18th Edition Course Advice

In order to become proficient in the safe implementation of electrical instalments, individuals must complete an official 18th edition bs7671 course.

The successful passing of this course allows you to attain a Level 3 in Electrical Installations bs7671: 2018, also known as the City & Guilds 2382 qualification. This course will enable you to gain a contemporary grasp of wiring regulations in both domestic and commercial contexts. It will also ensure you’re fully versed on how to address various scoped works when out in the field. Attaining this level of certification is essential for working professionally and compliantly in the trade.

Current Context

Since January 2019, regulations dictate that all practicing electricians must have this requirement. This applies regardless of whether they’ve previously already completed a separate Level 3 NVQ. It also includes those who have already recently navigated the 17th edition course and exam.

This qualification is also needed when attempting to register with a government-approved Part P scheme. Joining such an initiative allows you to gain the clearance to safely sign-off electrical instalment works, and certify that they meet contemporary UK building and wiring regulations.

Clearly then, this qualification is a critical component of your learning journey.

Getting Ready

However, don’t fear! This guide will walk you through all of the key information. It serves to highlight course content, general price information and expected timeframes of completion. By presenting this, candidates will hopefully feel able to make informed decisions on which course suits their current situation, and how best to approach the acquisition of this qualification moving forward.

Prospective candidates should ensure they possess an official copy of the 18th edition bs7671 guide before they begin their course. Make sure this is endorsed by the BSI (British Standards Institution) and IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology). Check for an approved hologram on the inside cover if you’re unsure.

Lastly, it’s noteworthy that, in all instances, prospective course delegates must be aged at least 16 or over to take part.

Course Providers

A range of educational institutions and providers facilitate a selection of course learning solutions. Irrespective of your personal circumstances, you should feel confident that there is an appropriate training plan that caters for your needs.

When shopping for a course convenor, it’s key to consider a number of relevant factors. Make sure that the relevant body offers training in a suitable, and easily travelable location (or at least has the provision for remote learning). Check that the provider’s course is accredited by the City and Guilds. Given its importance, this will most likely be advertised on their website landing pages.

Lastly, review the private company or educational facility itself, and perhaps ask a few key questions, such as:

Do they provide access to additional learning materials and resources?

What is their current pass rate (pass rate should be no less than 95%)?

Are any student reviews available?

The Courses

Courses can be divided into two distinctive groups:

  1. C&G 2382, 18th edition full course
  2. C&G 2382, 18th edition update course

(C&G relates to City and Guilds)

Individuals will select a course dependent on both experience level and personal preference. For those already in the trade and ‘topping-up’ knowledge, the second course is perhaps more appropriate. However, if you’re approaching from a low base and just getting to grips with the industry, delegates are strongly encouraged to undertake the full course version. There will be an element of crossover in the candidates who attend each course, but the vast majority will follow the aforementioned routes.

Opportunities for virtual, classroom-based, or mixed learning

 Although training can be categorised under the general headings of ‘full’ and ‘update’, there are varying course options available within these two areas. In this way, individuals can again align training to accommodate personal commitments or learning style.

Most courses will permit either virtual or on-site learning, with some even facilitating ‘blended’ courses which tap into a mixture of the two. However, the classic ‘classroom’ based set-up of facilitator and delegates in one location is still often the preferred route. In regards to virtual and face-to-face contexts, course duration and content covered are pretty much identical, whilst pricing differs slightly dependent on learning environment.

For some, due to their personal situation, online virtual learning is a necessity. Fortunately, it is now possible to study, learn, and sit your final exam totally remotely. This development means all individuals are now afforded the same opportunity to receive a consistent standard of course delivery, and acquire the same level of working knowledge, regardless of location. This also helps to safeguard industry training from any future pandemic-orientated restrictions or logistical challenges.

Whilst the ability to work remotely is a positive step change, one would encourage those who are able to attend courses in person to do so. Independent learning can be useful, but the opportunity to engage with like-minded students should not be missed. Studying in conditions where relevant questions can be easily asked, healthy debate is generated, and piers can share experiences and best practice, is something that should be embraced if at all possible.

