Johnson & Starley is the first UK manufacturer to offer a new NICEIC Certification Training and Assessment Course for installers of ventilation systems. The course assesses installers against set criteria which have been formed from the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS) and approved by SummitSkills – the Sector Skills Council for the building services engineering sector. The qualification lasts for five years.
As a market leader in ventilation technology, Johnson & Starley has long recognised the need for effective ventilation within domestic buildings in order to counteract the risk of condensation, which can potentially cause damage to a building’s fabric, and to fight poor air quality which can be a major contributor to personal respiratory issues. Offering a wide range of solutions from simple extract fans through to central extract systems and whole house mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR), the company anticipates the specification of ventilation systems to grow considerably in the future.
Johnson & Starley’s Technical Services Manager Dave Hadfield says:
“Accuracy and attention to detail is critical to ensure ventilation systems perform at their optimum level and installers with the correct skills to install all types of system will be well placed to take advantage of the expected growth in the market. It is, however, vital that any installation is carried out by a skilled and competent person and our course meets this need.”
Running for two days at Johnson & Starley’s Northampton HQ and Training Centre, the course looks at the different methods used to ventilate domestic buildings. A series of presentations define what ventilation is, the terminology involved and an exploration of the different types of ventilation system. The complete process of installing, testing and commissioning is covered, outlining all the regulations that need to be considered.
Safe working practice, effective preparation and how to ensure key components are correctly sized are covered, together with the location of appliances and the effect ventilation systems can have on combustion appliances. Ductwork types, installation techniques and possible locations are also discussed. System testing together with commissioning and the provision of the correct documentation for building control purposes complete the training programme.
Attendees are assessed in their knowledge and practical skills through a multiple choice examination, two written assessments and a practical exam. Overall the scheme represents a unique opportunity for delegates to work alongside one of the most knowledgeable organisations in the field of ventilation. With the qualification, installers can apply to the NICEIC Competent Persons Scheme for Ventilation in order to self-certify their ventilation work in England & Wales.
Any individual installer or company can find out about arranging dedicated courses by contacting Dave Hadfield, Technical Services Manager, Johnson & Starley Limited, Tel: +44 1604 762881 Ext: 204, email dave.hadfield(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)johnsonandstarley.co.uk