What is the role of a Retrofit Coordinator?

With the introduction of the PAS 2035 standard, a new role was created that would be central to the implementation of domestic retrofit in the UK: the role of the Retrofit Coordinator.

PAS 2035 requires that all domestic retrofit projects incorporate a Retrofit Coordinator whose job is to oversee the management and design of all retrofit measures. To carry out this vital role, it is necessary for Retrofit Coordinators to attain the Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management.

The Retrofit Academy CIC was founded with a mission to deliver industry-leading training in the retrofit sector. Our Retrofit Coordinator Course provides the necessary training to achieve the diploma; and to introduce built environment professionals to the methodology and best practices of domestic retrofit.

This course is designed to be easy to access, and is flexible around the existing project commitments of busy contractors. Attendees will also benefit from this opportunity to network with colleagues and peers in the industry, and navigate the complexities of the PAS 2035 specifications.

  • How do I become a Retrofit Coordinator?

    Retrofit Coordinator candidates must achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination & Risk Management from a certified training body. The Retrofit Coordinator course offered by The Retrofit Academy CIC delivers everything you need to become a Retrofit Coordinator.

    The Retrofit Coordinator course is solely available via the Retrofit Academy CIC. It is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and approved by TrustMark.

  • How long does it take to become a Retrofit Coordinator?

    The Retrofit Coordinator course involves around 100 to 150 study hours, and students have up to 12 months to complete the qualification once started. However, a fast-track version of the training course is available which can be completed within 4-6 months.

    Individual learning styles vary, and all candidates will have a period of a year within which to complete the course.

  • What is a retrofit coordinator?

    Since 2019 it is a requisite that all retrofit projects are supervised by retrofit coordinators. Retrofit coordinators provide oversight for a range of processes; from assessing sites for domestic refurbishment to helping develop retrofit plans, as well as managing and monitoring other technical and project-related requirements introduced by the new PAS 2035 framework.

    The retrofit coordinator role is open to all professionals in the energy and built environment sectors, from surveyors to architects, from builders to installers. This is an ideal opportunity for energy and building specialists to gain valuable new skills and knowledge, and move into a role that is at the heart of the UK’s ambitious domestic retrofit plans.

  • What is retrofit training?

    Retrofit coordinator training gives energy efficiency and built environment professionals the skills, knowledge, and accreditation needed to deliver domestic retrofit projects in compliance with the new PAS 2035 standard.

    PAS 2035 calls for consistent and high-quality standards in the provision of domestic retrofit services in the UK, in accordance with the government supported TrustMark quality-assurance; the requisite quality mark for the retrofit sector. Any firms or professionals who wish to work in the growing retrofit sector must comply with the PAS 2035 specifications.

    To become an accredited retrofit coordinator it is necessary to achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management. The Retrofit Academy is the only approved provider of this qualification in the UK.

    Retrofit coordinators will gain a deeper understanding of the whole house retrofit process through our TrustMark approved retrofit coordinator scheme. Our retrofit coordinator scheme is available through eLearning, blended learning, and fast-track routes. The course gives candidates access to an online mentor, supportive monitoring and evaluation, and the benefits of networking with industry peers as we help skill-up a new generation of retrofit specialists.

  • How much does a retrofit coordinator make?

    Whilst there is a legal requirement for domestic retrofit work to be overseen by retrofit coordinators, job specifications like salary vary by employer. Factors that influence how much a retrofit coordinator makes include the level of experience of applicants, the geographical location of employment, the size of the firm, and other factors.

    According to recruitment specialists Glassdoor, the base level starting salary for retrofit coordinators and assessors in the UK is £26k, but it’s reasonable to expect to achieve a salary range between £30-55k per year over the course of your career.

    As well as taking a full time role as a retrofit coordinator, qualified candidates can also work as independent consultants. Consultants have more flexibility to set their own fees. There is strong demand for both full-time and consultant retrofit coordinators as the UK gears up to meet its commitment to delivering greater energy efficiency in its domestic housing stock.

    Membership of The Retrofit Academy’s retrofit coordinator scheme – the only approved scheme in the UK – will give you the skills, experience, and confidence to build a highly in-demand and rewarding career as a retrofit coordinator.

  • What degree do you need to be a coordinator?

    To become an accredited retrofit coordinator it is necessary to have a combination of industry experience and formal training. However, there are various routes available to professionals who wish to become accredited. It is not necessary to hold a degree to become a coordinator, but you will need to meet the following minimum requirements as outlined in PAS 2035.

    Retrofit coordinator qualifications

  • What experience do you need to be a coordinator?

    As well as having the necessary qualifications to enroll on retrofit coordinator training you will need a minimum level of experience working in the built environment sector. Candidates will need to have at least two year’s experience working in the energy efficiency or retrofit sectors, in some capacity. PAS 2035 requires that you have competencies in a range of areas including project management, risk assessment and management, quality and compliance monitoring, defect inspection, and dispute adjudication. If you do not have the necessary experience you will need to gain them before you are eligible for retrofit coordinator training.

    Build a rewarding career in retrofit by applying to join the retrofit coordinator course today.


PAS 2035 Explained

We’ve created a handy document that highlights the key principles of PAS 2035 and explains what it means for you.

PAS 2035 FAQs

We get asked many questions about implementing PAS 2035.  We want to offer clarity around this complicated subject, so to help you put PAS into Practice, we’ve pulled the answers together into one easy-to-read document.

PAS 2035 Process Map

This step-by-step process map builds upon our ‘PAS 2035 Explained’ guide, which sets out what the new standards are attempting to do and how the new roles interrelate.

Ventilation Guide

We’ve created a handy guide to explain the critical role of ventilation in retrofit, which outlines the ventilation requirements of the PAS 2035 standard.

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