Smart Meter Training Courses
By the end of 2020, around 50 million smart meters (gas and electric) will be fitted in over 30 million premises across Wales, Scotland and England. This is the biggest national infrastructure project in our lifetimes.
Smart meters are part of the Government's plan to bring our energy system up to date, reduce individual fuel bills and improve power networks, making them more responsive with a better utilisation of renewable sources.
Currently, there are over 4.89 million smart and advanced meters operating across Great Britain.
The smart meter roll-out really gets going in 2017
The gas and electricity suppliers are responsible for planning and delivering smart meter installation. They can do this however suits their customers and business best, but they must meet the Government's overall timescale and targets along the way.
All the energy suppliers have different plans for smart meter installation, depending on factors like the location of their main customer base.
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will manage the implementation of the programme, and monitor its progress.
The energy regulator Ofgem is responsible for making sure consumers are protected during the installation phase (and beyond). OFCOM will ensure that the energy suppliers stick to the standards set out in the Smart Metering Installation Code of Practice (SMICOP).
There is more information on the roll out on our blog. Click Here
Smart meter training with us
Logic4training is working closely with utilities support provider, Lowri Beck, and one of the ‘big six’ energy companies, EDF Energy, to deliver quality smart meter training and assessment.
With over 13 years’ experience in the gas and electrical industry, Logic4training is ideally placed to provide the training needed by the industry.
Gas meter training is available at our centres in Northolt, Luton and Basildon.
For the electric meter training we have built a dedicated electric smart meter installation training facility at our Northolt centre including single phase and 3 phase installations.
Dual-fuel smart meter installers will be the most in-demand as one installer is required to change all meters within a property; we offer this at our Northolt centre which includes both gas and electrical smart meter training facilities.
Successful candidates will be certified by their employer as competent through the Smart Meter Installation Code of Practice (SMICoP) and Meter Operation Code of Practice Agreement (MOCOPA).
Smart meter training routes
There are currently two options for training up smart meter installers, with a third – CMA3, which will focus solely on domestic smart meters – hopefully being introduced soon.
- Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering (gas and power):
- For newcomers to the industry who are working or have just begun working in the installation and maintenance of smart meters and have some relevant knowledge or skills.
- It is also suitable for existing installers who intend to up skill and carry out work in a new industry sector.
This does not contribute to ACS or Gas Safe Registration.
- Approved Prior Learning (APL) programme leading to the ACS assessment for Core Meter Installation and Exchange (CMA1):
- To go down this route, candidates must hold the relevant pipework or meter element for the work they wish to undertake.
- This route is more suited to existing installers looking to renew their gas metering qualifications.
Logic4training is approved to deliver smart meter training under NSAP via EEIAS.
Become a smart meter installer
There are plenty of opportunities for all factions of the gas and electricity sector, including new entrants. It is estimated that between 7,000 to 13,000 engineers will be required.
The UK’s energy companies and large contractors, such as Lowri Beck, are managing the smart meter roll-out. You must go through these companies if you are interested in getting involved. Jobs are being advertised on energy company and contractor websites, or through specialist recruitment agencies. Once you are offered a position, your employer will put you through a training programme.
Smart meter installer earnings vary but look to be between £21k to £28k depending on the location, experience and skills.