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Electacourse 18th Edition Online Course now CPD accredited

Electacourse are proud to announce that our best-selling 18th Edition Online Course has now been accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

The CPD Certification Service is the independent CPD accreditation centre working across all sectors, disciplines and further learning applications. The CPD Service’s recognised and authoritative CPD Member and CPD Certified symbols provide assurance the material concerned achieves the qualitative standards required by students, companies and employers.

Electacourse have always been confident our Online Wiring Regulations course is of the highest quality. Our thousands of successful customers frequently tell us how useful our material has been to them. Now, future customers and clients can be confident that with the Electacourse 18th Edition Online Course, you will be studying an independently certified course.

UPDATE : May 2020 – From 1st November 2019,  Electacourse 18th Edition Online Course discontinued its association with the CPDUK service.

Why study your 18th Edition with us?

  • Success – Join the 1000’s of students who successfully passed their 17th Edition with us
  • Effective – We focus on exam success with a database of over 1,000 questions designed to give you maximum exam practice
  • Engaging – We are publishers and technologists and have been involved in online learning for over twenty years
  • Great value – We keep our prices competitive
  • Flexibility – You do not need you to commit to do the exam with us. We give you the option of where to book your exam – or have us book it for you
  • Accessibility – Our 18th Edition Course is online – study when you want, where you and on whatever device. We were the first company to put the Wiring Regulations course online. We know how to make the material work for students

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Course completion

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18th Edition South Coast Special

Recently at Electacourse we were approached by an enterprising group of Bournemouth electricians who wanted to get 18th Edition qualified but also wanted the convenience of taking the exam locally.

In partnership with JLS Electrical Training, Electacourse have the perfect solution for this requirement.  We enrolled six electricians onto the 18th Edition Online Course. And after a period of study online with Electacourse including use of the 2382-18 Online Practice tests, the six electricians were ready to take the City & Guilds 2382-18 exam.

We booked a large meeting room at a convenient local hotel, JLS Training set up the exam room and invigilated the candidates as they sat the 2382-18 exam.

All six candidates passed with an average mark of over 80% with one candidate just missing 60 out of 60 by one question!

Feedback from the electricians was excellent:

The online course was well structured and informative. The exams at the end of the chapters were very helpful.

I would not hesitate recommending Electacourse for online training. Fitting in time to study around work was really helpful. Far better than tying up time at college.
Craig B

Feedback wise from speaking to the guys during the course everything was positive, the online course was good and the ‘motivational’ emails from yourself gave us a kick to get on with it! Overall the online course was well structured and easy to work through and it did what is was supposed to because we all passed so I think the results speak for themselves.

Overall a great experience and we will be recommending it to everyone.
Phil M

Electacourse and JLS Training can deliver a custom 18th Edition exam experience for any group of electricians or a company, at a location of your choice anywhere in the UK. Generally, the minimum number required to make it work at a very competitive price is 6 candidates. Contact us for more information – contact@electacourse.com, or use the form on our website at Electacourse.com.

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18th Edition Briefing – March 2018

18th Edition Wiring RegulationsPublication date for 18th now confirmed as 2nd July 2018

Regulations come in to effect on installations designed after 31st December 2018


18th Edition changes and additions

We now know which sections and regulations are changing in the BS7671:2018 Requirements for Electrical Installations.

Part 1 Scope, object and fundamental principles

133.1.3 will require a statement on the Electrical Installation Certificate.

Part 2 Definitions

As with every update, new and changed definitions are included

Chapter 41 – Protection against electric shock

Significant changes are proposed throughout this chapter.

411.3.1.2 metallic pipes and point of entry

411.3.2.2 maximum disconnection times

411.3.3 limit to 32A and risk assessment relating to RCD protection

411.3.4 new regulation – RCD and luminaires

411.4.3 switiching and isolating device in PEN conductor

411.4.4 and 5 redrafts

411.6 deletions and redrafts

419 automatic disconnection not feasible

Chapter 42 – Protection against thermal effects

Installation of arc fault detection devices to mitigate risk of fire

Chapter 44 – Protection against voltage disturbances and electromagnetic disturbances

Changes to specific sections and critically a requirement for risk assessment to be performed in order to determine if protection against transient overvoltage is required.