Whether you complete an online, classroom-based or blended course structure, the qualification gained remains exactly the same. You can therefore consider which choice is most appropriate for you, without fear of compromising on content quality.

City and Guilds 2382, 18th edition Full Course

As referenced, the full course is the preferable option for those commencing their journey in the trade. Although content and timeframes differ, delegates should expect the course to run broadly as follows:

  • Day 1: Learning on how to use, understand, and exploit the 18th edition bs7671 guide.
  • Day 2: Theory training based on information within the guide.
  • Day 3: (AM) Theory training based on information within the guide. (PM) Two-hour examination

There is no formal entry requirement to undertake this program. However, candidates will usually have at least a basic knowledge of electrical instalments and associated science. If, for whatever reason, you’re starting completely from scratch, there are courses available that will offer a foundational understanding in the electrical trade (for example, the City and Guilds 4141 workshop).

The majority of attendees will most likely be looking to advance into a career as a domestic or commercial electrician. However, there’s a good chance delegates from other industry sectors will also be enrolled on your course. Surveyors, engineers, and consultants are among a long list of professionals who are keen to extend their knowledge base in a corresponding field.

Content will feel quite complex for those who are relative novices, and on-hand assistance will really help to strengthen learnings. Therefore, as referenced in a slightly different guise, it is advisable that delegates undertake a classroom-based route if possible.

Price Structure

Students should expect to pay somewhere in the region of £400-£500 for this course. Although this may seem expensive, it’s important to remember the component parts this includes. These prices provide for full training, tutor support, the cost of the examination and (hopeful!) certification. Online courses, which do not quite demand the same level of interaction and services, are roughly £50-£100 cheaper.

City and Guilds 2382, 18th edition Update Course

Given the experience levels of those present on the updated version of this course, timeframes are unsurprisingly shorter.

As briefly touched upon, this course is targeted towards both trade professionals and those looking to supplement working knowledge. To demonstrate current capability levels, delegates will be expected to have obtained the latest Level 3 17th edition qualification, which included coverage of Amendment 3.

Individuals who sat their examination post-January 2015 should have the relevant qualification required. If unsure, re-visit your most recent pass certificate, and check whether it alludes to the passing of course code, C&G 2382-15. If not, you will need to undertake the full course. Most institutions and course providers will expect you to be able present a copy of this documentation to prove you’ve passed the test.

Despite the update course pack being more streamlined than the full version, delegates will still need to sit the same exam at the training’s conclusion. City and Guilds have not formally released a ‘top-up’ qualification (as they did for the 17th edition equivalent), so therefore all candidates (regardless of course length) are required to pass the same assessment.

Price Structure

 As course content is effectively slimmed down, price points are a little cheaper. Generally, prices range from around £180-£220 to undertake the program, with online equivalents dropping by roughly £10-£25.

Summary

 So, what are our top tips for approaching the 18th edition course?

  • Understand the credentials of the academic institution or course provider. Are they well-reviewed? Do they boast a successful pass rate? Most importantly, are they approved by City & Guilds?
  • Select the right course duration: do you require in-depth training on the guide’s content and uses? Or are you building on knowledge already obtained through previous qualifications and on-the-job experience?
  • Pick your learning environment. What suits your personal circumstances best? Consider the advantages and disadvantages of both remote and classroom-based learning.
  • Familiarise yourself with pricing structures. Is the course affordable? It’s also worth checking whether you qualify for any financial support. The government, the JIB Skills Development Fund and Trade Unions are all potential gateways to access funding.
  • Ensure that you’re both mentally and physically prepared to take the course and pass the exam. Although all content should be covered within your sessions, it’s advisable that some background reading and revision of topics is integrated into your personal approach. Remember! It’s essential that you have an approved version of the 18th edition bs7671 guide to use as an effective reference point. This will come in handy both during your training and when taking your examination.

Future Considerations

Finally, it’s important to note that there is also a range of available alternative courses that may also be of interest. Although this specific training program is an integral part of your journey toward becoming an electrician, it’s also useful to consider what further information you may require to meet future ambitions in the trade. From here, you can then review available City & Guild courses, and advance your skillset and confidence in a chosen discipline or subject matter.

We wish you the best of luck in both the selection and completion of your chosen course.