Training and Career

Training and Career Development

The CSA has developed fully structure packages including, Path of Development and Career Progression to encourage field commissioning engineers to follow a definitive course of study which will develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills enabling them to fully realise their potential in the commissioning world.

The aim of this package is to show how the system works and how each applicant can achieve the best results. The objective is to ensure that all commissioning staff have the necessary knowledge to be able to carry out their work to the best of their ability. This has two main benefits, firstly it ensures that staff provide a consistently high standard of work, secondly it guarantees the commissioning companies are providing their clients with an excellent commissioning service. Providing assurance of a reputable image for both company and individual benefiting in repeat business.

Distance Learning Courses

The Commissioning Specialists Association is committed to the concept of training commissioning technicians and engineers and to overseeing and arranging learning courses uniquely designed to meet their needs.

Within the overall framework of Grades 1 to 6, training courses covering the technical theory and knowledge required for Grades 1 to 3 have been developed during the past three years. They are available to students as a DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE. There are three self-contained Parts, each incorporating a number of modules.

The following format has been developed:

  •  The Student, or the Company employing the student, enrols paying a fee to the CSA for the relevant course to be taken.
  • Once the student has enrolled, they will be supplied with a Starter Pack via email. This consists of a welcome letter with their allocated tutors details, a header sheet in case they want to print it off and put in a folder, full course instructions and the module list of the relevant course. They are also sent the first 3 modules of the course and the homework sheets for those modules.

    The homework sheets are separate from the modules and left as word docs so that the student can either write or type their answers on them and email them back to the CSA for marking.

    Some modules will require drawings or additional reports or paperwork to be sent in and these can be emailed also.

    Homework is emailed where possible into the CSA office and sent to the relevant tutor for marking and comment. On receipt of a student’s homework, the next set of modules and homework are emailed back out to them . Each module will give much of the information needed for the work, but the student will need to refer to standard reference books (e.g. BSRIA Guides and CIBSE Codes) during the course.

  • Each student is assigned a Tutor, who will monitor their progress and be available to give assistance and guidance when required. Where possible the Tutor will not be from the company employing the student.
  • Each module contains "Homework" and tests to be assessed, marked and commented on by the Tutor. Communication between Student and Tutor can be direct or via the CSA office.
  • When the student has completed a course of modules, they will be expected to take a completion test in a controlled environment (i.e. in an office with an invigilator appointed by the CSA or at a college in controlled academic conditions). A certificate is then issued for the Part of the course completed.
  • Progression is intended to be from Part A upwards. Each part must be completed successfully before a student moves to the next stage.
  • Completion of the modules of the Distance Learning Course, providing all criteria are met will see the Path of Development, enabling students to gain promotion to higher grades.