Part P Mock Exam
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Part P Mock Tests
- 1 Part P Mock Exam
- 2 Part P Mock Tests
- 3 Who does Part P guidance apply to?
- 4 The Local Building Authority Control (LABC)
- 5 Building Control Certificates
- 6 Notifiable and non-notifiable
- 7 A certificate must always be produced!
- 8 Acquiring a Part P license
- 9 The C&G 2393-10 qualification
- 10 Content
- 11 Assessment
- 12 Summary
‘Part P’ refers to a specific section of the government’s Building Regulations legislation. This passage refers to tasks conducted by electrical workers within domestic dwellings. When delivering such work, electricians and domestic installers must comply with the guidance articulated within this note. These measures are aligned to bs7671 standards within electrical installation activity, and also to industry-recognised health and safety responsibilities. Electrical professionals must deliver work with sensitivity of the potential risks their work poses to building occupants. This focuses on reducing the likelihood of injury caused by fire or electric shock. In this way, they must understand the critical importance behind these actions, and take all available steps to mitigate against hazard occurrence.
This legislation only refers to electrical craftwork taking place in England and Wales, as Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own equivalent procedures. However, having robust knowledge in any of the aforementioned guidance notes will allow an individual to easily understand the expectations in any UK country. Indeed, these are basically transferrable documents. Furthermore, it should be noted that bs7671 standards apply to the whole of the United Kingdom. Therefore, the volume of crossover between each of the respective Building Regulations is substantial.
For reference, bs7671’s principles, rules and stipulations are documented in the IET’s Requirements for Electrical Installations manual. This text, often referred to in the industry as, ‘the wiring regulations’, determine how tradesmen should approach each stage of the electrical instalment process. Therefore, the Building Regulations dovetail perfectly with the standardised procedures developed by the electrotechnical community.
Who does Part P guidance apply to?
However, this is a relatively new development. Prior to 2005, there was no requirement for electrical workers to comply with any particular piece of Building Regulations legislation. In essence, this was introduced to increase an electricians’ accountability level when implementing work in domestic environments. This dynamic applies to both the quality of craftsmanship, and the protection and welfare of the dwelling’s occupants.
As already alluded to, both electricians and domestic installers are subject to Part P codes of practice. Domestic Installers do not carry the same status as electricians but are nevertheless empowered to deliver a vast range of electrical work. Furthermore, given that these individuals are exclusively based in domestic settings, having a solid awareness of Part P methods of control is highly favourable. Therefore, anyone conducting electrical tasks in dwellings should do so in respect of Part P guidance.
The Building Regulations distinguish between the practices of addressing installations in a new home, versus tasks executed in pre-existent domestic dwellings. In reference to new buildings, the regulations dictate that the final outcome of completed work must comply with the guidance in operation at that precise moment. However, contrastingly, when working in an established premises, electrical craft activity only needs to align to the prevailing regulations which were in place during the project’s planning phase. This is a key point of difference.
Nevertheless, the legislation determines that any adjustments or additions to a current property must represent an improvement to the performance of the dwelling’s electrical systems or configuration. This seems a simplistic notion, but it provides important protection to customers and holds electrical workers to account on the quality of their work.
The Local Building Authority Control (LABC)
Part P of the Building Regulations instructs that certain electrical works must be communicated to the Local Building Authority Control (LABC).
The LABC is an arm of the council, positioned to regulate an electrical worker’s approach during relevant electrical work. The term ‘relevant’ is used here, as not all electrical task conducted in domestic dwellings needs to be declared to the LABC. Indeed, the industry presides over what is called ‘notifiable’ and ‘non-notifiable’ works. The former applies to electrical installations that require Local Building Authority Control involvement. Clearly, non-notifiable refers to enterprises that do not need LABC input. Further discussion on what determines whether work is ‘notifiable’ or ‘non-notifiable’ is included at a later stage.
Occasionally, installers may opt to liaise with an Approved Building Inspector’s Control (AIBC) firm instead. These organisations serve exactly the same function as the LABC, however, importantly, they operate in the private, rather than public sector. Therefore, individuals should expect to pay a little more for their services (additional notes on charges upcoming).
