Relevant Qualifications for Aerial installers
The days have long gone when anyone could climb onto a roof or into a loft space and install an aerial to receive television and radio signals. Although it is possible to do so – and many householders and amateur electricians do just that – nowadays it is more likely that the installer is a trained expert and hold qualifications and training certificates in his field of expertise.
Recognised BodyThere is now a recognised body for aerial installers that give the industry more credence and also trains and act as one voice within the electrical business. The Confederation of Aerial Installers Ltd (CAI) is now a recognised body and is where those interested in hiring the services of an aerial installer should look when either needing an engineer for one job or to hire them for contractual work.
Radio and Television QualificationsIt is possible to obtain qualifications within the CAI that will give aerial installers a certificate in basic radio and television installation techniques. This is the most basic of courses and will lead the learner on to further study and NVQ levels. The City and Guilds association has also introduced the Digital Television Aerial Installation (2218) which will update the aerial installer’s qualifications so that they are conversant with the digital switchover.
SatelliteThese days’ aerial installers also have to have knowledge of satellite installations and the CAI also has courses in satellite and also motorised systems. These skills will give aerial installers further qualifications if they wish to be hired by larger companies specialising in aerials and satellite systems or will be another skill if they wish to set up their own business at a later date.
Health and SafetyQualifications in health and safety are a must for aerial installers who are often working in dangerous situations. Not only will a qualification show they have relevant training but will bring home to the workforce the latest aspects of safety within their industry.
Trainees and ApprenticeshipsFor young people just out of school or college with the wish to join the electrical and electronics trades the CAI are also starting an apprenticeship scheme for member companies.
They will work with employees and colleges to form a training scheme that encompasses all the aerial industry.