Smart Metering (7428) Apprenticeship

Working with PQMS to help deliver the future

Why consider an apprentice?

The Government Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has put a timescale for all UK homes to have a Smart Meter installed by the end of 2019, therefore there is opportunity for appropriately trained and qualified trades people who can install Smart Meters. This includes replacement of the current Electricity & Gas meter with a Smart Meters that can display the combination of both energy sources and in-turn reduce energy demand hence reducing household utility bills

Smart Meters enable consumers to manage their energy, save money and obtain bills based on usage not estimates. Smart Meter will also be able to link to the energy provider and inform them of real-time usage & save on meter readers to visit each property

The impact of achieving the Smart Metering requirements will provide a demand for large number of installers to fulfill the capacity required to meet the government time scales.

What is involved in a Smart Metering Qualification / Apprenticeship?

At PQMS we offer Smart Metering Qualifications in line with the City & Guilds 7428 Scheme and the Energy & Utility Skills Register.

Our smart Meter apprenticeship qualification is designed to support employers in the government apprenticeship trailblazer’s initiative. As an approved training provider, we offer a whole range of training courses including qualifications to City and Guilds 7428 Scheme to ensure we help deliver appropriately qualified and skilled workforce to meet the requirements to address this market.

To support this training PQMS cover essential areas such as communication and customer service. The employer can choose the qualification and training in specialist knowledge and skills for the following areas.

Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering - Power
Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering - Gas
Level 2 Diploma in Smart Metering - Dual Fuel.

Our training will provide the student with qualification and skills with an appreciation of Gas, Electrical and Communications systems, as well as full competency in Meter Installation and swaps. Our training includes mandatory units including:

  • • Working safely in the energy and utilities sector
  • • Using and communicating technical information in the energy and utilities sector
  • • Install and commission communication systems for smart meters
  • • Install single phase meter and associated equipment
  • • Applied practices and principles for installing low pressure natural gas smart meters up to U6 only
  • • Prepare, install and commission low pressure natural gas smart meter
  • • Low pressure gas smart meter tightness testing and direct purging.

Further training modules, which may not form part of the qualification, can provide additional competencies for example, fitting 3 phase power and intermediate pressure gas meters and can be added to the training.

The training for this qualification will be undertaken at one of our centres using bespoke facilities which included well developed and equipped practical areas.

As an employer, you will need to supplement this training with on the job training and field base work placements (buddying). Each Student will also build an experience portfolio of the work they have performed in the field to evidence their learning and development achievement as part of the overall training. At the end of their training each Student will undergo assessments, both in a recognised and approved assessment centre and evidence based field experience and performance. These assessments are aligned to the ACS criteria, recognised by Gas Safe Register, and allows successful candidates to access to the Gas Safe Register in their discipline. On successful completion of the course, the student will gain a City & Guilds qualification.


We have a national network of centres across the UK. Each of our centres is fully equipped fitted practical training area built and maintained specifically for Smart Metering. Our passionate and dedicated team will take the student through their qualification in a clear, easy to understand manner and they are fully versed in adapting our training and assessment methods to suit them. All our trainers have extensive experience in their field of expertise and undergo rigorous training and continuous professional development to ensure we provide a quality and practical training that focuses on learning excellence.

We are passionate about training with 2 decades of training experience in safety, utilities and telecommunications gives us an invaluable insight into the requirements of the industry. We are also committed to working with industry and have strong connections with a number of Awarding Bodies to provide a comprehensive range of training and qualifications to support our customers

Quality and learning is at the heart of our apprenticeship training, with emphasis on meeting each learners’ individual needs. Our strapline reflects our training strategy, "A Practical Approach to Training" lies at the heart of all our delivery. Our training approach is to ensure that the student achieves excellence and attain the key skills and knowledge that learning comes through doing.

We would love the opportunity to discuss any aspects of the training and your requirements, please contact us now.

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