Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit


This qualification is the ideal place to start on your retrofit journey. As the title suggests, it gives you a well-grounded understanding of what’s actually involved in domestic retrofit.

It’s applicable to a wide range of individuals and organisations, as well as those already working in retrofit, construction, or UK housing more generally. Once complete, you’ll have an excellent foundation on which to develop a specialism in the sector, or simply understand the role of whole-house retrofit and its benefits.

If you’re new to the world of domestic retrofit, it will give you a comprehensive and easy to follow introduction to whole-house retrofit. If you have some experience of energy efficiency projects already, it will build your knowledge to give you the bigger picture of domestic retrofit.

Learners will gain an understanding of what domestic retrofit is, what it is supposed to achieve, what you need to know when working in the industry, and what to look out for when installing energy efficiency measures in homes.

The course is designed to improve the employability of learners. Employers are increasingly seeking staff who understand the fundamentals of retrofitting.

Course code





Guided learning hours for this qualification are 21 hours.



Entry Requirements

There are no specific eligibility requirements, although if you have a background in energy efficiency or construction you may find you can complete the course in less time than the guideline of 21 hours. In order to access the eLearning materials and take the online exam you must have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection.

Course Content

The AIM Qualifications Level 2 Award in Understanding Domestic Retrofit builds on The Retrofit Academy’s expertise in retrofit training and has been developed by some of the UK’s leading experts in retrofit.

It features six eLearning modules with extensive, interactive teaching materials, and self-tests to check your understanding along the way.
1. Introduction to Domestic Retrofit Busting all the jargon, introducing key concepts like Fabric First and Whole House Retrofit.

2. Domestic Retrofit Information Getting to grips with the different types of information and documents used in retrofit projects.

3. Health and Safety Understanding the current legislation relating to domestic retrofit, how to respond to and report emergencies and workplace accidents and how to identify and report risks and hazards.

4. Domestic Retrofit Materials Becoming familiar with the types of materials used in domestic retrofit projects and how to ensure they are up to standard. Plus, everything you need to know to minimise risks in the workplace and dispose of waste properly.

5. Retrofit Processes Understand the basic principles of domestic retrofit, including pre-installation requirements, installation details and installation problems.

6. Working Practices An overview of installation methods, including internal and external solid walls, cavity walls, roofs, suspended and solid floors and windows and doors.


The qualification is assessed via an online multiple choice examination


Progression onto higher level Retrofit courses.

Additional funding information

Businesses in Dumfries and Galloway may be eligible for funding for this course.

Course fees apply to businesses outwith Dumfries and Galloway.

Contact businessdevelopment@dumgal.ac.uk for more details.

Course Contact Details

For more information about the course or funding please contact businessdevelopment@dumgal.ac.uk

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