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CoRE Diplomas in Retrofit to Support New Professions


Published by Liz Male for CoRE (Centre of Refurbishment Excellence) in Housing and also in Education




The UK’s first Diploma in Retrofit is being delivered by the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) following the launch of the new ‘CoRE Curriculum’ at Retro Expo in London next week (5 December).

CoRE’s Retrofit Diploma will be offered at foundation, intermediate and advanced levels. Each level allows contractors, installers, architects and other refurbishment professionals to choose from an extensive range of modules to tailor the programme to their needs depending on their job, the sector they work in and their existing experience and knowledge. The diploma framework has been successfully piloted this autumn with a team of 12 technicians from Kier Stoke.

CoRE has also created specialist routes through the diplomas for three key roles in retrofit, including for retrofit coordinators, social housing specialists and experienced tradesmen. (See notes below).

The qualification draws upon the new CoRE Curriculum – the first comprehensive training and education programme to be created by leading refurbishment practitioners and green retrofit experts. It has been developed by Peter Rickaby, working a with a task group including Mark Elton, Russell Smith and Robert Prewett, as well as input from the National Energy Foundation and BRE.

David Pierpoint, chief executive of CoRE, says:

 “The diploma and curriculum provides a new gold standard in training for asset management, project management and installation for low energy retrofit in both domestic and non-domestic property.  

“This includes the assessment of buildings, statutory schemes such as Green Deal and ECO, technical aspects of insulation, ventilation, renewable energy, sustainable materials, Passivhaus and the responsible retrofit of traditional buildings.

“It covers every stage in the process – from demand generation and winning work to better technical delivery and customer care – and will help to underpin and strengthen growth in the refurbishment supply chain.”

The CoRE Curriculum provides a framework of credits which can be gained from masterclasses at CoRE itself. Other credits are available for accredited QCF courses and manufacturer systems training, and accredited CPD.  

The CoRE Curriculum is being launched at Retro Expo at the Business Design Centre on 5 December. CoRE’s own building – a stunning low energy refurbishment of a Grade II listed pottery works in Stoke-on-Trent – is also shortlisted for the Non-Domestic Project of the Year in the Retro Expo Awards.






CoRE is the not for profit, national centre of excellence for green building retrofit. Its mission is to transfer practical retrofit knowledge to support excellence in retrofit products and projects across the domestic and non-domestic sectors. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, CoRE is itself an example of refurbishment excellence, an international standard conference and training venue. The CoRE refurbishment programme was funded with support from DCLG, the European Regional Development Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


CoRE has identified three key roles in the retrofit process, and has created specialist routes through the diplomas around these:

·         Retrofit Coordinator – Designs and project manages retrofit projects. Diploma provides technical understanding and detailed co-ordination skills. Aimed at specifiers and contractors.

·         Retrofit Housing Manager – Manages social housing retrofit programmes. Diploma provides an in-depth understanding of the social housing retrofit process and stock management. Aimed at social housing asset managers, landlords and other professionals in the sector.

·         Retrofit Technician – Diploma combines systems training, classroom-theory and soft skills units to create exceptional delivery teams. Aimed at experienced tradespeople across all retrofit disciplines.


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