A new free online course has been launched to help letting agents understand the importance of regular electrical safety checks.
The Electrical Installation Safety course was created by the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT), a prominent trade association for electricians and allied tradespeople, and was developed in collaboration with the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS), an independent licensing scheme for lettings agents, which exists to raise standards in the private rented sector.
Commenting on the launch, Chairman of the NAPIT Trade Association, Frank Bertie said: “Conditions in some parts of the private rented sector are currently worse than in any other form of tenure. And a lack of understanding when it comes to electrical safety requirements and best practice is a significant contributory factor. With this new course, NAPIT and NALS have worked together to raise awareness this important area.”
Isobel Thomson, NALS Chief Executive, said: “NALS are committed to ensuring excellence in the private rented sector. Giving letting agents the tools to successfully navigate the sometimes complex legal landscape that governs the private rented sector is essential in this regard. We provide more than 45 of these bite-sized courses, created with the help and expertise of organisations like NAPIT, and this is a fantastic addition to our offering.”
The course focuses on giving those involved in letting accommodation in the private sector the knowledge necessary to comply with their legal obligations and ensure appropriate electrical checks are conducted for their premises.
It includes extensive user friendly guidance on the different regulatory requirements that apply in England, Scotland and Wales, considers industry best practice when it comes to periodic electrical inspections and provides valuable tips to help landlords conduct their own simple visual checks.
Frank Bertie continued: “Whilethe legal frameworks in different parts of the UK differ slightly, following the best practice advice set out in this course will ensure appropriate precautions have been taken. The key message is that landlords should confirm that an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) has been carried out by a competent, registered electrician, experienced in periodic inspection, within the last five years or within the time frame recommended on their last EICR. This is the best way to find and fix faults before electrical fires or accidents occur. It’s also highly recommended that this is supplemented by an annual visual electrical inspection, which any landlord can complete themselves.”
The Electrical Installation Safety learning snack course is completely free and can be taken by anyone with an interest in electrical safety. To get started and test your knowledge, visit http://elearning.nalscheme.co.uk/login/index.php and create an account using NAPIT as your NALS Membership Number and self-enrol on the course.
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Notes to Editor
Established for over 20 years, NAPIT has grown into a successful group of companies. NAPIT operate a number of enterprises via a range of business divisions, including:
NAPIT Trade Association – The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) is a trade association that strives to support and represent its members within the building services and fabrics sector.
NAPIT Registration – Operates a portfolio of Competent Person Schemes, appointed by the UK Government under the Building Regulations for England and Wales, allowing for the self-certification of certain electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and renewables installation work.
NAPIT holds a register of certified electrical installers and experts operating across all fields of electrical work, including; domestic and industrial installations, periodic inspection reporting & equipment testing, and Green Deal registration for both Installers and Advisors.
NAPIT Certification – A division of the NAPIT group that provides:
A UKAS accredited scheme for certificating installers of microgeneration technologies, including; solar thermal hot water, solar photovoltaic, wind turbines, ground and air source heat pumps, small scale hydroelectricity, micro-CHP and biomass heating, all licensed under the UK Government’s Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).
A UKAS accredited scheme for certificating Installers and Advisors under the Green Deal, the UK Government’s flagship initiative for improving energy efficiency in British properties.
A scheme for certificating the competence of electrical operatives to the international standard ISO 17024, working with UKAS accredited certification bodies.
NAPIT Inspection – The provision of third party inspection and quality control services in a wide range of technical areas including: electrical installations; gas, oil and solid fuel heating; plumbing, ventilation, kitchen and bathroom fitting; and security systems.
NAPIT Training – Training and assessment centres are approved by City and Guilds, BPEC, Blueflame and Logic Certification (UKAS accredited). NAPIT Training provides courses, assessments and examinations on a range of electrical, renewable energy and energy efficiency qualifications. NAPIT has a training and assessment centre based in the Midlands, a fully sustainable renewable training centre based in the South West of the UK and Premier Training Services centre in the North West.