Domestic Retrofit Assessment (PLA)

L4 Level 4
Part Time
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PLA: This course is free for employed adults eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). To see if you could be eligible for a PLA go to - For a full list of PLA courses go to

About this course

This course is now full, we are now taking applications for courses starting from September 2023. Apply now and we will contact you in July to discuss dates.

Retrofit Assessors work in a range of organisations such as housing associations, local authorities, energy and utility companies and specialist retrofit companies. Many are self-employed or setup their own businesses. The role might vary depending on the organisation, but in all organisations Retrofit Assessors conduct an assessment 
of a property and provide the Retrofit Coordinator and or Designer with the data required to make informed decisions about retrofit measures.

This FREE course is only available to adults that are eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). Personal Learning Accounts, funded by the Welsh Government, are available to employed adults living in Wales that wish to develop skills to progress or change career. 
Find out if you're eligible today.

What you will study

The course is made up of nine modules that cover all aspects of retrofit assessment. Each module features extensive learning materials, expert presentations, case studies and activities that are

designed to give you an in-depth understanding of both theory and practice.

Course Modules

  • Module 1 PAS 2035 and retrofit assessments
  • Module 2 Context of dwellings
  • Module 3 Assessing the condition of a dwelling and recording any defects
  • Module 4 The requirements of occupancy assessments
  • Module 5 Ventilation requirements of a dwelling
  • Module 6 Energy performance of a dwelling
  • Module 7 Significance of a dwelling
  • Module 8 Retrofit assessment reports

Module 9 Retrofit advice to customers

Entry requirements

DEA Qualified. Chymhwyster DEA.

Teaching and assessment

Online Self Study
The 9 modules take around 29 hours to complete.

One day tutor led class followed by an End Point assessment. Learners are required to build a portfolio of evidence throughout the course, which will be discussed in the End Point Assessment.


18+ and DEA qualified

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

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Time of day

Day Time

Part Time

6 hours per week


Maps & directions
PLA: This course is free for employed adults eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). To see if you could be eligible for a PLA go to - For a full list of PLA courses go to

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