The IEE Wiring Regulations (17th edition) 2008 are the UK’s standard to which all domestic and industrial electrical wiring installations meet. The 17th edition follows on from the 16th edition which was in place from 1991.
It’s purpose is to ensure that your electrical installations conform to the latest safety guidelines, it applies to the design, erection and verification of electrical installations, also additions and alterations to existing installations.
You will need good working knowledge of the 17th edition if you hope to go on and achieve your NVQ. The City & Guilds 2382 (17th edition) Wiring Regulations technical certificate is an essential course you’ll need to take in preparation for you to go on to gain a full electrical NVQ.
There is no practical work involved on this course as you will be taught the technical theory of the regulations. The training course covers the wiring regulations for installation work including:
Inspection and testing, terminology, safety, Isolation and Switching, Shock Protection, Earthing and Bonding.
The length of this course can vary from one training provider to another usually from one to three days, ending with a multiple choice exam at the end on which you will be assessed on. The course costs can vary from £200 to £500 depending on your course provider.
If you are taking a Full Part P course, then this course (City & Guilds 2382) most likely be included in that training package, so you will not need to take it separately.
So to sum up, the 17th edition is a set of updated safety standards that you must be able to fully implement in your installation work and the City & Guilds 2382 (17th edition) Wiring Regulations technical certificate is the course that will give you this knowledge.
It is just one of the essential courses that you must take on your path to becoming a fully qualified electrical installer.
I hope this article helps you understand what the 17th edition is all about!