Chapter 46 – Devices for isolation and switching

This chapter which was removed after the 16th Edition, reappears. This chapter will  cover the requirements for the functions of isolation, functional switching (control), auxiliary circuits, motor control, switiching off for mechanical maintenance and emergencies, which are currently in Section 537. The requires for the devices relating to these functions will remain in Section 537.

Part 5 – Selection and Erection of Equipment

Chapter 52 – concerning wiring support systems, SELV buried cables and CPR requirements

Chapter 53 – Changes to protection against overvoltage, earthing arrangements, protective conductors and other equipment including ground-recessed luminaires.

Chapter 54 – new regulations relating to earth electrodes and switching devices in a protective conductor

Chapter 55 – new scope and ground recessed luminaires

Part 6 – Inspection and testing

Completely restructured to align with CENELEC standards

Part 7 – Special installations or locations

A large number of small changes in many sections in particular

704 Construction sites,

708 Caravan/Camping parks,

710 Medical locations,

715 Extra low voltage lighting installations,

721 Caravans,

722 Electric Vehicle Charging,

730 Onshore Units – new section to apply to onshore installations supplying inland navigation vessels – whose power requirements are significantly greater than those of vessels covered in 709 Marinas

753 Floor and Ceiling Heating

Appendix 17 – Energy Efficiency

A major new addition to the Wiring Regulations to support the worldwide requirement to reduce the consumption of energy and how electrical installations can contribute to this effort, effectively and safely.

About Electacourse

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18th Edition Briefing – January 2018

The IET timeline to the publication in July 2018 of Wiring Regulations BS7671:2018 18th Edition remains on track.

We know a lot about what to expect but until the national committee JPEL/64 completes its process, nothing is confirmed.

18th Edition changes and additions

Chapter 41 – Protection against electric shock

Significant changes are proposed throughout this chapter. Of particular note are: Regulation 411.3.1.2 which will reference identification of insulating inserts on domestic service pipes. Regulation 411.3.4 will mandate RCD protection for all new luminaires.

Chapter 42 – Protection against thermal effects

Installation of arc fault detection devices to mitigate risk of fire

Chapter 44 – Protection against voltage disturbances and electromagnetic disturbances

Changes to specific sections and critically a requirement for risk assessment to be performed in order to determine if protection against transient overvoltage is required.

Chapter 46 – Devices for isolation and switching

This chapter which was removed after the 16th Edition, reappears. This chapter will  cover the requirements for the functions of isolation, functional switching (control), auxiliary circuits, motor control, switiching off for mechanical maintenance and emergencies, which are currently in Section 537. The requires for the devices relating to these functions will remain in Section 537.

Part 5 – Selection and Erection of Equipment

Complete revision of Chapter 53 to cover protection, isolation, switching, control, monitoring and overvoltage. Changes to protection against overvoltage, earthing arrangements, protective conductors and other equipment including ground-recessed luminaires. In response to European practice, upgraded Regulation 542.2.3 will recommend foundation earthing systems.

Part 6 – Inspection and testing

Completely restructured to align with CENELEC standards

Part 7 – Special installations or locations

A large number of small changes in many sections in particular 704 Construction sites, 708 Caravan/Camping parks, 721 Caravans, 722 Electric Vehicle Charging, 753 Floor and Ceiling Heating and the new section 730 Onshore Units – this unit will apply to onshore installations supplying inland navigation vessels – whose power requirements are significantly greater than those of vessels covered in 709 Marinas

Part 8 – Energy Efficiency

A major new addition to the Wiring Regulations to support the worldwide requirement to reduce the consumption of energy and how electrical installations can contribute to this effort, effectively and safely.

