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Scheme active from November 2011

This is a Certification scheme for Companies

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French ministry for ecological and sustainable transition

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France – Recognized as a guarantee for the environment (RGE)

The “RGE” quality label is a qualification scheme with a set of quality labels for professionals. The RGE scheme addresses several types of professionals: installers of renewable energy equipment; energy efficiency installers and consulting work related to energy efficiency. The scheme involves mandatory training of a technical manager, evaluation of the skills and on-site audit within 2 years of qualifciation. The qualification is valid for 4 years.This qualification is a voluntary process but it enables its clients to benefit from financial support from the state.
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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 ... basic or continous training
Biomass Voluntary ... basic or continuous training
Ground Heat Pump Voluntary ... basic or continuous training
Micro Combined Voluntary ... basic or conitnuous training
Shallow Geothermal Voluntary ... basic or continous training
Solar Photovoltaic Voluntary ... Basic or continuous training
Solar Thermal Voluntary ... Basic or continuous training
Water Heat Pump Voluntary ... basic or continuous training
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)
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? less than 3 months
Theory Mandatory
Practical Mandatory
Workplace Learning
Examination Mandatory
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Mandatory
Ongoing Quality Control Mandatory
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
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

Ministerial order of 19th December, 2014 stipulates that the training requirements for the installation of renewable energy equipments and energy efficiency works

Ministerial order of 1st December, 2015 stipulating the qualification criteria for the eligibility for tax credits and soft loans related to renewable equipment and energy efficiency works