About The Project


The skills needed for high-quality energy renovation and construction of low-energy buildings are scarce among construction workers. One of the possible causes is the lack of motivation for continuous improvement. The economic situation does not allow the workers nor their employers additional resources and time required for training. On the other hand, the market still does not require specialized training or special licensing of construction workers in energy efficiency, therefore there is no special motivation among workers or employers to invest in education. This places workers in a different position from engineers, designers and similar professions whose additional (mandatory) education makes them more competitive in the market.

On the other hand, European Build Up Skills initiative (Strengthening the skills of construction workers) confirms the important contribution of well-trained construction workers to achieving energy efficiencyobjectives, already widely known as 20-20-20. Flawless performance of buildings requires the construction workers to possess the necessary qualifications and motivation for successful work.




Institutions and organisations

Institutions and organisations that have endorsed the National Roadmap:
  1. Agency for Vocational Education and Adult Learning
  2. Building Managers Association
  3. City of Zagreb – Office for energy, environment and sustainable development

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University of Zagreb, Faculty of Civil Engineering is one of 33 faculties at the University of Zagreb and is the largest Civil engineering faculty in Croatia, with experience in many national...

The Secondary School of Building and Crafts in Čakovec was founded in 1961 as a typical school of building and engineering but later on it expands educating on the area of arts and...

The Croatian Chamber of Civil Engineers is an independent professional organization which protects the reputation, honor and rights of chartered civil engineers. It promotes, represents and coordinates their common interests before...

Croatian Association of Facade Thermal Insulation System Manufacturers (HUPFAS) was established at the end of 2010. Members of HUPFAS are 15 companies, mostly in foreign ownership, who are either producers of facade componenets...

Regional Environmental Center The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is a non-profit, non-advocacy international organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems....

Croatian Employment Service The Croatian Employment Service (CES) is a key player in the Croatian labour market and is responsible for labour market mediation, preparation for employment,...

Project Activities

1. Lifelong training plan for building workers

Croatia, with some exceptions in the institutional vocational education, has no systematic training of students and construction workers in ​​energy efficiency, even though the number of construction workers far exceeds the number of other experts in the field of construction (engineers, etc.). There is also no certification scheme for workers or companies related to EE in buildings. Therefore, this activity focuses on developing the training plan that includes curricula and training modules with accompanying teaching materials, in order to close the educational gap in the construction sector. (...)

2. Training of trainers and preparation of training materials

1.1.          Training centers

Building sufficient capacity of educators to train the Croatian building workers in the field of energy efficiency is the major aim. Potential trainers are vocational school teachers and building industry experts. Workers who also come from the lines of business sector are addressed too. The trainers will be selected through a public call. Training centers will implement all trainings. (...)

3. Setting up training center accreditation system

Each selected training center (training provider) will be asked to organize and deliver as many trainings as there are modules for which that training provider requested accreditation. It is expected that not every centers will request accreditation for all 24 modules, therefore it is expected to have on average 12 modules i.e. 12 test trainings per center. Each test training is expected to attract at least ten participants. (...)

4. Country-wide test-trainings for construction workers

The main objective is to develop and make operational the national certification system which can enable market evaluation of the qualified on-site workforce for energy efficient building. This includes setting up a one-stop-shop for accreditation of training providers and training schemes, as well as for centralized certification of workers. The data will feed into an up-to-date resource database (register) of available qualified workforce and available training schemes. (...)


5. Certification system sustainability plan

To ensure a sustainable planning, a comprehensive and realistic sustainability plan for the continued implementation of the qualification and training schemes has to be created.

National Qualification Platform (NQP)

Regular consultation meetings(at least three) of the NQP to inform and consult about the major issues will be organized.The NQP will give inputs on the progress of project activities. Their role is advisory, mainly from policy point of view. (...)


6. Marketing and info campaigns

The demand for life-long education among the workers and their employers will be increased, as well as market demand for educated workforce, by promoting building professions, available EE training schemes.

This will be achieved through:

  • distributing information to a wider audience – through website, leaflets etc.
  • marketing plans to popularising builders’ profession and life-long education
  • preparation of an national information campaign on energy renovation of buildings
  • info- campaign related to available training and qualification schemes for RES workers

National Qualification Platform

For  the purpose  of supporting the  process of development of the National Roadmap for Lifelong Education  of  Building  Workers  in  the  field  of  Energy  Efficiency in  Croatia,  in  the  frame  of CROSKILLS project in early 2013 representatives of key stakeholder groups were gathered into the ‘National Qualification Platform’, to contribute to the development and further the implementation of the National Roadmap.

Main stakeholder groups in the National Qualification Platform
List of National Qualification Platform member organisations



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Documents for download

Here you can download educational and information materials on the topic of lifelong education of construction workers in the field of energy efficiency.

FOR WORKERS–access requires user registration

­ Training materials for six priority construction professions (in preparation) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­

FOR TRAINERS– access requires user registration

­ Materials for training of trainers (in preparation) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­


­ Status Quo Analysis of the building sector in Croatia and skills of construction workers in the field of energy efficiency and RES (March 2013) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ National Roadmap for Lifelong Education of Construction Workers in the Field of Energy Efficiency (November 2013) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Report on test-trainings for construction workers (in preparation) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Report on certification and accreditation system (in preparation) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Project implementation report (in preparation) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­


These materials are intended for informing and educating of general public, construction sector employers and all others interested in the topic of construction workers education in Croatia and energy efficiency in construction.

­ CROSKILLS leaflet – Pillar I (2012) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Final leaflet - CROSKILLS Pillar I (2013) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ CROSKILLS leaflet – Pillar II (2015) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­

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