Part P scheme membership
However, the extent of LABC interaction is dependent on the profile of the domestic installer or electrician. If this individual is accredited to an official Part P scheme, the level of compulsory communication is significantly reduced. These licensing programmes are operated by a number of different providers. It’s estimated that in England and Wales, around 80% of all individuals aligned to a Part P scheme are registered to an organisation under the Certsure LLP brand. Indeed, the ECA, NICEIC, and ELECSA are all subsidiary groups operating within the Certsure umbrella. Recently, through close collaboration, they have produced an extensive list of Part P license holders. These have been captured on their own Electrical Safety Register. Therefore, if you’re planning to engage in a Part P scheme application process, there’s every chance that you’ll eventually become an integrated member of either the ECA, NICEIC, or ELECSA.
Impact on Local Building Authority Control communication
Acquiring affiliation to a Part P scheme demonstrates a suitable awareness of Building Regulations legislation, and emphasises that the bearer is fully competent in delivering appropriate electrical tasks. Therefore, those in possession of a valid Part P license can self-certify all work conducted in domestic settings. This means, regardless of whether the task in question is deemed ‘notifiable’ or ‘non-notifiable,’ there is no need for this individual to inform the LABC at the onset of activity. True, the only formal, stipulated contact is to tell the authority that works have been completed.
This notification process will incur a nominal fee to the electrician or domestic installer, who will also be required to pay an annual supplement to their licensing provider. For successful scheme entry, applicants must meet a set of challenging criteria. Furthermore, these standards must be maintained throughout their resultant membership. However, gaining a Part P license is far more preferable to operating without one.
Challenges of not possessing a license
For electrical workers not equipped with a license, completing ‘notifiable’ pursuits within a domestic environment is a far more protracted and costly process. Before an activity commences, the Local Authority Building Control needs to be informed of your intention. Moreover, any prospective works must be approved by this body, prior to the onset of implementation.
On completion, the task is then subjected to an inspection and testing process, before authorisation to hand over the appliance, circuit or installation back to the customer is authorised. In this scenario, the installer is clearly dependent on the LABC to be able to initiate any work. Therefore, if permission to start work is delayed, or concerns are identified in the assessment process, this can cause a substantial extension to works timelines. In turn, this often puts stress on customer relationships, potentially leading to the undermining of business reputation and credibility. Furthermore, as we know, time is money. The longer this procedure takes, the more likely it is that business earnings are at least partially compromised.
The cost of engaging in this process (and more so if going through a private AIBC company) also far outweighs the monies paid by those carrying licenses. Therefore, this more than offsets the charges involved in maintaining affiliation to a Part P scheme.
Building Control Certificates
Within the electrotechnical sector, the Building Control Certificate is more commonly referred to as the ‘Part P’ Certificate. This is a document that proves the electrical task carried out has been done so competently, compliantly, and in respect of the Part P section of the Building Regulations.
This article contains a number of important pieces of information alluding to the work delivered. It will clearly state:
- That the installer’s approach reflected the guidance declared in regulation notes 4 and 7 within the most recent version of the Building Regulations legislation (2010). These are the relevant parts that allude to the safe and compliant execution of electrical work within domestic dwellings.
- The installers name, and, if affiliated to a certification scheme, their registration number (more on this subject to follow)
- A certification number, allowing works to be easily cross-referenced against their resultant validation.
- Task completion date
- Address of location where works were undertaken, and short description of type of accommodation (i.e., dwelling, residential home).
- Description of type of notifiable work.
- If registered to a Part P licensing scheme, the name of the provider will also be articulated.
Whether the installer is affiliated to a governmental Part P programme or not, this makes no impact on the content detailed within the certification (apart from in relation to point 7). However, the procedure of acquiring this accreditation does differ slightly dependent on whether you hold a license or not.
Process for receiving a Part P certificate
If the Local Authority Building Control has been engaged from Day One, and therefore the electrical worker is not registered to a Part P scheme, then it is they who will arrange the production and issuing of the Building Control certificate. However, this process is only set in motion when the council subsidiary is comfortable that works have been landed in diligent and compliant fashion. An LABC representative will visit the property to test and inspect the completed task. Therefore, individuals are once again at the mercy of the LABC, and can only move on with finalising the work when an official is available to conduct these checks.
In instances where a registered electrician or domestic installer has originally self-certified their approach, the procedure is tangibly easier. Here, the accredited individual would simply inform their license provider, who would in turn set about generating an appropriate certificate. It’s advised that this notification occurs within a few days of taking on the task. If this timeframe is adhered to, then workers should expect to see certification materialise within six weeks. Therefore, this is a far less protracted process then the one endured by non-registered stakeholders.
