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Initial and Periodic Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations - Level 3 C&G Award

Part Time

Course Overview

This course is aimed at practising electricians who have not carried out inspection and testing since qualifying or who require some update of training before going onto other City & Guilds qualifications.

The course has been introduced to streamline and simplify the qualifications required to carry our advanced inspection and testing.

In addition to inspecting, testing and certificating you own you, if you are looking to be able to inspect and test other peoples installation work or carry out regular condition reporting on existing installations this is the qualification for you, although it is strongly recommended that you have a sound working knowledge of electrical installations, systems and equipment to be able to carry out the periodic inspection and testing in the specific installations types for are inspecting.

Course Content

The course will cover the specific methods of inspecting and testing all types of installations, whether single or three-phase, to the current requirements of BS 7671. It covers the inspection and testing techniques as given in IET Guidance Note 3 and how to professionally complete Certification and Reports.

Key areas covered include:

  • Safe isolation of electrical circuits and installations
  • Requirements for initial verification of electrical installations
  • Requirements for completing the inspection of electrical installations prior to their being placed into service
  • Requirements for the safe testing and commissioning of electrical installations
  • Requirements for testing before circuits are energised
  • Requirements for testing energised installations
  • Requirements for the completion of electrical installation certificates and associated documentation
  • Safety of systems and equipment prior to completion of inspection, testing and commissioning
  • Inspection of electrical installations prior to them being placed into service
  • Commissioning electrotechnical systems and equipment

Throughout the above you will also cover:

  • Health and Safety requirements
  • Relevant documentation
  • Factors that affect conductor resistance values
  • Common earth fault loop paths
  • Methods for verifying protection
  • Requirements for determining fault current
  • Procedures for dealing with clients

Entry Requirement

  • No formal entry requirements.
  • Initial meeting will assess suitability for the course.


  • Practical assessment
  • Written assessment

How to Enrol

You can enrol directly onto this course if you have the entry requirements noted above.

If you would like to enrol but do not have the entry requirements please email information@bcot.ac.uk with your contact details or telephone 01256 306484.

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Course Outline

Course Code: APBC035
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: Flexible
Day & Time: On application
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