You’ll need to do the AM2 assessment if you’re undertaking the ‘Apprenticeship Framework’ route, or are on a mature training scheme such as the JIB Mature Candidate Assessment (if you’re on the Apprenticeship Standard you’ll need the AM2S section).
The purpose of the assessment is to ensure all electricians achieve a single, consistent standard that has been agreed by employers as meeting their expectations for a qualified person. The assessment is designed to prove that you have gained all the relevant knowledge and skills (referred to as ‘occupational competence’) during your training process.
During the test, you’ll perform a series of common tasks and procedures that a fully qualified electrician might face. You’ll be assessed on your electrical competence in installation, inspection & testing and fault-finding. Your practical work must comply with the current British Standard (BS7671:2018) and meet with the requirements of Health & Safety legislation and industry best practice.
What do I have to do?
The AM2 Assessment is broken down into the sections below. During some of the practical sections, you’ll be watched by the assessor. This can seem intimidating so try to practice beforehand with a colleague watching you to get used to it.
We’ve shown the length of time allocated to complete each section but you’ll be given additional time to read the instructions and prepare before starting the test.
This is just an overview, so if you are close to taking your AM2 Assessment and want more detail, click through to a step by step guide to each section.
In this section, you need to demonstrate that you can carry out a safe isolation procedure in the correct sequence to ensure the safety of not only yourself but everyone else on site. You’ll also undertake and document an assessment of any risks to safety that may be present.
Following the diagrams and instructions you’re given, you’ll prepare, install, connect and terminate conductors at a TP&N Distribution Board and equipment outlets to industry standards. To complete this section, you must demonstrate occupational competence in accordance with statutory and non-statutory regulations and approved industry working practices.
During this section, you’ll carry out a visual inspection of your installation and complete a series of tests following practices and procedures that take into account electrically sensitive equipment. You can change any part of your installation that you find is incorrect or not complete.
From information provided, you will identify faults in a circuit. You’ll need to record the type of fault and its specific location, then recommend how each fault could be corrected, including any works needed to prove the fault has been rectified.
This is an on-line test consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions designed to assess your knowledge of the health and safety regulations, building regulations and BS 7671 – so make sure you revise these. You need to answer 21 questions correctly in order to pass.