Introducing Our Comprehensive Range of Retrofit Courses at Peterborough College
By 2050, the UK has a legally binding commitment to be carbon neutral. Over 25% of all CO2 emissions in the country come from living in our homes, and with some of the oldest, draughtiest housing stock in Europe, it’s crucial to reduce wasted heat and power. At Peterborough College, we offer a range of Retrofit courses designed to prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in this rapidly expanding industry.
At Peterborough College, we are proud to offer an exceptional selection of Retrofit courses tailored to meet the growing demand for skilled professionals in the industry. Our diverse courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to excel in various retrofit and energy efficiency roles. Whether you’re new to the sector or looking to enhance your existing expertise, we have a perfect course.
Why Retrofit Matters:
There are 27 million homes in the UK, and the majority will need retrofitting to meet the government’s carbon reduction targets. By properly insulating homes, introducing greener heating solutions, and implementing renewable energy sources such as solar panels or heat pumps, we can make a significant impact on CO2 emissions. With thousands of career opportunities in the retrofit sector, now is the perfect time to join this fast-growing industry.
Key Occupations in Retrofit:
Our Retrofit courses cater to various roles within the sector, including trades such as plastering, joinery, carpentry, rendering, heat pump installation, and solar panel installation. Professionals in retrofit advisory, assessment, coordination, and design will also benefit from our programs. In addition, job roles in social housing, such as Tenant Liaison Officers, Asset Managers, and Energy and Sustainability Officers, can greatly benefit from our Retrofit qualifications.
Government Investment and Employment Opportunities:
The UK government is investing heavily in retrofit projects through schemes like the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme, and the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, amounting to around £2 billion per year. Employers in the retrofit sector include local authorities, housing associations, installers, energy companies, contractors, and sub-contractors, with many individuals choosing to become self-employed or start their own businesses.
The Role of Retrofit Advisors:
As the UK strives to reduce carbon emissions, Retrofit Advisors will play a key role in improving energy efficiency and retrofitting the country’s 27 million homes. Retrofit Advisors provide independent advice to homeowners and residents, helping them understand retrofit’s impact on their properties. Often the first point of contact for residents, Retrofit Advisors support and advise throughout the retrofit project and liaise with assessors, coordinators, designers, and installers to ensure everything goes smoothly.
What We Offer:
Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit Level 2
Our Level 2 qualification is an ideal introduction to the retrofit sector, focusing on the building insulation aspect of retrofit. Developed in partnership with the Retrofit Academy, this course equips learners with a solid understanding of retrofit principles. It is a stepping stone towards the NVQ Level 2 in Building Insulation and Treatments.
Certificate in Domestic Retrofit Advice Level 3
Dive into the world of retrofit advice with our comprehensive Level 3 course. This course features in-depth teaching materials, expert presentations, case studies, and practical activities, ensuring a thorough understanding of retrofit theory and practice. Gain the confidence to provide effective retrofit advice and stay ahead in the industry.
Award in Energy Assessment Level 3
Embark on a rewarding career as a Domestic Energy Assessor with our City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate. This professional qualification caters to individuals who aspire to work in the property sector, providing essential skills for employment and career progression in the field of energy assessment.
Award in Domestic Retrofit Assessment Level 4
Expand your horizons with our Level 4 qualification, designed for those holding a Level 3 Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment. This course equips you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to become a Retrofit Assessor in line with the PAS 2035 industry standard, including hands-on property assessments to ensure competency.
Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management Level 5
Our Level 5 Diploma offers a valuable opportunity for site management and building project management professionals to gain specialised expertise in domestic retrofit coordination and risk management. Aligned with the PAS 2030, PAS 2035, and Each Home Counts Quality Mark standards, this qualification covers essential skills and knowledge for the design, assessment, and project management of various refurbishment projects, enabling you to mitigate common defects and failures.
Enrol in one of our Retrofit courses at Peterborough College today and pave your way towards a successful career in the fast-growing retrofit and energy efficiency sector. Secure your place now and unlock the potential for a brighter, more sustainable future.
To enrol, visit one of the below course pages and select ‘Enrol Online’.
What is Retrofit?
Retrofit refers to the process of making modifications or improvements to an existing building or structure to enhance its energy efficiency, performance, or overall functionality. This can involve a variety of methods, such as:
- Adding or improving insulation in walls, floors, and roofs reduces heat loss and improves energy efficiency.
- Upgrading windows to double or triple glazing improves thermal performance and reduces heat transfer.
- Replacing or upgrading inefficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems with more energy-efficient alternatives.
- Swapping outdated lighting fixtures for energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs and incorporating smart lighting controls.
- Integrating renewable energy sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines, into the building’s energy supply.
- Installing low-flow fixtures, rainwater harvesting systems, or greywater recycling systems to reduce water consumption.
- Implementing advanced building management systems (BMS) to optimise energy use and improve overall building performance.
Where will I study?
Our Retrofit courses will be delivered from Peterborough College or Stamford College, with several classroom classes and optional remote classes, depending on the course and level. More information can be found on course pages.