About Electacourse

We are the UK’s leading publisher of learning material and online courses for electricians. We have been serving the electrical industry for over ten years and in that time have helped tens of thousands of electricians achieve their qualifications.

Study where you like, when you like, in your own time and at your own pace.

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Maths for electricians

Maths for electricians is easy

Maths does not need to be difficult.

All through school, college and in fact, all through life, we are told that maths is difficult and that you need a brain the size of a planet to understand maths. But it is not true.

Sure, if you want to compute how to send people to Mars and back or you want to fire a missile from a submarine and pop it on some Asian dictator’s head, you have got to do some brain-busting maths, but here in the UK, doing industrial, commercial and domestic electrical installations, it is not that tough.

Maths for electricians online courseAt Electacourse we have given this a lot of thought and have written a course Maths for Electricians which we think hits the spot. We are not concerned whether you have a left-sided or a right-sided brain and whether one side or another is better for maths. We focus on the place and time you need to know maths most: when you are taking an exam or an assessment.

Of course, you need maths when you are on a job, but mostly in those circumstances, you are using some pretty good instruments which are doing the calculations for you, or you have bought some excellent apps and programs: punch the numbers in and the correct answers come out.

For nearly every qualification you need as an electrician, you can take into the exam the relevant reference books and a calculator. Books such as [amazon_textlink asin=’184919873X’ text=’IET Guidance Note 3′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’electacourse-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’c6d95ad5-d06f-11e7-99db-17fc77f40498′] or [amazon_textlink asin=’184919887X’ text=’IET On Site Guide’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’electacourse-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’253eda5a-d070-11e7-b5d9-ff2b52b5a835′] mostly have the equations you need to pass that exam.

So, our Maths for Electricians course does not spend ages trying to get you to understand the whole range of stuff which is mathematics, we concentrate on just three things:

  1. Maths basics – types of numbers and how to work with them – for instance: plus, minus, multiply, divide, % etc
  2. Units – Metres, Amps, Volts, Watts etc and their sizes – for instance millimetres, kilowatts etc
  3. Equations – this where it all comes together. First we talk about how to change equations, ie from Ohm’s Law you get both A = V/R (Current = Volts divided by Resistance) and R = V/A. Then we talk about how to put numbers and units into the equations to get the answers you need.

Bish, Bosh. Done.

But, here we have to add some stuff which isn’t small print and it is important. This Maths for Electricians course is good for you if you are:

  1. studying for City & Guilds exams such as 2382-15, 2394/95, 2365, 2357 and 2391-50, 51 and 52. In this course you should find all the maths and equations you need for those exams. And all have them have tons of practice questions.
  2. an electrician who wants to brush up on their maths and remind yourself you can still do it.
  3. you are in another trade but have to understand or undertake some electrical work

For those of you who are working in high voltage, electrical installation design or other specialist and advanced areas of electrical work, this course would be considered an introduction. It does not cover the complex and advanced maths which you need and use in your everyday work.

 

 

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18th Edition Wiring Regulations – public comments now open

18th Edition Wiring Regulations

The British Standards Institute have now made the draft of the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations, BS 7671 available for public comments.  Have your say in the new regulations.

Visit the BSI webpage for the 18th Edition, sign up with your email address, access the document and make comments. You have until 23rd August before the public consultation is closed.

When will the 18th Edition be published?

The planned publication date is 1st July 2018 and the implementation date for new installations to confirm to BS7671 18th Edition will be January 2019.

Electacourse have a number of offers to help our 17th Edition customers who are thinking whether to do the 17th Edition Course now or wait for the 18th Edition. See the chart below.

What changes are likely?

