2396 Exam (City and Guilds)

2396 Mock Exam

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 focused on the design, verification, inspection, testing, and installation of electrical instalments. The assessments positioned at the conclusion of this qualification programme tests candidates on this content. This is an Advanced Level 4 course, and therefore is appropriately complex in scope. The original qualification associated with this training plan was the C&G 2396-20 Level 3 NVQ, but this has been subsequently phased out in recent times. In order to meet the required Level 4 standard, the course intensity and difficulty level have been summarily upgraded.To avoid any confusion when researching this course moving forward, it’s perhaps worth noting the qualification’s official title. This distinguishes it from the previous C&G 2396-20 course. This is now the C&G 2396 Level 4 Award in the Design and Verification of Electrical Installations.

Entry criteria, cost, and position in the training plan

Candidates looking to enrol on this course should ensure they have the necessary industry experience and capability level to engage with the subject matter. Indeed, the entry criteria determines that individuals should have previously undertaken a number of corresponding qualifications. These are any one of the C&G testing and inspection learning modules, and the 18th edition wiring regulations course, known as the C&G 2382-18. The literature connected to these courses forms an important part of the assessment infrastructure of this module.

A range of learning providers offer this course and its associated assessments. Price point and structure does vary dependent on private facilitator chosen. Most courses are circa £900-1200 in cost, and last for a duration of approximately 5 days. Although equivalent qualifications are in existence, the City and Guilds version is the most recognised, and reputable, in the industry. Indeed, this body is an assured skills and certification provider, and therefore candidates should feel confident in engaging with any of their learning programmes.

It’s also worth referencing that this course is not considered as a compulsory obstacle to navigate in the journey to becoming a fully-fledged electrician. It will not be present as a standard part of any apprenticeship scheme. Therefore, all prospective participants looking to attend the course will need to self-fund this endeavour.

The Assessment(s): Structure, accompanying resources, and some honest advice

At the end of the training schedule, delegates are graded in alignment to two different testing formats. These are entitled 401: Design Project, and 402: Written Test. Although the content covered will clearly remain the same, each assessment targets different disciplines and competencies. In order to acquire the qualification, both sections of the assessment framework will need to be passed in context of their individual required scoring rate.

401: Design Project

This mode of testing is at odds with the usual City and Guilds assessment formats. Here, delegates will be set a remit linked to one of the topics covered during the course.  They’ll then have roughly a week to construct a presentation relating to the discipline in question. At the end of this process, individuals will need to present back their findings and analysis to assessor.

This project is expected to take approximately 40 hours to compile, hence why at least a week is afforded to execute this task. This will most likely be an extremely different examination approach to what has been experienced previously. Therefore, if they can, participants are encouraged to liaise with someone who has already completed the qualification. However, given that this is a relatively new learning module, this may prove difficult.

Remember, this assessment is purely designed to see whether you’ve grasped the relevant core knowledge and theory, so try not to over-complicate the matter! The assignment should be framed in a simple and concise way, with key information immediately accessible for the marker. Try to think of it as a culmination of the learnings already acquired, with content reflected in a way that is easily understandable. Those who aim to source new, off-topic, information, or spend too much time on gimmicks or unrequired presentation features, will have missed the point of this exercise.

The key thing is not to panic. You have time, resource, and capability on your side. Calmly and methodically work through the brief, and compose your answer with professionalism and assurance.

402: Written Test

This activity is set in more traditional examination conditions. Candidates will have three hours, in an open-book style assessment, to answer a sequence of questions on 2396 exam content. Delegates are therefore permitted to enter the exam hall (or virtual environment) with authorised accompanying literature. As referenced earlier, this will include resources that will have been exploited in several past qualifications. Clearly, they are also frequently used throughout the C&G 2396 module. Most of these guides are published by the Institute for Engineering and Technology, who are more frequently referred to as the IET. This organization provides industry support for a range of stakeholders, and also offers assistance to governments in relevant policy-making decisions.

Compulsory learning materials are as follows:

The IET 18th Edition Requirements for Electrical Installations (bs7671)

This book is also colloquially known as the ‘wiring regulations’ This documentation walks through each stage of the electrical installation process. Every element, from assessment of general characteristics through to commissioning and subsequent periodic testing, is included. Ultimately, these form the standard of practice (bs7671) for any qualified electrician in the UK. Their importance cannot be under-emphasised, and can be even submitted for accountability purposes in a court of law.

In any C&G assessment, testing has been designed to ascertain whether individuals have grasped a theoretical understanding of any given discipline. It is not an exercise in committing information to memory, before subsequently reciting it in exam conditions. Rather, assessors are looking to see whether delegates position the guides’ principles and regulations through a practical lens. The examiner wants to know whether you can safely, competently, and compliantly execute the task at hand.

The need to understand the distinction between knowledge and understanding is accentuated in the case of the 18th edition wiring regulations. A lot of its content is prescriptive, and therefore it’s tempting to aim to learn it off by heart. However, delegates must resist the temptation of simply digesting the books contents, and always be aware of how its rules of engagement transpire on a building site.

The IET On-Site Guide (bs7671:2018, 7th Edition)

The On-site guide sits as a complementary tool to the wiring regulations. It is streamlined, more concise, and offers a quicker reference point for information. Graphs, tables, and charts are also more readily used, so using this documentation may be favourable for certain types of learners. However, the on-site guide is not a substitute for the full version. As content is condensed, individuals should not exclusively use this literature to gain a full understanding of the theory. Candidates who aim to exploit this text to circumnavigate the main wiring regulations guide will hit major issues.

