Diploma in Green Deal Domestic Advice

Diploma in Green Deal Domestic Advice

Green Deal qualifications have been developed in response to the UK Government’s implementation of the Energy Bill.

The Green Deal Initiative is a financial arrangement to implement energy-saving measures with no upfront cost to the property owner/tenant. It is expected that Green Deal will enable many households and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their properties so less energy is consumed and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

Green Deal Advisors/Assessors are needed to visit households and businesses to assess their suitability for Green Deal energy efficiency measures and to create Green Deal Plans. In order to do this they will need to have a mixture of technical knowledge, practical competence and people skills to provide households and businesses with the advice they need to make informed decisions.

Learners who achieve this qualification will be able to become Green Deal Advisors.

The SQA Diploma in Green Deal Domestic Advice is a competence based qualification which comprises eight mandatory Units.

This qualification is currently available through private training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The Diploma in Green Deal Domestic Advice is:

  • designed to be delivered as a taught course — normally through a combination of workshops and self-directed study
  • supported by an Assessment Guidance document
  • supported by a range of free resource materials provided by Asset Skills, the sector skills council
  • linked to National Occupational Standards

Who does this qualification suit

This Diploma in Green Deal Domestic Advice is aimed at people offering Green Deal Advice within a domestic dwelling and assessing the property’s suitability for a Green Deal solution. The qualification will suit both new entrants and those already working in the industry. The Green Deal assessor may be employed in one of several ways. They could be:

  • a salaried employee or sub-contractor of one or more Green Deal providers/installers
  • an independent, self-employed Green Deal assessor commissioned directly by a consumer
  • a public/third sector official or representative of a civil society organisation funded (or self-funded) to deliver Green Deal assessments


Access to this qualification is at the discretion of the centre. Learners may already be working in the building sector and may have some technical skills in, and knowledge of, energy assessment.


Achieving the qualification will enable learners to progress into employment, further their career, or move on to the Diploma in Green Deal Non-Domestic Advice.


Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

How to assess

Direct evidence produced through normal performance in the workplace is the primary source for meeting the requirements. This includes naturally occurring documentary evidence (hard copy and electronic), direct observation of activities and witness testimony, as relevant.

Workplace evidence must be supported by evidence of knowledge and understanding.

A holistic approach towards the collection of evidence should be encouraged. The focus should be on assessing activities generated by the whole work experience rather than focusing on specific tasks.

Where can you take this course?


Group Award code: GF5X 04


The Diploma in Green Deal Domestic Advice comprises eight mandatory Units:

Mandatory Units

Unit title Unit code
Provide Information to Customers on the Principles, Financing and Operation of the Green Deal


Undertake Occupancy Assessments and Give Advice


Prepare and Issue Domestic Green Deal Advice Reports


Explain the Green Deal Advice Report to the Domestic Customer


Conduct Energy Assessments in a Safe, Effective and Professional Manner


Prepare for Energy Assessments of Domestic Property


Undertake Energy Inspections


Produce and Explain Energy Performance Certificates Relating to Domestic Property


A generic Assessor Guidelines document is available for this qualification. A range of free associated resources can be obtained from Asset Skills’ website:

Assessor's Guidelines