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Age group approved: 18+ (although should be significantly older due to requirement of 5 years’ experience)
Course duration: 6–12 months; however, candidates with recent technical training and/or sufficient technical experience that can easily be evidenced may be completed within a couple of months.
Who is this qualification for?
This qualification is designed solely for those experienced persons who are, or have been, working in the Electrotechnical industry, practising as an Electrician, for a minimum of 5 years and who can demonstrate their technical knowledge, performance and competence to the industry standards at Level 3 in one of the occupations of this qualification and in line with the current edition of the IET wiring regulations (BS 7671).
What does the qualification cover?
There are two pathways within this qualification: “Installation” and “Maintenance”.
The units covered will vary based on the NVQ option you choose, installation or maintenance. As a guide, you can expect to cover the following:
- The application of health, safety and environmental considerations
- Organising the work environment
- Application of design and installation practices
- Termination and connection of conductors
- Inspection and testing
- Fault diagnosis and rectification
- 18th Edition BS7671 — Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) for those already holding the qualification
- Initial Verification Test and Inspection C&G 2391-50, C&G 2391-52 or equivalent — RPL for those already holding a suitable qualification
Opportunities for progression
Learners who successfully complete the Experienced Worker Qualification as well as the occupational competence assessment (AM2E), delivered by NET, will be judged to have met the eligibility requirements sufficient to apply for an ECS Card from the JIB in the occupation that they have qualified.
This course is assessed through portfolio of evidence. The qualification is site-based and does not require attendance in centre. All meetings including the induction are carried out online; of course, you can always pop in to the Middlesbrough training centre for face to face meetings with your assessor if you prefer.
Learner entry requirements
This qualification is designed solely for those have been working in the electrotechnical industry as a practicing electrician for a minimum of 5 years and who can demonstrate their technical knowledge, performance and competence to the industry standard at Level 3 and in line with the current edition of the IET wiring regulations (BS 7671). It forms part of enabling the experienced worker to apply for an ECS Installation Electrician Gold Card.
This qualification is not suitable for new entrants to the electrotechnical industry, apprentices, or other operatives who require any training, or those who have completed an electrotechnical certificate with less than five years’ relevant industry experience.
Where the learner cannot provide documented evidence of previous technical qualifications, or they have qualified outside the UK, the Assessor must provide auditable evidence that the knowledge and understanding evidence of each unit has been satisfied.
To be eligible to apply for the ECS gold card with this route the learner must have achieved:
- This qualification: City & Guilds Level 3 Electrotechnical Experienced Worker Qualification,
- A current industry recognised Level 3 Award in the requirements for electrical installations (BS 7671),
- An industry recognised Level 3 Award in the Initial Verification and Certification of Electrical Installations (which may be achieved as part of a combined Award with periodic inspection and testing),
- The AM2E Occupational Test (from NET).
Learners must work toward units in accordance with relevant health and safety legislation. This is particularly important when working at heights, inspecting and testing, and diagnosing faults.
Where cited legislation and regulations are not applicable (for example, where the qualification is being delivered outside of England) then substitutions applicable to the learner’s jurisdiction can be made.
Meeting the assessment requirements of performance outcomes will need initial discussions and assessment planning between the learner and assessor as an essential activity to identify opportunities to assess real working environment evidence, gaps that need to be filled, or opportunities to recognise the prior achievement of the learner.
Qualifications you already hold
A pre-requisite to registering on the EWA is having knowledge and understanding that is comparable to the Level 3 Electrotechnical Qualification. Where learners do not hold Level 2 or Level 3 technical certificates, their knowledge and understanding will be probed through the Skills Scan.
The following is a list of accepted qualifications from the EAS Qualifications Guide. You may hold a relevant L2 VRQ qualification. These will partially count towards the knowledge and understanding requirements so please note these on the list.
|Qualification title||Awarding organisation||Qualification numbers|
|Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical systems and equipment (building structures and the environment)||City & Guilds 2357-13/91||501/2232/0|
|NVQ Level 3 Electrotechnical Services (Installation, Buildings and Structures)||City & Guilds 2356||100/2854/7|
|Level 3 NVQ/Diploma in Electrotechnical Services||EAL||500/3526/5|
|Level 3 IVQ Advanced Diploma in Electrical Installation||City & Guilds 6161-27||500/6029/6|
|Level 3 SVQ Electrical Installation||SQA|
|Advanced Diploma in Engineering and Technology||EAL|
|Level 3 Award/Certificate in Building Services Engineering (Electrical)||ABC Awards||500/3925/8|
|Electrical Installation Course Work (A and B Certificates)||City & Guilds||n/a|
|Level 3 Certificate in Electrical Installation Work C Course||City & Guilds||100/1291/6|
|Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Craft Studies||City & Guilds 236 Part 1 and Part 2|
|Ciry & Guilds 2360 Part 1 and Part 2|
|City & Guilds 2367 and 2368||n/a|
|City & Guilds 51A and 51B (A and B Certs)||n/a|
|Level 3 Certificate in Electrical Installation Theory and Practice Part 2||City & Guilds 2360-08||100/1290/4|
|NVQ Level 3 Electrical Installation Engineering||City & Guilds 2350||n/a|
|Level 3 Certificate in Knowledge of Electrical Installation Engineering||City & Guilds 2351-01||100/1292/8|
|City & Guilds 2351-03||n/a|
|NVQ Level 3 in Installation and Commissioning electrotechnical Systems||City & Guilds 2355||Q1052155|
|Level 3 Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology Installation (Building and Structures)||City & Guilds 2330-07||100/3602/7|
|Full Technological Certificate in Telecommunications||City & Guilds 270/271||n/a|
|SCOTVEC Modules in Electrical Installation (1985-1995)||SCOTVEC|
|Scottish Joint Industry Board Electrical Contracting Industry Craftsman Certificate||SSJIB|
|Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation (Buildings and Structures) Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation (Buildings and Structures) will support some underpinning knowledge||City & Guilds 2365-03||600/5498/2|
|City & Guilds 2365-02||600/5498/0|
|Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation||EAL||600/9331/6|
|Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Electrical Installation||EAL||601/4563/8|