec Combination Boilers and High Efficiency Boilers Fault Finding Course
     • Course ideally suited for Plumbers and Heating engineers who
         would like to improve their knowledge of fault finding
     •   Practical/Theory Training and Assessments
     •   ACS certificates (CCN1 and CEN1) are a mandatory pre-requisite to attend this course
     •   Includes comprehensive Bpec Study manual
     •   Discount available if participants combine with the Bpec Electricity for Plumbers
         Course visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

     Summary
     The Bpec Combination Boilers and High Efficiency Boilers Fault Finding Course

     is for experienced plumbing and heating installers who wish to expand their knowledge of fault
     finding aspects of Combination and high efficiency boilers related to their day to day work. It is
     designed to provide better understanding of the increasingly complicated Combi boilers currently
     being installed and some older appliances.

     The Combi faultfinding training leads trainees from the basics of how to ensure the installation meets
     all the requirements, through to the different control and operating systems, to fault finding on boilers.
     The material supplied by City of Sunderland College has been developed to support the delivery of
     training in our well-resourced practical training area and the course contains a significant element of
     practical area.

     The training is presented as a series of modules covering:

     •   The different types of Combi and High Efficiency boilers
     •   The operational components found on Combi and High Efficiency boilers
     •   The operation of the different types of Combi and High Efficiency boilers
     •   Utilising a multimeter to identify working and defective components
     •   Using a logical approach to identifying and rectifying
         electrical faults on Combi and High Efficiency boilers

     Related Courses
     CCN1 Core Gas Safety CEN1 Boilers, CPA1 Flue Gas Analysers, Bpec
     Electricity for Plumbers, Bpec Part L Energy Efficiency. Bpec Part P


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Bpec Electricity For Plumbers Course
Duration 5 Evenings 5.30pm – 8.30pm or 2 Days 9.00am – 5.00pm
Suitable for Plumbers, Heating Engineers Gas Engineers, Renewable Energy Engineers

Certification Bpec Certification

Course fees Please visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

• Bpec Electricity for Plumbers Course
• Course ideally suited for Plumbers, Heating Engineers Gas Engineers, Renewable Energy Engineers
    who would like to improve their knowledge of electrical fault finding on domestic heating systems
• Practical/Theory Training and Assessments
• Includes comprehensive Bpec Study manual
• Discount available if participants combine with the Bpec Combination and High Efficiency
    Boilers Fault Finding Course visit www.citysun.ac.uk or call 0845 2600 968 for details

The Bpec Electricity for Plumbers Course is for experienced plumbing and heating installers who
wish to expand their knowledge of electrical and faultfinding aspects of heating systems related
to their day to day work. It is designed to provide basic knowledge of electrical installation,
understanding of circuitry and a logical approach to fault finding using a multi-meter.

The course is not designed to turn plumbers, gasfitters and heating engineers into electricians,
but to enhance the skills and knowledge required to maintain and repair central heating systems.
It has been designed with the plumbing and heating trade in mind. The material supplied by
City of Sunderland College has been developed to support the delivery of training in our well-
resourced practical training area and the course contains a significant element of practical work.

The training is presented as a series of modules covering:

•   The basics of electricity
•   Domestic house wiring
•   Central heating control systems
•   Central heating appliance components
•   Wiring of S and Y plan Systems
•   Faultfinding on S and Y plan Systems
•   Utilising a multimeter to identify working and defective components

Related Courses
Bpec Combination Boilers and High Efficiency Boilers Fault Finding
Course, Bpec Part L Energy Efficiency. Bpec Part P, City and Guilds
17th Edition Wiring Regulations, NIECIC Solar Photovoltaic




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