Notifiable and non-notifiable
So, what exactly is notifiable and non-notifiable work?
Experienced installers will build up a comprehensive understanding of what corresponds to these opposing types of work. However, as an alternative, the below guidance provides a decent overview of how to determine which tasks sit in which category.
Items that are classed as notifiable work are as follows:
- Any work pertaining to a new installation or circuit
- Replacement of a consumer unit.
- A full, domestic re-wire. This is a procedure that is usually deployed every 25-30 years. This involves a complete re-establishment of wiring systems within a domestic dwelling, and aligns its electrical functionality and performance to modern standards.
- Activity conducted in ‘Special Locations’. All special locations are listed in the bs7671 wiring regulations, and alludes to activity in either uncommon environments, or areas where unique precautions should be undertaken. Within a domestic dwelling, this most commonly refers to work conducted within bathrooms or wet rooms.
The following information relates to tasks which are deemed to be non-notifiable:
- Adding additional socket outlets to a pre-existing circuit in any room (except in areas determined to be a ‘Special Location’)
- Adding additional lighting fixtures to a pre-existing circuit in any room (except in areas determined to be a ‘Special Location’)
- Installing an external light by integrating it into a current lighting system
- Installing additional sockets or light fittings into any room by tapping into a current electrical configuration
A certificate must always be produced!
Nevertheless, regardless of whether works are notifiable or non-notifiable, any task that involves a new or existing electrical installation should always be followed by the presentation of a suitable certificate. This is of course if the task has been safely completed in compliance with bs7671 standards. In order to progress our understanding of the work which alludes specifically to the Part P guidelines, it’s worth analysing those areas that require alternate certification.
There are two other possible certificates that should be administered on the successful completion of electrical work.
Minor Works Certificate
In instances where tasks are limited in scope, a Minor Works Certificate should be produced. This accounts for any work conducted whereby implementation of a new circuit or installation has not occurred.
A Minor Works Certificate is a relatively short piece of documentation, containing basic, high-level information. This includes a description of the activity undertaken, the person delivering the task, client detail, and a record of measurements noted during inspection and testing procedures.
Some examples of where a Minor Works Certificate would be appropriate are articulated below:
- Fixing a broken light fitting
- Replacing a shower unit of exactly the same specification.
- Electric Cooker installation, providing the new appliance does not require an adjustment to the existing circuit in place.
- Socket extension in any room across the home.
- Adding additional light fittings to an existing lighting system.
- Removing a redundant ‘spur’ to a central heating boiler.
Clearly, this isn’t an exhaustive list. However, it offers reasonable insight into the types of activity which correspond to Minor Works certification. It must also be noted that on point 2, this work should only occur if delivered by a fully-registered electrical worker. This means that the individual conducting the task will be affiliated to an organisation such as the ECS.
The ECS, or Electrotechnical Certification Scheme, awards various ‘cards’ to a range of occupations within the electrical sector. These cards demonstrate both the competency of the individual and the style of work they’re authorised to practice. Through this programme, both domestic installers and fully-fledged electricians can demonstrate their level and scope of capability. Any worker looking to gain access to a construction site will need to be in possession of an ECS card, or similar validation from an equivalent scheme provider. It is not compulsory for those conducting work in domestic dwellings to be officially tethered to a certification body.
However, on occasions where tasks are executed in a ‘Special Location,’ this principle does not apply. As previously referenced, this includes bathrooms and wet rooms. Therefore, shower installation is an endeavour that must only be completed by a suitably accredited individual.
By default, any electrical worker who isn’t registered to a certification scheme will not be in possession of a Part P license. This is because they wouldn’t hold the necessary qualifications that would facilitate a successful Part P programme application. Therefore, in instances where these individuals are hired, all notifiable works would clearly need to be passed through to the Local Authority Building Control (or Approved Building Inspector’s Control).
Registration to an ECS or equivalent certification scheme is relatively easy, and is well worth pursuing. Apart from the obvious benefit of having the ability to deliver works activities in special locations, these programmes support electrical stakeholders to advertise their capability level to piers and clients alike. Indeed, by holding membership to one of these schemes, individuals can quickly demonstrate the extent of their competence on entry to building sites and domestic dwellings. This allows them to instantly acquire credibility from those around them.
