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Understanding Domestic Retrofit

Course Code: RAUDR
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Award
  • Awarding body: National Open College Network (NOCN)
  • Duration: Three weeks
  • Course type: Part-time
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: One day a week, 9.00am - 4.00pm

What's it all about?

This qualification is the ideal place to start your retrofit journey. It takes a few days to complete, but it will (as the title suggests) give you a good understanding of what domestic retrofit involves. The qualification is applicable to a wide range of people, including those already working in the sector, those considering joining it and those who are impacted by it. 

The course is designed to improve the employability of learners. Employers are increasingly seeking staff who understand the fundamentals of retrofitting.

Course information

If you’re new to the world of domestic retrofit, it will give you a comprehensive and easy to follow
Introduction to whole-house retrofit. If you have some experience of energy efficiency projects
already, it will build your knowledge to give you the bigger picture of domestic retrofit. 

You will gain an understanding of what domestic retrofit is, what it is supposed to achieve, what you need to know when working in the industry, and what to look out for when installing energy efficiency measures in homes. 
The course is delivered face-to-face but supported with an in depth e-learning platform that includes seven modules with extensive, interactive teaching materials, and self-tests to
check your understanding along the way. 
1. Introduction to Domestic Retrofit – busting all the jargon, introducing key concepts like Fabric First and Whole House
2. Domestic Retrofit Information – getting to grips with the different types of information and documents used in retrofit
3. Health and Safety – understanding the current legislation relating to domestic retrofit, how to respond to and
report emergencies and workplace accidents and how to identify and report risks and
4. Domestic Retrofit Materials – becoming familiar with the types of materials used in domestic retrofit projects and how
to ensure they are up to standard. 
5. Protecting The Work Area – everything you need to know to minimise risks in the workplace and dispose of waste
6. Retrofit Contract Information – understand the basic principles of domestic retrofit, including pre-installation
requirements, installation details and installation problems. 
7. Common Domestic Retrofit Installation Processes – an overview of installation methods, including internal and external solid walls, cavity
walls, roofs, suspended and solid floors and windows and doors. 

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. 

You will be expected to sit a face-to-face exam.

Upon successful completion you may progress to a range of other construction/retrofit courses at the College. 

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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Future careers

What you could earn:

Plumbers and Heating and Ventilating Engineers


Potential salary


Entry level salary


Average salary


Annual openings in Plymouth

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