The Government has set a target to have smart meters installed in all 27 million homes in the UK by 2019. Smart meters will enable energy companies to tell exactly how much energy a customer is using without visiting their premises, meaning an end to estimated bills. Smart meters give customers the power to manage energy use more effectively - by providing detailed information on how much a customer spends on energy and when they spend it, customers will be better able to manage their energy costs
Smart meters are the catalyst for technological change over the next 30 years, installation of both new-build and retrofitted improvements to residential buildings will require expensive work on millions of assets and dwellings. This will spearhead the Government's commitment to meeting reductions in carbon and optimising energy conservation.
Our Training Centre has worked closely with Meter Operators in devising training programmes that meet their requirements. All courses are designed to enable or enhance the technical and practical skills of the delegates, to ensure they are competent to install meters and fully understand and comply with their company procedures when installing meters in customers' premises.
UCT has invested, heavily, in building new workshops for training both gas & power smart meter installers. Our courses are a mixture of classroom, practical & 'on the job' training.
Courses include training in the following areas;
- Introduction to Smart Meter Technologies
- Customer Service, focused on working with customers whilst installing Smart Meters
- Health and Safety
- Codes of Practice
- Installation of Gas and Electrical Smart Meters
- Digital Communications
- Commissioning and Testing
Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering
Experienced operatives and apprentices can undertake nationally recognised diploma in smart meter installation
The diploma is the recognised competency based qualification for the industry; it can be achieved as a stand-alone qualification or as part of the level 2 apprenticeship framework for the sector.
This qualification is achieved by the production of a portfolio of evidence to prove competence against the standards, although the physical evidence will come from the delegate the portfolio will be completed with the aid of the assessor to collate and link the evidence provided by the delegate to the individual standards. This assessor lead approach minimises the operational down time for the delegate. E- portfolio available for computer literate reducing printed evidence with upload facility.
For the Dual Fuel qualification, delegates should be able to prove competence in the following areas;
- Working practices in the energy and utilities sector
- Working safely in the energy and utilities sector
- Using and communicating technical information in the energy and utilities sector
- Delivering customer service when working within the energy and utilities sector
- Install and commission communication systems for smart meters
- Install single phase meter and associated equipment
- Change single phase meter and associated equipment
- Applied practices and principles for installing low pressure natural gas smart meters
- Prepare, install and commission low pressure natural gas smart meter and regulator
- Gas smart meter tightness testing and direct purging
All of the performance criteria must be evidenced. The requisite evidence is attained through completion of the relevant skill based units on a minimum of three separate occasions.