Scottish Installer Skills Matrix

The Scottish Installers Skills Matrix

For installers working in the energy efficiency and low and zero carbon technologies sector

Last updated 16th December 2021

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

Installers Skills Matrix

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

Career path:
  • SVQ 3 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 Or
  • SVQ3/SCQF 7 Service, Maintain and Commission Building Engineering Services Or
  • SVQ3/SCQF 6 Heating and Ventilating: Industrial and Commercial Installation
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • NOS Mapped - Heat Pump Systems
  • Water Byelaws/Regs
  • Domestic Vented And Unvented Hot Water Storage
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings)
  • Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older And Traditional Buildings
Career path:
  • SVQ in Electrical Installation at SCQF level 7
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Up to date BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations
  • Energy Storage Systems Course (415)
Career path:
  • SVQ 3 Plumbing And Heating at SCQF Level 7 Or
  • SVQ 3 Heating And Ventilating: Industrial And Commercial Installation
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Install and Commissioning Fuel Systems: Solid Fuel (F9HC 04)
  • Solid Biomass (NOS Mapped)
  • Vented/Unvented Hot water
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings)
  •  Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older And Traditional Buildings
Career path:
  • SVQ in Electrical Installation at SCQF level 7
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Requirements for Electrical Installations to BS 7671:2018
  • SQA [SELECT] Customised Award in Requirements for Electrical Installations to BS 7671 (18th Edition)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Requirements for Electrical Installations BS 7671: 2018
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings)
  • Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older And Traditional Buildings
Career path:
  • SVQ in Electrical Installation at SCQF level 7
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Up to date BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations
  • Electrical awareness TESA
Career path:
  • SVQ 3 Plumbing And Heating at SCQF Level 7
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Water Byelaws
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings)
  • Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older And Traditional Buildings
*whilst not included in PAS 2035, it was identified as an important skills requirement from the Quality And Skills Working Group.
Career path:
  • SVQ 3 Plumbing And Heating at SCQF Level 7
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Water Byelaws/Regs
  • Vented/Unvented Hot water
Career path:
  • SVQ 3 Plumbing And Heating at SCQF Level 7 Or
  • Level 3 Diploma in Gas Engineering Or
  • Gas Engineering Competence Based Qualification Or
  • Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) gas qualification
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Water Byelaws
  • Central Heating & Water Training & Assessment (CENWAT)
  • Liquid Petroleum Gas Changeover
  • Domestic Vented And Unvented Hot Water Storage
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings)
  • Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older And Traditional Buildings

SLC external wall insulation

Career path:
  • SVQ in Insulation And Building Treatments (Construction) at SCQF level 5
Specialist routes
      • Cavity Wall Insulation
      • Cold Roof Insulation
      • Solid Floor Insulation
      • Under Floor Insulation
Or
  • SVQ Insulation And Building Treatments (Construction) SCQF Level 6
Specialist routes
      • Room in a Roof
      • Park Homes
      • Hybrid Wall
      • Insulate Framed Sections of Buildings
      • External Wall Insulation Finisher
      • External Wall Insulation Border/Finisher
      • Internal Insulation Walls
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings)
  • Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older And Traditional Buildings
Career path:
  • SVQ in Electrical Installation at SCQF level 7
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Up to date BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations
Career path:
  • SVQ in Electrical Installation at SCQF level 7 Or
  • SVQ 3 Plumbing And Heating at SCQF Level 7 Or
  • Ductwork Planning And Installation at SCQFlevel 6
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Domestic Ventilation Systems (MVHR)
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings)
  • Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older And Traditional Buildings
WCS Micro wind Career path:
  • SVQ in Electrical Installation at SCQF level 7
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Up to date BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations
Career path:
  • SVQ in Electrical Installation atSCQF level 7 Or
  • SVQ 3 Plumbing And Heating at SCQF Level 7 Or
  • Level 3 Diploma in Gas Engineering Or
  • SVQ 3 Heating And Ventilating: Industrial And Commercial Installation
Career path:
  • SVQ in Electrical Installation at SCQF level 7
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Requirements for Electrical Installations to BS 7671:2018
  • NOS Mapped - Installation And Maintenance of Small Scale Solar Photovoltaic Systems (Level 3)
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings)
  • Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older And Traditional Buildings
solar roofing installationCareer path:
  • SVQ Roofing (Construction) at SCQF level 5
And must complete the following qualifications:
  • Electrical awareness TESSA
And (only if working on pre-1919 buildings)
  • Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency Measures for Older And Traditional Buildings
Career path:
  • SVQ 3 Plumbing And Heating at SCQF Level 7 Or
  • SVQ 3 Heating and Ventilating: Industrial and Commercial Installation at SCQF level 6
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)
  • 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 associations, Scottish colleges, skills agencies and other stakeholders.  Their 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 (CESAP) which was published alongside the Climate Change Plan update in December 2020.

Creating the skills matrix is just the beginning and the stakeholders involved with its development will continue to review this.  Consequently the skills matrix may 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 skillsmatrix@esp-scotland.ac.uk

Links

Quality and Skills Working Group members


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