To become an accredited Thermal Performance Assessor through the BDAV, you need to:
- be a BDAV Member*, and as a result, comply with the BDAV Code of Professional Conduct;
- be an Individual (corporate entities must nominate a person who will be the applicant. However, corporate entities who have more than person within their firm who conduct assessments must apply for accreditation for each such person);
- hold the appropriate qualification**, and supply a Statement of Attainment for the course with your application for accreditation;
- declare the software you use: ie, declare in the application for accreditation which Second Generation House Energy Rating software the assessor has been trained in;
- hold Professional Indemnity Insurance at the time of applying for accreditation;
- abide by the Code: ie, must have read and agree to abide by the BDAV Accredited TPA Code of Conduct;
- pay the accreditation fee (as shown on the applicatoin form), to enable the application to be processed. [NOTE: this fee does not include the BDAV membership fee, which is an additional fee.]
*For details on joining BDAV, go to the ‘MEMBERSHIP’ section at this website.
It should be noted that Student Members are ineligible to apply for accreditation.
**The BDAV was notified in September 2013 by the NatHERS Administrator that the Course in Building Thermal Performance (Residential) NSW91318 expired on 30 June 2013 and is no longer being offered as a nationally accredited or a Vocational Educational Training qualification. From 1 July 2013, the Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment is available for assessors seeking accreditation with a NatHERS Assessor Accrediting Organisation (AAO). From 1 July 2013 to 31 December 2013, assessors seeking accreditation with an AAO can hold either Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment or the Statement of Attainment in Building Thermal Performance (Residential) NTIS code 91318NSW. From 1 July 2015, all assessors accredited with an AAO will be required to hold a Certificate IV in NatHERS Assessment. BDAV issued a reminder bulletin about this requirement to its accredited Thermal Performance Assessor members in May 2015. To read the bulletin, CLICK HERE.
It should be noted that, during each year, the BDAV will conduct random checks of energy ratings in order to validate the accredited TPA. The accredited TPA must be prepared to forward their software files and plans for check-testing by BDAV. The number of checks will vary with the volume of ratings undertaken, and where self-certification of designs is undertaken.