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Renewable Trade Qualifications - Smart Meter Installation (Dual-Fuel) Power & Gas

What are Smart Meters?

By the end of 2019 The Government Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has a timescale for all UK homes to have a Smart Meter installed – this is a land-grab opportunity for qualified trades people who are able to install Dual-Fuel Smart Meters (SM). SM are being installed as an alternative to replace the current Electricity & Gas meters; the aim is for them to display the combination of both energy sources and reduce energy demand / household utility bills (no more meter reading as they’ll electronically record back to the utility provider as to usage. The household user will be able to see real-time where their energy usage has been the most & reduce it.

All homes and businesses across the commercial & public sector will have a Smart or Advanced Energy Meter installed by 2019. This roll-out will help the UK meet the low-carbon emissions target set by the World Committee for Climate Change – a key governmental focus over the next few years & for other countries in ensuring sustainable energy for the future.

Smart Meters will enable consumers to keep track of their energy consumption, reduce their house-holds utility bills, save money and reducing emissions. No more estimated bills, due to being linked to the energy provider, informing them of real-time energy usage.

The UK government's deadlines with regard to staffing numbers is difficult to assess, it's currently believed the national roll-out will be made-up from a mixture of current energy employees and trained, skilled installation sub-contractors.

The Smart Meter Level 2 7428 Accreditation:

By the end of 2019 The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) plans to have smart meters installed in every UK home. This means there needs to be the infrastructure of trained installation, technical and support staff. Research is taking place to make sure is achievable; Government research bodies have spoken with leading energy providers & the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - to ensure recruitment and full training is achieved on-time.

Energy companies are preparing for achieve this government task but is also dependable upon enough technically trained installers to be in-place technical to install both domestic (household) & commercial (business) Smart Meters. New positions are open to all, from already skilled trades individuals who want to top-up to a Smart Metering Accreditation or individuals who just want to become a dual-fuel smart meter installer; whatever the circumstance, the individual needs to have dual-fuel technical skills which also lead to the City & Guilds Gas Safe registration.

The SM installation qualifications are accredited by both the gas and electricity regulatory bodies. The Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills), whose is funded by the National Skills Academy for Power (NSAP), is also developing an Intermediate dual-fuel Level 2 Apprenticeship to support the government's SM strategy.

Level 2 Diploma in Smart Meter installation:

This Level 2 qualification will suit already skilled trades people or who have recently started a career / apprenticeship within installing and maintaining SM - three qualification levels available within Level 2:

  • Diploma in SM - Power
  • Diploma in SM - Gas
  • Diploma in SM – Dual-Fuel

Each level comprises of ten mandatory units, which are taken from a wider list of units, they including:

  • Safety within the Energy & Utilities sectors
  • Technical understanding of the energy & Utilities sectors
  • Being able to communicate information on both sectors
  • Secure installation of SM & setting-up the commission communication systems
  • Understanding the principles of low pressure natural gas SM
  • Low pressure tightness testing and direct purging

Power (7428-21)

  • The last registration date of: 31/03/2022
  • Accreditation no: 600/1270/5
  • Type: QCF
  • Credits: 37
  • Guided learning hours: 148 - 148
  • The last certification date is: 31/03/2022

Gas (7428-22) & Gas EUSGU 023

  • The last registration date of: 31/03/2022
  • Accreditation no: 600/1271/7
  • Type: QCF
  • Credits: 41
  • Guided learning hours: 262 - 262
  • The last certification date is: 31/03/2022

Dual-Fuel (7428-23)

  • The last registration date of: 31/03/2022
  • Accreditation no: 600/1282/1
  • Type: QCF
  • Credits: 63
  • Guided learning hours: 322 - 322
  • The last certification date is: 31/03/2022

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