The government is set to announce in September the details of a new qualification for those producing the energy performance certificate.
Energy inspectors are expected to co-exist alongside home inspectors but will be qualified to produce the only mandatory element of the home information pack – the energy performance certificate.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Communities and Local Government says it is too soon to comment on the details of the qualification but has tried to allay the fears of those who have spent thousands of pounds on training to become home inspectors already. She says while discussions are still on-going as to what the qualifications will consist of “they will be robust” and not simply a case of ticking a number of boxes.
Those taking the qualification will be expected to know something of the condition of the property, so for example, whether cavity wall insulation would be required and the cost involved in its installation. The government believes this may help to ease the concerns such a qualification would simply lead to estate agents being able to corner the market in terms of Hip production.
The qualifications are due for launch in the New Year.
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