Training provider Paddeco, in partnership with the National Association of Air Duct Specialists (NAADUK), have launched the UK’s first ever SCQF Level 5 Ventilation Hygiene Certificate.
Based on national occupational standards (NOS) for the ventilation industry, working with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to create a customised award which is also credit rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), the certificate is aimed at ensuring high standards of competence and compliance.
Paddeco CEO Joe Lloyd explained: “The ventilation hygiene industry is growing quickly, and, rightly so, there is ever more emphasis on indoor air quality (IAQ) and the cleaning of ventilation systems, a requirement under The Building Regulations, approved document ‘F’ Means of Ventilation.”
He added: “Although there have been a number of short courses available to the sector, introducing the practices of cleaning systems, they have fallen far too short of the assessment requirements of the BSEHV11, the NOS for cleaning industrial ventilation systems, and several other relevant NOS.”
A recent statement issued by the Construction Leadership Council, following the recommendations from the Grenfell inquiry, will mandate operatives to hold a minimum of a Level 2 qualification within their job role.
This certificate is designed to help them bridge that gap, considering there is currently no Level 2 (SCQF Level 5) qualification available for the industry.
NAADUK president Peter Reid added: “This Ventilation Hygiene Certificate will allow our industry’s operatives to have their skills and knowledge assessed against the industry’s NOS, helping to create a platform, to then follow an upskilling programme, within the ventilation sector.
“It will provide each learner with a fantastic opportunity to understand the new code of practice for our industry, NAAD21, and for them to be taught the principles and practices of ventilation hygiene, investigation surveys, testing, and post inspection reporting. This will increase their knowledge of the principles, equipment, and components within a ventilation system. They will also be introduced to the process of decommission and the installation of components, within a ventilation system, opening the door to possible maintenance roles within the sector.”