Author: Neil

Current 2394/5-302 written exam process

Currently the 2 hour written exam can only be completed at 6:30 on an evening approximately every two months. This isn’t exactly ideal for Students and training providers alike but it was accepted because it has been seen as a very tough and strict assessment.

The new 2394/5-302 written exam process

City & guilds now have a new on-demand facility for (2394-302) and (2395-302) and is available for centres to register. Centres & learners now have the option to book and take the exam at any point during the year.  The new on-demand assessment will remain as a short answer question method and candidates will now have to type their answers on screen.

City & guilds will continue to run the current dated entry element alongside the on-demand version for a period of time.

For more information click here City&Guilds FAQS

Registered Competent Persons – Electrical (RCPE) is a register that brings all the competent persons schemes (AKA Part P schemes) such as NICEIC and Elecsa together and one search tool. From here you can enter in a post code to find a Registered Electrician or enter a company name of an Electrician to check if they are a Registered Competent Electrician.


All registered electrical contractors are permitted to display the mark are registered to undertake work on domestic electrical installations under the Competent Person Scheme, So you if you see this sign on their van, t-shirt, website then the chances are they are registered and you can clarify this using the online register. The RCPE was introduced by the Government, to allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations and to simply the search for a quality Electrician.

These electricians meet strict qualification requirements and their work is regularly assessed by their electrical Competent Person Scheme Operator to ensure their ongoing competence. The list of Government-approved electrical Competent Person Scheme Operators, their requirements and how they are authorised can be found on the website.

This mark and register is open to all competent, registered electrical installers in England and Wales undertaking work for householders.

The benefits of using an Electrician from the RCPE.

  • They work to the IET Wiring Regulations (BS7671) which is the definitive Standard for electrical installations in the UK
  • They meet strict entry requirements, which take account of qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience and insurance policies
  • Their work is regularly assessed by a Government-approved Scheme Operator to ensure their ongoing competence and that it meets the correct standards
  • They will give you a BS7671 certificate to confirm that their work has been designed, inspected and tested in line with the BS7671 electrical safety standard. If the work is notifiable, they will also arrange a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate to confirm compliance with Building Regulations, which should be issued to you by their Scheme Operator within 30 days of the completion of the installation.
  • They are permitted to self-certify their work against the Building Regulations, saving you the need to notify the work with your Local Authority Building Control department
  • They have valid insurance policies in place, including Public Liability Insurance
  • All Government-approved scheme operators have a complaints procedure, which means they will investigate complaints about registered electricians who have not complied with technical standards
  • They have been authorised by Government to self-certify that their work is compliant with Building Regulations.

There are more than 41,000 firms now listed on the Registered Competent Person Electrical website.

The staff at Electrical Courses would like to congratulate Christopher Hamilton (from Cambourne, Cambridgeshire) on  his first electrical improver job in the Electrical Industry. Chris was one of first Level 2 learners back in September 2013, who wanted to change careers from a job working on a zero hour contract at Dominos to become a qualified Electrician. Chris worked all hours at Dominos whilst working hard on his studies on the level 2 & 3 Diploma in Electrical Installations.

Chris knew that his goal of becoming a qualified electrician and getting an electrical improver job in the industry, would never be an easy target to achieve but he never let this phase him. He passed all his exams to the best of his ability, he was always sending out CVs and never gave up when he had no replies and he was always offering free work to friends and family on small Electrical jobs to give him the extra experience.

Good luck in your career Chris and we look forward to possibly seeing you back for the NVQ and Inspection and testing courses.

On week 5 of the Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installations course, our level 2 Electrical Improvers undertook their Health and Safety practical assessment. It consisted of them completing 7 tasks by them selves;

  • Identifying health and safety signs
  • Identifying hazards in the workshop
  • Manual handling
  • Manual handling with a mechanical aid
  • Using and checking a step ladder
  • Using and checking an extension ladder
  • Building a mobile scaffold.

All five our the learners completed all 7 tasks with confidence and even a few smiles. Check our facebook page for more photos

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Electrical Courses Ltd delivered it’s first bespoke course this week and it was for a group of highly qualified, experienced and very knowledgeable Engineers from Tyco Integrated Systems’ Cambridge based department ( Tyco Integrated Systems is a leading high-end systems integrator with over 40 years’ experience in advanced security, audio/visual and integrated systems. They are part of Tyco International (NYSE:TYC), the world’s largest dedicated fire and security company (

The 2 day course was designed to help the Engineers from TYCO gain a better understanding of certain aspects of Electrical Installations, that may be involved when designing their hi tech equipment and installing them into domestic, commercial and industrial installations. This included topics such as protective devices, cable sizing and impedance values required by the IET Wiring regulations.

It was an absolute pleasure delivering this course and the group of Engineers were a great bunch, it was also good from our point of view to have a slight taste of what their job roles involve.


If you are interested in learning about other’s experience in the Electrical industry, want to share your own experiences, ask for advice or just have a friendly chat with like minded people, then have a look at this Electrician’s forum This is a great little community made up of a variety of skilled Electricians and students, willing to help each other out and have a little banter at the same time

Electrical Courses Ltd’s first students, Gilmar Deledon and Chris Hamilton, have now become qualified Level 2 Electrical Improvers! Both students worked exceptionally hard in the past few months, studying 8:30am until 4:30pm, 5 days a week, constantly revising at home or researching for projects, whilst working in their normal jobs during evenings and weekends. Each student undertook four Electrical Installations online exams, two practical exams and numerous practical assignments, without failing a single test. Both students from the Cambridgeshire area are now progressing onto the Level 3 City and Guilds (2365) Diploma in Electrical Installations, which will take them closer to their final end goal of becoming qualified Electricians. Congratulations guys its been a pleasure teaching you on the Level 2, Neil!

Electrical Courses Ltd are six weeks into their first ever Electrical Installations course, the City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installations 2365 . We have two students studying, who are “Christopher Hamilton” and “Gilmar Deledon” and they are enjoying every little bit of the qualification. So far they have passed all exams with no problems and we at Electrical Courses can see already, that they both have great potential for achieving their goal of becoming qualified Electricians in the future. Keep working hard guys!