The Retrofit Academy CIC is a not-for-profit training company dedicated to retrofitting. Retrofit is the improvement of buildings through the installation of energy efficiency measures ranging from insulation to low carbon heat.
We work with leading experts to develop and deliver qualifications that equip people with the knowledge and skills to deliver retrofit excellence.
Our main focus is on the role of the Retrofit Coordinator. The Retrofit Academy team first conceived of that role a decade ago, long before it was fashionable. Put simply, we realised that retrofit projects that succeed have somebody in charge of them who really knows what they are doing. We spent several years building the case for Retrofit Coordinators through the Hansford Review and Each Home Counts Reviews.
The role has been made mandatory for retrofit projects delivered under BSI PAS 2035 – the code of practice for retrofit introduced in June 2019. We developed the Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management in partnership with CITB and the Open College Network West Midlands.
We are currently training over 800 Retrofit Coordinators via eLearning and taught courses. Our tutors and assessors are all subject matter experts and our Technical Director Dr Peter Rickaby ensures the course remains in lockstep with PAS 2035, of which he was the Technical Author.
The Retrofit Academy CIC Chief Executive David Pierpoint explains more about the role of the Academy in the future of retrofit and energy efficiency.
The Retrofit Academy is at the heart of the energy efficiency industry. We work closely with BSI, TrustMark, the Department for Business and many other key stakeholders. We also work closely with the PAS 2030 certification schemes and the Retrofit Coordinator Accreditation Schemes. We also work collaboratively with key government agencies like the Combined Authorities in the West Midlands, Manchester, London and the South West. We work increasingly closely with the BEIS Energy Hubs too.
We deliver nationally-recognised qualifications in retrofit. We are an Approved Centre of both the Open College Network West Midlands and the National Open College Network.
We have developed two brand new qualifications to date – the Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management and the NOCN Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit. We plan to develop more in the future too.
We are proudly not-for-profit but we are also dedicated to customer service and learner support. We pride ourselves on delivering results. We have a young and passionate team and one of our core aims is to help them develop flourishing careers.
The Retrofit Academy is also the national centre of excellence for domestic retrofit. Launched in 2020, this is a membership body with a simple mission: to help people and organisations put the PAS (2035) into practice. You can see more details about this here. If you are interested in understanding whole house retrofit, how to deliver it and how to avoid costly mistakes, you might consider joining us.