Qualifications needed for Inspection and Testing
Since February 2013 the old and highly respectable C&G 2391 Inspection, Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations qualification is no longer offered (but it is still recognised), instead you will have to complete the following two qualifications:
- City and Guilds 2394 Initial and Fundamental Inspection and Testing (Level 3) qualification aimed at electricians who wish to complete an Electrical Installation Certificate for anything new built (i.e.: a new circuit in new or old buildings)
- City and Guilds 2395 Periodic Inspection and Testing (Level 3) qualification aimed at practicing electricians who wish to do Periodic Inspection and Testing on existing installations. After gaining this qualification one can complete the Electrical Installation Condition Report.
In other words the now old City and Guilds 2391 qualification has been broken into two separate qualifications, and all the information about the old City and Guilds 2391 qualification, such as requirements, testing principles and exam practice questions are relevant to the new City and Guilds 2394 and City and Guilds 2395 qualifications (for which separate exams have to be passed).
City and Guilds 2394 and the City and Guilds 2395 are both Level 3 qualifications intended for experienced personnel working within the electrical industry. The qualifications have been developed in association with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) and it is to ensure that the electrical work performed is in accordance with the requirements of the BS 7671 for inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations.
As a holder of these qualifications you will demonstrate to your customers that you are a competent installer or tester, and are up to date with national requirements for the industry, which gives you the right to sign off the electrical certificates required by the BS 7671 and also by the Part P of the Building Regulations.
Inspection and testing always have been the hardest qualification to obtain so it is not surprising that the requirements are strict and must be met by anyone who wishes to undergo the examination process. It is not mandatory but it is usually required by the course provider that delegates should already hold the current C&G 2382-10 – BS 7671 IET Wiring Regulations 17th Edition qualification.
Candidates are expected to have a working knowledge and understanding of electrical principles and wiring systems. They must also be conversant with current electrical installation practice. Generally speaking the inspection and testing qualifications are for electricians who have completed an apprenticeship, hold a current C&G 2382-20 BS 7671 IET Wiring Regulations 17th Edition qualification, and have been working for a number of years gaining the experience needed to complete the eider or both the City and Guilds 2394 and the City and Guilds 2395 qualifications.
In the days of the C&G 2391 qualifications some electricians would put it - "this is what separates the man from the boys (C&G 2391)". Now all this is a bit more confusing since there are now two separate qualifications corresponding to the old C&G 2391.