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Scheme active from March 2014

This is a Certification scheme for Individuals

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Renewable Energy Systems Certification

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Belgium – Certification of installers of small scale renewable energy solutions

The scheme, set up under the European Guideline (2009/28/EG), was launched in 2014 and has been harmonised across the three Belgium regions of Flemish, Walloon and Brussels. After completing formal training and successfully passing an exam at the end of their training, installers can apply to the Renewable Energy Systems Certification Organisation (RESCERT) in Belgium for their certification. In additon to the training installers are required to have 3 years of professional and 3 years of job specific experience, which RESCERT verifies, before awarding the certification. The certification is valid for 5 years. After this peiod it can be extended, provided the installers undergo further training.
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Supported Technology,
Size and Possibility of Financial Support
Are any other qualifications required to practice?
Technology Size Min and Max sizes Necessity of Cert./ Qual. Is the scheme mandatory or voluntary for the technology listed? Supporting financial schemes? Are there any supporting financial schemes? Necessity for financial support Is it mandatory to be certified to qualify for the financial incentive? EQF What level of education according to European Qualifications Framework is the scheme equivalent to? [?] Plumber Is the supporting qualification as a plumber required? Electrician Is the supporting qualification as an electrician required? Parts Is a specializiation in the companents required as a supporting qualification? Other Other requirement details Financial Schemes
Air Heat Pump Voluntary EQF L4 ... The necessity for financial support is only valid for the Flanders region
Biomass Voluntary EQF L4
Ground Heat Pump Voluntary EQF L4
Shallow Geothermal Voluntary EQF L4
Solar Photovoltaic Voluntary EQF L4
Solar Thermal Voluntary EQF L4 ... The necessity for financial support is only valid for the Flanders region
Water Heat Pump Voluntary EQF L4
Legislation, subsidies and standards
Costs/Benefit analysis (eg. payback period)
Design (appropriate design of system dependent in relation to targeted heating system)
Installation (actual installation process)
Commissioning (ensure effective commissioning of system for optimal performance)
Monitoring (operational or performance monitoring)
Maintenance (understanding of maintenance and warranty based issues)
Other Information about the environment and the need for saving energy.
Average training cost €0 - €1,000
This cost depends on each training/exam centre (each exam centre are free to fix their own fees). The cost for certification itself is set at a maximum of 250€ (excl. VAT). Loss of income for installers is not included in this cost.
Ongoing Costs in order to be Certified/Qualified Yes
The cost for filing an application for certification is € 250 excl. VAT.
other Training Duration details Training takes approximately 4 days.
Theory Mandatory
Practical Mandatory
Workplace Learning Optional
Examination Mandatory
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Not Required
Ongoing Quality Control Not Required
The Certification is valid for 3 - 5 years
Requalification is required
Inspections of the installers work are carried out
Evaluation of wider standards
Frequency 1- 2 years
A financial penalty could apply
Retraining may be required
Suspension from the scheme
Exclusion from the scheme
Damage to the renewable energy system
Damage to wider energy infrastructure within end-users’ home
Structural or building damage
Significant degradation in system performance
Poor consumer code of conduct
There is an established process for mutual recognition
Details Installers from other countries need a copy or scan of their foreign certificate and need to refer customers back to the (online) list of certified installers in their respective Member States. If they comply with these conditions, they will not get a new certificate, but their name will be added to a list of foreign contractors, whose certificate is recognised as being equivalent to one issued in Belgium.
Documentation required when applying for mutual recognition
Evidence of certification
Evidence of formal training
Evidence of quality
Additional tests or monitoring expected when applying for mutual recognition
An aptitude test
Undergo a period of monitoring
Demonstrate continuous professional development
Evidence of quality of installations
Expected to demonstrate language ability
Expected to demonstrate insurance
The scheme was developed under the European guideline (2009/28/EG). The Energy Decree of May 8, 2009 was adjusted by Article 10.1.4 and 10.1.5 (inserted in the decree of November 18, 2011) and Article 13.1.1. The decision of the Flemish Government of July 19, 2013 amending the Energy Decree of November 19, 2010, regarding the certification of contractors and installers, the calculation unprofitable peaks, building-related photovoltaic systems and the implementation of the Epicoolstudie was published in October 2013. The ministerial decision on the recognition of training establishment and examination bodies for the certification of contractors and installers and on the certification of contractors and installers (01.20.2014) was published on February 5, 2014. Legislation is regional, but harmonized. This means the content of each regional legislation is more or less the same, at least for important points. The legislation links refer to the Flemish region.



The number of certified installers are listed online and the list is up to date: rescert.be/nl/lists

The number of training providers, by each technology and geographic region in Belgium is listed online: rescert.be/nl/wie-doet-wat/erkende-opleidingsinstellingen

list of certified installers and of recognised training and examination centers: rescert.be/fr/lists