National Electrotechnical Training (NET) is urging candidates needing to re-take their AM2 assessment to ensure they arrange a re-sit before the assessment is updated and re-launched in April 2010.

NET is in the process of revising the industry-recognised assessment to ensure it reflects current working practices, legislation, methodologies and equipment; the updated assessment will be available from April 2010. However, unsuccessful candidates who need to re-take a specific section of the assessment must ensure they do so before this deadline. Neglecting to do so will mean candidates are required to re-take the revised assessment in its entirety, rather than the specific section of the current assessment where they were unsuccessful.

“The revision of the AM2 assessment is essential in order to ensure the test maintains its relevancy to the industry and subsequent position as the gold standard of competency,” said Stephen Plant, NET Business Development Manager. “We are, however, keen to minimise any disruption or inconvenience to candidates during this time, and as such are urging them to be aware they may need to re-take and to bear this in mind when scheduling their initial assessment.”

AM2 candidates who have not re-taken unsuccessful sections of the assessment within six months of their original test date are required to sit the entire assessment again. On average, 35-40 per cent of each year’s candidates do not pass the AM2 on their first attempt, although the majority of these candidates re-sit and pass within one to three months of their original test date. NET is therefore urging all candidates to factor in the ‘worst-case scenario’ of having to re-take into their plans and adjust timings accordingly.

Stephen Plant continued:“The AM2 assessment will remain integral to the apprenticeship framework, and there is no need for apprentices due to take their AM2 after April 2010 to worry about the revisions. The core competencies being tested in the assessment will remain the same; only the vehicle is changing, to ensure that it is responsive to changing industry practices and legislation.”

NET’s unique mobile test centre, which travels to hotspots around the country to reduce backlogged candidates and waiting times, will be available for re-takes until September 2010. However, places are limited and candidates are advised that if at all possible they should aim to carry out any re-takes by March 2010 at the latest.