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Select Scottish Electrical Contractors

SELECT – Scotland’s authoritative trade body for the electrotechnical industry – has taken a major step towards increasing its accessibility by placing its highly regarded courses online.

The move has been warmly welcomed by members, who are now able to undertake the courses – which are compulsory for retaining approved certifier status – at times and in locations more suited to their lifestyle.

Commenting on the new initiative, SELECT’s Head of Services, Dave Forrester, said:

“Previously, members would have had to make the time to attend our courses at our training centre at the Walled Garden in Midlothian, or one of our other venues across Scotland.

“Now they are able to access the course at home or in the office when it is easiest for them. They will are also able to do individual modules of the course and then go back and finish the rest at their leisure.”

Dave added:

“The courses will be fully interactive, with sample questions and answers. They will be much more time-efficient for self employed members, although they will still have to attend the exam.”

The Building Standards Update course – the first of SELECT’s courses to go live – became available to members in February 2013. The course has to be completed as a half-day refresher course every three years.

The initial course is to be followed by the full day Building Standards Course, as well as courses on subjects including The IET Wiring Regulations and Inspection & Testing.

Founded in 1900 as The Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland, SELECT is the first trade association in the world to serve the electrical industry and has capabilities which stretch across design, manufacture, testing and commissioning sectors. SELECT partners with many leading industry professionals, including BlueSky Pensions, AIE, Electrical Safety Council, National Inspection Council (NICEIC) and Unite the Union, amongst others.

As the authoritative trade association for the electrotechnical industry SELECT helps to shape the market environment and has over 1200 members. SELECT member companies account for up to 90% of all electrical installation work undertaken in Scotland and have an annual turnover of approximately £1 billion.

SELECT’s decision to move courses online is part of its commitment to offer its members a range of services which are effective, relevant, practical and easily accessible. For more information about SELECT’s courses, please contact David Wright, Head of External Affairs at SELECT the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland, on 0131 445 5577 or alternatively visit: www.select.org.uk.

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