Advanced Assessment of Competence launched for aspiring Approved Electricians

NET and the Joint Industry Board (JIB) have developed a new assessment of occupational competence for those who are seeking Approved Electrician status under the JIB grading.

The Advanced Assessment of Competence (AAC) is a one day, six section assessment with a practical and theoretical element. It assesses candidates in all the areas of competence required by Approved Electricians. These include:

  • Risk Assessment, Safe Working Practice and Safe Isolation of Supply.
  • Initial and Periodic Inspection and Testing and Initial Verification
  • Fault Diagnosis and Rectification
  • Supervision of Electrical Operatives in the Workplace
  • Underpinning Knowledge of the Role

Stephen Plant, NET Technical Development Manager, said: “The AAC provides a means for those electricians who believe they have the skills, knowledge and experience to work as Approved Electricians to prove they are competent to do so. It will serve as a CPD assessment for qualified electricians to enable them to progress in their careers in the industry, and has been developed by the industry based on the competencies that have been identified as crucial to the role.”

David Thomas, ECS Strategic Development Manager, said: “The new assessment is for JIB graded electricians looking to be re-graded to Approved Electrician status, and has been developed following demands from employers for a pathway for those who feel they are ready to take on the responsibilities of an Approved Electrician. It’s based on the format used successfully in the AM2 and we hope the AAC will be used by employers as a regular competency assessment of those operatives engaged in inspection and testing.”

Those who already hold the City & Guilds 2391 or the EAL Level 3 Certificate in the Certification of Electrical Installations (inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations) do not need to sit the AAC, and individuals who have already achieved Approved Electrician grading within the ECS are not required to undertake it.

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