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18th Edition Wiring Regulations

This qualification has been designed to allow learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.

As of July 2018, 18th Edition Wiring Regulations replaced 17th Edition Wiring Regulations. All electrical installations designed after December 31st must comply with BS 7671:2018.

The new regulations include design, erection and verifications of electrical installations. This also includes alterations to existing installations.

The qualifications are essential for those who wish to join a competent persons scheme, allowing electricians to certify that their installations meet the regulatory guidelines.

This course is no longer available as a stand-alone programme. With effect from September 1st 2021, 18th Edition and DEI qualifications in isolation will no longer be accepted as proof of competence by many scheme providers. Persons wishing to join a CPS should make contact with the scheme provider for exact entry requirements, but they are expected to have achieved NVQ Level 3 or a minimum of 2-years’ experience and working towards an NVQ Level 3 qualification.

At Options Skills, we also offer several electrical training courses, including: NVQ Level 3 Electrical Training, and Accelerated Electrical Training.

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18th Edition Wiring Regulations Course Overview

What Does It Consist Of?
18th Edition Wiring Regulations consists of either classroom or online training. During this time, students will undertake learning and revision of the subject matter.

This is then followed by an online assessment of 60 questions. Candidates can use the IET Wiring Regulations BS7671:2018 in the online assessment.

Who Can Undertake Training?
Though there are no formal pre-requisites to the 18th Edition qualifications, it is recommended that candidates have suitable knowledge of electrical theory. Ideally, they will be working within the electrical or a related industry.

Aimed primarily at practising electricians and domestic installers, 18th edition wiring regulations is also a popular qualification with allied professions. This includes’ contracts managers, electrical engineers, surveyors and other related trades.

All candidates must be over 18 years old.

How Long Does It Take?
The course duration is five days and is split into two sections. 3-4 days delivery and 1-2 days online assessments and resits – if necessary.

Up to 31st December 2020 Regulated qualifications and UKAS Accredited certificates of competence issued in the UK were widely recognised by other EU member states. However since the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, individual member states that previously recognised a UK qualification may now no longer do so. Learners undertaking qualifications on the basis that it is recognised by an EU member state should in the first instance make enquiries with the relevant bodies in that Country to confirm its recognition status.

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Options Skills offer a great service, providing you with the best opportunity to add to your skill set and we will continue to offer ongoing support even after you’ve finished training. Throughout the course, you’ll have a dedicated student liaison manager ensuring everything is going smoothly, from your centre-led training to the on-site work experience.

Upon completion of both stages of the training course, you will have gained your 18th Edition Wiring Regulations qualifications.

If you fail any of your exams, we do offer students the opportunity to resit them. Options Skills will provide students with extra training or support if necessary, free of charge to help prepare you for your re-examination.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide those who fail their exams with a refund. We do, however, offer the chance for students to retake their exams and we can provide extra training and support necessary.

Options Skills are in no way able to guarantee any student will pass the exam. However, we do provide our students with expert training and that, combined with their hard work and dedication will give you the best opportunity to pass the exam.

While we will provide students with excellent training – both practical and theoretical – we will not teach you how to pass the exam. Passing any exams or assignments is dependent on your level of knowledge, dedication and hard work.

Knowledge units make up stage one of the NVQ Level 3 course. They involve learning essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills, covering health & safety, installation and wiring and connecting conductors, etc.

The first part of your knowledge units will be undertaken in one of the Options Skills training centres in either Birmingham, London or Manchester. The rest of the knowledge units will be undertaken in your own time during step two of the course.

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