Electrical Installation Certificates
Electrical Installation Certificates are composed in all other instances of electrical works. Therefore, this corresponds to work on brand new circuits and installations. This also applies to upgrading circuit breakers and their respective cabling connected to an appliance, as well as full, domestic re-wires.
In contrast to Minor Works Certificates, Electrical Installation Certificates are relatively lengthy, and articulate various pieces of detailed information. Within their contents and accompanying documentation, Electrical Installation Certificates will include:
- Two pages, rather than one, to document measurements taken, and offer commentary on the condition of the circuit or install. In similarity to a Minor Works Certificate, attention is given to all of the key components of the task. However, an Electrical Installation Certificate includes more information in comparison to its less complex counterpart.
- A further two pages on the inspection schedule, which alludes to future testing requirements. However, this is only applied to new installations, as current ones should already be equipped with an agenda for periodic testing activity.
- A full-page document dedicated to testing results. Therefore, recipients should expect to see more evidence of testing. Again, this reflects a more thorough approach than the Minor Works verification process.
Until all of this certification has been summarily finalised, an Electrical Installation Certificate cannot be dispensed to the customer.
To further consolidate understanding, it’s again worth reviewing some examples whereby an Electrical Installation Certificate would be administered on completion of task. Once again, the noted instances where this documentation applies are not part of an exhaustive list. However, this should provide you with a steer on when this certificate should be utilised:
- Re-wiring a circuit, or as already referenced, a full, domestic re-wire
- Installing a circuit to accommodate a completely new kitchen lighting system
- Upgrading a shower unit from a 7kW to 9kW power supply.
- Devising a new circuit for a jacuzzi, sauna, or swimming pool lighting system.
As points 3 and 4 allude to tasks completed within a special location, the same rules around certificate scheme registration apply. Although, one may be quite lucky to work in a property that contains some of the items referenced in Point 4!
Trends in certification
By analysing notifiable and non-notifiable work, and cross-referencing this against tasks associated with Minor Works and Electrical Installation certificate, one can identify a clear relationship pattern between all four enterprises. Generally, work which is categorised as notifiable, resembles the types of activity where the deployment of an Electrical Installation Certificate on completion would be most appropriate.
Contrastingly, non-notifiable works are largely endeavours that correspond to the type of work undertaken where Minor Works certification is required. This may be a slightly crude observation and is perhaps not applicable in every context. However, this will frequently offer a good reference point when attempting to establish commonalities between tasks. Understanding this dynamic provides us with a useful tool to gauge which works would need to be self-certified or initially communicated to the LABC, in context of Part P of the Building Regulations.
There is opportunity for further crossover between these three strands of certification. For all tasks where Part P certification is appropriate, this should be accompanied by either a Minor Works Certificate, or Electrical Installation Certificate. Clearly, this will only be instances where work is notifiable.
Due to their very nature, Minor Works and Electrical Installation certification cannot be administered in unison. Their opposing characteristics determine that no act of electrical craftmanship could straddle both of their set criteria.
In the wake of ‘completed’ works, it’s often the case that a ‘snagging’ list will be produced. This is a particularly frequent occurrence when engaging in tasks aligned to the Electrical Installation Certificate process. These lists detail any outstanding remedial work, and sometimes an anticipated timeframe for completion. The bs7671 wiring regulations clearly suggest that, in any context or set of circumstances whereby these issues compromise the safety or functionality of an installation, an authorising electrical certificate cannot be produced.
There should also be a fully compliant inspection and testing programme undertaken prior to client handover. A snagging list is basically a piece of evidence to demonstrate that not all appropriate work has been completed. Therefore, there should be no instances where certification is granted without closing out any residual actions from the original task.
Acquiring a Part P license
As already alluded to, becoming part of a Part P scheme should not be taken as a given. Individuals will need to undergo a challenging application process, and, if they want to retain their license, they’ll need to ensure their knowledge and skillset remains relevant and compliant to updated practices and regulatory guidance.
‘Part P’ course
In order to support one’s quest to become a Part P licensee, it’s highly recommended that individuals attend a Part P course. These qualifications offer an insight into a range of relevant topics, designed to help prospective installers gain a thorough understanding of the Part P regulations. Included in their respective prospectuses, is detailed discussions on the content of the Building Regulations, and how its Part P section is imposed throughout the electrotechnical industry. Dependent on course length (which is determined by experience level & capability), the module also covers an in-depth review of all electrical tasks conducted within a domestic dwelling. Therefore, this introduces delegates to the technical elements of both notifiable and non-notifiable work. Indeed, this is an all-encompassing course that sets up candidates perfectly for future work in this field.
