Certification body NICEIC can now offer a new competency qualification for installers of Domestic Ventilation Systems.
The new assessment package has been mapped against the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS) and has been approved by SummitSkills - the Sector Skills Council for the building services engineering sector.
The aim of the training and assessment package is to assess installers against set criteria, formed from the relevant NOS for the installation of domestic ventilation systems. The training and assessment program runs over two days and comprises a theory and practical exam as part of the final assessment.
Paul Collins, technical services manager at NICEIC said: “We have been working very closely with key industry stakeholders to ensure the assessment delivers a competent installer to meet the needs of the ventilation sector.”
Kelly Butler – marketing director from Beama added: "Healthy indoor air quality is an essential part of a balanced home and we have been very active in raising awareness of this issue through www.myhealthmyhome.com.
“Toxic home syndrome can be catastrophic for the health of the occupant and the building itself so we very much welcome the NICEIC’s work to ensure ventilation systems are not only specified but installed correctly too."
Once installers hold the qualification then they can apply to NICEIC Competent Persons Scheme for Ventilation so they can self-certify their work in England & Wales.
Dave Hadfield technical services manager for Johnson and Starley commented “As a manufacturer of ventilation products we are keen to ensure that our products are installed in accordance with their design whilst ensuring that regulations are fully met. This scheme offers us the opportunity to achieve this and recognises installers’ skills and knowledge. This can only be good for us a company and the industry as a whole”.
Lee Nurse, marketing director at Volution Group, added: "This is a great step forward for our industry and one fully supported by Vent-Axia. With a single service provider for training and competency, it is now easy to select trained installers for ventilation systems ensuring products will work as intended."