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Scheme active from May 2013

This is a Certification scheme for Individuals

Primary Contact for the Scheme

Madis Laaniste

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Head of Strategic Planning

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Estonia – Renewable Energy Installers in Estonian Qualification Framework

Installers of renewable energy production devices, as stated in directive 2009/28/EC may obtain a certificate within the Estonian Qualifications Framework (ESTQF). The ESTQF qualification levels correspond to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), thus enabling mutual recognition of installer's qualifications. Since 2012, all new qualifications issued in Europe carry a reference to an appropriate EQF level.
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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
Biomass Mandatory EQF L4
Ground Heat Pump Voluntary EQF L4
Micro Combined Mandatory EQF L4
Shallow Geothermal Voluntary EQF L4
Solar Photovoltaic Voluntary EQF L4
Solar Thermal Voluntary EQF L4
Water Heat Pump Voluntary EQF L4
Wind 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 For many of the qualifications different EQF standards exists with different competences. E.g. there is a "installer" standard for PV on EQF L4 as well as a "PV engineer" on EQF L5.
Average training cost €1,001 - €3,000
Ongoing Costs in order to be Certified/Qualified No
What is the anticipated duration of training for full certification/ qualification? 6 – 12 months
Theory Mandatory
Practical Mandatory
Workplace Learning Mandatory
Examination Mandatory
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Optional
Ongoing Quality Control Optional
Supplementary Training Information The specific training for the qualification might be a part of other education programmes.
The Certification is valid for 3 - 5 years
Requalification is required
Inspections of the installers work are carried out
Evaluation of wider standards
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 Mutual recognition is possible through Enic-Naric system. http://www.enic-naric.net/estonia.aspx
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