Article summary: Nine delegates participated in the course, which aligns electricians, designers and inspectors with the latest IET Wiring Regulations.
The course, which took place in June, was held one day a week for four weeks at PETA’s Havant-based training centre, with an online two-hour assessment held at the end of the fourth session.
The course, full title: 18th Edition – Level 3 Award in Requirements for Electrical Installation BS7671 is the latest wiring regulations qualification that all practising electricians should hold in order to ensure competence, improved health and safety confidence and full compliance with regulations.
The course covers the following topics:
- IET Wiring Regulations 18th Edition
- Scope, objective and fundamental principles of electrical installation
- Protection and safety
- Inspection and testing
- Relationship between other statutory regulations
- Design, erection and verification of electrical installations
- Additions and alterations to existing regulations
- Question and answer sessions
- Mock question papers
The course is predominantly theory-based, with the training currently being delivered by trainer Ian Durdgridge. New PETA Instructor recruit Mick Doyle will also be teaching on the next course, which is due to take place in November. Mick joined PETA in June 2021 and has over 40 years’ experience in electrical engineering in both industry and the Navy so he’ll be bringing a great deal of knowledge to the role.
PETA Engineering Training Manager Sandra Broad said:
“It’s a very in-depth course and there’s a lot to cover over the four weeks, so for all of the delegates to pass the exam for the first time is a real accomplishment and a testament to their hard work and to the first-class training provided.”
The assessment consists of a two-hour, 60-question, multiple-choice online exam. Successful completion of this exam will result in you gaining a Level 3 qualification that is accredited by EAL, the Specialist Awarding Organisation for Engineering and Manufacturing. This qualification is recognised by industry and was developed in conjunction with the NICEIC, ECA and Summit Skills; the sector skills council for Building Service Engineering.
PETA usually offers the course two or three times a year, in line with demand, but can also be delivered as a company-sponsored course if desired - please get in touch if this option would be of interest to you. The next course is scheduled to start on 5 November 2021, with later course starts available in March and June 2022.
One delegate commented: “I found the course quite challenging, but luckily the instructor had a great deal of knowledge and 35 years’ experience in the industry which enabled him to deliver the course in detail, resulting in the 100% pass mark.”
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