Electrical Qualifications

City & Guilds 2356 Level 3 NVQ

To come into line with other vocational qualifications, the NVQ was introduced into the electrical apprentice scheme at Level 2 and Level 3 to sit alongside the technical certificate as the means to get fully qualified. After some disagreement with the unions about what a Level 2 qualified electrician was, it was eventually removed as an option and left only the Level 3 as a route to qualified. Completed on site the NVQ is a measure of competency rather than a knowledge based qualification.

There are various methods that can be used to assess the requirements of a unit are being met including a student completed site diary with relevant authenticated evidence, direct observation and video evidence being popular routes. Other methods such as professional discussion and witness testimony can be used if the assessor deems it appropriate.

The 2356 was known as the 2356-31 and is now the 2356-99 (Mature Candidate Assessment).

City & Guilds 2382 17th Edition

The qualification is designed to bring current electricians and related disciplines up to scratch on the latest requirements of BS7671. It comes in two forms, the update and the full exam depending on your recent qualifications and is often asked for by employers.

Although there is no legal requirement to hold the qualification, it can seriously disadvantage you not having it for a number of reasons.

City & Guilds 2365 Level 2 and 3 Technical Certificate

These qualifications are intended for those who want to gain the knowledge and abilities that will enable you to gain the underlying knowledge to progress onto an Electrotechnical Apprenticeship Programme.

The Level 2 qualification is designed for new entrants to the industry, providing them with the basic skills and experience they need. The Level 3 qualification is aimed at those who have already completed the Level 2 qualification or with some relevant experience and knowledge of the industry.

City & Guilds 2394 Initial Verification and Certification

In 2012 the City and Guilds replaced the C&G 2391 with two separate qualifications to coincide with the release of the first amendment. The first of the two replacements focuses on the initial verification and certification of electrical installations. It is expected to cover all the completion of the relevant documentation and the underpinning knowledge behind the process and also the practical aspects of performing the tests.

The qualification will be heavily based on Guidance Note 3: Inspection and Testing published by the IET.

City and Guilds 2395 Periodic Inspection, Testing and Certification

In 2012 the City and Guilds plan to replace the C&G 2391 with two separate qualifications to coincide with the release of the first amendment. The second of the two replacements, the 2395, focuses on the periodic inspection and certification of electrical installations.

It is expected to cover all the completion of the relevant documentation and the underpinning knowledge behind the process and also the practical aspects of performing the tests and completion of the EICR. It will be heavily based on Guidance Note 3: Inspection and Testing and the appendices of Requirements for Electrical Installations: BS 7671:2008 Incorporating Amendment No 1: 2011: IET Wiring Regulations published by the IET.

City and Guilds 2396 Design and Verification of Electrical Installation Level 4 Award

Ever since the loss of the 2360 Part ‘C’ course, there has been no real replacement to allow the humble electrician to move into the field of design. There were previous attempts, such as the C&G 2400 and the later slightly changed C&G 2391 (confused yet?) but they were not at the same level as the C course.

This new qualification aims higher than the previous qualifications did and pitches at Level 4 for the first time. The qualification is intended for people involved in the design, specification, installation and testing process. It addresses, in particular, the implications of the various different regulations for Electrical Installations including in particular BS7671 17th Edition and the Building Regulations.

City & Guilds 2377 PAT Testing

More correctly known as the Certificates for Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (book is published by the IET), this qualification is designed to give electricians and related industries the knowledge to interpret the codes of practice correctly when carrying out testing on electrical equipment. The exam is an open book exam

City & Guilds 2357 Level 3 Diploma

The C&G 2357 Level 3 Diploma in Electrotechnology was introduced as a replacement qualification for the outgoing C&G 2330 technical certificate and the C&G 2356 NVQ Level 3 as part of the Government switch to the QCF suite of qualifications. It combined both qualifications into one and was created by the Sector Skills Council, Summit Skills.

It was very controversially introduced as an “employer created” qualification and was said to have been written mainly in conjunction with employers. Feedback from employers though seems to be consistent in its disagreement with this statement with many claiming they never had the opportunity to contribute.

AM2 Exam

Originally part of the pre-NVQ assessments, the AM2 is an independently administered practical exam and multiple choice test that take place at various centres across the country. The AM2 now forms the final unit of the C&G 2357 qualification (2357-399) and must be completed to gain the whole qualification. Before a student will be allowed to sit the AM2, a mandatory checklist sill be completed to ensure that the student is ready to take the test. The test lasts between 2 and 2 and a half days (16.5 hours) and there will be four distinct sections.

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