Train to be an Inspector of AC Systems - TM44 Training Course

About this course:

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) Article 9 defines owners and operators of AC systems with rated cooling outputs of over 12kW have a legal obligation to regularly inspect and report the energy efficiency of their air conditioning systems, at intervals not greater than 5 years or whenever a building is sold leased or let.

Energy Assessors who perform this work are required to meet professional performance standards i.e. be “a fit and proper person,” and have appropriate insurance cover. Once trained they must also register with an approved Energy Assessor Accreditation Scheme and undergo annual continual professional development (training).

This course is designed to help you achieve the inspector status. Our skills trainer and performance coach, has been the Worldskills UK training manager for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning & Heat Pump skill competitions since 2009, has worked in the building services & RAC industry over 35yrs, is a City and Guilds Lead End Point Assessor for RACHP apprenticeships and is a registered level 4 inspector.

Course Aim

The primary aim of the course is to provide a direct route for experienced AC personnel to fulfil the evidence requirements set by the National Occupational Standards for AC system Energy Inspections and is known as the accreditation of prior experience and learning (APEL) route.

Additionally, the course provides the delegate with critical information concerning how to conduct the physical inspection of an AC system according to the industry standard set by CIBSE TM44 (2012) and report the findings using the Sterling software report tool and alternative excel and word format reports for Scotland.


2 days face to face workshop tutorial, followed by assessment of 3 active site reports created by the candidate.

Meeting the National Occupations Standards

Our training includes an independent assessment of all applicants. The purpose of this is to review their qualifications and experience, so that their prior experience & knowledge can be accredited towards the National Occupation Standards required by Asset Skills.

The competence assessment and training scheme is designed for personnel working in the air-conditioning & refrigeration industry to ensure that when they apply for registration as an inspector they will have the technical competencies required by the Scheme.

Qualifications required

The technical competence requirements have been developed by Asset Skills as National Occupational Standards (NOS). The requirements stipulated by CLG, are that Assessors must hold a current qualification in the relevant Energy Inspection. This means holding a ‘Certificate of Competence’ which satisfies the requirements for the NOS for ‘Energy Assessors for the Energy Performance Inspection of Air Conditioning Systems'.

Who Should Attend

The energy inspection report (assessment) is carried out by making observations of a representative sample of the air conditioning systems within a range of occupational uses. Therefore, anyone with the following experience and qualifications can apply.

  • At least 4 years of experience in the ACR industry
  • PC literate with Microsoft office
  • Have AC and Health and Safety training certificates
  • Have 3 sites to conduct AC reports

The inspection will enable the building owner/operator to meet the legal requirements of Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) (Certificates and Inspection for England and Wales) Regulations 2012 and amendments for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Learning Agenda:

  • The requirements of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) ‘guide to AC inspections for buildings’
  • The need to make the building owner/operator aware of the regular inspection of AC systems
  • How to obtain and complete the evidence required to satisfy the National Occupational Standard for AC system energy assessors at level 3 & 4.
  • The management scheme operating requirements & quality assurance process
  • How to prepare the building owner/operator for the AC system inspection
  • The context of the CIBSE TM44 guide to EPBD compliance for inspection of Simple and Complex AC systems
  • How to write a comprehensive report & lodge reports using the software (executive summary, notes & recommendations, naming conventions, producing the certificate, plus many valuable tips)
  • Additional reports, when the client requires a “wrap around report”
  • How to build a portfolio of evidence to satisfy the National Occupational Standards
  • The commercial value of the regular inspection of AC systems
  • What continual professional development (CPD) opportunities exist for AC system inspectors

Upcoming dates – this course is run on demand

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