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Scheme active from December 2012

This is a Certification scheme for Individuals

Primary Contact for the Scheme

Karin Keijzer

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Advisor - Renewable Energy

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Netherlands – Accreditatie RES

When meeting the requirements of RES, training and examinations institutes can receive an accreditation from KvINL for RES. Accredited institutes are audited every year and are obliged, by the scheme, to register their successful candidates in the register QbisNL.nl . In addition to RES, the QBISnlregister also registers company schemes and certified installer companies working with RES qualified installers (individuals).
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Certification Bodies

All accredited training and examination institutes for RES are listed on de website Qbisnl.nl qbisnl.nl/professional/opleidingen


Certification Providers

Kwaliteit voor Installaties Nederland (KvINL) is appointed as accreditational body for RES accreditation of training and examnination instituteses for certification of installers (persons) . kvinl.nl

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 ... Individual, small scale and collective systems for buildings Voluntary
Biomass ... Small scale Voluntary
Ground Heat Pump ... Individual, small scale and collective systems for buildings Mandatory EQF L4
Shallow Geothermal ... All geothermal systems of residential and utility buildings Mandatory ... Not applicable
Solar Photovoltaic ... max size: 3x 80A gridconnection Voluntary
Solar Thermal ... Commonly used systems on building Voluntary EQF L4
Water Heat Pump ... Individual, small scale and collective systems for buildings 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)
Other Exploitation, Customer communication
Average training cost €3,001 - €5000
Training is not mandatory. Learning from practical experience, e-learning etc. are allowed. Examination (theoretical and practical) are mandatory to obtain a certificate.
Ongoing Costs in order to be Certified/Qualified Yes
Installers have to refresh their knowledge and skills regularly.
What is the anticipated duration of training for full certification/ qualification? 3-6 months
Workplace Learning
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Ongoing Quality Control
Supplementary Training Information Training institutes are free to choose their methods. Their learning goals, materials, methods and knowledge and teaching skills are audited in the accreditation process. Examination can be organised separately by examination institutes.
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

Requests for mutual recognition will be addressed to KvINL. KvINl will be asked to compare the certification of the installer to our scheme

Documentation required when applying for mutual recognition
Evidence of certification
Evidence of formal training
Evidence of quality
Other, please detail Dependent of information we already have about the certification/ qualification from country of origin .
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
Other needed evidence We haven’t experienced any applications for mutual recognition. We expect applications for mutual recognition by installers to get confirmation that their certificate is equal to the Dutch certificate or to get the Dutch version of the certificate and registration in the register QbisnL without the examination .
Expected to demonstrate language ability
Expected to demonstrate insurance
Supplementary evidence details that are expected We assume that foreign certificates don’t examine knowledge of Dutch (building) legislation and subsidies. Language abilities could be an issue as well.

As the schemes are voluntary, there is no legislation for the schemes. The exception is for part of the schemes for shallow geothermal, heat pumps and biomass. Certification of shallow geothermal and heat pump installers is determined by the the Soil Quality Decree (Besluit bodemkwaliteit) and the Soil Quality Regulation (Regeling bodemkwaliteit) and defined in the Energy performance of buildings Decree (BEG -Besluit energieprestatie gebouwen) and Regulation on Energy performance of buildings ( REG- Regeling Energieprestatie Gebouwen).

For biomass installers the certification relates to the Activity Decree on small and middle sized combustion plants (Activiteitenbesluit kleine en middelgrote stookinstallaties).

Numbers of certified installers by technology: qbisnl.nl/professional/personen

Number of RES-accredited training providers by technology training: qbisnl.nl/professional/opleidingen

Number of RES-accredited examination institutes by technology/examination qbisnl.nl/professional/examens