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City & Guilds 2391 Inspection and Testing Course is back!

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 21st June 2017

In 2012 the C&G 2391 was withdrawn and replaced with a two part qualification, the 2394 Initial Verification and the 2395 Periodic Inspection. However, from July 2017 the 2391 is being resurrected in the form of three different course options, the 2391-50 Level 3 Award in Initial Verification, the 2391-51 Level 3 Award in Periodic Inspection and the 2391-52 Level 3 Award in Inspection and Testing, which will effectively match the old 2391, 2394 and 2395.

Why has this qualification changed from 2394/5?

Since their introduction, the 2394 and 2395 qualifications have had a good reputation as high quality evidence of advanced electrical verification, inspection and testing skills. However, many believe that the examination method has been neither efficient nor easy, with quarterly written exams and hard-to-schedule resits making it time-consuming and costly for examination centres and their students.

Over the past ten years, many industry organisations have developed training schemes aimed at domestic or commercial markets and this in turn led to a difference in the level of assessing competence. The 2394/5 course has changed to the 2391 to meet the industry specified needs for an inspector working in the current electrotechnical environment, and has been re-introduced to align all industry qualifications for inspection and testing wiring systems to BS 7671.

Why have City & Guilds done this?

City & Guilds have said that these changes have been made for a number of reasons, but mainly because the industry understands the 2391, and that these new qualifications reflect what the industry competent persons schemes are accepting. They also say that without the existing written paper they will be able to provide faster results at a lower cost.

If you were feeling a little skeptical you might believe that City & Guilds have aligned the 2391 to compete with the likes of EAL. The new 2391 follows the same structure of equivalent EAL qualifications, who scrapped their written exam in favour of a multi choice open book exam. This is something I am sure - students will be happy about. However unlike the EAL equivalent the 2391 does have a written assignment which is completed in a supervised setting.

Who should take the City & Guilds 2391?

The C&G 2391 is aimed at practicing electricians who wish to gain qualifications in Periodic Inspection, Testing and Reporting, as well as Initial Verification of new systems.

The new course structure caters for persons from all aspects of the industry recognising previous skills and qualifications. The three routes available are:

2391-50: Initial Verification. This qualification is suitable for domestic installers who only verify new works such as their own installations.

2391-51: Periodic Inspection: This qualification is suitable for those who have gained a qualification in Initial Verification and have experience in Periodic Inspection. This is particularly aimed at electricians who have completed an apprenticeship after 2015 and have recognised skills in Initial Verification.

2391-52: Combined Inspection and Testing: This qualification is suitable for practicing electricians who carry out both Initial Verification and Periodic Inspection and Testing. At present we only offer the combined course.

Whichever assessment route you choose, the course will cover the specific methods of inspecting and testing all types of installations, whether single or three-phase, to the current requirements of BS 7671. It covers the inspection and testing techniques as given in IET Guidance Note 3 and how to professionally complete Certification and Reports.

The examinations are open book, multiple-choice, on-line assessments which have the advantage of providing almost immediate results. The practical assessments are carried out in-house just after your examinations.

Depending on the route taken, the examinations and assessments are:

2391-50- 40 item on-line, open book, 80 minutes, multiple choice AND a 2.5-hour practical assessment.

2391-51- 40 item on-line, open book, 80 minutes, multiple choice AND a 2.5-hour practical assessment.

2391-52- 60 item on-line, open book two-hour, multiple choice AND a 2.5-hour practical assessment.

During the course, you will also have to complete a short written, open book test covering health and safety and documentation used for the inspection process.

Note: It is essential you have a good understanding of BS 7671: IET Wiring Regs.

Worth Knowing: 2391-50 and 51 OR 2391-52 is currently required in order to gain your JIB grading as an approved electrician so save time and money with our combined course.

What happens if I already have 2394, 2395 or both?

Not a problem. If you have 2394 Level 3 qualification and want to gain full recognition as an inspector, you need to take 2391-51.

If you have 2394 and 2395 Level 3 qualifications, these are still recognised if you wish to register with the JIB, but don’t leave it too long otherwise you may be asked to prove you are still up-to-date in an ever-changing industry.

What if I’m currently studying the 2394/5?

Registrations for the 2394/5 will close at the end of August 2017, however, students will have until August 2018 to complete their qualifications and still receive their certificates. There is no need to be worried as these qualifications will continue to be recognised by employers and the industry.

What are the entry requirements?

For any 2391 option, you must be over 18 and be up-to-date with industry requirements. You should be working in the electrical industry and involved with the inspection and testing process. If you have limited experience, you may wish to consider taking the Level 2 Fundamental Inspection and Testing qualification 2392.

Is this as difficult as previous testing qualifications?

Like any assessment, it assesses your ability to do the job. If you can inspect and test and understand why and how, the exams and assessments shouldn’t be too hard. We pride ourselves on our pass rates and we know our training will give you the right knowledge and practical training needed to pass.

What does this course allow me to do?

The course gives you the confidence to competently carry out Initial Verification and Periodic Inspection and Testing. It also gives you the certification needed to become JIB Approved, as well as making membership with one of the Industry Certification Schemes an easier process. This course also gives you the knowledge and understanding needed to compile professionally detailed reports on the condition of electrical installations.

Here at Trade Skills 4U we offer the 2391-52 Inspection and Testing course, which you can book on-line using our course page, alternatively if you would like to speak to a course adviser please call 01293 529777 or 0800 856448.

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