Skills Bootcamp for Smart Metering

Smart Metering


ECTA has partnerships with some of the best Smart Meter installation companies in the country, and these employers are actively recruiting new entrants to the industry.

What we do

How we can support your business

The struggle to recruit qualified Dual Fuel Engineers is probably the most difficult it has ever been, forcing businesses to increase salaries and offer additional incentives such as signing bonuses to meet their staffing requirements. However, even with salaries and incentives being higher than they have ever been, companies are still struggling to recruit not just the numbers, but the right quality of engineers. Taking on new entrants might seem counterintuitive, but studies show taking on apprentices or new recruits, delivers motivated, engaged, qualified and above all else, loyal employees. ECTA can provide support throughout the whole process, from engineer recruitment to EUSR registration, and provide options to suit your business need.

DFE funded Skills Bootcamp Level 2 Diploma in Smart Meter Engineering

A 16 week programme leading to the Level 2 Diploma in Smart Meter Engineering.

This includes 6 weeks in-centre training, 2 weeks Power (electrical meters) and 4 weeks Gas. This is followed by 10 weeks in-field mentoring where the learner works alongside one of your existing
engineers to complete an online portfolio of work. Upon successful completion of the mentoring phase, the learner can then be registered for the qualification. This delivers CMA3 and Met 1 equivalence valid for 3 years. Learners will also be EUSR registered for single phase electrics and will be entered onto the gas safe system for you to register them. Please be aware that the Level 2 Diploma as standard does not include single off multi-phase or medium pressure gas. However, ECTA can offer this after the 16 weeks if required. The training is fully funded by the Department for Education for those learners living and working in English postcodes. Funding cannot be used for learners in the devolved nations. It is recommended but not compulsory to offer a training salary for the 16 weeks and to provide accommodation where necessary.

Who is this course for?

Skills bootcamps are part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills
for life. Available to: Adults aged 19 and looking to update or build their skills in Smart Metering

What will be taught?

  • Introduction to current Health, Safety and Environmental legislation and regulations applicable to
    work in the gas and power industries.
  • Gas and electrical theories and procedures involved in the practical application of installation,
    exchange, commission, decommission and maintenance of smart metering systems.
  • Develop skills to be able to carry out a thorough and rigorous risk assessment to ensure safety of
    customer, self and property.
  • Gas and electrical testing and assessment.
  • Use tools, equipment and PPE in a safe and appropriate manner.
  • Install a communication system for smart meters.
  • Decommissioning, installation and testing of gas and single phase electric smart meters.
  • Tightness Testing and direct purging of gas meters.
  • Professional behaviours and personal wellbeing and the safety of others as a priority.
  • Be risk aware and maintain compliance with appropriate rules and regulations.
  • Be energy aware and deliver advice to customers, deliver a polite, courteous professional service

Entry requirements

Learners undertake and pass an initial Maths & English test at Level 2 and a colour vision test. Learners then take an initial interview with the supplier providing the sponsorship.

How is the course delivered?

Classroom block release for 6 weeks then mentored on the job for 10 weeks. Building a portfolio of evidence from onsite experience.

How is the course assessed?

Exams, assignments and assessments throughout the course. Portfolio of evidence, supported by a tutor. Learners will undertake practical and theory summative assessments, which if successful, will qualify them for EUSR and Gas Safe registration, alongside the award of the Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering (Dual Fuel).

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