New course aims to raise the bar on electrical safety

Dave Forrester

TWO new courses aimed at electricians and safety technicians are poised to be launched in Scotland.

SELECT, the campaigning body for the electrotechnical trade, revealed the first of these new courses is an SQA-customised award in electrical safety. The two-and-a-half-day course, which will result in an SCQF level 7 qualification, covers changes in legislation, environmental issues such as the safe disposal of electrical waste and safe isolation of circuits.

Dave Forrester, head of technical services for SELECT said, “The training course material has been prepared and we are currently running pilot courses to ensure that the course content meets our members’ needs. We plan to have the course open to all applicants by Easter.

“As well as the new course on electrical safety, we are also currently testing a course on the safe installation of electric vehicle charging points at residential and business premises. The course will also feature routes to public funding available for installations.

“We have looked into providing this training as a response to the rising demand for charging points. The actual installation work is covered within the scope of BS 7671 The Wiring Regulations and as a result, is well within the abilities of any qualified electrician. 

“However, the training focuses on the maintenance of charging points, identifying how to access funding and how to get the best value for money for customers.”

The Electrical Vehicle Charging point installation course is likely to be available by early summer, SELECT added.