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Course overview

Skills Training Group’s 18th Edition Course in Edinburgh went live in July 2018.  Since January 2019, the design of new electrical installations has been required to comply with the 18th Edition (BS 7671:2018). As an electrician working in the UK, you should be up to speed with this latest set of changes to the IEE wiring regulations – our 18th Edition training will help you to achieve this in just three days.

If you have passed your 17th Edition since the last amendment was published, then you’ll only need our 1-day 18th Edition Update Course.

Modules breakdown

Our Edinburgh-based 18th Edition training is an update from the 17th Edition, so a lot of the content is similar.

 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

 The training won’t cover every regulation in the manual – it largely focuses on how to reference the regulations and the key updates (see below for more information).

Very positive feedback from all staff who were on the training, great trainers and they made the topic interesting and easy to understand.

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Our trainer, Glenn Wilson.

Do I need this course?

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 wiring regulations are:

  • Overvoltages – 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 course is not intended to cover every regulation in the book. It’s going to teach you how to apply your referencing of the book to the circumstances that you’ll encounter in your working life.

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Other Information

Training manuals

The 18th Edition BS7671:2018 book will be available for you to use when undertaking your course but is not included in the cost of your course.

You can purchase a copy of the BS7671:2018 book by clicking on the link below.

BS 7671:2018 – Requirements for Electrical Installations, IET Wiring Regulations (New 18th Edition)

18th Edition course exams & assessment

Once you’ve completed your 18th Edition training at our centre in Edinburgh, 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.

Please note that you must provide a form of photographic ID such as a passport or a driving license at least 5 working days before the course start date. We need this to register you for your electronic assessment.

How do I book?

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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18th Edition Accreditation Process

We’ve made the process of completing our 18th Edition Course as quick and easy as possible:

Step 1:

Book your course online or by calling us on 0141 889 4516.

Step 2:

Attend your training day at our Edinburgh training centre.

Step 3:

Undertake your theory-based 18th Edition assessment at our Edinburgh centre.

Step 4:

After passing, your certification will be sent you to via recorded delivery from our accreditation body.

Edinburgh Accommodation

Due to our UK-wide reputation and contacts, many of our students choose to travel from all over the UK to attend training at one of our centres. Listed below are a couple of accommodation providers you can contact. There are many hotels and B&B's local to us and some students use websites such as www.airbnb.co.uk to keep accommodation costs to a minimum.


Travelodge Edinburgh Learmonth

0871 984 6415

Relaxed budget hotel in Edinburgh offering simple rooms in a stone townhouse, plus a restaurant/bar.

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Travelodge Edinburgh Learmonth

18-20 Learmonth Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 1PW

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you deliver 18th Edition training?

Yes, our course is recognised by JIB/SJIB.

Will I be able to renew my ECS card with this course?

Our 18th Edition Course will allow you to renew your ECS card, providing all other requirements from ECS are met.

How long does it take to get accredited after passing?

Accreditation is awarded straight away. Certificates will arrive from the accreditation body within 14 days by recorded delivery.

What happens if I fail my assessment?

You have two attempts to pass your assessment. If you fail, you will be given another assessment date free of charge. If you fail for the second time, a re-assessment fee of £50 + VAT will occur. Please note, at Skills Training Group we have a 99% pass rate for our 18th Edition courses.

I’m looking to book multiple people onto the course, can you provide a discount?

Yes, please get in touch with our Business Development Manager by calling our office on 0141 889 4516.