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C&G 2382-18 - 18th Edition Wiring Regulations

The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations are the British Standard (BS7671) to which all commercial, domestic and industrial electrical installation works must comply.

The latest edition of the regulations is the "Requirements for Electrical Installations: BS 7671:2018 - the Blue Book.

Scope of the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations

The wiring regulations apply to the design, erection and verification of electrical installations such as:
- residential premises
- commercial premises
- public premises
- agricultural and horticultural premises
- prefabricated buildings
- caravans, caravan parks and similar sites
- construction sites, exhibitions shows, fairgrounds and other installations for temporary purphoses
- marinas
- hospitals, private clinics, medical and dental practices, healthcare centres and dedicated medical rooms in the workplace
- external lighting and similar installations
- mobile or transportable units
- low voltage generating sets
- highway equipment and street furniture

The wiring regulations include requirements for:
- circuits supplied at nominal voltages up to and including 1000V a.c. with the use of frequencies 50 Hz, 60Hz and 400Hz and nominal voltages up to and including 1500 V d.c.
- circuits, other than the internal wiring of equipment, operating at voltages exceeding 1000 V and delivered from an installation having a voltage not exceeding 1000 V a.c.
- wiring systems and cables not specifically covered by the standards for appliances
- all consumer installations external to buildings
- fixed wiring for information and communication technology, signalling and control - addition sand alterations to installations and also parts of the existing installation affected by an additional alteration.

What you may expect in the book

The "Requirements for Electrical Installations: BS 7671:2018 is the publication covering the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations.

The book is a British Standard (BS7671) and it is structured accordingly. It is not an easy read, but with practice the book can become familiar to its user.

In its latest edition the books contents are:
- Part 1: Scope, object and fundamental principles
- Part 2: Definitions
- Part 3: Assessment of general characteristics
- Part 4: Protection for safety
- Part 5: Selection and erection of equipment
- Part 6: inspection and testing
- Part 7 Special installations or locations
- Appendices


Relationship with statutory regulations

The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations are non-statutory regulations.

However, they may be used in a court of law in evidence to claim compliance with statutory requirements stated in statutory regulations such as the Electricity At Work Regulation 1989 or the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.


City and Guilds 2382-18

This qualification covers the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations, ensuring that you are up to date with the latest industry requirements for electrical installations and wiring systems. In order to become a qualified electrician you must gain this qualification.

There are several ways to gain this qualification, the usual way being to enroll in a classroom course provided by your local college or other course provider in your area.

The 18th Edition classroom course is usually offered in two formats: (a) four or five consecutive days spent in a classroom, or (b) a series of evening sessions scheduled over a month or two.

This approach is expensive and time consuming, so you might want to consideran alternative way to gain this qualification.

There are now several good online course providers offering the 18Th Edition course to be studied at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. One of the best is the 18th Edition online course by LearnZone Media, which we recommend based on its excellent quality, content and value for money.

Studying online for this qualification is a perfectly good option which will save you a lot of money and time and provide you with the required end result.

However, since there is a huge amount of information you will need to go through, we strongly advise you to read through our guide prior to any course and hence avoid various pressures. Having read through our guide you will be more prepared for the course. That would boost your confidence for the test and consequently improve your chances to successfully pass the 18th Edition exam.

It is worth noting that you should already have a good understanding of basic electrical theory before you turn your attention to the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.



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