NICEIC can now offer certification to any business wishing to become a Green Deal Advisor.

Green Deal advisors will be responsible for carrying out the initial assessment of a property to identify which measures may be appropriate. Advisors may undertake assessments on domestic and commercial properties, but must be certified by a UKAS accredited certification body and be centrally registered with the Green Deal Oversight Body.

“To successfully deliver the Green Deal a network of appropriately qualified advisors will be needed,” said NICEIC’s Green Deal project manager Nick Wright.

“As part of our scope NICEIC can now offer Green Deal advisor certification to the required standard. We are delighted to have been accredited for this important initiative, which is in addition to our ability to offer Green Deal installer certification.”

In order for organisations to provide a Green Deal advisory service a company has two main considerations. The company must ensure the staff it employs or subcontracts the work to are properly trained and competent to undertake the work. It must also ensure the appropriate processes and systems are in place to comply with the Green Deal advisory standard.

The NICEIC certification process looks at all these processes and can be generally undertaken via a half day assessment – depending on the size and scope of the organisation.

In addition to its certification service NICEIC is able to provide any necessary advisory training via its partnership with Elmhurst Energy.

“Advisors will play a key role in the Green Deal process when the government initiative launches in October,” added Wright. “We look forward to using our experience and knowledge of certification to make the Green Deal a success.”