Steve Hackleton is a Technical Advisor for Stroma. With experience working as an electrician, Steve understands many of the technical problems which arise when carrying out installations and how to resolve them. As part of Installer Week, Steve has contributed his guidance and advice on how to complete a successful installation assessment, and how he can support you throughout your entire certification process.

Steven Hackleton

Steve is an electrician with 11 years of experience. He offers guidance and support when carrying out assessments for electrical installations. He believes in a personable approach and offering ongoing support and advice, something which he hopes to achieve on this blog.

Julian Hodgson is one of Stroma’s Technical Advisors, with years of experience working as a heating and plumbing engineer. Julian has installed all manners of heating appliances and renewable technologies and has tutored others in similar trades. Alongside Stroma’s Installer Week promotion, Julian has contributed his best practice advice to this blog, offering hints and tips on what to expect and how to successfully pass installation assessments in order to join Stroma’s certification schemes.

Julian Hodgson

Julian is an experienced plumbing and heating engineer with an environmentalist’s passion for the renewables heating industry. As a trainer, he has taught on all aspects of plumbing, heating and renewable technologies and is looking forward to sharing his tips and advice on these sectors.

As the founder and Managing Director of Erudite Training Ltd, my working life, hobbies and passions are all bound in the established training company that is Erudite. With over 25 years of experience as an electrical engineer, I have not only achieved my own qualifications, but have also been able to pass on my knowledge as a lecturer for installers.

Erudite have partnered with Stroma Certification to support installers throughout all aspects of their trade. We provide training facilities for new and experienced installers, preparing them with the qualifications required to become certified under Stroma Certification’s installer schemes. Between both of our services, we make sure installers are working to relevant industry regulations and have access to technical advice should they require it.

Simon Ogborn

Simon is the Managing Director of Erudite Training Ltd with over twenty years of experience working in the electrical industry as an Electrical Inspector and City & Guilds Examiner as well as a Lecturer at Erudite. He believes in accessible education, ensuring Erudite’s training courses are comfortable, interesting and affordable for electricians.

Any tradesperson wishing to join Stroma Certification’s installer certification schemes must be subject to regular and thorough auditing of their assessment activities. We have these procedures in place to ensure our members adhere to appropriate standards and scheme operating rules and carry out work compliantly.

Lewis Hartley

Lewis is Stroma Certification’s GDAO, GDI, MCS and CPS Scheme Manager and is responsible for the certification and ongoing compliance of Stroma members. He has never wrote a blog before, but is looking forward to providing readers with the latest Stroma scheme news, tips on how to maintain compliance and guidance on how to pass Stroma audits.

Since going on my own 12 months ago I continued to use Local Authority Building Control (LABC) to sign off my Part P electrical work. However, at £148 per inspection, it was starting to become uneconomical when quoting work at competitive prices.

So, I searched the web and made a few phone calls, looking for cheaper alternatives. The option which appealed to me the most was Stroma Certification’s Competent Person Scheme (CPS).

Richard Morris

Richard Morris has been working as an electrician under RM Property Solutions Limited for a number of years. He became certified by Stroma Certification’s Competent Person Scheme after searching for a cost-effective solution to certify his Part P electrical work.

Knowing how to stand out from the crowd and show customers you have something different to offer is critical in this competitive market. It’s amazing how many firms and their tradespeople are doing great jobs but missing out on an opportunity to gain an edge – and ultimately increase their sales.

By being TrustMark registered, you will get that additional recognition as it is the only Government-endorsed ‘find a tradesman’ scheme for all trades in and around the home. It provides the best tradespeople with the opportunity to thrive through reputational benefits, increased business opportunities and quality referrals from the TrustMark website and other signposting channels.

Simon Ayres

Simon is Chief Executive of TrustMark and joined the organisation in July 2014. He is spearheading the future direction of TrustMark and enjoys writing blogs with advice, tips and information for both tradespeople and homeowners.

The Heating and Renewables Roadshow (HRR) will be travelling to five strategically located venues across the UK in September, including Coventry, Exeter, Farnborough, Edinburgh and Manchester. Over 60 leading industry suppliers and manufacturers will be on hand to deliver essential advice, practical demonstrations and much more.

Paul Stephen

Paul Stephen is the editor of the Renewable Energy Installer magazine and one of the creators of the Heating & Renewables Roadshow. He is contributing to the Stroma blog to discuss the HRR events.

Calling all installers! You’re in for a treat!

Stroma Certification are very excited to announce Installer Week! This online event, taking place 14th – 18th September 2015, is dedicated entirely to installers working across the industry’s major trades. We’ll be discussing everything installer throughout the week, aiding you with the relevant certification, skills and knowledge for a successful business.

Megan Smith

Megan has recently joined Stroma in April 2015 as a Junior Copywriter in the Marketing department. She has always enjoyed reading blogs and is keen to create her own entries and respond to others.