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The revised AM2 receives resounding endorsement from electrical industry

The electrical industry has thrown its full weight behind the new AM2 Assessment of Occupational Competence (AOC), launched this month by NET (National Electrotechnical Training). The Joint Industry Board (JIB), Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), Electrotechnical Assessment Scheme (EAS) Management Committee and the Sector Skills Council, SummitSkills have all backed the new assessment, recognising it as the electrical industry’s benchmark for an individual’s competence.

“This launch is the culmination of two years of industry consultation,” said NET Business Development Manager, Stephen Plant. “The new AM2 has been designed by the industry, for the industry. We are confident that the modifications will reinforce it as the stamp to show that its holders and their employers are capable of providing the highest possible level of service to clients in today’s environment.”

Steve Brawley, Chief Executive of the JIB says:“The AM2 provides the industry with proof of the practical competence of each individual at the end of their JIB apprenticeship. The JIB is all about maintaining and improving high standards in the electrotechnical industry and the AM2 assessment is an excellent benchmark which supports the JIB in achieving this objective. Successful candidates can obtain their Electrician card within the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme to accredit their competence.”

Giuliano Digilio, chair of EAS Management Committee comments:“I am pleased that the new AM2 covers the A to Z of the electrotechnical industry. I’ve long believed those in the industry should be competent across all areas, and not pick and choose particular elements. With the new AM2, we now have this.”

Di Johnson, representing ECA’s Education & Training Committee adds:“As an AOC, the AM2 forms a significant part of the industry’s apprenticeship framework. What makes it so important is that it is also available to those who, while not undertaking an apprenticeship, wish to fully qualify to the recognised standard. This is vital to ensuring professionalism in our industry.”

Jim O’Neil, representing ECA’s TDA Committee: “The demands on the industry have become increasingly technical over the years. However, by going down the competence route, we will be able to ensure that those entering the profession will have the technical ability to tackle any scenario that faces them.”

Trevor Hill, Development Manager at SummitSkills said:“The industry’s contribution to the updating of this electrotechnical competence assessment has been incredibly positive. The experience and advice of those currently in the industry, in roles at different levels, was used to ensure that the AM2 reflects the skills and knowledge needed by to-day’s electricians.”

Information about the new AM2 assessment and the Scottish FICA assessment is available on the redesigned NET website at The new website aims to facilitate better access to information about NET and the AM2 and FICA, as well as providing enhanced centre support and administration. It contains:

  • The full list of approved AM2 and FICA centres as well as smart listings with Google maps and interactive content;
  • Fully revised candidate information, including the recommended pre-assessment checklist which will allow candidates to identify if they are ready to sit the assessment; information downloads, feedback form and enquiry form;
  • Information regarding NET events, such as Apprentice Exchange and NET Examiner’s Conference; and
  • Links to relevant organisations.