Do you have what it takes to become an ESOS Lead Assessor?


Do you have what it takes to become an ESOS Lead Assessor?

ESOS Lead Assessors play a fundamental role in the ESOS cycle by ensuring that organisations/clients complete their ESOS compliance project to budget and by its deadline. As the ESOS compliance deadline is looming closer (5th December 2019), the demand for these skilled professionals is increasing. But how do you increase your professional status to become a registered ESOS Lead Assessors?

The common path in becoming an ESOS Lead Assessor is to register with one of the Registers of ESOS Lead Assessors approved by the Environment Agency. Every Register has different conditions and stages of approving Lead Assessors. However, the common denominator for all is that they expect the candidates to demonstrate a minimum length of at least two years of good quality relevant professional energy assessment and energy audit experience relevant to the PAS 51215 competencies.

Required competencies of ESOS Lead Assessors as described in PAS 51215:2014
No. Core competencies
A1 Understanding the operational context of the organisation being assessed
A2 Familiarity with, and ability to apply, the requirements of energy efficiency assessment methods
A3 Scoping an energy efficiency assessment, as applicable to the organisation being assessed
A4 Understanding, in detail, energy use and energy systems applicable to the organisation being assessed
A5 Managing energy efficiency assessment teams and budgets
A6 Understanding the techniques of measuring, sampling, sub-metering and establishing an energy balance
A7 Data interpretation, including analysis and scrutiny of energy use, energy consumption, and energy performance data
A8 Identification, quantification, ranking and prioritisation of opportunities for improvement
A9 Managing working relationships
A10 Preparation and presentation of a technical and non-technical report for an energy efficiency assessment
PAS 51215 Technical and Non-technical Knowledge and Skills
 Technical and non-technical skills and experience
B1-1 Understanding, and application of material and energy balance
B1-2 Understanding, and application of fluid flow
B1-3 Understanding, and application of heat transfer
B1-4 Understanding, and application of transport systems
B1-5 Understanding, and application of electrical systems
B1-6 Measuring, sampling, sub-metering and interpreting results
B1-7 Understanding the role of operating procedures and their impact on energy performance
B1-8 Conceptual design, technical and economic evaluation
B1-9 Project planning and deployment
B1-10 Understanding the importance of maintenance
B2-1 Communicating the outcome of an energy efficiency assessment
B2-2 Training
B2-3 Stakeholder engagement
B2-4 Managing change
B2-5 Economic valuation of opportunities for improvement
B2-6 Generating a business case for implementing identified opportunities for improvement

Any candidate who is able to demonstrate all or majority of the required competencies could certainly explore expanding their professional recognition toward becoming an ESOS Lead Assessor.

Should candidates opt to contact the EMA to assist them with their registration, they will be following these steps:

Step 1 – Application Pack

Candidates are required to complete a detailed application form; prepare CV highlighting the relevant knowledge and skills and good quality energy assessment and energy audit experience; gather copies of relevant qualification certificates and agree to the EMA Code of Conduct.

Completing the application pack could be one of the most time consuming activities within the process of becoming a Lead Assessor, however it is important to get it right and provide relevant information. It certainly helps our panel of experts to process the application quicker, when reviewing the information and deciding if candidates demonstrate their good quality relevant professional energy assessment and energy audit experience to a sufficient level.

Step 2 – Training Course

Once the application pack has been submitted, and approved by the EMA ESOS panel, the candidate will attend the EMA training course ‘Become an ESOS Lead Assessor’. The course draws on the ESOS legislation, PAS 51215 best practice for a lead assessor, practical and professional practice of energy management and practical examples of ESOS audits. The material is updated frequently to reflect any learning from ESOS Phase 1 or information shared by the Environment Agency.

The next EMA ‘Become an ESOS Lead Assessor’ course will take place on 4 April 2019 in London.

Step 3 – Post-course Assessment

The EMA ‘Become an ESOS Lead Assessor’ course is an intensive one day course. At the end of the training day candidates will be instructed to complete and submit a post-course assessment within 7 days of attending the course. The assessment feedback is offered within a few days and if successful, candidates can progress to a peer and technical review interview stage.

Step 4 – Peer Review and Technical Interview

The Peer Review and Technical Interview is conducted to assess candidates’ competencies (as required by PAS 51215) and technical skills and experience. It reflects on the information provided in the initial application pack, and candidates are guided through questions covering ESOS regulation as well as practical energy assessment and auditing tasks to assure that candidates are competent to lead and deliver the ESOS compliance.

When all of the four steps described above are successfully completed, candidates will become Registered EMA ESOS Lead Assessors.

In terms of practicalities, completing the EMA ESOS Lead Assessor process can normally be achieved within 3-4 weeks of attending the course. To discuss the process further please contact Jana Skodlova on [email protected] or +44 (0) 203 176 2834.

Becoming an ESOS Lead Assessor is a great way to demonstrate your professional ability and help you step up to the next level in your career. As you reach this stage of the career path, you can state your sector focus, such as transport, building, industrial processes etc. allowing you to provide even more value and experience to the organisation you’re working for.