Moving with the times


Smart homes will be the focus of one course

As part of our mission to help Members keep pace with the latest technology, we’re currently preparing to launch new training courses in smart homes and drone surveying


The future is electric – and we want to continue equipping Members with the skills and know-how to successfully work with the next generation of technology.


That’s why we’re excited to be adding to our range of training courses with two new modules in smart homes and drone surveying.

Held in partnership with our friends at West College Scotland (WCS) in Paisley, Renfrewshire, they’ll help give Members an insight into both topics and understand more about how the technology of tomorrow works.


Exact details and costs are currently being finalised, but we hope to launch both courses later in the summer in line with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Watch this space!


Smart homes course


This course is designed to give learners an insight into the benefits of using smart controls for heating, lighting and power circuits in buildings.


Focusing specifically on Lightwave and Salus products, it will lead learners into the Lightwave Pro Installer program.


It will also integrate voice assistants such as Alexa, Google Home and Apple Home Kit, as well as using tablets and smart phones to both program and activate the devices and routines.


Structured to maximise participant engagement, the course uses a blend of lectures, video presentations and practical hands-on demonstrations.


Learners will be able to add additional products on to existing systems, program them in and develop programmes, as well as switching routines. They will also be issued with notes and documentation on the various products, which they can work on further after the course.



No home study is required and the course lasts one day, from 9am to 4.30pm. There is no formal exam and no entry requirements, although it is recommended that learners have, or are working towards, an SVQ III MA in Electrical Installation or equivalent.


The course isn’t recommended for non-electricians and it is not advised for anyone who is not an electrically skilled person to install these products, as per the definitions in BS 7671 and The Electricity at Work Regulations (Regulation 16).


Drone surveying course


Also held in partnership with WCS, the new drone surveying course is designed to give learners an insight into the benefits of using drones to survey buildings, sites and land.


The course will show off the technological advancements in recent drone technology, as well as highlighting the safety benefits of using this equipment, e.g. avoiding the need to work at height.


WCS will cover the Drone Code in detail, highlight key dos and don’ts of drone flight, and will also look briefly at the requirements of flight planning and the tools to do this.


Delegates will also learn about pre- and post-flight checks and safety and emergency planning, highlighting the fact that drones should be treated as seriously as any other form of flight.


The course will use a combination of lectures, video presentations and practical drone flights.

Learners will also be issued with notes and documentation on the Drone Code and a flight planning assessment, which they can work on further after the course. No home study is required and the course lasts half a day, from 9am to 12.30pm. There is no formal exam or specific entry requirements.


Further details on these and all our other courses can be found at www.select.org.uk/training, by calling SELECT Training on 0131 445 5577 or by e-mailing training@select.org.uk

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