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Course overview

Skills Training Group’s LCL Awards QCF – Level 3 Award in the Initial Verification, Periodic Inspection Testing, Condition Reporting and Certification of Electrical Installations Course (City & Guilds 2391-52 equivalent) is for experienced electricians who are responsible for the initial verification and certification of electrical installations.

Course costs include training, assessment & certification fees.

2391 Course Equivalent

LCL Awards is an OFQUAL approved Awarding Organisation. The qualification is recognised by the Joint Industry Board (JIB), Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) and Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) and is a direct equivalent of the City & Guilds 2391-52.

Recognised by Competent Person Schemes such as NAPIT, NICEIC, STROMA, SELECT.

Modules breakdown

The course focuses on the specific methods required for inspecting and testing all types of electrical installations, both single and three-phase, in accordance with the current BS 7671 requirements. It encompasses the inspection and testing techniques as outlined in IET Guidance Note 3, along with how to professionally complete Certification and Reports.

Tests Covered Include:

  • Continuity of protective conductors
  • Continuity of ring final circuit conductors
  • Insulation resistance
  • Earth electrode resistance
  • Polarity and phase sequencing
  • Earth fault loop impedance (Ze and Zs@DB)
  • Prospective fault current
  • Earth fault loop impedance (Zs)
  • RCD testing

Key Areas Covered Include:

  • Safe isolation of electrical circuits and installations
  • Requirements for initial verification of electrical installations
  • Requirements for periodic inspection and testing
  • Requirements for completing the inspection of electrical installations prior to their being placed into service
  • Requirements for the safe testing and commissioning of electrical installations
  • Requirements for testing before circuits are energised
  • Requirements for testing energised installations
  • Requirements for the completion of electrical installation certificates and associated documentation
  • Requirements for the completion of electrical installation condition reports and associated documentation
  • Safety of systems and equipment prior to completion of inspection, testing, and commissioning
  • Inspection of electrical installations prior to them being placed into service
  • Commissioning electrotechnical systems and equipment

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What are the entry requirements?

To enrol in this course, you must be over 18 and current with industry requirements. It is aimed at experienced electrical installers who already have training and experience in inspection and testing. Ideally, you should be actively working in the electrical field and engaged in the inspection and testing process prior to enrolling in this advanced course. Additionally, having an understanding of 3 phase systems is beneficial.

If your experience in this area is limited, you might consider the Level 2 Fundamental Inspection and Testing qualification (2392). This course is tailored for individuals who are familiar with the basics of inspection and testing but need to advance their skills. It’s crucial to have a thorough and current understanding of BS 7671: IET Wiring Regulations, and completing an up-to-date 18th edition course is recommended.

Note: This course does not include lots of practical training. Therefore, we strongly advise that you have at least 6 months of testing experience before undertaking this course. If you lack prior training in inspection and testing, our C&G 2392 Course would be the appropriate starting point.

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Other Inspection and Testing Course Information

Inspection & testing course material

You need to bring the following books with you on the first day of your inspection and testing course:

Our recommendation is that you refresh your understanding of guidance note 3 prior to attending your inspection and testing course. You should also read the electrical safety first best practice document here:

What do I need to bring with me?

You should bring the following with you to your inspection and testing course:

How do I book my inspection and testing 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 Questions

Which accreditation bodies are recognised by JIB/SJIB for testing & inspection qualifications?

LCL Awards, City & Guilds (2391-52 course), EAL Level 3 Inspection and Testing Course and more are recognised and give the same formal qualification.

Will I gain practical skills by completing this course?

You'll gain specialist knowledge on the completion of inspection and testing, although, it's worth noting that the course is mostly theory-based. You'll undertake a practical assignment in our training centre during your assessment. At the end of your training, you'll be able to complete electrical installation condition reports (EICR)

What experience should I have to do this course?

This course is best for qualified electricians, but as a minimum, you up to speed with BS7671 Wiring Regulations as well as a basic knowledge of electrical science. If you need this additional learning, we cover BS7671 Regulations in our 18th Edition Course (C&G 2382-22). We recommend having 6 months testing experience before undertaking this course.

Course Assessments

Your assessment will consist of several components:

Online Exam and Written Assignment: These are scheduled for the Monday following your main course. The online exam is an open book format, lasting 2 hours. Additionally, there's a short written assignment to be completed during the course, which typically takes about 1.2 hours.

