QualiCert Report: Assessment of Existing Accreditation and Training Schemes (2010)

This legislative overview was published as a deliverable of the QualiCert project which obliges Member States to develop and mutually recognize certification or equivalent qualification schemes for installers of small-scale renewable energy systems (solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, heat pumps, etc.). The document presents a list Member States’ existing schemes and their assessment. It reveals the different stages of implementation throughout the EU, and the national differences in legislation and interpretation (e.g. certification does not necessarily imply accreditation).

Most of these schemes have started from the solar thermal installations and have been extended to integrate other technologies. These certification and accreditation schemes do not contain an audit component, yet the general agreement about the crucial role of an audit for the quality, safety and performance of the installations has determined specialists to look into this issue. Administrative, legislative and financial incentives or hurdles linked to these processes are also presented.

Besides the legislative overview, the document seeks to address market needs for the quality installation and certification of these technologies.

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Author: QualiCert Project

Date: 2010

Pages: 31

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