Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination & Risk Management & Level 4 Award
in Domestic Retrofit Assessment

Gain a fully-funded Retrofit Coordinator or Retrofit Assessor qualification
(Applications Opening Soon)

What is the Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination & Risk Management?

The Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination & Risk Management is a qualification developed by The Retrofit Academy CIC in collaboration with Open College Network West Midlands (OCNWM). It has been shaped and curated over a decade by our technical directors and original authors of the BSI PAS 2035 standard. It is the only course in the UK that leads to accreditation to become a Retrofit Coordinator.

Supporting Continued Development

This is a new, highly specialised role offering fantastic opportunities for career development.  The sector has many challenges, and becoming a Retrofit Coordinator will mean making a vital contribution to much-needed energy retrofit work as the UK moves toward Net Zero 2050 targets.

Because this role is so critical, we don’t just deliver top-quality, specialised training in the form of the Level 5 Diploma.  We are also dedicated to providing ongoing mentoring, career support and professional development for Retrofit Coordinators post-qualification. This is part of our commitment to ensuring you are best positioned to seize the career opportunities offered by this qualification.

When you enrol for a fully-funded place on the Level 5 Diploma, you will also gain membership of The Retrofit Academy. This will grant you access to our specialist support programme to provide Retrofit Coordinators with ongoing professional mentorship, to help you put the PAS 2035 standard into practice.

About the course

The Level 5 Diploma consists of 150 hours of guided study and assignments; all carefully curated to help you learn how to lead domestic retrofit projects in compliance with the requirements of PAS 2035.

What does this course cover?

This Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination & Risk Management provides a comprehensive overview of key domestic retrofit processes and best practices. Applicants will learn the essential knowledge and skills needed to perform the role of Retrofit Coordinator.

This includes:

  • Learning the skills and knowledge required for the design, assessment, and project management of domestic refurbishment projects.
  • Understanding the technical factors that influence the energy efficiency and heat loss of domestic buildings.
  • Learning how to reduce the instances of common defects and failures that can hinder retrofit projects.
How do I study for this qualification?

When you sign up to the course you will get access to The Retrofit Academy CIC Learner Management System; our state-of-the-art eLearning platform through which the course is delivered and your assignments are submitted.

To complete your qualification, you will need to complete 12 modules and deliver a case study (verbal presentation) to your assessor, in order to demonstrate your competence to practice as a Retrofit Coordinator. All assessors are experienced Retrofit Coordinators themselves who are qualified to provide you with a solid grounding in the theory and practice of domestic retrofit, and help you understand the pathway to PAS 2035 compliance.

As well as assessing your assignments, our expert assessors are on-hand to offer you invaluable guidance and feedback on your progress.

How long does the course take?

The course takes between 100 to 150 hours as a guide.  This does depend on your current level of existing retrofit knowledge, and even how quickly you type! The time is divided fairly evenly between learning, completing assignments and preparing for your case study presentation.

You will need to complete all 12 modules and assignments and deliver your final case study by 15th August 2022.

Am I eligible for the course?

To qualify for a free place on this course you must live in the West Midlands and meet the course eligibility criteria outlined below.

To be eligible for the Level 5 course, there are three requirements you must meet:

  • Qualifications
  • Professional Competencies
  • Built Environment Experience


For our Essential Online and Essentials Classroom packages (previously ‘Blended Learning’), this carries a minimum requirement of 12 Level 3 credits in a built environment subject.

It will usually tell you how many credits your qualification carries on your certificate. A university degree is usually at Level 5 or 6, but the subject must be relevant to the built environment.  Domestic Energy Assessors usually hold a Level 3 qualification that carries sufficient credits.

Professional Competencies

In addition to the relevant qualifications, you will also need to be competent in certain areas expected by a built environment professional, as defined by the PAS 2035 standard. We do not teach these things as part of the course, so you will need to have a firm grasp on concepts such as:

  • Project management including programming and advising on the budget
  • Assessing and managing technical and procedural risks
  • Making applications for statutory approvals
  • Managing a tender process to identify and appoint Retrofit Installer(s)
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Ensuring effective communication between teams
  • Administering contracts
  • Inspecting work to check progress, quality and compliance
  • Overseeing testing and commissioning
  • Overseeing the handover of the project on completion
  • Adjudicating any disputes
  • Making defects inspections and arranging any necessary remedial works

Built Environment Experience

Finally, you need to have at least two years’ experience of construction management in the built environment and have worked on retrofit or energy efficiency projects. We do not require this to be in any specific capacity.
If you are uncertain whether you meet our eligibility criteria, please check with us by emailing our team: info@retrofitacademy.org.

How do I enrol?

Applications are now closed.

eLearning Content

The world of domestic retrofit is complex and fast-moving. That’s why our eLearning materials are curated by our Technical Directors, Dr Peter Rickaby and Alan Pither, to ensure they are up-to-date and technically accurate. The course has been shaped and developed over a decade to draw on their vast retrofit expertise, and is designed to promote PAS 2035 best practices.

This course includes:

  • 12 core modules covering every aspect of a Retrofit Coordinator’s work
  • Learner exercises and case studies to help bring learning to life
  • Multiple-choice self-assessments to help you monitor your progress
  • Comprehensive video lessons featuring our expert tutors
  • 12-month membership of the Academy while learning, plus an additional 12-month membership upon qualifying (up to a MAX 2 years)

PAS into Practice

In addition to this essential learning and assessment programme, you will gain access to our ‘PAS into Practice’ video series, exploring the on-site work of Retrofit Coordinators in their daily practice; created and delivered by leading experts like Dr Peter Rickaby, Colin King, Bob Prewett, Nicholas Heath, Dr Zachary Gill and Alan Pither.

Choose your own learning experience

Our eLearning materials are supplemented by a twelve-hour learning “bootcamp” delivered in four sessions (three hours each).

Bootcamp sessions are delivered by our expert tutors, who are also practising Retrofit Coordinators. Available online via Zoom these bootcamps give you access to a dedicated tutor to help give essential context to the eLearning content of the course. This is also an excellent opportunity to get extra value from sharing best practices and professional experience with your peers.

Retrofit Coordinator Fast-Track

Self-guided eLearning with a bespoke 12-hour expert-led Bootcamp delivered online via Zoom or in a classroom

  • Dedicated support and progress monitoring
  • Membership of the Academy
  • Copy of PAS 2035 standard

Applications Are Currently Closed

Please be aware that applications are currently closed. Please feel free to contact us using the link below if you would like to find out about future availability.

T: 0330 055 7629
E: info@retrofitacademy.org
A: Barn 4, Dunston Business Village,
Stafford Road, Stafford, ST18 9AB

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