ELPA ANNOUNCES SECOND ROUND OF EXAMINATIONS FOR ACCREDITED INSTALLERS
Trevor Manas, national director of Earthing and Lightning Protection Association (ELPA) says that after holding its “hugely successful” first installation accreditation examination, the association proudly announces that the second round of installer examinations will take place on 18, 19 and 25 October.
“One of ELPA’s main functions is to certify installers, designers and assessors of lightning protection systems,” Manas explains, “and this is an important step in the provision of Certificates of Compliance for lightning protection installations.”
He says that certified ELPA installers will provide certainty that a high level of competency is adhered to on all installations. “To maintain these high installation levels, ELPA will randomly inspect installations of accredited installers.”
Manas says it is vitally important that lightning protection installation companies obtain ELPA accreditation for their installation personnel. “Electrical engineers should also specify that installations on their projects is done by ELPA accredited installers because all LPS installations carried out by ELPA accredited installers are guaranteed by ELPA.”
SANS lightning protection standards
The ELPA examinations are based on the SANS lightning protection standards and consist of a written multiple choice examination paper and an interview with one of ELPA’s facilitators. An 80% pass mark is required to become an ELPA-accredited lightning protection installer.
Each candidate receives a handbook on which the examinations are based – and if they have good in-depth knowledge of the lightning protection standards, they may not require additional training – however, candidates can also attend pre-examination training courses.
Classes are limited to 20 candidates per examination session.
To book for the examinations, log onto the ELPA website: www.elpasa.org.za