Course type: Classroom
Estimated course length: 3 Days
Cost: £375 + VAT
The brand new 18th Edition course went live in July 2018. The design of new electrical installations will be required to comply to the 18th Edition from January of 2019. We assume that from January 2019 scheme providers will be asking members to hold the 18th edition. However, we expect there to be some flexibility with existing members.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. As a general rule, candidates should have knowledge of electrical installation 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 other related trades needing to update and enhance their understanding of the IEE Wiring Regulations. All candidates must be over 16 years old.
DO I NEED THIS COURSE?
Essentially you will want to make sure if you are working in an electrical installation that you are designing and installing to the latest regulations. In fact, every installation from January 2019 will need to be designed in line with the 18th Edition wiring regulations. Anyone looking to register with a competent persons scheme will need to prove they are up to date even if they have already completed a Level 3 NVQ. Also, anyone looking to register with the new ECS Check system will need the latest qualification.
Many people assume that the 18th Edition course will contain lots of extra content, however, it will remain very similar to the current 17th Edition courses with some changes.
The key thing about wiring regulations courses is that they are not designed to teach you every regulation in the book but are mainly focussed on how to reference the latest regulations as you would on the job. As such key topics currently covered on the course will still include:
- Scope, object and fundamental principles
- Assessment of general characteristics
- Protection for safety
- Selection and erection of equipment
- Inspection and testing
- Special installations or locations
KEY CHANGES TO THE 18TH EDITION
Key changes to the 18th edition are as follows:
- Protection against overvoltage’s – Clause 443 is likely to be overhauled.
- Protection against fire – Chapter 42 will be updated with extra information on arc fault detection
- Electrical Embedded heating – Section 753 will be extended to include embedded electrical heating systems for surface heating and will include de-icing and frost prevention systems.
- Energy efficiency – There will be a brand-new section covering energy efficiency
As stated above the course is not designed to cover every regulation in the book. It will teach you how to best reference your book about situations you will face in your working life.
18TH EDITION EXAMS AND ASSESSMENT
You will take a 2 hour online multiple-choice exam. You will be able to take your blue 18th Edition Regulations book (BS 7671) into the exam with you and refer to it if need be. The timing of the exam means that you will have on average 2 minutes per question, so a good overall knowledge of the 18th Edition regs plus a thorough understanding of the book is a must.
Please note that you provide photographic ID such as a passport or a driving license at least 5 working days before the course start date.
We have BS7671:2018 books available for use while attending this course, but these books are not included as part of your course so cannot be taken away with you.
If you’d like to purchase your own copy, you can buy a copy on the below link.