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Course overview

Our 18th edition wiring regulations course is delivered virtually, making it far more convenient than a classroom-based course, but also much more practical than an online course.

Benefits over a classroom-based course

  • More cost effective.
  • Course start dates are more accessible – you can join any of our start dates, rather than waiting for a start date close to you.
  • No need to travel to and from a training centre – completed from the comfort of your own home.

Benefits over an online course

  • Live interaction with a trainer – this can’t be emphasized enough.
  • Most people aren’t good at self-studying, which you’ll be doing on an online course, but with a virtual course, you’ll have your tutor available to ask any questions that arise throughout the training. Yes, some online courses allow you to submit questions, but you want the questions to be answered there and then, not a day or two later.

If you’re looking for the perfect blend of convenience and practicality, then our 18th edition course is perfect for you.

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3-Day Classroom Based Course & Assessment

1-Day Classroom Based Course & Assessment

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Modules breakdown

The 18th edition wiring regulations course is an update from 17th Edition, so lots of the content is similar.

The main thing to remember about the 18th Edition Course is that you won’t be trained on every regulation in the manual. The course is largely focused on referencing the regulations.

The key topics we cover on the course will include:

  1. Scope, object and fundamental principles
  2. Definitions
  3. Assessment of general characteristics
  4. Protection for safety
  5. Selection and erection of equipment
  6. Inspection and testing
  7. Special installations or locations
  8. Appendices
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Assessment Locations & Cost

The 18th edition assessment can be undertaken virtually or at one of the locations below. Simply book & complete your 2.5 days training, then book your exam at one of the below locations. Your joining instructions will include a list of contact details for these locations.

How much does the 18th edition exam cost?

Exam fees range from £90-£125 depending on location.

Locations in England

  • Leeds (Pudsey) – £110
  • Derby (Ilkeston) – £110
  • Sheffield – £90
  • Birmingham – £110
  • London (Isleworth) – £125

Locations in Scotland

  • Glasgow – £120
  • Dalgety Bay, Fife – £120
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City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Requirements for Electrical Installations BS7671: 2018 (2382-22)

When you complete your assessment, you will receive a City & Guilds (C&G 2382-22) qualification.

18th Edition Wiring Regulations Course Entry Requirements

Whilst there are no formal entry requirements to sit our 18th Edition Course, learners are advised to have basic knowledge of electrical installations and electrical science..

The course is primarily aimed at practising electricians and domestic installers; however, it is also very popular with allied professionals such as contracts managers, designers, electrical engineers, consultants, surveyors, and others needing to update and enhance their understanding of the IEE Wiring Regulations.

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Do I need 18th Edition Training?

If you are undertaking electrical installations, it is important that you are designing and installing in line with the latest wiring regulations. As a result, it’s now mandatory for practising electricians to be trained in the 18th Edition. For those registering with a competent persons scheme, in-depth knowledge of the 18th Edition is essential, even if you have a Level 3 NVQ.

Key changes to the 18th Edition

Key changes to the 18th edition are:

  • Protection against overvoltages, with a revision of Clause 443.
  • Protection against fire – Chapter 42 has been revised with additional information on arc fault detection.
  • Electrical Embedded heating – Section 753 has been expanded to include embedded electrical heating systems for surface heating and now includes de-icing and frost prevention systems.
  • Energy efficiency – There is a brand-new section covering energy efficiency

As described above, our 18th edition electrical course is not intended to cover every regulation in the book. It’s going to teach you how to apply your book to the circumstances you’re going to encounter in your working life.

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Other Course Information

18th Edition Course Book

You’ll need a copy of the 18th edition book – BS 7671:2022 Requirements for Electrical Installations, IET Wiring Regulations 18th Edition (Brown) – ISBN 978-1839532184 to undertake this course.

Assessment

You’ll undertake a 2-hour online multiple-choice test. The assessment is open book and you’ll be able to take your 18th Edition Regs book into the assessment. You will have two minutes per question to complete your assessments, so a sound understanding of the manual is required. After passing, you’ll receive your 18th edition certificate in the post within 10 working days.

How do I book the 18th edition course?

Call our office on 0808 164 2780 and speak to one of our friendly customer service team. They will discuss dates and availability and can take payment by debit or credit card to confirm your place.

