GQA Certification

Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit

The Level 2 Understanding Retrofit course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of retrofitting processes and techniques for existing buildings. It aims to educate individuals about the principles, methods, and considerations involved in retrofitting buildings to improve their energy efficiency, sustainability, and overall performance.

This course is best suited for professionals working in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, or related industries who are involved in retrofitting projects. It is also beneficial for building owners, facility managers, and anyone interested in gaining knowledge about retrofitting strategies.

By taking this course, participants will learn about the various aspects of retrofitting, including energy audits, building performance assessments, retrofit design principles, renewable energy integration, and project implementation. They will understand how to evaluate the existing conditions of a building, identify opportunities for improvement, and develop effective retrofit strategies.

Also giving an Insite into the terminology commonly uses in retrofit like "whole house" and "fabric first".

Overall, the Level 2 Understanding Retrofit course equips individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to sustainable building practices and make informed decisions regarding retrofitting projects.

You will be required to take a test at the end of the course to achieve certification

Course Details

Course Type: Flexible

Level: 2

Duration: Flexible

Location: National

Category: Retrofit


  1. Classroom-based: This traditional approach involves attending in-person classes at our training centre. In a classroom setting, instructors deliver lectures, conduct discussions, and provide hands-on exercises or case studies related to domestic retrofit assessment. This format allows for direct interaction with the instructor and fellow learners.

  2. Online-based: With our use of the latest technology, we offer online delivery options. This allows candidates to access course materials, lectures, and assignments remotely, using our learning management system (LMS) or online platform. This course includes pre-recorded video lectures, interactive modules, quizzes, and discussion forums. Participants can learn at their own pace and engage in virtual discussions with instructors and peers.

  3. Blended/hybrid: Some courses combine both classroom-based and online elements to offer a blended learning experience. This approach combines in-person sessions for interactive discussions, practical exercises, or assessments, along with online modules for self-paced learning and supplementary resources. It provides the benefits of face-to-face interaction while incorporating the flexibility and accessibility of online components.



Learners will be required to complete a GQA awards end of unit knowledge test, accessed within the classroom environment under exam conditions.

The tests are externally set and marked and consist of multiple-choice questions covering the Learning Outcomes and associated requirements for the units within the qualification.

The end assessment test consists of 35 multiple choice questions and the learners have 50 minutes to complete the assessment.

Learners who achieve less than 25 at the first attempt will be given another opportunity to re-take the test.

The overall pass mark in the end assessment is 25 out of 35.

Learners who achieve this mark or higher in end assessments will receive the GQA level 2 Certificate in understanding domestic retrofit.

NetRet Tutors

All NetRet Tutors will be subject matter experts, and hold a recognised education and training qualification, with experience of delivering training within this subject area.

Course Outline

The GQA Level 2 qualification in is primarily designed for learners who are aged 16 or older and who already have a background and experience in the construction industry or learners who are looking to move into this every growing sector within the construction industry.

The GQA Level 2 qualification provides learners with an overview of information used, the health and safety considerations, the resources used, the risks of damage, contractual requirements and the processes involved as part of retrofit activities.

Course Delivery

The course has been designed to be delivered in a face-to-face format with extensive teaching and learning material developed by NetRet to support the delivery of the course.

The Scope of Training will include the following subject matter, but also knowledge from other areas, which will benefit their learners, from NetRet’s tutor’s own professional experience with the retrofit market.

  • Introduction to domestic retrofit
  • Having an overview of the assessment process for domestic retrofit
  • Interpreting domestic retrofit information specific to the work activities and resources
  • Identify the materials required for work activities in domestic retrofit
  • Understanding how to carry out basic domestic retrofit installations
  • Key health and safety legislation relevant to and used in a domestic retrofit sector
  • Typical examples of common building defects found with retrofit
  • Typical installation details and examples of good/bad practice related to energy efficiency measures
  • The potential impact that retrofit measures can have on the building fabric


Our costs for the Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit:

Online Based - £550+VAT

Blended/Hybrid- £600+VAT

Classroom Based - £750+VAT

The cost cover tutor fees, learning materials, assessment fees, registration fees, and any necessary resources or equipment. Some training providers may also offer options for instalment payments or discounts for early registration or group bookings. Additionally, it's worth considering any additional expenses such as travel, accommodation (if required for in-person training), or NetRet Also offers membership packages so click this link to check membership options.

Funding available in regions so always ask


Qualifications with NetRet Group

  • Fully Accredited and NVQs
  • Direct Certificate Claims (Quicker Turnaround)
  • Industry Recognised Assessors and Trainers
  • On Line Support
  • Dedicated Assessor & Advisor
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