Scottish Installer Skills Matrix

The Scottish Installers Skills Matrix

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An installer skills matrix for Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) has been developed for Scotland in support of the British Standards Institution (BSI) Publically Available Specification (PAS) 2030 installer retrofit standards.

The matrix outlines the recommended minimum qualifications, with recognition of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), for the various trades (e.g. plumbers/heating engineers) broken down by measure (e.g. air source heat pumps). 

Installers Skills Matrix

Career path:
  • SVQ 3 Domestic Plumbing And Heating at SCQF Level 7 Or
  • SVQ 3/SCQF 6 Install, Commission And Maintain Refrigeration Systems Or
  • SVQ 3/SCQF 6 Install, Commission And Maintain Air Conditioning Systems
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • NOS Mapped - Install And Commission Fuel Systems: emergent technologies
  • Water Byelaws/Regs
  • Domestic Vented And Unvented Hot Water Storage
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings)
  • SQA Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older And Traditional Buildings
Career path:
  • SVQ 3 Domestic Plumbing And Heating at SCQF Level 7 Or
  • SVQ 3 Heating And Ventilating: Industrial And Commercial Installation
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • NOS Mapped - Installation And Maintenance of Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems
  • Water Byelaws/Regs
  • Vented/Unvented Hot water
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings)
  • SQA Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older And Traditional Buildings

The matrix was developed by the sector skills bodies for construction, heating and electrical, trade bodies, Scottish colleges, skills agencies and other stakeholders.  This work is supported by the Scottish Government and follows a recommendation from an independent quality assurance working group report which called for a skills and qualifications matrix in support of Scottish Government energy efficiency and heat programmes.

The skill requirements listed in the installer matrix also forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s broader Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan which was published alongside the Climate Change Plan update in December 2020.

Creating the skills matrix is just the start and the stakeholders involved with its development plan to meet twice a year to review the matrix and make any changes deemed necessary.  Consequently the skills matrix will evolve over time and will be tracked in the version control document (link below).

If you have any comments or suggestions in relation to the skills matrix please email XXXX.

Links

  • Version control document (summarising changes to the matrix over time)
  • Skills funding
  • Support e.g. Energy Saving Trust Sustainable Energy Supply Chain Programme 

Quality and Skills Working Group members

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  • BESA (Building Engineering Services Association)
  • BRE (Building Research Establishment)
  • CITB (Construction Industry Training Board)
  • Energy Saving Trust
  • EU Skills
  • FMB (Federation of Master Builders)
  • HES (Historic Environment Scotland)
  • INCA (Insulated Render and Cladding Association)
  • NIA (National Insulation Association)
  • NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting)
  • SDS (Skills Development Scotland)
  • SELECT – sector skills body for electricians
  • SNIPEF (Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation)
  • South Lanarkshire College
  • Warmworks
  • West College Scotland

[1] Energy Efficient Scotland: recommendations from quality assurance short life working group