We reported before on possible changes, the draft publication now has details of the proposed changes. The colour of the 18th Edition looks like it is going to be Sky Blue, not the dark blue as we guessed before. Significant changes are:

Definitions

With every new edition or update of the Regulations, the definitions are updated and modified

Chapter 41 – Protection against electric shock

Significant changes are proposed throughout this chapter relating to disconnection times, circuit types, equipotential bonding, RCD protection, IT systems and automatic disconnection

Chapter 42 – Protection against thermal effects

Installation of arc fault detection devices to mitigate risk of fire

Chapter 44 – Protection against voltage disturbances and electromagnetic disturbances

Changes to specific sections and critically a requirement for risk assessment to be performed in order to determine if protection against transient overvoltage is required.

Chapter 46 – Devices for isolation and switching

New chapter to deal with non-automatic isolation and switching measures.

Part 5 – Selection and Erection of Equipment

Complete revision of Chapter 53 to cover protection, isolation, switching, control, monitoring and overvoltage. Changes to protection against overvoltage, earthing arrangements, protective conductors and other equipment including ground-recessed luminairs.

Part 6 – Inspection and testing

Completely restructured to align with CENELEC standards

Part 7 – Special installations or locations

A large number of small changes in many sections

Part 8 – Energy Efficiency

A major new addition to the Wiring Regulations to support the worldwide requirement to reduce the consumption of energy and how electrical installations can contribute to this effort, effectively and safely.

What can you expect from Electacourse?

Electacourse are already a leading provider of courses for electricians and students aiming to achieve their 17th Edition qualification. Together with other industry leaders, Electacourse will participate in the public consultation for the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations and will have courses and student material available as soon as the details of the 18th Edition are finalised.

For electrical contractors you will be able sign up to the Electacourse 18th Edition Online Course once it becomes available. If you would like us to keep you informed, use the contact form below.

For training companies and FE Colleges, we will be able to offer you a ‘white label’ 18th Edition Online Course. That is, you can sign up with Electacourse for a license to use our 18th Edition material to train your students. The material will be available to your students under your own branding. Use the contact form below and we will keep you up-to-date.

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Exam Technique for electricians

If you have read our previous post on preparing for an exam then you will know that a lot of work goes in to making sure that you are ready for your big exam. So with so much effort under your belt, it would seem silly to fall at the final hurdle.

Let us show you some of the key exam day techniques to help you to get even closer to your goals.

Getting Ready

After a good night’s sleep you should be up and ready to head to your local exam centre. You will want to leave home with plenty of time and ensure that you have planned your route out.

You will not be allowed in to the exam if you are late and if you get there just in time then you are more likely to feel flustered and stressed as you enter the room.

You should also make sure you have all the right equipment with you in order to complete the exam and always, always take a spare pen or two.

Give yourself up a timetable

When the time comes to opening those papers there is a good chance you are going to feel some panic about what you may find. Just keep calm and work out in your head a timetable of how long to give each question (although this may already be set out for you).

You should try to plan in 10 minutes at the end of the test for proof-reading.

Reading through the questions

Make sure that you read each and every question accurately, take the time to make sure you understand each point as candidates are more likely to lose marks simply because they haven’t read the questions properly. Read each one twice, three times if you have to.

Underline or mark anything that you feel is important in the question and ensure that you can see what is meant by each phrase or point.

Keep Calm

There is a good chance that at some point in the exam you are going to draw a blank. When this happens, just take a deep breath, compose yourself and think back to all that revision, it will soon come back to you.

Remember, exams are supposed to test you, otherwise they wouldn’t be exams, so don’t worry if you have to really think about the answer.

If you are really struggling, then try answering all the questions that you are sure of. This will not only give your brain a rest but also boost your confidence as it shows you everything you do know.

Answering the questions

Always make it clear which question you are answering, you should also use correct and up to date terminology, after all this is professional exam. The examiner who marks your answers will not assume anything, so make sure you make every point you know clearly.

Also, don’t forget to use your best handwriting, if the examiner cannot understand what you have written then they won’t be able to mark it for you.

Plan each answer before you put it on the paper and make sure that you are understanding what is being asked of you.

