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Training Specialist DTL Braced For ‘Black Friday’ Rush As Smets2 Deadline Looms

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Training Specialist DTL Braced For ‘Black Friday’ Rush As Smets2 Deadline Looms

Industry leading training provider Develop Training Ltd (DTL) is bracing itself for a Black Friday-style stampede ahead of the looming deadline for smart meters.
Some smaller firms are already installing the new SMETS2 devices, and on December 6, the big providers will be required to follow suit as they will no longer be allowed to fit SMETS1 technology.

The technology is due to be rolled out to all households nationwide in the next two years, and training for installation engineers will be a legal requirement. In anticipation of the likely demand, DTL has developed a one-day course that is available at its seven training centres nationwide.

Lee Morgan, a senior energy lecturer at DTL, said: (Read More) 

“The deadline means electricity providers and their contractors will have to become compliant overnight, so we are expecting significant demand. Installers will need to get up to speed quickly”

DTL already provides smart meter training for large organisations, such as Morrison Data Services and Siemens, and it is now fielding enquiries from several major firms for training in SMETS2. One of the factors driving interest is that DTL is one of the few providers whose courses are approved by the energy and utilities training register EUSR, a requirement of the smart meter installation code of practice SMICOP 2.6

For consumers, the big change with SMETS2 is that they will be able to switch energy providers without needing to change their meters. Making that possible has required a new layer of complexity, creating the need for specialist training.

Like SMETS1, the new smart meters will send information on energy usage to the provider without the need for meter reading. However, the data will now be relayed by specialist providers.

Two communications service providers have been contracted to gather the data, Arqiva in the north of the country and Telefonica in the south. For installers, it means learning how to manage the connection process with one or both providers.

Another crucial aspect of the training is understanding the meters themselves. Although the physical meters in the north and south of the country are different from each other, they both rely on LED indicator lights to inform the engineer of the status of the installation and to alert him or her if there is a fault. The training will also cover the fault-finding process.

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