NAPIT Training have announced that they have formed a partnership with GNC Electrics, a sister company to GNC Technology Ltd which was established in 2013, based in the West Midlands. Together they have developed the UK’s first Information Communication Technology (ICT) Electrical Operative Course; ‘Communications and Information Systems (CIS) Electrical Operative Training Course’ aimed at those working within server rooms whether it be in an office, business server room or data centre.

The training course will provide candidates with an in-depth knowledge of how to complete electrical safety inspections on CIS Cabinets and Racking, and how to interpret and implement the relevant safety standards. In previous years, IT and Network Technicians have had little support and representation for electrical conformance and safety.

Now that this area has been recognised by The IET and The British Standards in the guidance of the: IET 5th Edition ‘In-Service inspection and testing of electrical equipment (2020) – Annex 7 and BS 7671:2018, GNC Technology and NAPIT Training are delighted to be working together to provide this course and qualify those who are wishing to become qualified Portable Appliance Testers (PAT) including:

  • CIS Engineers/Technicians, Qualified Electricians, Portable Appliance Testers (PAT) who wish to add Fixed Appliance Testing (FAT) to their skillset


  • anyone with a suitable electrical / IT background holding a Level 3 qualification who wishes to train to become a CIS Cabinet / Rack Inspector and Tester

Head of Training at NAPIT, Brett Forster said: “We are pleased to have partnered with GNC Electrics to develop the UK’s first ICT Electrical Operative Training Course, it is a breakthrough of recognition for this area to help and support IT and Network Technicians deliver safe and competent work.

There is also a great opportunity when successful candidates have undertaken the training course to apply to join NAPIT’s Specialist Competence Scheme for ICT operatives, and the Portable Appliance Testing and Fixed Appliance Testing Scheme* this will allow installers to highlight their competence to clients and access NAPIT membership benefits including unlimited access to free technical support and much more.”

Director of GNC Electrics Limited, Chris Newton said: “We are delighted to have worked in partnership with NAPIT to develop and deliver this unique electrical testing course. Providing the necessary skillset and knowledge for successful candidates to confidently work with ICT cabinets, ensuring they are electrically safe and compliant with the latest regulations. A course that also provides an exclusive opportunity to combine Portable and Fixed Appliance testing competence. For those who have completed the course, the service they will be able to offer to clients will be broader than what any other course provides and is first class in its field.”

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*Applications to NAPIT’s Specialist Competence Scheme for ICT operatives, and the Portable Appliance Testing and Fixed Appliance Testing Scheme are subject to payment of any applicable application fees and the applicant being able to demonstrate compliance with the relevant scheme requirements.

November 2023 issue

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