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Domestic Energy Assessors

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to provide grant assistance to those undertaking courses to achieve the National Occupational Standards for Domestic Energy Assessors. (105009)

Candidates in England should contact their local Learning and Skills Council for details of support which may be available.

Details of other grants available to adult learners can be found on the Directgov website www.direct.gov.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what level of technical expertise will be required of those qualifying to become energy assessors. (105010)

The National Occupational Standards for Domestic Energy Assessors have been developed by Asset Skills, the relevant sector skills council, and are currently going through the approval process by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). Once approved, they will be available on the QCA's website www.qca.gov.uk. Awarding bodies are also awaiting approval from the QCA for the qualifications they have designed, which are expected to be available early next year.