About The Retrofit Coordinator Role & Qualification

Where do Retrofit Coordinators fit in the process?

The table below describes the role of the Retrofit Coordinator and how they fit into the PAS 2035 process. The Coordinator role is primarily designed to identify, assess, and manage the technical and process risks commonly associated with domestic retrofit projects.

Typically Retrofit Coordinators will: 

  1. Protect the client’s and the public’s interest, ensuring that projects are safe, high quality and performing to their maximum potential.
  2. Oversee the retrofit process from start to finish as a project manager. 
  3. Ensure appropriate integration and communication between teams.
  4. Sign off that the project complies with PAS 2035.
  5. Where competent to do so, a Coordinator may also fulfil the other specialist roles in the retrofit process. This depends on the level of risk involved in the project.

PAS 2035 requires Retrofit Coordinators to define projects as low, medium, or high-risk dependent upon what measures are selected. Most deep retrofits fall into the medium or high-risk categories.  See our table below which highlights the types of professionals PAS 2035 says should be involved in each stage of the process.  

PAS 2035 Required Qualifications & Accreditations

PAS 2035 will drive demand for appropriately qualified built environment professionals.  It specifies that all domestic retrofit projects will need to use an Accredited Retrofit Coordinator. It also stipulates that all Retrofit Coordinators must hold the Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management before they can join one of the TrustMark-approved Schemes.

Role Role Description Qualifications Required Accreditations Required

Retrofit Advisor

Deliver retrofit advice to clients and householders.

Energy Awareness and Advice / Green Deal Advisor.

Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management.

 

Retrofit Assessor

Carry out Dwelling Assessment and supply data to Coordinator.

Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management (Path A).

Domestic Energy Assessor (Path B&C).

Specialist Level 3 and 6 awards in traditional buildings (Path B and C where building is protected).

Certified-DEA by a UKAS-accredited assessor body (e.g. Elmhurst, Stroma etc.)

Retrofit Coordinator

A person with overall responsibility for each stage of the project, sometimes also fulfilling specific project roles where they hold the appropriate qualifications.

Open College West Midlands Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management.

Must also be able to demonstrate prior experience and competence in professional practices such as contract management, project management, customer service etc.

Once qualified, must be a member of a TrustMark-approved Retrofit Coordinator Scheme (e.g. Elmhurst).

Retrofit Designer

A person qualified to prepare a retrofit design.

Path A: Level 5 Diploma / MCIAT.

Path B: As above plus registered Architects, Construction Managers and Building Surveyors.

Professional Membership of CIOB, CIAT, CARE, AABC, RIBA RICS or RIAS.

Retrofit Installer

A person or organisation that is undertaking the physical placement of an energy efficiency measures in an existing building.

As per PAS 2030 (2019).

As per PAS 2030 (2019).
Retrofit Evaluator

A person qualified to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of a project and provide feedback.

Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management.

Once qualified, must be a member of a TrustMark-approved Retrofit Coordinator Scheme (e.g. Elmhurst).

 

PAS 2035 Professionals for Each Stage

Low Project Risk

Assessment

Strategy

Design & Specification

Installation

Handover

Monitoring & Evaluation

Medium Project Risk

Assessment

Strategy

Design & Specification

Installation

Handover

Monitoring & Evaluation

High Project Risk

Assessment

Strategy

Design & Specification

Installation

Handover

Monitoring & Evaluation

Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management

The Retrofit Academy are the UK’s only provider of training for Retrofit Coordinators.  We have developed a comprehensive course in coordination with Open College Network West Midlands.

Built environment professionals from a range of backgrounds can train to become Retrofit Coordinators by studying for the Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management with The Retrofit Academy. Once qualified they can be approved to deliver whole house retrofit projects, embracing industry best practice.

Open College Network West Midlands

  • Course Prospectus

    The Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management features 12 modules, which together cover all the key aspects of domestic retrofit.

    We’ve got a programme to suit how you want to study. 

    Download the Prospectus

  • Course Specification Guide

    To objective of this course is to train and qualify  Retrofit Coordinators to be capable of managing domestic retrofit projects in accordance with the requirements of PAS 2035.  The focus is on construction site managers, project managers and assistant site managers.

    Download the Specification

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