Electrical Qualifications


17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations (BS7671) – City and Guilds 2382

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At Lucid we are a well-respected City and Guilds approved assessment centre. As a result we have agreed to offer some City and Guilds qualifications on an exam-only basis as a service to our clients. One such qualification is the City and Guilds 2382 award otherwise commonly known as the ’17th edition’ in reference to it being an examination of the candidates knowledge of the BS 7671:2008 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations.

The 17th Edition Exam-Only Option for City & Guilds 2382 qualification

At Lucid we are prepared to arrange the City and Guilds 2382 award 17th edition exam at times and dates to suit you and offer an ‘exam only’ option so you are not paying for training that you may not need. Reasons to choose us for your 17th edition exam are:

  • choose your own exam day (we schedule the exam on a day to suit you)
  • choose your own exam time
  • exams arranged at short notice (sometimes even next-day)
  • low cost – see below for exam fees & information

Contact us to find out why candidates have come to us from all over the UK to sit their 17th edition exam at Lucid. This has proven popular with candidates from London and the South coast, despite the fact that our training centre is in the North of England. Some have brought wives or partners for a day out, whilst others have done a day-trip on the train. If you want to get the train to Garsdale station then we will often be able to pick you up at no additional cost (there is no taxi rank at Garsdale Station). From Oxenholme station in Kendal, our nearest mainline station, a taxi to us will be around £20.

Trainer led 17th Edition Training Course + City & Guilds 2382 Qualification

If you are looking for a full 17th edition training course for the City
and Guilds 2382 qualification, then please contact us. This is a training course we run regularly for companies on their site, but only occasionally as a public course as we find that most individuals prefer to opt for the lower cost, much shorter ‘exam only’ option – see below for more details on our unique approach to the exam only option for the 2382 award.

Status of the 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations

The well-known 16th edition of the IEE wiring regulations was superceded
by the new 17th edition IEE Wiring Regulations as from the 1st July 2008.
From this date all new domestic, industrial and commercial wiring should
have conformed to these new regulations, as they are a national regulation
and not just an advisory standard.

The second amendment to the 17th edition came out January 2015, which means that the current version 17th edition required for the 2382 exam is a yellow book – the previous red and green books are out-of-date, unless used with a separate copy of the amendments

For new trainees or aspiring electricians, the new qualification to replace the City and Guilds 2381 16th edition is the City and Guilds 2382-12 qualification that demonstrates an adequate awareness and knowledge of the IEE 17th Edition (BS 7671: 2008) Wiring Regulations.

When the 17th Edition, and the City & Guilds 2382 qualification, first were launched, a 1-hour “upgrade” 2382 exam was available for candidates who already held the 16th edition qualification. However, City & Guilds has now stopped registrations for the 2382 “upgrade” exam, so all candidates now have to take the full 2-hour 2382 exam, regardless of whether they already hold the previous 16th edition qualification.  This is not as much of an issue as it may seem; the cost of the 2-hour exam has always been the same as the 1-hour version, and people did find the 1-hour version harder, with more difficult questions focussing on some rather exotic differences between 16th and 17th edition.

17th Edition City & Guilds Award Examination

electrical installation testerThe Examination for the City and Guilds 2382 qualification is a 2 hour multiple choice test downloaded to a test PC at our training centre. It is an open book examination so candidates can take in their copy of the IEE 7671: 2008 17th Edition Wiring Regulations standard into the exam with them. Candidates may not receive help or assistance from other candidates, and mobile telephones must be turned off. The software that City & Guilds use for the tests is really very straightforward, but our staff are allowed to help candidates with the software if required.

City and Guilds 2382 Examination Fees

Our current standard fee for the City and Guilds 2382 qualifications is:

City & Guilds 2382 -12 ‘examination only’ qualification is £125 + VAT.

Exams are arranged at times and dates to suit you – we are possibly the most flexible City & Guilds assessment centre. We can offer discounts for a number of candidates, or for candidates doing more qualifications or training with us at Lucid.

