Courses bring building standards professionals up to speed


HUNDREDS of local authority staff from building standards departments throughout Scotland have been sharpening their skills through tailored courses run by SELECT, the campaigning trade body for the electrotechnical industry in Scotland.

SELECT said the courses, created at the request of the authorities, have been run in conjunction with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC), to give interested parties a clearer understanding of compliance requirements, particularly relating to certification.

Dave Forrester, head of technical services at SELECT who has been running the courses with NICEIC, said, “There was a perceived need among local authorities for a deeper understanding of the inspection processes.

“They were keen to improve their knowledge pool, particularly regarding certification of electrical installation. The courses are designed to help practitioners with information about the certificates they receive from SELECT members.

“The professionals within the building standards sector want to be sure certification is compliant and acceptable, so that they, in turn, can issue the necessary completion certificates for particular projects.”

Mr Forrester said the attendees at the courses are made up of members of local authority building control departments, surveyors and administrators – a mix of office based and on-site personnel.

He added, “The feedback we have received has been absolutely excellent. It is clear that these courses have filled a need and SELECT is delighted to have been able to enhance its relationship with local authority professionals.”