2396 Course (City and Guilds)

2396 Practice Test

There are 30 questions in this 2396 Mock Exam. You must score 60% (18 out of 30) to pass. You may review answers after each question by clicking the 'check answer' button or you can wait until the end of the test for your final score. Good luck!

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The C&G 2396 course is recognised as one of the most complex electrotechnical courses available. Therefore, candidates who undertake this learning programme should be suitably experienced, and highly competent in a range of electrical disciplines. The course is focused on the design and subsequent erection of electrical installations. Within this pursuit, reference is made to a number of dynamics. These include environmental influences, suitability for purpose, routing (subsidiary assembly of electrical pipes and tubes), and cable management.

This is a Level 4 course, which means content is appropriately challenging. Its new, ‘advanced’ grading was attributed after a recent course makeover. This saw it drop its previous C&G 2391-20 title, and move from a Level 3 to a Level 4 Advanced qualification. This process resulted in further complexity being applied to the qualifications learning modules.

Given its substantial focus on design work, the training is largely theoretical in nature. Indeed, there is less practical input then many other City & Guilds courses. In essence, the 2396 course covers the whole install journey, from creation of plans, to commissioning of product. Therefore, the course encompasses each stage of this process, and comprehensively offers an overview on each specific element. Due to this, discussion on design, specification, installation, inspection, testing, and certification is included. Although this qualification is regarded as extremely tough, it’s also suitably hailed as a hallmark of electrical capability. Therefore, if candidates can navigate this programme successfully, they will receive significant peer group adulation and respect. However, this won’t be an easy feat to accomplish!

Entrance criteria and considerations

This latest course offered by the City and Guilds joins its fleet of highly-distinguished learning schemes. If you’re not aware of the City and Guilds at this stage, then, with respect, you’re perhaps not in a position to engage with this learning programme. This is because you’ll have needed to sit an earlier C&G (or equivalent) qualification to be equipped with the necessary knowledge to tackle this latest instalment. If you do fall into this bracket, then it may be worth reviewing their portfolio of Level 2 and 3 courses.

In case you’re unaware, the City and Guilds are an accredited skills provider and certification body, who accommodate learning programmes in a range of sectors and industries.

On the subject of previous learning, candidates should also account for the qualifications’ entrance criteria. As well as possessing substantial sector experience, individuals will be expected to hold several certificates prior to attending. This includes a C&G inspection & testing module, along with the 2382-18, a course which alludes to the content contained in the 18th edition wiring regulations.

Testing and inspection knowledge

In relation to acquired inspection and testing knowledge, prospective attendees will be expected to have participated in one of three courses. This can be either the C&G 2391-50 Initial Verification & Certification, the C&G 2391-51 Period Inspection and Testing, or the combined C&G 2391-52 Level 3 Award in Initial and Periodic Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations. The latter is an amalgamation of the content included in the C&G 2391-50/51 series. It therefore provides a streamlined, efficient, and cost-effective solution to covering verification, inspection and testing.

A robust grasp of the IET’s wiring regulations

Given that the 2396 course leans heavily on the 18th edition wiring regulations guide, undertaking the associated C&G 2382-18 is highly recommended. This critical piece of literature, published periodically by the IET, offers students a definitive analysis of electrotechnical theory and practice. The book also offers a platform to understand how electrical principles impact on physical works. Moreover, it provides a set of industry-recognised regulations that all electricians must comply with.

These stipulations act as a list of governing standards, enforced by the BSI and submissable in a court of law. These standards are referred to as the bs7671 code of practice. The IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) who sponsor the construction of these guides, are a globally renowned organization. The guides are prepared in collaboration with the BSI (British Standards Institute). The IET’s chief role is to support the development, capability, and presence of electrotechnical engineers within their respective territories. The group also advises governmental policy-makers, and strategically reviews a host of electrical guidance tools. The BSI preside over the regulation and control of all British industrial enterprise. Ultimately, this documentation serves to set the benchmark for electrotechnical practice throughout the UK.

Candidates should also have a strong understanding of the information contained in the 18th edition on-site guide. This resource which complements the content included in its parent, wiring regulations book. Lastly, there should also be an understanding of the IET’s Guidance Note 3: Inspection and Testing.

Prospective 2396 course candidates really ought to have passed both of the aforementioned courses, and have solid awareness of their accompanying literature. Otherwise, on attending this qualification, they may find themselves being quickly left behind.

Additional considerations

Dependent on learning facilitator used, this course will cost delegates somewhere between £900-1200 to undertake. This is a sizeable bandwidth compared to many other C&G courses. These private companies tend to fluctuate in terms of competence and value, so be sure to research thoroughly before parting funds. This is an ‘advanced’ course, and therefore seen as a supplementary, non-compulsory module within the electrician occupation. Therefore, apprenticeship schemes will not include this qualification.

Given the recent change in name, it’s perhaps worth noting the full qualification description to support onwards endeavours. This is the Level 4 Award in the Design and Verification of Electrical Installations.

Course Content

As alluded to, the level of detail and scope of information here is extensive. Course content will be delivered in context of both single and three-phase circuits, and also refer to lighting systems and installations. The specific material relating to the design to certification process will be thorough and challenging.

