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SITMA Certification Scheme Scope

Overall, the scope of certification for the SITMA Scheme focuses on the individual certification holders having the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform their job competently with emphasis on adherence to recognised standards and procedures.

SITMA certifies individuals and not companies though those individuals may be associated to a company for the purposes of administration and communication, but the certification remains solely with the tester and not any associated company.

Certification is available for individuals conducting airborne wall and floor testing (Part 1) and for individuals conducting impact floor testing (Part 2).

Scope of SITMA Certification Scheme

SITMA operates a Registered Testers Scheme in accordance with ISO/IEC 17024:2012 for individuals conducting sound insulation testing for building regulations compliance in accordance with the following test standards:

which are referenced in the scheme as documents that are required to be followed as normative references. The auditor will check that the tester has access to these documents are part of the audit.

Purpose of SITMA

The purpose of the SITMA Certification Scheme is to:

  • Provide assurance to stakeholders, including employers, clients, and regulators, that certified individuals have met a recognised standard of competence in the acoustic testing industry;

  • Provide opportunities for professional development recognition, and advancement for individuals seeking to establish or enhance their careers in the field of acoustic testing;

  • Ensure that certified individuals have been assessed using rigorous, objective, and consistent evaluation criteria, leading to the maintenance if high-quality standards across the industry;

  • Improve the accuracy and reliability of acoustic testing results, leading to better decision making, improved safety, increased awareness of the industry and increased confidence in the outcome of testing.

Aims of the SITMA Certification Scheme

The aims of SITMA are to provide scheme member testers with:

  • Establish a recognised standard of knowledge and skills for individuals who preform acoustic testing;

  • Ensure that individuals who earn their certification have demonstrated their competence through a rigorous and objective assessment process;

  • To promote confidence and trust in the results of acoustic testing by ensuring that they are qualified and competent individuals;

  • To encourage continuous professional development and ongoing leaning among individuals who hold certification;

  • To provide a means for interested parties to identify individuals who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to preform acoustic testing;

  • To promote consistency and uniformity in the performance of acoustic testing by establishing a common set of standards and procedures that are widely recognised and accepted.

Additional Information

SITMA Operations

SITMA operates a Personnel Certification Scheme with two parts in accordance with ISO/IEC 17024:2012.
The Scheme certifies individuals who are conducting sound insulation testing for the purposes of Building Regulation compliance in accordance with the following Standards (A), Building Regulations (B) and Mandatory Standards (C).

Standards (A)
Scheme Level Test Type Test Standard
Part 1
Airborne Wall / Floor Testing
Calculations in accordance with
BS EN ISO 140-4:1998
BS EN ISO 717-1:1997
Part 2
Impact Floor Testing
Calculation in accordance with
BS EN ISO 140-7:1998
BS EN ISO 717-2:1997
Mandatory Standards (C)
Scheme Level Test Type Test Standard
Part 1 and Part 2
Guidelines for Special Situations in the Field
BS EN ISO 140-14:2004
Measurement of Sound Absorption in a reverberation room
BS EN ISO 354:2003
Building Regulations (B)
Scheme Level Country Building Regulation
Part 1 and Part 2
Approved Document E 2003 edition (inc. 2004, 2010 2013 & 2015 amendments)
Approved Document E 2003 edition (inc. 2004 & 2010 amendments)
Northern Ireland
Technical Booklet G 2012 edition
Building Standards Technical Handbook 5: 2019: Domestic

Ref: PUS000 – Issue 3.4