The City and Guilds
Although a number of skills providers offer qualifications in this space, this review focuses on the City & Guilds sponsored course. The City and Guilds are a renowned skills and certification body throughout the electrotechnical sector. Their detailed and well-structured modules are embraced by most electrical course facilitators, making them the most popular choice for both public and private learning institutions. Therefore, it only seems right to base any analysis on the usefulness of Part P courses on the City and Guilds version. For transparency purposes moving forward, the term ‘C&G’ is used an acronym used to reference the City and Guilds organisation.
The C&G 2393-10 qualification
The C&G 2393-10 Level 3 Certificate in the Building Regulations for Electrical Installations in Dwellings is the full title of the training course which covers the Part P regulations.
Candidates attending this module can be generally organised into four categories. Participants will be either trainee domestic installers, individuals on apprenticeship programmes, what the industry has defined as ‘front-loaded’ learners or already-qualified electricians. Given the notes made on domestic installers earlier, we can easily infer how attending this course would be extremely advantageous for those in this occupation. Because of this, many domestic installer courses automatically integrate this learning module into their respective overarching curriculums.
Apprentices embrace this qualification as part of their wider training framework. These individuals undertake a hybrid learning approach, mixing collegiate-based study with ‘real-world’ employment experience. For this reason, apprenticeship schemes prove popular with young students, as they offer gradual transition into full-time employment.
Furthermore, a fixed, supportive training plan allows apprentices to accrue all of the relevant knowledge and technical capabilities required to become fully-fledged electricians. The C&G 2393-10 acts as another key milestone in this learning journey. Information picked up on this course is complemented by opportunities to see Part P-related activity within their workplace. Therefore, those on apprenticeship programmes should feel extremely well-positioned to apply for a Part P scheme at the end of their training period.
It should also be noted that apprentices do not personally pay for any of the courses aligned to their aforementioned training schedules. All learning is sponsored by their employers, who can apply for a government grant to support this endeavour.
Those engaging in ‘front-loaded’ training routes may also decide to attend this course. These individuals are typically career-changers and therefore tend to be a little older than their apprenticeship counterparts. The ‘front-loaded’ element refers to the positioning of training ahead of any employment linked to the electrotechnical industry. Students are free to attend whichever modules they deem necessary to advance their career. However, as there is a relatively standardised route for becoming an electrical professional, most front-loaded learners will follow a similar pathway to those participating in apprenticeship programmes.
There is usually a significant level of flexibility afforded to these candidates. As these individuals are often at a more mature stage in life, it’s often the case that personal responsibilities need to be leveraged against training commitments. Furthermore, as these students are not tethered to an employer, all modules need to be self-financed. Therefore, pauses to learning may have to be considered in order to allow time to generate additional funds. Given the costs involved, many individuals decide to retain their core income whilst undertaking the required qualifications. Again, this can create operational challenges with regular course attendance.
To an extent, domestic installers face into similar headaches. They too have to finance their own career ventures, and often embark on their learning journeys after leaving an alternate profession. However, the key differentials here are the level of training involved, and the keenness of prospective domestic installers to enter the electrotechnical industry. Many commit to this enterprise, as opposed to becoming a fully-fledged electrician. This is because it allows them to conduct a significant breadth of electrical work, without having to pay a fortune on training or having to invest too much time in completing complex training modules.
Therefore, domestic installer courses, and their respective delegates, are often characterised by undertaking short, but intensive, programmes of learning. This allows students to learn quickly, conclude the training, and get out in the field.
The factors articulated above compel learning providers to offer front-loaded candidates a higher degree of flexibility in their approach. Many facilitators have the provision to coordinate evening and weekend sessions, and courses are often compartmentalised into small blocks of activity. This mitigates against the requirement of candidates having to provide continuous availability over a set number of weeks, and staggers their time investment. In turn, this allows individuals to better forward-plan activity and therefore increases the likelihood of consistent participation.