This is related to a point articulated earlier. The full 18th edition book is designed to offer an all-encompassing view on electrotechnical theory and principle. Snippets and edited commentary on these themes will not provide a robust enough understanding to readers. As we’ve already learned, candidates who choose to simply commit material to memory without properly absorbing its messages will not be successful in this exam. Therefore, in similar fashion, just acknowledging the basic headlines of bs7671 standards and regulations will not be good enough. Delegates should deploy the on-site guide as a secondary, supplementary article, not their central orientation point.

However, using this documentation to quickly sense-check information, locate formulas swiftly, and acquire some top-level insight is perfectly acceptable.

The IET Guidance Note 3: Inspection and Testing

This document provides a comprehensive overview of the process and practices aligned to verification, inspection and testing. By absorbing the contents of this article, candidates will gain an understanding in the correct sequencing order when carrying out the two methods of inspection and testing. This relates to both the initial verification of electrical instalments, and their subsequent periodic testing schedule. Information on relevant certification, used in the ‘signing-off’ of both new and existent installations, is also contained.

The initial verification element is concerned with new installations. Guidance Note 3 offers guidance on how to conduct this style of check, what equipment needs to be deployed, and how to complete the resultant ‘Electrical Installation Certificate’. There is similar coverage of periodic testing, which relates to the inspection and maintenance of existing instalments. The note provides advice on the general fault-finding process, testing equipment to be used, and how to accurately compile an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

Its notes, unsurprisingly, lean more towards information on inspection and testing than the physical design of circuits. Indeed, this resource is also a key reference point for those participating on a C&G 2391-50, C&G 2391-51, or C&G 2391-52 course. However, it still offers some insight into how instalments are constructed, and also how their components demand varying inspection and testing solutions. It’s a therefore a reasonably useful document for all disciplines covered on the 2396 course.

Key watch-outs

As per all ‘open-book’ examinations, candidates should avoid falling victim to over-reliance on their accompanying literature. The resources permitted should be used to support responses and provide prompts, not to pre-grade your work! Constantly referring back to the document(s) to sense-check answers you’re already relatively confident on, is a tremendous waste of time. This will slow down your momentum, and not offer any additional marks- so just don’t do it!

Individuals should also note that the 402 written test is chiefly a narrative-based exam. Responses offered must not be simply one or two-word answers, rather, they will need to be constructed in full-length paragraphs. Therefore, candidates would do well to incorporate good grammar and spelling into their answers. Furthermore, texts should be well-organised, compelling, and flow smoothly. These elements will present your content in a more clear and confident light, and most likely result in more favourable scoring. Some delegates may not have had too much recent experience of composing extended, written responses. It is therefore recommended that individuals practice writing style and structure prior to sitting the exam.

Make sure your answers reflect the complexity-level of the course

Throughout both 401 and 402 components, delegates will be expected to integrate industry-recognised terminology into their articles. Assessors will search for correct usage of appropriate terms, so don’t just slip electrotechnical jargon in to ‘tick the box’. Use relevant terminology at the most opportune moments, and make sure answers are always coherent and concise.

Lastly, candidates should remember that this is an advanced course, and therefore the scoring bar will be suitably raised. If you’ve previously sat at a Level 3 qualification, then use that as a lower benchmark for quality of responses. Answers should be detailed, articulate, use data, and, of course, be accompanied with the right terminology. This doesn’t mean every answer should be war and peace, but make sure all relevant information is addressed.

However, although all of the information above feels like the assessments might be quite a daunting prospect, please don’t be nervous! The reason you’ve progressed to this stage is because you’ve previously demonstrated the required level of skill, knowledge and capability. All of the potential content included in your assessments will have already been covered in your 2396 course. Therefore, there is no risk of ‘new’ information surfacing in your testing modules. With adequate revision, targeted practice, and a calm head on test day (and throughout the 401 testing module), there’s no reason why you can’t successfully navigate these examinations.


The above information serves to provide guidance on the structure and format of the 2396 exam(s), and also offers some useful hints and tips for your onward assessment approach.

The ‘project’ element certainly represents an alternative methodology to City & Guilds’ usual testing criteria. However, the style of this assessment should be embraced as a positive. Any examination that gives delegates time, unlimited access to resources, and potential stakeholder advice, is a massive opportunity for the participant. Exploit these supportive components accordingly!

The ‘written’ test will undoubtedly prove challenging for most. The art of constructing responses which flow seamlessly, are well-structured and contain the correct grammar and spelling, is an added complication to an already tricky assessment. However, through solid revision and course attentiveness, the actual content of your answers should look after itself. With practice, the writing part will also inevitably fall into place.

All literature referenced should be accordingly studied prior to your exam day(s). These three items conspire to provide all of the information required to pass these assessments. Again, seek to acquire a theoretical understanding of the principles and regulations, and try not just to learn words from a page in isolation. Furthermore, do not ‘over-use’ these texts during your written test. Deploy them as a supportive crutch, rather than a grading sheet to score your paper prematurely.

By following the advice articulated above, revising thoroughly, and focusing on course content throughout the 2396 qualification, delegates should feel comfortable going into this set of assessments.

If you require any further support on approaching the 2396 exam, please either consult a course tutor or industry professional. Alternatively, you could visit the City and Guilds website, where a course breakdown and helpful contact list is available.

We wish you the best of luck in your C&G 2396 assessments!