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Nominated  Qualified  Supervisors  of  SELECT  Member  companies  are  required to refresh their  BS 7671 (IET Wiring Regulations 17th Edition) training every five years.  

 

The requirement for Qualified Supervisors  to  undertake  assessed  BS  7671  training within this period  reflects  the  regularity  with which the IET Wiring Regulations are updated.    

 

Within the last five years, several new amendments to the BS 7671 have been issued.  

 

Amendments were published in 2011, 2013 and 2015.    

 

The  Amendments  to  the  IET  Wiring  Regulations  are  needed  to  reflect  the  pace  of change  that continues  around  us.  Regular  refresher  training  is essential  to  ensure  that any  updates  and  changes become embedded in the industry.  

 

The three main drivers for change within the IET Wiring Regulations are:

Continued harmonisation with European Standards

Advancements in technology

Safety concerns – either improvements or responses to incidents

 

We  offer  a  range  of  BS  7671  courses  and  all  of  our SQA  certificated  BS  7671  courses  meet  the requirement for Qualified Supervisors.    

 

One of the courses that we have been delivering regularly throughout this year is the SQA [SELECT] Customised  Award  in  Inspection  &  Testing.      

 

This  course  has  been  accredited  by  the  Scottish Qualifications Authority. This two-day programme covers Initial Verification on day one and Periodic Inspection  on  day  two.   This  SQA  Customised  Awards  has  been  credit  rated  by  the  Scottish  Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF).  

 

This qualification sits at level 7 on the SCQF framework.  One  of  the  drivers  for  Members  undertaking  this  training  is  to  allow  them  to  prepare  to  meet  the demand for Periodic Inspection & Testing that will arise from private house rentals.  Within Scotland,there  is  a  new  requirement  for  all  private  landlords  to  make  sure  that  their  rented  property  is electrically safe by ensuring that Periodic Inspections are conducted on their private rented property at least  every  five  years  or  before  each  new  tenancy.    

 

This  requirement  is  set  out  in  the  Housing Scotland Act and applies from the 1st of December.   The guidance set out within the IET Wiring Regulations stipulates that periodic inspection and testingshall be undertaken by a skilled person (or persons), competent in such work. Attending short trainingcourses,  is  one  factor  in  maintaining  competence.   Training  also  helps  ensure  that  electricians  are prepared to carry out this type of assessment. 

 

Periodic  Inspection  is  not  just  a  “common  sense”  activity  and  indeed,  many  of  the  calls  into  our Technical helpline are on Periodic Inspection.  

 

The most common questions/ problems we hear about are:

How to report and advise on older installations that do not comply with current standards

Questions on coding and how to correctly code an installation

Questions  about  the  correct  methods  to  undertake  a Periodic  Inspection  –  a  methodical approach can save time & money while the wrong approach can be costly Documentation – wrong paperwork is a common problem

 

Our two-day SQA Customised Award in Inspection and Testing is the ideal course for electricians who want to build their knowledge and practical skills in Initial Verification and Periodic Inspection including knowledge of the certification process.  This course will help delegates to gain an understanding of the requirements contained in the latest version of BS 7671 in relation to this type of work.    

 

Underpinning  all  of  this  is  the  fact  that  the  Electrical  Engineering  Training  Foundation  (EETF)  has  set  the training grant at 40 per cent this year.  

 

So take advantage of our excellent courses by visiting our website www.select.org.uk or contact the Training Section on training@select.org.uk 0131 445 5577 and we can send information to you. 

 

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