The success of, and indeed reliance on, remote learning solutions during the recent coronavirus pandemic, has led industry stakeholders to further enhance the credibility of virtual courses. This has presented another opportunity to better accommodate those trying to navigate training whilst balancing challenging personal circumstances. The receptiveness of learning providers towards remote training means studying can now be conducted anywhere with an internet connection. Again, this greatly improves the chances of regular attendance.
The benefits of hybrid learning
Although a virtual approach may suit certain individuals, it’s still highly recommended, wherever possible, for delegates to at least embrace a hybrid format of learning. This would involve attending a mixture of face-to-face and online training sessions. It’s extremely difficult to re-create the benefits of physically attending a classroom-based session via a digital platform. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to attend some lessons in person. Pier group debate, tutor interaction and connection, and the opportunity to practice tasks in simulated working environments are all advantages that shouldn’t be underestimated.
However, there is no golden formula for the amount of time one should spend participating in either format. This is clearly dependent on an individual’s preferred learning style, and of course personal circumstances. Nevertheless, candidates should think carefully about how their approach may impact their capacity to learn new and complex information.
Given their other commitments, front-loaded learners usually take a little longer to complete modules than those on apprenticeship schemes. However, given the relative shortness of the C&G 2393-10 qualification, most attendees will conclude this enterprise in a fairly similar timeframe.
Course structure(s) and costs
Most learning providers actually offer two-course lengths for this qualification. This allows us to address the final category of attendees; experienced, fully operational electricians. These individuals will perhaps already be on the cusp of their Part P application process but did not originally pick up a Building Regulations course as part of their initial learning activity. The module designed for these individuals will usually last just one day. This course duration is seen as an adequate timeframe, as the expectation will be that delegates already have some primitive understanding of the work connected to the Part P regulations.
On the other hand, our other three groups, namely Domestic Installers, apprentices, and front-loaded learners, are advised to attend an extended version of this course. In most cases, these tend to have a five-day learning framework. As you would expect, there is a sizeable cost differential between the one and five-day qualifications. However, this is also contingent on the learning provider facilitating the course. Candidates should thoroughly review the credentials of opposing providers prior to course sign-up. Remember! Be sure not to sacrifice the quality of coaching for a reduced price. A lower standard of training could cost you later down the line!
On average, module prices for the extended course are around £650-900. Those participating in the shorter, one-day qualification will likely pay around £140-180. Therefore, there is a substantial bandwidth between each course structure. However, less experienced prospective candidates should not be tempted into attending the condensed module for the sake of saving money. Given the advanced starting point of discussion, these individuals will quickly find themselves getting left behind. Therefore, potential C&G 2393-10 delegates should weigh up their experience level, be honest about their current capabilities, and select a course accordingly.
To ensure we cover all bases, it’s perhaps best to conduct an analysis of what the five-day course will entail. This can be split crudely into two parts.
Part I: Electrical tasks performed in domestic properties
The first part of the course is represented by the initial four days of training. This covers general electrical work which is regularly conducted within domestic dwellings. This ensures that delegates have a firm understanding of the type of work that relates to the Part P section of the Building Regulations. Therefore, when the detail around regulation and control is explored in the second part of the qualification (on day 5), candidates will have the ability to apply this legislative guidance in the context of specific practical tasks. For those attending the shortened, one-day format, the content covered in Day 5 of the elongated course makes up the entirety of their training plan.
The below list offers a summary of the detail discussed during the first four days of the lengthened C&G 2393-10 qualification. This offers candidates an insight into any possible activity that could feature whilst working in a domestic dwelling.
- Identifying where to find appropriate sources of technical information to support the delivery of general domestic tasks
- Understanding how to read electrotechnical drawings, and how to implement circuits and installations to these determined specifications. This also involves gaining an awareness of the symbols and keys typically integrated into these drawings.
- Accurately converting scaled drawings into the proportions required for physical application in any given situation.
- Gaining an awareness of the kinds of electrical work undertaken in domestic dwellings. This includes the installation of cookers, fire and anti-theft alarms, data communication equipment, power and heating systems, lighting systems, and fresh radial circuits.
- Accurately identifying variant earthing arrangements
- Understanding each and every component within an electrical circuit or instalment.
- Identifying the function of a specific protective device.
- Understanding when RCD (resistant current device) protection is needed
- Understanding the function and application of IP (Ingress Protection) ratings. Therefore, developing the capability to understand the level of protection offered by a specific enclosure.
