Diploma in Green Deal Non-Domestic Advice

Diploma in Green Deal Non 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 Non-Domestic Advisors are needed to visit non-domestic properties to assess their suitability for energy efficiency measures and make appropriate recommendations. Non-Domestic dwellings can be more varied and complex than domestic dwellings. In order to provide individuals with advice to enable them to make informed decisions, Green Deal Non-domestic Advisors will need to have the right mixture of technical knowledge, practical competence and people skills.

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

The SQA Diploma in Green Deal Non-Domestic Advice is a competence based qualification which comprises eight mandatory Units. SCQF level to be confirmed.

This qualification is currently available through training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The Diploma in Green Deal Non-Domestic Advice is:

  • suitable for flexible delivery
  • 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 Non-Domestic Advice is aimed at people offering Green Deal Advice for non-domestic properties. 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 or to further their career.


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 the required 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: GF60 04


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

Unit title Unit code

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


Carry out Non-Domestic Energy Inspections to Determine an Operational Profile and Give Advice


Prepare and Issue Non-Domestic Green Deal Advice Reports


Explain the Green Deal Advice Report to the Non-Domestic Customer


Conduct Energy Assessments in a Safe, Effective and Professional Manner


Prepare for Energy Assessments of Non-Dwellings to Fulfil Regulatory Requirements for Asset Ratings


Undertake Energy Assessments of Existing Level 3 Non-Dwellings Using the Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM)


Report on Energy Assessment of New and Existing Non-Dwellings Using the Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM)


The following Units are additional, do not count towards the qualification, but can add value for the learner.

Unit title

Unit code

Undertake Energy Assessments of Existing Level 4 Non-Dwellings Using the Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM)


Undertake Energy Assessments of Existing Level 5 Non-Dwellings Using the Dynamic Simulation Model (DSM)


Report on the Energy Assessment of New and Existing Non-Dwellings Using the Dynamic Simulation Model (DSM)


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