Lightning Conductors & Lightning Protection Systems

SLPTG (Steeplejack & Lightning Protection Training Group) can provide clients or customers with all the necessary information on specialist lightning protection companies regarding training, qualifications and experience to ensure that any contractor or sub-contractor they are considering working with can demonstrate that they and their workforce are competent and have the correct qualifications, knowledge and experience to carry out tasks on their lightning conductors or lightning protection systems.

Under the HASAW Act you have to provide a ‘Duty of Care’ and to ensure that operatives can provide proof of competence and demonstrate experience & knowledge to carry out a task, a Photo ID CSCS Smartcard is a direct but simple and very effective way to check that someone working on or testing your lightning conductor or lightning protection system can prove this, check the card matches the operative and on the rear of the card it clearly states that they are either NVQ II or NVQ III Lightning Conductor Engineers, if they cannot provide this do not let them continue until they or the company can demonstrate competency to your satisfaction, if something were to happen it may eventually come back to you and this simple but very effective measure is there to assist.

We are seeing throughout the UK at this moment that other professions are completing Two Day lightning protection test & inspection courses available through accredited learning centres and including this facility to their range of services, this is only one of many official training units/certificates that is required for a lightning protection engineer to gain their specialist NVQ qualification, this unit/certificate does not provide the operative with the experience & knowledge, it is a certificate of training. Do not accept this as proof of competence on its own, as detailed above the minimum you should be looking for is that the operative holds an in date Photo ID CSCS Smartcard stating clearly on the rear they are NVQ II or NVQ III Lightning Conductor Engineers, do not let them continue until they or the company can demonstrate competency to your satisfaction.


Working closely with ATLAS (the Industry Federation), National Specialist Accredited Centre (NSAC), CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) and Construction Skills at the National Construction College (NCC, Bircham Newton, Norfolk), the SLPTG has formulated and developed the lightning conductor engineer national apprenticeship scheme along with adult learning and continues to expand training availability for this very specialist industry.

According to the SLPTG’s Colin Sanders, “The SLPTG demonstrates that we fully understand the commitment and consequent investment that is required for training because adaptable, skilled people are vital to the success of our industry and to also provide our clients with the confidence that the training, experience and skills given to our operatives can demonstrate the competence required to allow then to carry out their tasks”.

Richard Diment, director general of the Federation of Master Builders, says,

“The FMB, as the leading trade association representing SMEs in the British construction sector, supports and promotes all aspects of craft management and health and safety training. It recognises CSCS as a vital means by which its members can record and provide proof of the skills and competency of their workforce and sub-contractors”.

Julia Evans, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, says,

“CSCS provides a base line standard which is broadly accepted by the majority of the construction industry. It enables workers to demonstrate important proficiencies and companies to demonstrate a commitment to safe and efficient working”.

Alan Ritchie, several secretary of the Construction Union, says,

“A fully carded workforce is a safer and better trained workforce”.

Full information on the on the above statements and the CSCS Card Scheme can be found at

The SLPTG needs to develop training for our industry by working closely with clients and customers, main contractors, training providers and our members to ensure that the training delivered to our workers is improving the quality of our workforce in all areas. This will mean the introduction of more dynamic forms of training, which will elevate the industry.

Please remember: if an operative cannot provide a CSCS card which states his NVQ II or NVQ III qualifications for on the rear, do not let them carry out the works!

For further information, contact Lynne Fletcher (GTO) on 01625 664500, e-mail or visit the website at

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