Electrical Exams - 17th Edition Wiring Regulations

BS7671:Requirements for Electrical Installations (17th Edition Wiring Regulations) was launched in 2008 as a replacement to the previous release, the 16th Edition. There have been a lot of fundamental and core changes, notable ones being the addition of RCD protection for most circuits, new definitions, an increase in special locations and some changes to bathroom zones and socket outlet requirements. Supplementary bonding has been replaced by the prevalence of 30mA RCDs, there are new definitions including a previous ignored definition of competent person and direct and indirect contact have been replaced with basic contact and fault contact respectively.

The exam is very similar to the previous 16th Edition exam, one of the main differences is that it's now done online (using the GOLA or eVolve format) and results can be obtained straight away in many cases (rather than the 2 months we previously had to wait). The questions are typical City and Guilds type, they can be ambiguous, designed at times to be misleading and quite often worded in a style you may not be comfortable with. If there is anything to be learned from the introduction of the new 17th Edition qualification, it is that quite often the questions do not change greatly, only the format in which they are delivered.

Nevertheless, the exam is something that anybody working within the industry will need. It will also suit those from the allied trades, those who work in design and estimation, the maintenance people, the building inspectors and anybody who works either routinely or sporadically with electricity and electrical installations and needs to prove that they can work to the latest edition. To hold the qualification itself makes you more employable than not. Overall, the exam software is designed to help you pass the final hurdle and we wish you all the best of luck with that.


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