Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination & Risk Management

Earn your qualification in retrofit coordination with The Retrofit Academy – the home of Retrofit Coordinator training!

The Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management is the only accredited qualification of its kind in the UK.  Developed with the experts behind the PAS 2035 standard and in conjunction with the Open College Network West Midlands, our course is a comprehensive way to learn about managing whole-house retrofit projects.

We have a variety of ways to study for the Diploma. Whether you prefer to study independently, or need extra support, we have a study route to suit your requirements.

eLearning

Study anywhere in your own time and at your own pace
The eLearning method of study is ideal for those wanting to learn entirely online, at a time and pace to suit their schedule. All learning and assessments are completed online, and you have 12 months to complete the course making it more cost-effective.

Blended

eLearning combined with a two-day virtual bootcamp
The Blended method of study is ideal for those who want a little more support with their learning journey. It combines the eLearning course with an intensive, two-day online Virtual Bootcamp designed to give you a more hands-on experience with the tutors.

Fast Track

A bespoke combo of Blended and eLearning for groups

Our Fast-Track method of study is ideal for clients wanting a bespoke approach to training. Designed for cohorts of learners (groups of 12 as a minimum), this is a quicker way for learners to achieve the full Level 5 Diploma in a structured, supportive way in around 4 – 6 months.

eLearning

If you are confident in your ability to self-motivate and comfortable learning on your own, then eLearning is the right choice.  The course is made up of 13 modules, which are accessible via our online learning platform.  There are videos of lectures, group activities and exercises to review within each module.  You’ll need to take a multiple-choice test and submit a written assignment for each module.  Your progress will be recorded so both you and the Academy team can see how you’re progressing.  

Throughout the course you’ll receive assistance from both your online mentor and technical support, but you won’t have any ‘taught’ sessions.  If you feel you’d benefit from some expert guidance in a virtual classroom, you should consider our Blended Learning. 

Am I eligible for eLearning?

To be eligible for the eLearning course, you must meet three key criteria:

  • Minimum Level 4 qualification (e.g. HNC, NVQ or CertHE) in a built environment subject; AND
  • Display built environment professional competencies as defined by PAS 2035 (e.g. project management, risk assessment, contract administration, etc); AND
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of experience working on retrofit or energy efficiency projects (as evidenced by a CV or letter of endorsement from your employer).

To be accepted onto the eLearning course, you’ll need to provide proof of your qualification(s). You’ll be asked upon application to provide a digital copy of your qualification certificate(s).  Photocopies or scanned documents are acceptable.

If you do not hold a Level 4 equivalent but do have some credits in a built environment subject, you’ll only be eligible for our Blended Learning course.

For more detailed information on eligibility, please visit our FAQ page.

How to Apply

Cost: £1,099.00 + VAT

To apply for our eLearning course, please complete the application form and a member of our team will be in touch with further details.

Blended Learning

We bring the classroom to you!  Our 2-day virtual bootcamp sessions are designed to recreate the classroom experience via Zoom.  The sessions offer you the opportunity to learn first-hand from our expert tutors by focusing on the key learning objectives of the course. Participants are encouraged to engage with the instructor and interact with fellow learners during the sessions, using them as an opportunity to share best practices and professional experience to support and enhance the learning journey.

As the bootcamps are virtual, you’ll be able to log in from the comfort of your home or office and still benefit from hands-on, instructor-led teaching. You’ll then continue to study modules at your own pace, completing the multiple-choice tests and submitting the written assignments online.

Am I eligible for Blended Learning?

To be eligible for the Blended course, you must meet three key criteria:

  • MIN 12 Level 3 credits in a built environment subject; AND
  • Display built environment professional competencies as defined by PAS 2035 (e.g. project management, risk assessment, contract administration, etc); AND
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of experience working on retrofit or energy efficiency projects (as evidenced by a CV or letter of endorsement from your employer).

To be accepted onto Blended Learning, you’ll need to provide proof of your qualification(s).  You’ll be asked upon application to provide a digital copy of your qualification certificate(s).  Photocopies or scanned documents are acceptable.

If you’re unable to provide evidence of an appropriate qualification, you can still apply for the Blended course but will need to take a pre-assessment test. The pre-assessment consists of 20 multiple-choice questions, and you’ll need to pass with a rate of 75% or higher to qualify.  After submitting your application, a member of our team will be in touch with further details.

How to Apply

Cost: £1,299.00 + VAT

If you’re unsure whether you qualify for Blended Learning, please complete the application form and a member of our team will be in touch with further details.

Virtual Bootcamp Dates

Online
9th – 10th September 2021 NOW FULL!

More dates coming soon! 

Due to high demand, all our Blended Bootcamps are currently full. If you select the Blended option, you’ll be put on a waiting list for the next available dates, and won’t be able to begin your learning until we release those dates. Please submit your application as normal and a member of our team will contact you to discuss this further.

