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Scheme active from December 2012

This is a Certification scheme for Individuals

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Renewable Installers Register

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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Ireland – Renewable Installers Register

SEAI are mandated to develop and maintain a 'Renewable Installers Register' in line with certain requirements of the EU Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. The register provides the details of suitably qualified Installers of the following technologies: Small-scale biomass boilers and stoves, Solar photovoltaic (Solar PV), Solar thermal systems (Solar Water Heating), Shallow geothermal systems and Heat Pumps. The objectives of the Renewable Installers Register are to: - Support homeowners in selecting suitability qualified installers of certain renewable technologies - Reduce energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions - Build market capacity and competence by driving contractor training... Read more
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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 ... Domestic installation Voluntary
Biomass ... Domestic installation Voluntary
Ground Heat Pump ... Domestic installations Not applicable
Shallow Geothermal ... Domestic installation Voluntary
Solar Photovoltaic ... Domestic installation Voluntary
Solar Thermal ... Domestic installation Voluntary
Water Heat Pump ... Domestic installation Voluntary
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 €3,001 - €5000
Ongoing Costs in order to be Certified/Qualified Yes
In order to be placed on the RIR as a Solar Photovoltaic installer, installers must be registered electricians, registered with Registered Electrical Contractors of Ireland (RECI). RECI assess the qualifications of the electricians. No certification fees or costs for the RIR
Theory Mandatory
Practical Mandatory
Workplace Learning Not Required
Examination Mandatory
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Mandatory
Ongoing Quality Control Not Required
The Certification is valid for
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 Installers need to be listed on the other countries registered list
Documentation required when applying for mutual recognition
Evidence of certification
Evidence of formal training
Evidence of quality
Other, please detail In order to be placed on the RIR as a Solar Photovoltaic installer, installers must be registered electricians, registered with Registered Electrical Contractors of Ireland (RECI). RECI assess the qualifications of the electricians.
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 following additional functions in relation to renewable energy are conferred on SEAI: (a) to liaise with relevant persons to ensure in so far as is reasonable that by 31 December 2012 certification schemes or equivalent qualification schemes for installers of small-scale biomass boilers or stoves, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, shallow geothermal systems and heat pumps become or are made available; (b) to provide information to the public on— (iv) certification schemes or qualification schemes referred to in paragraph (a), and (v) the list of installers who are qualified or certified in accordance with the provisions referred to in paragraph (a);