All air-conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kw must be regularly inspected by an Air Conditioning Energy Assessor. Systems will need to be assessed every 5 years. The regulations require the first inspection of the air-conditioning systems to be carried out as follows:

1. For all systems first put into service on or after 1 January 2008, the first inspection must take place within five years of the date when it was first put into service.

2. For other air-conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 250kw the first inspection should have happened by 4 January 2009.

3. For other air-conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 12kw the first inspection must happen by 4 January 2011.

From 4 January 2011, if the responsible person for the air-conditioning system changes, an inspection report needs to be provided to the new responsible person, if this does not happen the onus is on the new responsible person to ensure the system is inspected within 3 months of assuming responsibility. Air Conditioning Reports may only be produced by accredited Air Conditioning Systems Energy Assessors. In order to become accredited, assessors must meet in full the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the production of Air Conditioning Reports.

There are two levels for Air Conditioning energy assessments - Level 3 systems that have an output rate more than of 12kw and Level 4 for systems that have an output rate of more than 250kw.

There are two routes to gain accreditation, the qualification route which is a class room based assessment where you are required to create a portfolio and pass an exam. Our current cost for training at Level 3 is 2040 + VAT to include examination and registration fees and for Level 4 2405 + VAT.

The second route is the Approved Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) route for suitably qualified and experienced assessors. So, if you are happy that you can satisfy the NOS our qualified Assessors will guide you through the APL route. Our current fee for this is 500 + VAT, this fee also includes the cost of your first 4 lodgments.

Further information can be found at the Communities & Local Government website, address below. theenvironment/energyperformance/energyperformancefaqs/airconfaqs