The Sound Insulation Testing for Dwellings is run over 3 days, with 2 days of theory and 1 day of practical training using The Building Performance Hub’s state of the art sound insulation suite. The 3 days includes time for the theory and practical examinations which must be passed to submit an application to SITMA to join their certification scheme.
There are no strict prerequisites for joining the training course. However, candidates must be aware that there is a physical requirement to lift equipment, which may weigh up to 15kg per piece. There are also extremely high noise levels so it is advisable to bring your own ear defenders, ideally rated at 35dB SNR or above.
The aim of this course is to teach candidates how to conduct sound insulation testing in dwellings for the following building regulations purposes:
- England – Approved Document E
- Scotland – Technical Handbook 5
- Wales – Approved Document E
- Northern Ireland – Technical Booklet G
This course will teach candidates to use the following standards:
- BS EN ISO 140-4:1998 – Airborne Wall / Floor Testing
- BS EN ISO 140-4:1998 – Impact Floor Testing
With calculations conducted in accordance with:
- BS EN ISO 717-1:2020- Airborne Wall / Floor Testing
- BS EN ISO 717-2:2020: Impact Floor Testing
Candidates will complete the following modules:
- Basic concepts of acoustics and sound insulation
- Measurement Methodology
- Practical testing (putting theory into practice)
- The Building Regulations & Sampling Requirements for each home nation
- The SITMA Certification Scheme
The Course is run by Building Compliance Testers Association Ltd, which is an Approved Training Partner of SITMA.
Examinations will take place throughout the course which consists of a multiple choice theory examination (57 questions, a pass rate of 80% is required). There is also a practical examination which will be independently adjudicated by a SITMA approved auditor. There are no resits on the day, resits of examinations will take place either at the next training event or by contacting SITMA directly who may invoke a fee.
Candidates are encouraged to bring their own equipment, if they already own it, as training can be tailored to equipment already purchased. However, candidates remain responsible for their equipment at all times and must ensure the equipment is insured as The Building Performance Hub cannot be liable for any damages, thefts or damage to equipment.
Access to the SITMA Certification Scheme
It shall be noted that completion of this course does not guarantee automatic entry to the SITMA Certification Scheme, nor does it qualify you to conduct testing without 3rd party certification