About the City & Guilds 2382-15 exam

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The 2382-15 is available at exam centres around the UK. City & Guilds recommend that candidates undertake at least 35 study hours prior to sitting the exam.

You can book your exam with Electacourse an choose one of our partner exam centres located around the UK. Alternatively you can make your own exam arrangements, perhaps at your local Further Education College.

The 2382-15 exam is an ‘open book’ exam. That means candidates can take into the exam room a copy of the [amazon_textlink asin=’1849197695′ text=’17th Edition Wiring Regulations’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’electacourse-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’d5fa4bc6-0985-11e7-930f-d90c9efbd7d4′] (the Yellow Book). You can also take in a calculator.

You are not allowed to write on the Yellow Book with notes; it needs to be a ‘clean’ copy.

BUT, you can use ‘Post-IT’ notes in your Yellow Book – so write any memory aids on a sticky note and insert these into your Yellow Book.

At the examination centre candidates sit the exam at a computer which is connected online with the City & Guilds. In most cases the exam centre will be able to give candidates information about how well they have performed in the exam within 30 minutes of completing the exam. All the exam questions are of the multiple choice type; that is, one question statement with four possible answers of which one is correct.

When studying this course and preparing for the 2382 exam it is important that candidates understand that the exam is not only testing your understanding of the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations, it is testing your knowledge of the Yellow Book and your ability to locate in the book answers to the exam questions. So, do not try to remember everything in this course, but do remember how to use this information to find the relevant sections from the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations.

Become familiar with the index of the Regulations. In your exam the quickest way to find your way around the Yellow Book is to start with the index. THE INDEX IS YOUR FRIEND

How is the exam structured

Part 1 – Understanding Scope, Object and Fundamental Principles

Weighting – 6% Number of questions – 4

For this part of the exam you need to refer to all Parts of the Regulations, but of particular importance are:

  • Identify examples of installations in the Scope of BS 7671:2008 and particular requirement for specific installations and locations.
  • Identify the object of BS 7671: 2008.
  • Identify the fundamental principles of BS7671

Part 2 – Definitions

Weighting – 4% Number of questions – 2

Refer to Part 2 of the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations

  • Interpret the definitions used within BS7671
  • Relate the definitions to the regulations and appendices of BS7671

Although this Part has a small weighting towards the 2382-15 exam and only two questions, a clear understanding of the Definitions Part of the Regulations will help considerably when working through questions relating to the other Parts of the regulations.

You will find that becoming familiar with the ‘System’ definition will specifically help you when sitting the 2382-15 exam.

Part 3 – Understand how to assess the general characteristics of electrical installations

Weighting – 10% Number of questions – 6

Please refer to the relevant parts of the regulations and:

  • Interpret the requirements of assessing the general characteristics of electrical installations within the scope of BS7671
  • You should be able to state the need to consider compatibility and maintainability in the selection of equipment and the need to divide an installation into suitable circuit arrangements.
  • Determine the number and types of Live conductors for installation circuits and state the source (e.g. standby, external) and characteristics necessary for a supply.

Part 4 – Understand the requirements for protection for safety for electrical installations

Weighting – 25% Number of questions – 15

Please refer to the relevant parts of the regulations and:

  • Identify the requirements of protection for safety within the scope of BS7671
  • Identify how this applies to the electrical installations within the scope of BS7671, including:
  • Protection against electric shock
  • Protection against thermal effects
  • Protection against overcurrent
  • Protection against electromagnetic and voltage disturbances
  • Describe how the requirements for shock protection are affected by:
    1. Value of external earth loop Impedance (Ze)
    2. Compliance with Zs=R1 + R2 + Ze
    3. Compliance with tables 41.2-6
  • Describe means of protection against fire, burns and harmful thermal effects.
  • Identify the difference between overcurrent and fault current
  • Describe methods of overcurrent and fault current protection and the need for coordination with conductors and equipment.
  • State the requirements for protection against
    1. Overvoltage
    2. Undervoltage
  • Identify precautions where particular risk of danger of fire exists.

Part 5 – Understand the requirements for selection and erection of equipment for electrical installations

Weighting — 23% Number of questions — 14

Please refer to the relevant parts of the regulations and:

  • Identify the requirements for selecting and erecting equipment within the scope of BS7671
  • Interpret how this applies to electrical installations, including:
  • Common rules
  • Selection and erection of wiring systems
  • Protection, isolation, switching, control and
  • Monitoring
  • Earthing arrangements and protective conductors
  • Other equipment including Auxiliary circuits
  • Safety services

Part 6 – Understand the requirements for inspection and testing of electrical installations

Weighting — 7% Number of questions — 4

Please refer to the relevant parts of the regulations and:

  • Identify the requirements for inspection and testing of electrical installations.
  • Interpret how this applies to electrical installations.

Part 7 – Understand the requirements of special installations or locations as identified in BS7671

Weighting — 17% Number of questions — 10

Please refer to the relevant parts of the regulations and:

  • Identify the requirements for special installations and locations.
  • Interpret how these affect the general requirements of the regulations.

Appendix – Understand the information contained within the appendices of BS7671

Weighting — 8% Number of questions — 5

  • Identify the information in the appendices of BS7671.
  • Specify how the information contained in the appendices is used to support electrical installation activities.


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