If you work within the electrical industry, you probably know all about the British Standards (BS 7671:2018) of wiring regulations, AKA, 18th Edition. But is a training course and qualification on this necessary for everybody?
Anybody who works with electrical installations is expected to understand and comply with wiring regulations, therefore they would benefit from doing an 18th edition training course. If an electrician fits an installation and something goes wrong, they must be able to prove they are competent and comply with regulations when doing the installation, otherwise, they could face serious consequences.
It’s a great idea for newcomers of the industry to do this course, it ensures they will be can fully learn and understand the regulations, and be competent and covered straight away. However, as this qualification isn’t a legal requirement, there are many already working within the industry that may understand the regulations but do not have the qualification. As mentioned, being able to prove competency is important – regardless of what level you’re at, it’s a good idea to do an 18th edition course.
The 18th edition wiring regulations were published in January 2019, replacing the 17th Edition. Many people within the industry may have gained their qualification for the 17th Edition, but this does not cover the new changes. Those who did a 17th edition course do not need to resit a full course, they can simply do an 18th edition update course to understand the changes and gain the new qualification.
Other industries may also benefit from gaining this qualification – anybody who is involved with electrical installations should be following wiring regulations, including gas engineers, kitchen fitters, etc.
In some cases, completing an 18th edition course and gaining a qualification is a requirement. The ECS gold card is a certification card showing a formal, industry regulated, competency-based qualification has been completed. It provides extra reassurance to customers that they have a competent and qualified person working in their home/business, and not a cowboy. One of the requirements needed to gain a gold card is to have an 18th edition qualification.
Competent person schemes also require 18th edition qualifications. These schemes are a way for those in the trade industry to carry out work up to required standards, giving peace of mind. There is a range of schemes such as the electrical competent person, NAPIT, Niceic, BESCA, and more.
Anybody who works with electrical installations will benefit from doing an 18th edition course – it will provide a working knowledge of the wiring regulations. The City and Guilds 2382-18 course is an industry recognised and nationally ‘must have’ qualification, which employers often seek when hiring. Technique Learning Solutions offer this course, you can download the course overview below.
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