Frequently Asked Questions
1. I wish to join the scheme as a Level 2 tester. What do I have to do?
This depends on your testing background.
If you have tested Level 2 buildings for at least a year or more, you must submit 3 of these Level 2 tests for desktop review. Your testing Level will be Level 1, pending Level 2, until the outcome of the review is satisfactory. The scheme manager may also ask questions and request further evidence to help make his decision. The tester will move to Level 2 once the outcome of the review is satisfactory.
If you have never tested a Level 2 building, you must attend a course to receive the necessary training. On successful completion of the course, you must then submit 3 Level 2 tests for desktop review .Your testing Level will be Level 1, pending Level 2 until the outcome of the review is satisfactory. The scheme manager may also ask questions and request further evidence to help make his decision. The tester will move to Level 2 once the outcome of the review is satisfactory.
2. Can my calibration from the manufacturer be submitted to the scheme?
No – You must supply calibration certificates that are provided by a UKAS calibration lab to be valid to be able to test in the UK. These will need to be updated annually in line with the Current Procedures. iATS is working with DCLG on revising the Current Procedures and calibration is a fundamental part of this.
3. Can I join from another scheme?
Yes – BINDT members can join and defer membership start point to their BINDT expiry date. If you wish to join from ATTMA, any annual assessments already undertaken can be utilised. Please contact the scheme manager for further information.
4. When will iATS electronic lodgement begin?
iATS have released the system to some users to test. Although it has gone through rigorous testing, the release date has not been confirmed until we are 100% sure all technical and appearance issues are free from errors. The released date will be announced very soon.
5. What insurance cover should I have?
You need to provide both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity for registration purpose. Although there is no set minimum cover required, it is recommended an organisation, albeit a sole trader or a company, should have a minimum of £250,000 PI cover and raised in line with the level of buildings you cover.
6. Can I join and start my membership when my BINDT runs out?
Yes – Beginning the process at the earliest stage can ease the process and will allow a smooth transition for when you need to move from BINDT to iATS. Any payments made prior to your expiry date with BINDT will be banked and saved until your transition date occurs.
7. Can I have an iATS logo with my membership number on?
Yes – Please send in a request and we can arrange this for you. It will take up to 48hours to complete.
8. Do I have to calibrate my anemometer?
9. I’ve heard that lodgement is mandatory from Sept 1st 2015. Is this true?
No, the iATS scheme does not currently require it’s members to electronically lodge tests. Members are required to keep a log of all tests which are subject to audit at any time. The iATS lodgement portal is at an advanced stage of testing and will be available soon. This will be communicated to you once it becomes available.