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Part F: Essential training

The new Part F provisions come into force in October and this has prompted the ventilation industry to act. The Residential Ventilation Association, which represents domestic ventilation manufacturers, is keen to ensure there is a training and certification programme available for domestic ventilation contractors so that the equipment they install works properly.

Cedric Sloan, director general of FETA - the umbrella organisation that contains the RVA - says: “We already have a CPD module but that is voluntary and thecontractor has to show a certain amount of professional interest in it. The manufacturer will promote that to those who purchase from it, but I think that this has to be a more formal, perhaps mandatory, training scheme that the Government requires to ensure that products are energy efficient and provide the healthy ventilationneeded.

“We have the outline for that; we know what needs to be done because it is already in the CPD. What we need to do with government backing is to formalise a certified installer scheme. We think we could populate the training module by the end of this year and roll it out next year.”

The RVA and the Electric Heating & Ventilation Association are working with SummitSkills to produce a set of standards that certification and accreditation bodies
can apply. This should be in place for the domestic sector before October. However, for senior design engineer at m&e contractor SES Andrew Peverill, the Part F changes “are more wide-ranging and will have a greater impact on the industry than many believe”.

He adds: “When you first look at the regulations you think it is all going to affect domestic systems. But what is going to catch people out is the requirement in thatfirst part where it says that for systems that are adjustable and testable you have to record as per CIBSE Code M (commissioning management). People haven’t picked up on that and realised the impact of Code M, which is a fairly substantial document that tells you how to manage the commissioning process - who is responsible for the results recorded, how they are recorded and then, ultimately, how they are submitted.”