Raising the standards

Engineers who want to install under the Green Deal must be certified against the Installer Standard PAS 2030. Andy Flook from QMSA explains all the requirements and how it can help
to develop a business.
Like all Government schemes, there are specific requirements attached to becoming a ‘Green Deal Installer’. In the same way that ACS underpins Gas Safe Registration and Gas Safe is the Registration Body, PAS 2030 underpins the Green Deal Installers although there are around ten different Green Deal registration bodies to choose from. It is important to research the various certification bodies, because the support that they offer is as important as the cost.
Broadly speaking, there are two parts to the PAS 2030 standard – the technical competency requirement and the management system requirement.
Technical competency
PAS 2030 has specific training and experience competency requirements against each of the 46 Green Deal measures. DECC and the Green Deal Oversight Registration Body (GDORB) have now stated that Gas Safe registered engineers need a technical site visit from a Green Deal Certification Body to join.
Businesses that are already accredited under the Government’s MCS initiative are ‘deemed to comply’ for renewable measures so won’t require a visit. However, if an installation features other measures, a site visit may be required from the Green Deal Certification Body inspector to check that a job has been completed to industry standards. In this way, the Government aims to prevent any sub-standard installers from joining the scheme.
Management system requirement
Management systems and QMS (Quality Management System) are
key components of the route to Green Deal accreditation, meaning that it is essential to have a system
in place that demonstrates to the Green Deal Certification Body that the PAS 2030 Green Deal standard will be met and that the company will operate in line with DECC’s requirements.
This is the missing part for most heating engineers who are used to running their business in their own way – based on what works best for them. This process
is actually more straightforward than it sounds and shouldn’t be off-putting. The feedback from businesses is that having a documented system or structure in place for their business actually helps them in the long run to operate a slicker service and support customers better.
Simply put, the QMS or Management system requires that records are kept of all company documentation – registrations, insurances, qualifications, sub-contract agreements, etc, and that a written ‘quality manual’ outlines how the business will operate, maintain records, deal with complaints, ensure operatives and sub-contractors are competent, and progress jobs, surveys, handovers, etc.
Green Deal job management
Green Deal jobs will follow a set procedure. Once a Green Deal plan is agreed and the Green Deal provider approves funding for a job, the following will take place from the installer:
• Survey/Quote
• Method Statement and Installation
• Handover and Notification.
The installer will need to record the following information:
• Location of install
• Type of measure(s)
• Details of commencement and commissioning dates
• Details of specific product installed
• Details of any issues encountered and actions taken to address them
• Names of operatives involved
• Results of any performance testing undertaken
• Commissioning records
The next step
There are a number of options for installers who decide to become involved in Green Deal – either purchase one of the Green Deal systems already out there (which should provide all of the above) or start to document how their business will operate and pull all the necessary records together.
Once an installation company is happy that it meets the requirements of Green Deal, the final step is to contact the Green Deal Certification Body and arrange for Green Deal Certification.
[author image=”https://www.installeronline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Andyflock.jpg” ]Andy Flook has been involved in the energy industry for over twenty years since joining British Gas as an apprentice gas engineer in 1989. During his career he has developed and operated training facilities both independently and for large scale business across the UK. During the last five years, much of this experience has moved into the renewables sector where he has been working with numerous organisations on the strategy and integration of the new technology sector to help businesses diversify their core skills into new areas of activity.[/author]