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Scheme active from January 2016

This is a Certification scheme for Companies

Primary Contact for the Scheme

Anton-Jayand Eliston

Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

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Norway – Central approval

Central approval is a quality scheme which documents the company's professionalism and expertise. Foreign companies can achieve central approval on the same terms as Norwegian companies. The purpose of the regulations is to ensure that buildings of good quality are constructed.
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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 ... See above
Biomass Voluntary ... See above
Ground Heat Pump Voluntary ... See above
Hydro Voluntary ... See above
Micro Combined Voluntary ... See above
Heating and cooling solutions are covered. The size differs for the different classes of approval. This is explained in §13-5 in the Building Application Regulations (SAK10) http://dibk.no/no/BYGGEREGLER/Gjeldende-byggeregler/Veiledning-om-byggesak/?dxp=/dxp/content/byggesak/13/7/ Voluntary ... See above
Shallow Geothermal Voluntary ... See above
Solar Photovoltaic Voluntary
Solar Thermal Voluntary ... See above
Water Heat Pump Voluntary ... See above
Wind Voluntary ... See above
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
Ongoing Costs in order to be Certified/Qualified
What is the anticipated duration of training for full certification/ qualification? I don’t know.
Theory Mandatory
Practical Mandatory
Workplace Learning Mandatory
Examination Mandatory
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Ongoing Quality Control
Supplementary Training Information The company must have a professional management with relevant qualifications, which match the approval area for which the company is applying. The qualification requirements must ensure that companies, which undertake the right to accept responsibility in building cases, hold and use sufficient and relevant qualifications to undertake tasks in accordance with the Planning and Building Act. Foreign educational qualifications rank equally with equivalent Norwegian educational qualifications. Documentation of educational qualifications must be submitted with a certified translation into Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, stating the subjects covered and duration of the education. Practice from building and construction work abroad will rank equally with equivalent projects in Norway. On applying for central approval, the company must present its organisation structure, how the work is organised, and the qualifications used.
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