Check and check again

As we have already said, try to leave yourself around 10 minutes towards the end of the exam to check over your work.

During this time, you should:

  • Make sure you have answered all the questions
  • Ensure that you have answered questions as precisely and thoroughly as you can
  • Make sure that you have outlined your workings out if it is a maths questions
  • Check that you have used all the relevant terminology

Once you have done all this you should have a completed test in front of you. Try to relax and not worry about what you have written. Now is the time just to wait for your results and see whether or not you have qualified.

 

 

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18th Edition of BS7671 Wiring Regulations

Electacourse have been talking to Mark Coles of the IET talk about the 18th Edition of BS7671 Wiring Regulations.

When is the 18th Edition coming?

What we know so far about the 18th Edition Regulations is that the current anticipated publication date is July 2018, implementation date for installations to confirm to BS7671 18th Edition will be January 2019.

Electacourse have a number of offers to help our 17th Edition customers who are thinking whether to do the 17th Edition Course now or wait for the 18th Edition. See the chart below.

What changes are likely?

Protection against overvoltages

Clause 443 is likely to be significantly revised. BS7671 is dependent on International (IEC) and European (CENELEC – more about this below) standards. Both IEC and CENELEC have published major updates concerning overvoltage.

It is likely protection against transient overvoltage will be significantly changed in BS7671. Protection would have to be provided where the consequences affect human life, public services and commercial/industrial activity. And in line with the general trend of electricians being required to understand and exercise risk assessment, assessment will need to be made of whether protection is required in light of the potential human and commercial consequences of no protection.

Protection against fire

Chapter 42 concerns protection and precautions relating to fire caused by electrical equipment. It seems likely that BS7671:2018 will include regulations concerning the installation of arc fault detection devices – in response to the fact that RCDs cannot detect series or parallel arcing – faults which do not result in leakage current to earth.

Section 753

Section 753 will be extended to include embedded electrical heating systems for surface heating. This will include de-icing and frost prevention systems. Major revisions will include regulations relating to the protection against the effects of overheating caused by electrical short-circuits in embedded units and relating to harmful influence between the heating system and other electrical and non-electrical installations.

Energy efficiency

This major new section will cover several energy efficient areas, such as electric vehicles, lighting, metering, cable losses, transformer losses, power-factor correction, and harmonics

IEC and CENELEC

The wiring regulations BS7671 are decided upon by the UK committee JPEL/64, more information about the working of JPEL/64 can be found on the Wiring Matters blog.

JPEL/64 is informed by the UK’s commitment to the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC). The relationships between BS761, IEC and CENELEC are well explained by Mark Coles, the Technical Regulations Manager at the IET in his blog – Mark Coles blog.

IEC and CENELEC have their own update schedules. In addition to the likely BS7671 changes indicated above there will be many other smaller changes arising from these other standard bodies which will find their way in to the 18th Edition – these will be in addition to updates originating from JPEL/64’s consideration of electrical installation practice and requirements and the laws applicable in the UK.

What about Brexit and how will that change the 18th Edition schedule?

CENELEC is a European organisation and has a membership of 33 European states (ie more than just the EU states). The consequences of Brexit and the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union should not affect the UK membership of CENELEC. There is no indication at present that Brexit will change the anticipated publication schedule of the 18th Edition for July 2018.

What can you expect from Electacourse?

Electacourse are already a leading provider of courses for electricians and students aiming to achieve their 17th Edition qualification. Together with other industry leaders, Electacourse will participate in the public consultation for the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations and will have courses and student material available as soon as the details of the 18th Edition are finalised.

For electrical contractors you will be able sign up to the Electacourse 18th Edition Online Course once it becomes available. If you would like us to keep you informed, use the contact form below.

For training companies and FE Colleges, we will be able to offer you a ‘white label’ 18th Edition Online Course. That is, you can sign up with Electacourse for a license to use our 18th Edition material to train your students. The material will be available to your students under your own branding. Use the contact form below and we will keep you up-to-date.