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Our Inspection and Testing award is aimed at existing electricians who wish to gain a recognisable qualification for the inspection and testing aspect of electrical work.

This award demonstrates competency in inspecting, testing, reporting, and certifying both new (initial) and existing (periodic) electrical installations.

As many people looking into this qualification will be already in full-time work with limited spare time, we have split the training into two parts.


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The EAL Level 3 Award in Electrical Installation Inspection, Testing, Certification and Reporting usually forms part of a suite of qualifications that an electrician will hold. E.g., an electrician with the ECS Gold Card as an Installation Electrician can use the inspection and testing qualification to gain JIB Approved Electrician status. 

Approved electricians are often viewed as being at a supervisor level with larger electrical contractors. It also helps the qualification holder demonstrate and prove competence in this field.

You do not need to hold a specific Inspection and Testing Award to inspect, test, report, and certify new and existing electrical installations. However, guidelines state that the person that completes the report must be competent. Competence is usually determined by qualification and experience.

The qualification is aimed at electricians with experience to develop or enhance their skills and knowledge, testing their understanding of Electrical Inspection and Testing.

The Inspection & Testing award is £1,295, including VAT. 

Trainee electrician working on a consumer unit completing inspection and testing practical

The Inspection and Testing Award is often referred to as ‘2391’, – the name given to the City & Guild’s equivalent of this qualification. Both awards are recognised in the electrical industry and assessed in the same way.



Pre-course material including; design, electricity supply, circuit specifications, special locations and testing. 

Exam practice and online examination.


Theory &
Practical Training

Background of Inspection and Testing.

Practical training in single and 3-phase test rigs.

Practical assessment.


Exams &

Revision and mock exam.

Online examination.

Practical assessment.



You will receive login details for an online study programme that you must complete before you complete the second stage of your training. This online course is designed to ensure that you are fully prepared for the course and your official assessments.


20 hours



  • About this course
  • Legislation
  • Design
  • Electricity Supply
  • Circuit Specifications
  • Special Locations and IP Ratings
  • Safety and Risk Assessment
  • Initial Verification and Inspection
  • Testing Methodology
  • Dead Tests
  • Live Tests
  • Publications to accompany inspection and testing
  • Exam Practice
The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content are subject to change at the discretion of the training manager & individual course tutors.

Inspection & Testing theory training delivered by one of our electrical team. This will cover the following modules;

  • Background to Inspection & Testing
  • Module 1 – Health and Safety
  • Module 2 – Theory & Calculations
  • Module 3 – Initial Verification
  • Module 4 – Dead Tests
  • Module 5 – Live Test
  • Module 6 – Periodic Inspection and Testing
Background to Inspection & Testing continued.

Inspection & Testing practical training. One of the electrical tutor team will demonstrate the order and procedures of testing. The candidates will then have the opportunity to practice themselves on our single and 3 phase test rigs.

In the afternoon, candidates will undertake their first practical assessment to identify electrical defects on a test rig. The time allowed for this assessment is 1 hour.


Candidates will undertake an online mock exam during the morning session.

There will be an opportunity for intensive revision before the online exam in the afternoon. The online examinations have 60 questions, and candidates have 120 minutes to complete the test.

Candidates will undertake their second practical assessment. This is a full test of a 3 phase and single-phase test rig with some faults introduced on various circuits. The time allowed for this assessment is 2.5 hours. Candidates will have allocated times to come in for this assessment during the day.
The course syllabus is intended as a guide. Timings and delivery of course content are subject to change at the discretion of the training manager & individual course tutors.


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Trainee electrician completing testing and inspection of a consumer unit
Trainee electrician sat in a classroom learning inspection and testing theory
Electrical trainee completing work on a consumer unit in the workshop bay in Birmingham


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Frequently asked questions about our Inspection and Testing award.

You must hold 18th Edition Wiring Regulations as a minimum.

The EAL Level 3 Award in Electrical Installation Inspection, Testing, Certification and Reporting usually forms part of a suite of qualifications that an electrician will hold. The award demonstrates competence in your field.

20 hours of home-study is expected. Centre-led training takes place over five days. 

You will be required in the centre Mon-Fri, 8am – 4pm.

ACS Initial Assessment costs £1295.

For more information on payment options, please speak to our course advisors on 0800 802 1306.

ACS Initial Assessment is available at the following centres:

Domestic Electrician

As a domestic electrician, you’ll be qualified to work in domestic settings and carry out a range of installations, maintenance and inspection.

Installation Electrical

As an installation electrician, you will be qualified to work unsupervised on installing, testing, and maintaining low voltage electrical and electronic devices and appliances.

Approved Electrician

In the role of an approved electrician, you will be expected to design, install and verify electrical installations in both domestic and commercial settings.

We are trading standards approved training provider, meaning we have been audited by trading standards and meet their criteria.

We have over 1000 5-star views from past students across our training centres.

Established nearly ten years, we have four training centres across the UK.

We put a significant focus on practical, hands-on learning.

We keep class sizes small to ensure focused learning and plenty of individual tutor time for students.

We offer two free exam resits when necessary, deliver refresher training and provide ongoing support to all our students.

We boast our own purpose-built online learning platform to support students in their training.

Our in-house recruitment team assist students in finding employment upon completing their training.

We have new Inspection & Testing classes starting regularly, so you’ll never have to wait long to begin training with Options Skills.

To find out more and enrol on our Inspection & Testing Award, you can request a call back via our contact form or call us directly on 0800 802 1306.