- Understanding how to measure the maximum demand of an installation, and addressing works in relation to this accordingly.
- Understanding how to measure a set of live conductors’ minimum current carrying capacity, and addressing works in relation to this accordingly.
- Gaining an awareness of the differing wiring ‘zones’ present within domestic properties.
- Understanding the critical importance of accurate electrical labelling
- Developing the capability to implement electrical circuits and installations in special locations within domestic dwellings. As previously referenced, this applies to work conducted in bathrooms, wet rooms, swimming pools, sauna’s etc.
Part II: The Building Regulations, and role of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC)
After analysing the concepts and disciplines above, delegates will progress onto the detailed review of the Building Regulations, with particular attention clearly given to its Part P section. There will also be focus given to the function of the LABC.
The subjects of focus in this penultimate stage of the course are as follows:
- Understanding the detail, structure and scope of the full Buildings Regulations. This provides additional context for candidates, and allows them to understand the handwriting, positioning, and importance of this legislation.
- Gaining an awareness of what types of tasks constitute ‘notifiable’ or ‘non-notifiable’ works. A detailed process map of LABC communication for non-license holders is shared in this session. There is various documentation in circulation during this procedure, which is also addressed as part of this discussion. Furthermore, the notifiable works approach taken by Part P registered installers is also covered. Each way of working is analysed in terms of potential pitfalls, costs involved, and rough timescales for certification to materialise.
- Understanding the role of the Local Building Authority Control within the context of the electrotechnical industry. This includes learning about how it operates, its breadth of responsibility, and its level of authority. Time is taken to also review the services of Approved Inspectors Building Control operators.
- Understanding how installer practices, with respect to Part P of the Building Regulations, are monitored within the electrotechnical sector. There is also focus on how contraventions are dealt with, and what this could mean for the offending party.
Having a robust grasp of the theories and skills expressed above supports prospective Part P license holders to become fully equipped with the principles, rules and application of the Building Regulations within the electrotechnical sector.
As you can see, the C&G 2393-10 course curriculum is extremely extensive! Therefore, delegates should ensure they’re mentally braced to absorb vast quantities of information from the onset of the course.
As referenced, delegates will then sit a multiple-choice assessment. This contains twenty questions, with candidates given forty minutes to complete the test. Therefore, on average, individuals need to provide an answer every two minutes. This examination is conducted online and therefore takes place in both bricks-and-mortar and remote environments.
The key here is not to be complacent. Multiple-choice tests are often misleading with regards to their level of difficulty. Responses will often require extensive calculation or thought, rather than straightforward answers based on soundbites from the course. Indeed, a substantial portion of questions will demand a methodical approach. This will involve addressing each option by systematically applying a relevant formula or theory, before arriving at the correct answer through a process of elimination.
Furthermore, it should also be remembered that the City and Guilds are interested in testing the practical application of theoretical knowledge, not how well one can regurgitate snippets of information. In this way, delegates should aim to develop an awareness of why the Building Regulations are in place, and how this impacts the way in which installers approach work in domestic dwellings. Indeed, individuals should not merely commit extracts of the regulations, or indeed relevant learning resources, to memory.
Exploit the flagging tool!
It’s worth noting that all online C&G multiple-choice tests are equipped with an integrated flagging system. This allows candidates to mark any questions that they feel are particularly challenging, and return to address these at the conclusion of their test. This means that answering momentum doesn’t become compromised, and candidates can progress knowing that there is no risk of forgetting to re-visit these questions later on. Remember, you should give an answer to every single question- you just never know whether that last-gasp guess will give you the extra point you need to pass!
The challenges of ‘open-book’ examinations
The assessment is ‘open-book’, which means approved literature can be taken into the examination hall, or wherever the test is being remotely conducted. There is one authorised resource relating to this exam, which is the ‘Electricians Guide to the Building Regulations’. As per its title, this book presents a useful review of the Building Regulations legislation. It also guides electricians on how this information can be compliantly applied when out in the field. Candidates are encouraged to purchase a copy of this text prior to attending this module. Indeed, it’s highly likely that course tutors will refer to this document throughout its duration.
However, delegates should be careful in how they deploy this resource during their exam. In any ‘open-book’ assessment, approved articles should be used as a supportive crutch. They should be used as a constant point of reference throughout. Clearly, if an individual is unaware of an answer, then reaching for the authorised resource(s) is perfectly acceptable.
