By the end of 2020, around 50 million smart meters (gas and electric) will be offered to 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 nearly 4 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.
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).
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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 sector.
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 currently offer this at our Northolt centre which includes both gas and electrical smart meter training facilities.
In the coming months we will be extending electrical meter training across all Logic4training centres, providing more locations for installers looking to complete power or dual-fuel training.
Successful candidates will be certified by their employer as competent through the Smart Meter Installation Code of Practice (SMICoP) and for power, Meter Operation Code of Practice Agreement (MOCOPA). Gas meter installers must be Gas Safe Registered, this will be organised by their employer following appropriate training.
Logic4training is an approved provider under the National Skills Academy for Power (NSAP) and Energy & Efficiency Independent Assessment Service (EEIAS) scheme.
Smart meter training routes
There are currently two routes available for companies within the utilities industry looking to train their operatives for the installation of smart meters. Both routes require the learner to build a portfolio by undertaking onsite mentoring and training with a company authorised to work on the network (gas or power).
- Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering (dual fuel or gas and power separately):
- 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 upskill and carry out work in a new industry sector.
- Achievement of the Diploma gives training equivalent to CMA1 and MET1 but does not provide a route in to other areas within the ACS gas scheme.
- Approved Prior Learning (APL) route for Gas and MOCOPA & NSAP route for Power:
- Gas – APL managed learning programme for gas consisting of in centre and onsite mentoring leading to ACS assessments for CMA1 and MET1 (CMA3 will become available during 2017)
- Power – MOCOPA and SMICoP aligned training in centre supported by onsite mentoring and portfolio with the employer. The MOCOPA authorisation will be carried out by the employer at the end of the programme. The NSAP assessment can also be included within the programme either at the centre or through the employer.
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.
Lowri Beck job vacancies
EDF Energy job vacancies
Smart meter installer earnings vary but look to be between £21k to £28k depending on the location, experience and skills.