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Considering a career in Smart Meter Installation? PDF Print E-mail
Considering a career in Smart Meter Installation? We’ve got all you need to start you off on an exciting, rewarding, new career path.

COSAC offers a state of the art new training facility to ensure you receive the very best start to a career in smart meter installation. SM Engineers are in high demand due to the Governments requirement for all UK homes to be fitted with a Smart Meter by 2020. 

We’ve answered the most common questions that people ask about smart meters and our training programme here.  If your question isn’t answered here, get in touch with us for a chat at https://www.cosac.co.uk/contact-us/ 

What is a smart meter?
A smart meter is a starter to a completely new world of in-home technology.
It gives the customer a chance to get a real grip on their energy usage without the complications of estimated bills.
It automatically sends readings to the supplier and comes with an In Home Display (IHD) that shows usage in real time, giving an indication on the big energy users in your home.  Caution! – May cause arguments!

Why is everyone talking about smart meters?
The government are aiming to install smart meters in every home in the UK by 2020, that’s 26 million homes!
To do that, it’s estimated that they’ll need around 7,600 new engineers.

Why train to be a smart meter engineer?
Starting a career as a smart metering engineer opens the door to many more opportunities if that’s what you’re looking for and there is currently huge demand.
With a generous salary (starting at £24,000 and rising to £34,000 for highly experienced engineers) there are also plenty of other ways to boost your pay packet.
It gives you the chance to meet new people every day and you’ll never get tired of the same working environment.

What do I need to be a smart meter engineer?
You don’t need much to get started.  We’re looking for people with:
A driving licence
GCSE A*-C in English and Maths or equivalent
A passion for communicating with people
Find out more about the skills and behaviours that make a great smart meter trainer here. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/smart-meter-installer

How do I get started?
If you’re still not sure whether a career as a smart meter engineer is right for you, visit our home page and try out the quiz.  You can always get in touch with us for a quick chat too.
Once you’ve spoken to a member of our team to register your interest, we’ll conduct an interview with you to make sure that the course is right for you, and that you’re right for the course.  If you’re not able to travel down to our centre in Runcorn for this, we’ll arrange a web-based interview with you instead.

How long is the training?
The Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering from COSAC will get you fully qualified within 14 weeks, with no previous gas or electrical experience or qualifications.
If you do have skills and experience in this area, you may be able to complete your training in as little as 6-8 weeks.

How much does it cost?
The course costs £6,000 + VAT.  Payment options are available and we can discuss these with you at your interview.

Where is the training?
You’ll carry out most of your training at our state of the art training facility in Runcorn, Cheshire.
Some of your training take place on-site fitting meters, but the location of this will vary depending on where our partner is fitting meters across the UK at that time.

Do I need to pass exams?
The course requires you to take two practical exams, one electrical and one gas.
There are also theory-based exams in both subjects and onsite assessments to ensure that you’re competent.

 
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