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Under the Climate Change Act 2008 the UK needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.

To meet the UK’s government climate change targets, we must look to retrofit all homes to an EPC band C standard by 2035. So, a key considerations for any homeowner is: How energy efficient is my home?”

Housing efficiency is one of the major ways to reduce carbon and give us the best possible chance of meeting targets to help us reduce fuel poverty and make healthier homes.

Domestic Retrofit is the practice of modifying a home after it has been manufactured. Domestic retrofit involves changing an existing building’s systems and structures to ensure that efficiency is maximised and energy consumption and emissions are reduced – leading to a more comfortable and healthy home with lower fuel bills.

Domestic retrofit involves:

Improving the fabric of a builidng – that is insulating walls and lofts to reduce heat loss, replacing old doors, window and other elements , making a building airtight but ensuring ventilation is in place to negate damp and mould issues.

Replacing fossil fuel central heating and water heating systems with low carbon alternatives

Introducing microrenewables that generate electricty for use in the home such as solar panels and wind turbines.


As part of our Dorset Green Skills initiative, we are now able to offer hands-on training in domestic retrofit  – FREE OF CHARGE – with the introduction of our  Understanding Domestic  Retrofit – a 5 day Level 2 Award.


The course will offer a comprehensive introduction to the concept of whole-house refit for those new to domestic retrofit whist building knowledge for those learners with some experience of energy efficiency projects. You will understand what domestic retrofit is, what it is looking to achieve, what you need to know when working on projects and what to look out for when installing energy efficient solutions in a home.


The course is designed to improve the employability of learners in a growing market.


CITB Grants available for short qualifications 

The construction industry is experiencing a critical skills shortage. To help encourage new entrants and upskilling, CITB pays grants for the successful completion of approved short qualifications that take less than one year and focus on the core construction skills needed across the industry. 

This short course fulfills the qualification criteria for a CITB Grant. 

If you’re a CITB registered employer – and are up to date with your levy returns – you can apply for this grant for all directly employed staff on your payroll, business owners and partners, and all subcontractors. 


For full application details click here  



Don’t forget to take a look at Weymouth Colleges other professional courses here.


Who is this qualification for?

This course is suitable for  those candidates new to Domestic Retrofit and those with some experience of energy efficiency projects.

Course candidates should expect to have a strong interest in domestic retrofit and will develop an understanding of retrofit and retrofit skills which can be used both practically and in project management


Course Content

The course will introduce the following areas:

Introduction to Domestic Retrofit
Busting all the jargon, introducing key concepts like Fabric First and Whole House Retrofit.

Domestic Retrofit Information
Getting to grips with the different types of information and documents used in retrofit

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

Domestic Retrofit Materials
Becoming familiar with the types of materials used in domestic retrofit projects and how
to ensure they are up to standard.

Protecting The Work Area
Everything you need to know to minimise risks in the workplace and dispose of waste

Retrofit Contract Information
• Understand the basic principles of domestic retrofit, including pre-installation
requirements, installation details and installation problems.

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 door



Entry requirements

There are no specific eligibility requirements. However the course has been designed principally for adults (19 and over) who already have a background or experience in energy efficiency or construction.

This could include learners who have achieved or who are working towards other construction qualifications such as Construction VRQs or individuals who work or have worked in the construction industry and are looking to move into the retrofit sector.

If you are unsure about your eligibility or suitability – please contact who will be happy to help.


Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve a NOCN Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit.


This course is fully funded – there is no course fee.

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