Energy Assessor CPD

We offer a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses for energy assessors across all strands.The CPD courses are designed to keep skills up to date, as well as widen general knowledge related to your specialist area.


All certified energy assessors in the UK must adhere to a mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) policy. Details of which are located in section 7 of the Elmhurst Code of Conduct.

The policy states that in order to maintain a valid certification energy assessors must:

  • Participate in additional learning activities
  • Keep skills up to date within your specialist area
  • Widen general knowledge related to your specialist area

Top 10 CPD courses:-

On Construction Masterclass (5 Hours CPD) - provides further knowledge regarding the more advanced areas of SAP. 

RdSAP Masterclass (5 Hours CPD) - provides further knowledge regarding RdSAP.

Overcoming QA Issues (5 Hours CPD) -  This CPD course has been specially designed for DEAs to provide further knowledge of Quality Assurance requirements.  It will also assist in refreshing knowledge of RdSAP data collection and the conventions connected to this. 

SBEM Survey Day/Practical CPD (5 Hours CPD) -  Undertake a practical survey of a building complete including production of floor plans, site notes and photographs as well as practical tips on measurement, zoning, zone heights, essential photographs and dating buildings.

RdSAP Refresher (5 Hours CPD) - has been designed for DEAs who wish to refresh their knowledge and for those DEAs who would welcome the opportunity to explore certain areas in more depth.

Domestic Energy Asessor Conventions  (5 Hours CPD) - covers all conventions to date including: measurements and geometry, construction and Insulation, main and secondary Heating, water heating and lighting and Recommendations.

Thermal Bridging (3 Hours CPD) -  aims to improve assessors’ knowledge and confidence in calculating Thermal Bridging in SAP assessments. With the introduction of 19 new junctions in SAP 2012 and the Target Fabric Energy Efficiency (TFEE) standard in Part L1A 2013, Thermal Bridging plays a significant role within the SAP calculation.

SAP Refresher (5 Hours CPD) - provide assessors with an opportunity to refresh their knowledge and skills in the data entry of surveys in Design SAP 2012 as well as providing an update on current conventions and Quality Assurance requirements.

Use of SBEM (5 Hours CPD) - A Refresher in the use of SBEM including: Effective Data Input, Current Conventions & Future Developments and Hints & Tips for NDEAs.

Display Energy Certificate Masterclass (5 Hours CPD) - provide a refresher on various aspects of DEC assessments.

Annual Requirement

It is a madatory requirement of the scheme to complete CPD annually. The CPD year runs from January to December and during this time the assessor must:

  • Complete 10 hours valid CPD per certification strand i.e. DEA

For any additional strands, the certified assessor must:

  • Complete an additional 5 hours valid CPD per additional strand i.e. DEA & NDEA (NDEA Level 3, 4 and DECs count as one strand)

Elmhurst's CPD Portfolio

We offer a wide range of:

  • CPD seminars for Elmhurst and non Elmhurst members
  • Distance learning materials           
  • Professional and technical newsletters – look out for the CPD logo!

All of which contribute towards your annual CPD requirement. 

Alternative CPD Options

  • Industry Events - are an excellent way of keeping up to date with the latest developments in the energy industry and are very informative. The number of CPD hours that can be claimed depend upon the number of seminars/presentations you attend at an event. At events where Elmhurst is attending we may specify the maximum number of hours that can be claimed for attendance. 
  • Structured Reading – this must be carried out with an accompanied synopsis of learning which lists the topics covered, what you have learned from your study and the number of hours claimed.

Recording CPD

CPD can be recorded in the Elmhurst CPD Log, it is not a mandatory requirement to use the CPD log but it is best practise to maintain an up to date record of your CPD activity as all energy assessors are subject to a CPD audit at any time during certification. CPD records must be produced within 15 days of the audit request.

Further information about CPD

It is best practice to plan and record CPD throughout the certification year, this will enable you to take full advantage of the different CPD routes you can complete in order to find the best study subjects for you personally. CPD should be beneficial to you, filling any gaps in your knowledge on subjects which you may not be completely up to speed on, so that you gain something from the study rather than it becoming the chore that you need to do just to complete the mandatory hours.

The CPD study you complete should consist of at least:

  • 50% energy related matter
  • 50% could be for non-energy subjects, such as other aspects of building construction or wider business related topics (time management, marketing, health and safety etc).

Mandatory and Non Mandatory CPD

DCLG guidelines state that changes in requirements such as reading materials or attending seminars in relation to software updates do not count as valid CPD for the certification year.
For more information please view the Elmhurst CPD Policy.



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"That was the most informative piece of CPD I've ever attended."

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