Electrical Contracting News (ECN) September 2016 - Page 19

TRAINING NUMBER OF UK KNX INTEGRATORS SET TO SOAR Ivory Egg has announced the launch of its brand new KNX courses: ‘3-Day Technician’ and ‘2Day Partner’, replacing the standard KNX Basic Certification course. Splitting the courses enables the KNX industry to grow quicker; ensuring integrators have the core skills to complete a project after qualifying as a KNX Technician in just three days. The new KNX Association approved courses offer integrators the flexibility to complete the training in two stages with minimal impact on business schedules. The 3-Day Technician course will deliver the core essentials on lighting, heating and blind control, equipping integrators with the skills required to specify, design, commission and support a KNX installation. Once a certified KNX Technician, integrators can complete the 2-Day Partner course to achieve internationally recognised KNX Partner status. This in-depth course delivers the vital theory as issued by the KNX Association. Both courses are CEDIA CEU accredited with nine CEUs for the 3-Day Technician course and six CEUs for completing the 2-Day Partner course. ‘Over eight years’ experience delivering the standard KNX Certification course has enabled us to identify a better way to give integrators the best possible start with KNX,’ said Mark Warburton, technical director. 2016-17 SERIES OF TECHTALK DATES ANNOUNCED Industry legend Tony Cable will be making his final, farewell tour around the country during the next series of NICEIC and ELECSA’s TechTalk series. After almost 60 years in the industry, Tony will be taking part in his last TechTalk series before taking up his well earned retirement. It promises to be an emotional ride for the 74 year old whose experience and unique delivery style has helped make the informative seminars increasingly popular among contractors. ‘The TechTalk series is something very close to my heart and something I have enjoyed immensely over the last nine years,’ commented Tony. ‘We have done more than 80 events across the UK during that time and every single one has been a pleasure. Meeting contractors and chatting to them about all the latest goings on in the industry is what I enjoy most.’ As ever, Tony will be joined by NICEIC and ELECSA’s technical development manager, Darren Staniforth, for the next series. They will be discussing the most common problems during assessments, current legislation within the industry, electrical supply issues and providing responses during a technical Q&A session. ANOTHER YEAR OF SUCCESS FOR TOOLBOX TALKS AS RECORD NUMBERS SHARPEN THEIR TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE Record attendances and superlative feedback have marked another successful year for SELECT’s Toolbox Talks – the practical and popular events for disseminating the latest technological information to the widest possible number of trade professionals. Nearly 500 delegates attended 13 sessions across the length and breadth of Scotland. Typically, attendees were directors and managers, or company owners, but many also brought employees and apprentices. The events were particularly appreciated in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland – areas which because of their location do not receive frequent attention on national tours of this nature. Alan Wilson, SELECT’s head of communications and members services, said, ‘Once again our series of Toolbox Talks have been a hit with SELECT members and we have been delighted at the positive feedback and the readiness to keep up to speed with technical issues. ‘All of the attendees were giving up valuable time to attend the talks, and I think it illustrates their commitment to ensuring that the industry stays ahead of the game and continues to provide the best possible levels of quality, delivery and safety for clients.’ - 17th Edition Consumer Units - Circuit Protection Equipment - Home of the Lumo Voltage Optimisation - Control Gear Surge Protection - ROTARY ISOLATORS, AVAILABLE FROM OUR STOCKISTS AT VERY SPECIAL PRICES FOR AUGUST! Contact our sales team for prices on our range of isolators **Prices subject to change and exclude VAT www.cudis.co.uk / 0161 765 3000 / sales@cudis.co.uk 19-20 Training.indd 19 10/08/2016 16:21