If you require the examination in the evening or at the weekend, this may be possible to arrange subject to availability of staff, but we may ask for a small uplift for out-of-hours exams as we may have to ensure staff are available to invigilate. Please call us for details.

When do I get the result of my 17th Edition exam?

A few minutes after finishing your exam the answers you have provided are marked by the City and Guilds computer system and the results are sent back to us over the internet. We will print out the result for your 17th edition electrical regs exam and give you a copy to keep. This is not the certificate, but it does mean that you can see if you have been successful.

How soon do I get my 17th Edition award certificate?

Once you have passed your 17th edition exam (City & Guilds 2382 qualification), the certificate will be generated by City and Guilds and sent to us. We normally receive the certificate within two or three weeks and can immediately post it to you, first class in a card-backed envelope. Post allowing you should get your certificate within two to four weeks. Please remember that the post can be delayed due to seasonal pressures (Christmas post) or adverse weather.

What if I need the 17th edition award certificate for work?

If a new workplace is insisting you have the 17th edition award (City & Guilds 2382 qualification) before you start work, then they may want to see a City & Guilds certificate as evidence of this. We will get the certificate to you as quickly as we can, but once you have taken the exam with us we can issue you with a signed letter on our company letterhead to say you sat the exam at our centre and passed the exam, but the certificate may take a few weeks to arrive from City & Guilds. In the past this letter, from a respected City & Guilds examination centre, has been accepted by electrical contractors and their clients as evidence of success in advance of the official certificate being issued and arriving. Also now the new City&Guilds software allows us to print off the results as soon as you complete the exam.

City and Guilds 2382 17th Edition Examination Information

The City and Guilds 2382 qualification is awarded to successful candidates who pass an ‘on-line’ exam at a City and Guilds approved assessment centre. The ‘on-line’ examination is conducted through city and Guild’s GOLA system which allows candidates to familiarise themselves with use of the software through a ‘navigation’ exercise before sitting the main test. At Lucid our expert staff guide you through this process and are on-hand to help if you have any problems with using the PC-based examination system.

City & Guilds 2382 ’17th Edition’ Information
Unit number Description
Test Duration
2382-12 17th Edition Award /Qualification
2 – hours

The examination questions are multiple choice, normally with a selection of 4 possible answers (typically the correct answer and three ‘distractors’).

The results of the examination are available within minutes of the candidate finishing the test, with a graphical representation of their results in the different topic areas also supplied with the result itself.

NQF Qualification Level for City & Guilds 2382 Award

Successful candidates receive the full City and Guilds 2382 certificate for the unit they passed within weeks of sitting the test, but many employers will allow a short period of grace on being shown the computer printout of the examination result, or a letter from our centre confirming your success. The City and Guilds 2382 ’17th Edition’ award is a level 3 qualification under the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

Candidate Requirements for the 17th Edition Test

Before sitting either the standard 17th edition, City and Guilds 2382-12 test, the candidate must present proof of identity. This is typically a passport, photo-driving license or similar positive ID evidence.

Part P Electrical Regulations, Training and Qualifications

If you are involved in the installation on any electrical equipment then you should be aware of the ‘Part P’ regulations for domestic installations, this is shortly to become the City and Guilds 2393 award.



PAT Testing Training and Qualification

PAT testing equipment from MeggerWe offer City and Guilds qualifications to prove that your or your staff are competent to perform proper PAT testing as per legal requirements for such tests to be performed by competent people. See our PAT Testing page for more information on requirements and this qualification.

PAT Testing Qualification for experienced PAT or electrical testers – ‘exam only’ option

If you have already had training in PAT testing or feel you are an experienced electrician able to fully interpret the PAT testing Code of Practice, then you may wish to take the City and Guilds exam to gain a qualification in PAT testing. At Lucid we are able to offer and ‘exam only’ option which saves you time and money, but enables you to demonstrate your ability and gain a qualification as recognition. Contact us for more information – we believe all reputable PAT testers should be interested in this unless they already have the City and Guilds award.

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