NVQ Assessments

The Importance of Competence


NVQ qualifications, or National Vocational Qualifications, are essential for ensuring that individuals involved in implementing and maintaining PAS standards possess the necessary skills, knowledge, and competence. Here are a few key reasons why NVQ qualifications are crucial for the successful implementation of PAS:

Compliance and Consistency: NVQ qualifications provide a standardised framework to assess and validate individuals' competence in specific vocational areas. By requiring NVQ qualifications, we ensure that personnel involved in implementing PAS guidelines possess the required expertise, leading to greater compliance and consistency in adhering to the specifications.

Enhanced Understanding of PAS Principles: NVQ qualifications offer comprehensive training in the principles and practices outlined in PAS documents. They provide individuals with a deeper understanding of the specific requirements, methodologies, and best practices necessary for effective implementation and maintenance of PAS guidelines.

Practical Application of Skills: NVQ qualifications emphasize practical training, allowing individuals to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios. This hands-on approach equips them with the practical skills needed to address challenges, make informed decisions, and ensure the successful application of PAS principles in their respective roles.

Quality Assurance and Risk Management: By requiring NVQ qualifications, we enhance the overall quality assurance and risk management processes related to PAS implementation. Qualified individuals possess the necessary skills to identify potential risks, implement preventive measures, and maintain the highest standards of quality throughout the implementation and ongoing management of PAS.

Continuous Professional Development: NVQ qualifications promote lifelong learning and continuous professional development. This ensures that individuals involved in PAS implementation remain up-to-date with the latest industry practices, technological advancements, and regulatory changes, enabling them to adapt and improve their implementation strategies over time.

In conclusion, NVQ qualifications are vital for the successful implementation and maintenance of PAS guidelines. By requiring these qualifications, we ensure that our personnel possess the necessary skills, knowledge, and competence to effectively apply PAS principles, maintain compliance, and uphold the highest standards of quality.

Thank you for recognising the importance of NVQ qualifications in relation to PAS. By prioritising these qualifications, we demonstrate our commitment to excellence and ensure the successful implementation of PAS guidelines within our organisation.

NVQ Level 2

Level 2 Diploma in Property Maintenance Operations

Level 2 Diploma for the Installation of Photovoltaic Panels

Level 2 Certificate in Cavity Wall Extraction Occupations

Level 2 Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - Wood Preserving and Damp-proofing

Level 2 Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - Wall Tie Replacement

Level 2 Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - Cavity Wall Insulation

Level 2 Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - Solid Floor Insulation

Level 2 Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - Under Floor Insulation

Level 2 Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - Cold Roof Insulation

  • PAS and TrustMark are a requirement under the majority of government grant funded schemes for retrofit and can enable the landlord and/or their certified contractor access to significant funding to assist with retrofitting homes.
  • PAS Accredited work enables the project to be registered under TrustMark (the only Government endorsed quality assurance scheme for domestic retrofit).
  • PAS provides a formal road map to ensure the correct and certified installation of energy efficiency measures.

Decarbonisation (particularly in housing) is one of the largest investment initiatives in the UK and indeed the world today. In the UK alone we have investment initiatives like Energy Company Obligation (ECO), ECO+, Warm Homes initiative, Optimised Retrofit Programme (ORP) to name but a few.  These alone total several billion pounds worth of investment. This is a huge undertaking for the UK, and Rental Accommodation is a primary part of the drive towards lowering carbon emissions.

How NetRet can work with you to meet the challenges and support you;
  1. Contractor Resource: Build a competent and qualified management and contractor resource and underpin work with Trustmark (click through to Trustmark page) Assurance. TrustMark is the only Government endorsed quality scheme for work carried out in or around the home
  2. Add Value to property: “when other factors are excluded, properties rated B and C sell for around 5% more than those rated D”*
  3. Reduce bills, increase rent: “In simple terms, if tenants spend less on energy bills, they can afford to pay you more rent. Lower bills will also make it less likely that your tenants get into arrears. Plus, of course, a warm and comfortable home means happier tenants”.*
  4. Protect your property: “Keeping a property warm and dry will tend to make it less prone to condensation, damp and mould” *
  5. MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards): help landlords meet the requirements of MEES**, increase a properties EPC Rating, to add value to the property,
  6. Lettability: to make the property more desirable/lettable. Now more than ever people are aware of the cost of heating a home. Therefore the more energy efficient the home the more lettable.

* extract from NRLA (National Residential Landlords Association)

Level 3 Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - Room in Roof

Level 3 Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - Park Homes

Level 3 Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - Hybrid Wall

Level 3 Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - Insulating Framed Sections of Buildings

Level 3 Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - External Wall Insulation Boarder

Level 3 Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - External Wall Insulation Finisher

Level 3 Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - External Wall Insulation Boarder and Finisher

Level 3 Diploma in Insulation and Building Treatments (Construction) - Internal Insulation (Walls)

In autumn 2020, the government began a consultation on tightening the MEES rules. It’s important to note that the proposals are currently just that, and no regulations have even been drafted yet. The consultation closed in January 2021, but the results have still not been published.

However, the main proposed changes are as follows:

Minimum EPC rating to be raised from E to C.

The plan is to enforce this from 1 April 2025 for new tenancies, and from 1 April 2028 for existing tenancies.

Cost cap to be raised from £3,500 to £10,000 per property

The government says this would be sufficient to bring more than 90% of D-rated properties up to a C rating, as well as nearly 60% of E-rated properties. It’s not clear whether existing spending would count towards the new cap.

Extract from NRLA


This would control in which order work is carried out, so improvements to the fabric of the building (ie insulation, windows and doors) must be done before additional measures such as new heating systems are installed.

The exemptions would remain largely unchanged. Additionally, the proposals recommend clarifying the rules for listed buildings and those in conservation areas, and introducing a central database of compliance and exemptions.

Don’t delay

There are good reasons to start planning now.

1: Beat supply shortages

When new rules are announced, there is likely to be a rush to book tradesmen and order materials, further increasing lead times and prices.

2: Spread the cost

By starting now, you can spread the cost rather than suddenly facing a large bill just before the deadline. This will also give you more time to seek additional funding, such as grants.

3: Increase flexibility

The “fabric first” principle, if approved, would restrict what work you could do. For example, if you want to upgrade the heating system, you might be unable to do so until you have improved insulation or replaced windows. If you can get the property up to a C rating now, then these measures will not affect you.

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