The 18th Edition qualification recognised by the ECS and JIB is:
Level 3 Award in the Requirements for Electrical Installations BS7671:2018
To achieve this qualification, you might want to consider the best training and assessment approach for you based on your personal situation and factors such as previous Wiring Regulations knowledge.
Some electricians will prefer a classroom-based training session. These can range from 1 to 5 days in length. Alternatively, you may prefer to study at your own pace using your own material or an online training package and then take the examination, without the associated training course.
Online training allows you to learn at your own speed and review the material as often as you would like to. There are a variety of free online training videos and internet articles that may provide the training that you need before taking an exam.
In all cases, you will need to make sure that the training is relevant to your needs and from a reliable source.
To find a college or training provider that is offering the BS7671:2018 qualification, the following awarding organisations can tell you who in your area is registered to offer the qualification and assessment:
There are several organisations that offer online training. We are aware of the following providers, but this list is not exclusive:
Assessment Only availability
An assessment only option for the BS7671:2018 qualification is widely available from training providers registered with the awarding organisations above.
However we are aware that training providers will sometimes restrict access to the exam to those who have undertaken the training with them.
We are looking at options to help people access the Assessment Only option more easily, and will publicise this advice when it’s available.
A variety of potential routes are available to help certain individuals with financial support towards gaining the 18th Edition qualification.
Unite Cardiff Office working with Cardiff and Vale College can assist in the provision of this qualification to Unite members in Wales, through the Wales Union Learning Fund. Unite members in Scotland should contact the Glasgow office regarding the availability of free BS7671 course placements. Contact your local office to find out more information about support.
Those who are unemployed and looking for support to re-enter the workforce by undertaking the 18thEdition qualification should contact the JIB Skills Development Fund, Electrical Industries Charity or ReAct (in Wales) for individuals or employers, as funding may be available from these funds.