Section 63 Accreditation (Scotland)

Elmhurst's Section 63 Accreditation Scheme is open to all trained and qualified Non Domestic Energy Assessors. Section 63 of The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 comes into force on the 1st September 2016 which will require owners of non domestic buildings (over 1000m²) eligible for an EPC for sale or rent to have an additional assessment carried out.

From September 1st, Elmhurst will ensure energy assessors have the skills and knowledge to carry out this additional assessment and produce professional Action Plans as accredtied Section 63 Advisors.

This accreditation scheme creates new opportunities for existing non domestic energy assessors operating in Scotland, with Section 63 advisors potentially able to produce more than one EPC and more than one Action Plan depending on the route required/determined for that non domestic building (see potential routes to compliance here).

Section 63 Action plan assessments on non domestic properties involve a variety of factors contributing towards the energy calculations. However Elmhurst Energy’s market leading technical support ensures that Section 63 Advisors aren’t left facing a problem for too long. The quality of training and Continuing Professional Development also contributes towards the success of our assessors, who are able to effectively grow their skills and industry knowledge to help them to deliver excellent service quality for their customers.


Only individuals who are qualified and accredited with an approved accreditation body are able to produce legally valid Section 63 Action Plans using the relevant iSBEM software.

How to Apply

Process to become an accredited Section 63 Advisor with Elmhurst Energy  

Step 1: Book on to one of Elmhurst's Section 63 Accreditation Training Scheme courses.


Step 2: Once you have booked onto a course you will be sent an email with a link to the Section 63 scheme application form. Those not currently with Elmhurst will receive two forms to complete.

Step 3: Attend our two day course.

Step 4: At the end of the course and subject to meeting:

 Elmhurst's member application requirements; AND satisfactory conclusion of the practical assessments,

You will be accredited as a Section 63 Advisor

If you have already trained and qualified as a Section 63 Advisor

Members: Please complete the application form linked below to become accredited as a                         Section 63 Advisor with Elmhurst Energy.


Non Members: Please complete both application forms linked below to become accredited as a                    Section 63 Advisor with Elmhurst Energy.



Why Join Elmhurst's Section 63 Accreditation Scheme?

As one of the most popular energy rating organisations in the UK, we pride ourselves in supporting our assessors the best way we can. By joining the Elmhurst's accreditation scheme you will receive:

  • Online membership to 'Access Elmhurst', our portal for accredited assessors,
  • Regular newsletters
  • Frequent technical bulletins
  • Marketing materials to help you sell your services, see our fact sheets.
  • Communication updates on 'industry latest'
  • Certified Certificate
  • Technical support assistance from our Non Domestic Team via phone or email
  • Latest government updates and conventions
  • High quality continuing professional development (CPD) courses available at a discounted rate.
  • Use of the Elmhurst Energy accredited Assessor logo
  • Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance included as part of your accreditation.
  • Easy to complete online accreditation and annual renewal forms to reduce paperwork.

Accreditation Fees

  • Initial application for Section 63 Advisor accreditation - FREE
  • Subsequent Section 63 Advisor annual renewal is free of charge if you have produced 25 EPCs or Action Plans in the previous accreditation year
  • If you have produced less than 25 EPCs/action plans in the previous accreditation year then the renewal fee is £95.00 +VAT
  • Adding additional strands (i.e. DEA/OCDEA) to your initial accreditation – FREE
  • Payment of lodgement fees by direct debit is FREE, non direct debit payments are subject to a surcharge of 3% (minimum of £3.00). You can view the direct debit instructions here.

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