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Frequently Asked 18th Edition Questions

Do you provide volume discounts?

If you are booking in multiple learners, please contact our customer service team on 0808 164 2780 and we can arrange volume discounts.

What if your start dates don't suit my availability?

Please contact our customer service team on 0808 164 2780 and we will try our best to accommodate you.

How do I book your 18th edition course?

Call our customer service team on 0808 164 2780 or click book now and submit your details online and we will contact you to process your booking.

What Is The 18th Edition?

All electricians in the UK must follow the guidelines set out in the IET Wiring regulations when installing wiring of any kind. This document is regarded as a vital requirement for electricians operating in Britain, so it’s important that you know it inside out. The regulations cover the erection of any new electrical appliances, as well as the maintenance of existing ones, including any additions or alterations that may be made.

The 18th edition of the wiring regulations (BS 7671:2018) was published in 2018 by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), and they replace the previous edition that was first published back in 2008 before being updated in 2015. The 18th edition includes some new and revised rules, as well as changes to the structure of the document. The rules and regulations set out in the 18th edition came into effect in January 2019, so if you are still unsure about the guidelines, you may be working outside of the strict guidelines.

These wiring regulations have been an important part of an electrician’s job since they were first published way back in 1882. They are regularly updated to adapt to new technologies and safety practices, so it’s important for electricians to be up to date with the 18th edition.

Many people think that these guidelines are a legal document but that is not actually the case. The BS 7671, or 18th edition, is not a legal document in itself. However, it does outline all of the rules and guidelines that must be followed during any electrical installation in order to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations. So, even though it is not technically a legal document, the 18th edition is treated as one and the industry recognises it as an authority that needs to be followed to the letter.

What is 18th Edition course for?

Some people are unsure about whether the 18th edition applies to them or not. If you work in electrical installation in any capacity, you need to follow the guidelines set out in the 18th edition. They are designed to ensure that all people, livestock, and property are protected and that any electrical fixtures that you design or install are perfectly safe. They also ensure that the electrical installations function properly. Although electricians are the most common group that need the 18th edition, other professions, like engineers also need it.

What Are The Main Changes In The 18th Edition?

You may be wondering how different the new versions of the regulations are, and whether you really need to take an 18th edition course or not. But the regulations are very different in the 18th edition so you need to stay up to date. Some of the most notable changes include:

Protection against electric shock – Chapter 41
There are a number of significant changes to this chapter, mainly to do with metallic pipes entering the building.

Selection and Erection of Wiring Systems – Chapter 52
There is one significant change in this chapter. Regulation 521.10.202 now requires all cables to be supported against collapse in the event of a fire. Previous regulations only required cables to be supported in escape routes, but the new version states that this must be the case throughout the installation.

Electric vehicle charging installation – section 772
Regulation 722.411.4.1, which deals with the use of a PME supply has been changed significantly. The rules around external influences, RCDs, socket outlets and connectors have all been changed.

Energy Efficiency – Appendix 17
This new appendix provides a lot of guidelines and suggestions for energy efficiency when designing and erecting electrical installations.
These are just some of the many significant changes that have been made in the 18th edition.

What Courses Are Available?

If you do not already have an 18th edition qualification, we deliver a comprehensive 3 day course to give you all of the information that you need. The course is open to anybody that has a working knowledge of electrical installations but is primarily aimed at practising electricians, even those that have a level 3 NVQ. The course covers the basic definitions of the terms set out in the 18th edition, including an assessment of general characteristics. After these introductory sections, there will be a more in-depth look at the different sections of the 18th edition, including the erection of electrical equipment, protection for safety, inspection and testing, and special installations and locations.

If you have recently been awarded your 17th edition 3rd amendment certification, you may not need to take the full 3 day course. Instead, you can take a 1 day update course. If you have taken the 3rd amendment course, there are fewer changes that you need to be aware of. The topics covered are similar to those covered in the full 3 day course, but there are fewer changes that you need to learn about, so it is a shorter course.

If you are a practising electrician, it is vital that you have an 18th edition qualification. If you do not, you will be barred from registering with certain schemes and a lot of larger clients will not work with you.

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