Practical Assessment: This is a 2.5-hour session that usually occurs in the second week of the course.

For specific scheduling details, you can get in touch over the phone. Alternatively, if you book online, we will reach out to you to confirm the exact day for your practical assessment.

What is an EICR?

A comprehensive electrical inspection and testing report produced as a result of an electrical installation assessment is known as an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report). The EICR is a report on the condition of the electrical installation, including the design, content, and practises of the installation. The report includes a grading system to indicate the overall condition of the electrical installation and identifies any areas that require additional evaluation or repair. The EICR is an important component of electrical safety and is required for compliance with current legislation.

2391 courses prepare students to become qualified electrical inspectors and testers. Lectures, textbook studies, quizzes, discussion activities, online tests, and practical assessments are common components of these courses, which often include both theoretical and practical components. A 2391 practical assessment is an important part of the course and is usually carried out by a professor or an experienced electrical inspector. After successfully completing the 2391 course and practical assessment, the candidate receives a diploma and certificate demonstrating his or her competence in electrical inspection and testing.

EICR training may be included as part of electrical apprenticeships and NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications). The training covers electrical testing and inspection principles, as well as the testing process and requirements. Some courses may also include open book exams, in which students can access materials and links to answers for assistance. The final examination, on the other hand, is typically closed book, with candidates required to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge without the use of materials or external resources.

C&G 2391-52 Inspection & Testing Explained

The C&G 2391-52 Inspection & Testing course has been reintroduced to harmonise all industry qualifications pertaining to the inspection and testing of wiring systems according to BS 7671 standards. This course supersedes the combined C&G 2394/95 course package.

Why take this 2391 Course?

A 2391 qualification is presently necessary to obtain your JIB grading as an approved electrician. There are separate initial (2391-50) and periodic (2391-51) qualifications available, but you can conserve both time and money with our combined 2391-52 course. This course has been introduced to streamline and simplify the qualifications needed for conducting advanced inspection and testing.

How do I pass the 2391 inspection and testing?

To pass the 2391 Inspection and Testing certification, you need to prepare, study, and practice.

Here are some tips to help you pass the exam:

Understand the exam format: Before preparing for the test, it is important to understand the exam format. The 2391 certification exam is split into two sections, a written exam and a practical evaluation.

Study the relevant rules and standards: The 2391 certification exam covers various topics such as inspection and testing procedures, electrical installations inspection and testing, and the applicable regulations and safety standards.

Utilise study materials: To prepare for the exam, it's advisable to use study materials such as textbooks, revision guides, and practice tests. These resources will help you to understand the material and identify areas where you need to improve.

Attend a training course: An excellent way to prepare for the 2391 certification exam is by attending a training course. The course provides you with an opportunity to learn from experts, practice your skills, and interact with other learners.

Practice and revise: Practice makes perfect. It's essential to practice the inspection and testing procedures regularly and revise the material to ensure that you understand the concepts and procedures thoroughly.

Manage your time effectively: During the written exam, manage your time wisely. Read the questions carefully, and take the time to understand what is being asked before answering.

By following these tips, you can increase your chances of passing the 2391 Inspection and Testing certification.

how much is the 2391 course?

The cost of our 2391 inspection and testing course is £845 + VAT.

How You'll Learn

The course focuses on equipping you with comprehensive knowledge about Inspection and Testing for both new and existing installations. The instructor will reference Guidance Note 3 and provide learner resources such as hand-outs and a learner pack, supported by a PowerPoint presentation. They will also introduce and work through examples of typical questions you might encounter in the exam, ensuring the information is thoroughly understood.

The learning method of this course is predominantly theoretical. However, the assessment for the qualification includes several components:

Online Multiple-Choice Examination: This exam consists of 60 questions and has a duration of 120 minutes. It's an open book exam, and you are allowed to refer to the following materials:

BS 7671
IET On-site Guide
IET Guidance Note 3
Written Assignment: This assignment lasts 80 minutes and includes 4 short-answer questions. It is also an open book task, with the same permitted materials as the exam.

Practical Assignment: Lasting 2.5 hours, this assessment involves conducting both an Initial Verification and a Periodic Inspection of a three-phase electrical installation. This includes completing all relevant documentation. This practical aspect of the course provides hands-on experience, applying theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios.

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