Candidates will cover the following items:

  1. Legislative and non-legislative requirements in relation to electrical installation design, verification, installation, inspection, testing, and certification.
  2. Understanding the components of electrical design on a range of circuits and instalments.
  3. Appreciating the bs7671 standards in context of electrical installation design.
  4. Understanding the necessary design and verification approach for both single and three-phase electrical circuits.
  5. Understanding the planning, use, and construction of the protective systems deployed in electrical instalments.
  6. Building an awareness of available environmental technologies and alternative energy options to promote sustainability whilst addressing associated tasks.
  7. A more developed understanding of the content, use, and importance of relevant electrical certification in testing and inspection. This will refer to both the Electrical Installation Report utilised during initial verification, and the Electrical Installation Condition Report exploited in the periodic testing and inspection of electrical instalments.

Given the difficulty of the concluding assessments, its critical to have a good working knowledge on all of the above. To acquire the qualification, all delegates will need to pass these resultant examinations.


Although by no stretch an easy task, the examination schedule is slightly less challenging than one may originally assume. The complex content contained in the course is clearly reflected in the tests set, but assessment volume and intensity are slightly at odds with comparative qualifications. In the C&G 2391-52 exams, delegates engage in three different testing formats, and navigate a pretty gruelling two-part practical assessment. Other Level 3 courses, such as the C&G 2357 Level 3 NVQ, have a similar more demanding, and hybrid, examination framework.

The C&G 2396 course assessment requires delegates to conduct two separate tasks, entitled 401: Design Project, and 402: Written Test.

402: Written Test

Firstly, and in reverse numerical order, individuals must complete an ‘open-book’ written exam. The assessment duration is three hours, and will expect candidates to perform a narrative-based response to a series of questions. Within these answers, reference must be made to the terminology existent in the supporting literature used during the course. As previously referenced, these are, the IET 18th edition Requirements for Electrical Installations (wiring regulations- bs7671), the On-site guide (2018:bs7671), and the IET Guidance Note 3: Inspection and Testing.

As the examination is ‘open-book,’ candidates can be in possession of these articles when entering the examination hall (or virtual environment). However, delegates should lean on this documentation as a supportive crutch, not a reference point to check whether answers are correct. If generally comfortable with your response- press on! Don’t waste time sense-checking the content of your answers against the available resources. This could compromise the momentum gathered, and, even worse, could even end up leaving you short of time. Indeed, three hours may seem a while, but this time will erode quickly!

Furthermore, written responses should flow freely, be well-organised, and use correct grammatical language. If extended writing pieces aren’t something you’ve needed to concern yourself with for a while, then it may be worth executing a few practice runs first!

401: Design Project

This second part of the examination structure is very different to usual C&G testing formats. Delegates will be attributed a relevant topic, which must be taken away, researched, and analysed. It is judged that individuals will need to ascribe roughly 40 hours to this endeavour. This section tasks individuals to compose a detailed report on the subject at hand. After constructing their project, candidates will need to be subsequently present its contents back to a qualification assessor in the weeks succeeding the course. Clearly, this will rely on a significant amount of self-discipline, and require some creativity around structure and presentation.

Although this may feel like quite a daunting prospect, it’s important to remember that the remit for your assignment will be exclusively based on topics covered during the course. There’ll be no requirement to conduct any huge amount of additional research, and you’ll be able to dip back into an built-up foundation of knowledge. Furthermore, this can be conducted from home, as there is no stipulation on where candidates spend the allocated 40 hours. Therefore, individuals will have access to unlimited resource tools and materials, and can utilise the support, within reason, of industry stakeholders.

In order to acquire the qualification, delegates will need to suitably pass both assessment sections in respect of the necessary scoring criteria.


As we’ve learned, the C&G 2396 course is an extremely challenging learning programme. By referencing, in detail, each component stage of the electrical installation process, the qualification demands a grasp of a multitude of different electrotechnical disciplines. Because of this, candidates will need to become fully versed on the design, verification, inspection, testing, and certification of electrical instalments in order to pass the assessments.

However, to be accepted onto the course, you’ll already need to have accrued sound, and relevant, theoretical and practical knowledge. Thus, although the complexity of the course will still present some obstacles, delegates should feel confident in navigating these.

The same optimism should be taken into the testing schedule, as the exam questions composed will only reflect the content learned to press. Admittedly, the format of these tests is a little irregular to C&G’s classic multiple-choice approach, but there’s no reason why delegates cannot acclimatise to this testing process accordingly.

Positive impacts

Gaining an advanced qualification could provide fresh, dynamic and intriguing, new career opportunities. Therefore, enrolling on the 2396 course may prove to be a shrewd investment. As always, electrical professionals should offset the cost of their qualifications in the context of full career earnings. Furthermore, due to the advanced nature of this certificate, they should also factor in how far this skill will leverage a future employment marketplace advantage. Given the demand for increasingly skilled electrical workers, this could lead to hugely profitable enterprises.

So, gauge your current capability level, map out your potential career journey, and review the learning provider options. If you then decide to embrace the course, make sure you remain focused and committed throughout- this qualification will not be an easy ride! All you then need to do is stay relaxed, confident and grounded during your assessment schedule. Do all this, and you’ll be in possession of one of the most advanced qualifications in the electrotechnical sector.

If you require any further information on course content or assessment structure, then please either consult a course tutor, or a suitable industry professional. Alternatively, you can contact the City and Guilds directly, through its variable communication channels.

We really hope this article has been useful in preparing for your onward learning journey. And, if you do decide to attend the C&G 2396 course, we wish you the best of luck in your assessments!