Back to the classroom

As the country prepares to emerge from lockdown, SELECT has introduced a range of comprehensive COVID-19 health and safety measures to ensure that selected training courses can return to The Walled Garden


We are delighted to be restarting partial training sessions at our headquarters outside Edinburgh after reviewing our health and safety procedures to ensure Members are kept safe. Staggered start times, reduced class sizes, clear signage and a range of hygiene measures are all now in place as The Walled Garden prepares to receive delegates again.


Developed in line with Scottish Government guidance, we hope these COVID-19 measures will enable our Training team to safely deliver the practical part of our inspection and testing training courses from April onwards.


Plans are now under way to allow restricted numbers to attend our Training Centre for these initial courses, with a maximum of six delegates to ensure we have enough room to socially distance in the classroom environment.


We have reviewed the course content in detail and are delivering as much as we can virtually, with reduced time in the classroom for the practical element.


In addition, we have put safety measures in place to ensure that both our delegates and tutors are working in a safe environment while carrying out this part of the programme.


Everything is being done in line with the Scottish Government’s Route Map and we will obviously keep attendance under review depending on the local and national position.

SQA (SELECT) Customised Award in Initial Verification

Two inspection and testing courses will be available under the new procedures, the first of which is the SQA (SELECT) Customised Award in Initial Verification.


Also known as the 209 course, this session is broken into three sections, all of which candidates must successfully complete:

  • Part One (online) – an introduction to BS 7671.

  • Day One (online) – delivered as a virtual classroom session from 8.45am to 3pm, this covers initial verification and the inspection and testing of new installations.

  • Day Two (practical) – delivered in a SELECT training room, this session will take around two hours.

This SQA course has been designed for qualified electricians who wish to ensure their skills and knowledge are up to date in relation to inspection, testing and certification of new electrical installations including additions and alterations.

SQA (SELECT) Customised Award in Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations including Periodic Inspection

The second course to be part-held at The Walled Garden is the SQA (SELECT) Customised Award in Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations including Periodic Inspection.


Also known as the 214 course, this module is split into two parts, both of which candidates must successfully complete:

  • Day One (online) – delivered as a virtual classroom session from 8.45am to 3pm, this covers initial verification and inspection and testing of new installations.

  • Day Two (practical) – delivered at the SELECT training room from 8.30am to 5pm, delegates will complete the practical part of the initial verification on arrival. The tutor will then deliver the periodic inspection session.

This SCQF Level 7 course has been designed for qualified electricians who want to cover the full scope of inspection and testing and is recommended for those involved in the inspection and testing of both new and existing installations.


We are delighted to be able to offer these courses as we deliver more training across a range of topics. Members can be reassured that if they visit The Walled Garden, delegates and tutors will be working in a safe environment.


For further information or to book, please visit www.select.org.uk/training call 0131 445 5577 or email training@select.org.uk

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