However, issues arise when delegates constantly ‘sense-check’ their responses against its contents. Indeed, if relatively confident in the answer given, candidates should press onto the next question. Nobody receives extra points for being aware of a correct response before the test is graded. Furthermore, given the investment of time spent needlessly investigating responses, there is a risk of not completing the test within the allotted timeframe. So, if you’re preparing for this, or indeed any other C&G multiple-choice test, make sure you use any accompanying documentation sparingly!
Assessment: Final thoughts
The pass benchmark for this test is 60%. With a decent revision approach and engaging properly with your training module, there’s no reason why this can’t be comfortably achieved.
As we’ve seen, the C&G 2393-10 really is an all-encompassing course, and really drives home every key piece of information concerned with the Part P Building Regulations. In the extended course version, it even includes a thorough review of the types of work that may apply to this legislation. In this way, this module comprehensively supports individuals in their application for Part P scheme licenses. Moreover, it sets them up perfectly to address associated works whilst out in the trade.
So, there you have it, an in-depth review of the Part P section of the Building Regulations, and its associated course. Within this article, we’ve covered a host of information connected to Part P. Therefore, we hope readers feel suitably accustomed to the processes and procedures surrounding this legislation.
Part P licenses and the LABC
It’s incredibly important that installers conducting work in domestic dwellings are aware of the appropriate regulations. In the vast majority of cases, it’s advised that individuals aim to acquire membership to a Part P scheme. As we know, this will serve to reduce costs, client waiting times, and often protracted interactions between themselves and the Local Building Authority Control. Furthermore, they should look to gain a robust understanding of what tasks are both ‘notifiable’ and ‘non-notifiable’. This allows installers to gauge which activity needs to be self-certified or communicated to the LABC. And, by default, opportunities where work can occur without having to follow this procedure. It’s also worth having an appreciation of Building Control (Part P) certification. This enables individuals to grasp the importance of the documentation, and the lead times associated with the variant application processes.
Furthermore, electrical workers should also be able to distinguish between works that require a Minor Works Certificate, and those which need an Electrical Installation Certificate. This will allow individuals to approach specific tasks in the right way and remain compliant when dispensing certificates to clients. Remember, absolutely every item of electrical work needs to be supported with appropriate certification. Therefore, homeowners should ensure they receive at least one certificate at the conclusion of works, regardless of project size. In some cases, there is a requirement for two validation documents. As previously referenced, given the characteristics of these tasks, this can never be both a Minor Works Certificate and Electrical Installation Certificate. It’s critical that no certification is administered whilst ‘snagging’ lists are still outstanding.
When a homeowner sells their property, they may be asked to produce proof that any electrical work has been carried out compliantly. Therefore, if in receipt of any of the aforementioned certificates, it’s essential that these are filed away safely.
The C&G 2393-10 gives individuals the confidence and skill set to apply for a Part P license. There are a range of participants attending this course, from vastly experienced electricians, all the way through to relative novices. Prospective attendees should approach this qualification in a way that suits them. This should take into account relevant personal circumstances, and how this may impact upon required time to finish the course.
However, regardless of whether you’re a ‘front-loaded’ learner or an apprentice ensconced in a fixed training plan, the relative shortness of this module leads most delegates to have similar completion times. As we know, learning providers often offer two-course timeframes, which facilitate different levels of experience and capability.
The extended course content is considerably detailed. It covers all elements associated with work undertaken in domestic dwellings, as well as harnessing detailed discussion on the Building Regulations legislation and LABC. The shorter qualification focuses exclusively on the legislation and the council’s subsidiary organisation. The module’s resultant assessment is a relatively short multiple-choice test. If delegates prepare appropriately and take heed of the advice given, this becomes an extremely passable exam.
The Part P section of the Building Regulations has become an essential part of the electrotechnical industry. Therefore, all students are encouraged to embrace learning activities in this pursuit. Therefore, if possible, individuals should strive to attend the C&G 2393-10, or an equivalent qualification.
If you require any further information on ‘Part P’, whether that be to do with its licenses, regulations, or associated courses, it might be worth reaching out to a course tutor or industry professional. Alternatively, if your query relates to the C&G 2393-10 specifically, you can review the course’s official handbook here.
We wish you the best of luck in this important endeavour. And, if you decide to attend the C&G 2393-10, we wish you the best of luck in its resultant assessment!