Fast-Track Learning

Using a combination of our eLearning and Blended Learning, the Fast-Track method offers small groups the chance to learn via a series of expert-led seminars and lectures.  The actual combination of lesson delivery (and available bootcamp / seminar dates) will vary depending on specific client requirements and group sizes.  Cohorts will benefit from peer support and networking opportunities within their groups. 

You’ll still log in virtually from the comfort of your home or office, studying the modules outside of the bootcamps at your own pace. You’ll complete the multiple-choice tests and submit written assignments the same way as with the eLearning and Blended methods.

Am I eligible for Fast-Track?

To be eligible for Fast-Track, you must meet the following criteria:

  • MIN 12 Level 3 credits in a built environment subject; AND
  • Display built environment professional competencies as defined by PAS 2035 (e.g. project management, risk assessment, contract administration, etc); AND
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of experience working on retrofit or energy efficiency projects (as evidenced by a CV or letter of endorsement from your employer).

To be accepted onto Fast-Track Learning, you’ll need to provide proof of your qualification(s).  You’ll be asked upon application to provide a digital copy of your qualification certificate(s). Photocopies or scanned documents are acceptable.

If you’re unable to provide evidence of an appropriate qualification, you won’t be eligible for the Fast-Track course.  But if you have any questions about your eligibility, speak to a member of our team.

How to Apply

Cost: Price on application

To apply for Fast-Track, please use the form below and give us some further details about your specific training requirements.

Course Outline

The Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management features 13 modules, which together cover all the key aspects of domestic retrofit.

Introduction to Domestic Retrofit
  • Understanding the context and background to domestic retrofit in the UK 
  • Understanding the benefits of retrofit (including establishing retrofit performance targets) 
  • Understanding how to evaluate retrofit options
  • Understanding the patterns of domestic energy use and the key principles of low carbon domestic retrofit
Retrofit Quality Assurance & Risk Management
  • Understanding quality assurance and risk management issues 
  • Understanding the standards and frameworks for improving retrofit quality (the role and responsibilities of the Retrofit Coordinator)
  • Mitigating risks in retrofit projects, from inception to handover and beyond
Building Physics: Thermal Efficiency
  • Understanding the sources of heat losses and heat gains in dwellings
  • Understanding the principle of heat balance
Building Physics: Managing Moisture Risk
  • Understanding moisture transfer and moisture control methods
  • Understanding how to mitigate moisture risks
  • Understanding how to apply the GLASER method and how to compare this to hygrothermal simulations
Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit

Understanding the BREDEM-based assessment of:

  • Domestic fuel use
  • Fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions
  • Implementations of SAP
  • Energy survey and assessment process
  • Other methods of assessing energy efficiency in dwellings (e.g. PHPP) 
  • Other information that should be included in the assessment of dwellings for retrofit
  • Training, registration and quality assurance procedures for assessors
Improvement Option Evaluation and Medium-Term Retrofit Plans
  • Identifying the drivers for domestic retrofit 
  • Evaluating retrofit options using a range of methods 
  • Understanding the difference between one-off and incremental retrofit
  • Understanding the value of a whole-house retrofit plan
Improving the Building Fabric: Floors & Roofs
  • Understanding materials and products for improving insulation and airtightness
  • Best practice techniques for insulating existing floors and roofs 
  • Understanding insulation products and comparing their performance
  • Understanding the risks and consequences of thermal bridging
Improving the Building Fabric: Walls & Windows
  • Best practice and key issues in insulating external walls (including cavity walls and solid walls with internal or external wall insulation) 
  • Best practice for replacement or secondary glazing of windows
Improving Airtightness and Ventilation
  • Understanding the critical role of ventilation in retrofit
  • Understanding the importance of minimising overheating risk and key factors that affect air tightness and internal air quality. 
  • Evaluating ventilation system options
  • Understanding mechanical ventilation with heat recovery in retrofit projects 
  • Understanding emerging ventilation techniques
Improving the Building Services: Heating, Hot Water, Lighting & Power
  • Understanding the key issues relating to the improvement of building services (including costs and cost-effectiveness for mains gas and other fuels) 
  • Understanding the key issues associated with the supply of hot and cold water and electric power in retrofit projects
Improving the Building Services: Renewable Energy Systems
  • Understanding the role of renewable energy systems in domestic retrofit (including the principles of photovoltaic electricity generation, solar thermal heat generation, wind power and micro-CHP
  • Understanding Feed in Tariff (FiT) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
Post Retrofit Testing, Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Understanding the importance of monitoring, evaluation and feedback to the improvement of domestic retrofit processes and techniques 
  • Understanding the role of the Retrofit Coordinator in managing monitoring and evaluation work and providing feedback. 
  • Understanding testing and measurement for ventilation
  • Understanding advanced monitoring techniques and their application
  • Understanding monitoring through “Internet of Things” devices (including analysing, assessing and presenting monitoring and evaluation data)

Apply Now!

If you’re ready to apply for the Level 5 Diploma, please complete the application form and a member of our team will be in touch soon with further details. 

Be sure to have a copy of your qualifications to hand, as you’ll need to provide us a digital copy as proof of eligibility.

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