Issue 03: Sept 2022
Welcome to the third issue of our newsletter. Una-Volta is a channel on LearningLounge.com dedicated to producing the best online electrical learning and includes free content as well as very popular solutions for 18th Edition qualifications.
In this issue, we have a brand-new Regs in Brief video which looks at some of the terminology frequently used and accepted in daily use in the electrical industry but which is technically wrong. We also look at some more frequently asked questions about Amendment 2.
Q. Ever used terms like Ring Main, Main Earthing Conductor or Earth-bonding?
Regs in Brief Video #3 looks at the most common terms used incorrectly by many in the electrical industry.
In this video, Dave Austin and Gary Gundry investigate the terms that many of us use in the electrical industry that are not technically correct; this is really good to watch if you ever do an Inspection and Testing or Design Course.
REGS IN BRIEF
FAQ-1. Which Regs book should I now be using: the BROWN or the BLUE one?
By Dave Austin
The brown Regs book – BS 7671:2018+A2:2022 Requirements for Electrical Installations – was issued on 28th March 2022 and was ready to be implemented immediately.
The blue book, BS 7671:2018+A1:2020 remained current ever since, but was withdrawn on 27th September 2022. (See NOTE 2, below.)
The Regs apply to the design, erection and verification of electrical installations, and additions and alterations to existing installations.
Any existing installation that has been installed in accordance with earlier editions of the Regs may not comply with the latest edition in every respect. This does not necessarily mean that it is unsafe
for continued use or require upgrading.
Contractual and legal considerations
BS 7671:2018+A2:2022 does not purport to include all the necessary provisions of a contract. So, users are responsible for its correct application as compliance with a British Standard cannot confer immunity from legal obligations.
All of the this information is given in the introduction to Amendment 2 of BS 7671:2018 with, thankfully, the following two notes:
‘NOTE 1: Completion of an electrical installation designed to the withdrawn standard can be subject to the contractual agreement between all parties involved.
NOTE 2: BSI publishes information on the uses of withdrawn British Standards. (Click here for the details.)’
For those wishing to obtain an 18th Edition qualification please get in touch as, from the 28th Sept 2022, it’s only possible to take the exam on the brown book as all Awarding Organisations offering the qualification now no longer offer it for the blue book.
For more info on course content, click-here to visit our dedicated blog page.
FAQ-2. Do I need a new City & Guilds EV qualification to install charging points?
By Gary Gundry
From the 1st September 2022, the C&G 2919 EV qualification was discontinued and has been replaced by three new qualification options:
Why the change?
In 2020 and 2021, OZEV commissioned audits on EV charging point installations, where it was found that almost 20% of them were potentially dangerous and only one third were deemed satisfactory. Following those audits, industry stakeholders collaborated to develop new qualifications and have also increased the prerequisites to be able to enrol on these courses. For example it is now a mandatory requirement to be a qualified practising electrician and have an NVQ Level 3 in Electrical Installations (or be a current Gold Card holder, for those with legacy qualifications) to be eligible for these EV courses.
The big problem that many see with this, is that the only situation where you require a qualification to install EV charging equipment is where you wish to be an OZEV approved installer so that you can claim grants (where applicable) on behalf of your customers.
Therefore, if your customer doesn’t want a grant then you can install an EV charging point without the need for a qualification - but and it’s a BIG BUT, you should still be a competent person and the best way to prove competency is to be registered with a competent person scheme, such as NAPIT or NICEIC.
Registrants of such schemes are subject to audits to assess the competency of those doing or supervising the work. This could be done by asking a range of technical questions on topics, but is more usually simplified by requesting formal qualification evidence and also any CPD that may have been done.
Our own online course www.learninglounge.com/eve provides both qualification or CPD options.
For more information on these courses, please CLICK HERE.
In the next issue, we will examine the topic of Risk Assessments for SPDs and explore if there are any situations where it would be necessary for a competent person to challenge the installation owner about their interpretation of what ‘Tolerable Damage’ might be.
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