City & Guilds 2391-52 Inspection & Testing

Course duration: 4 days (plus 1-day practical assessment)
Cost: £770 + VAT

The Level 3 Award has been split into 3 different qualification awards. These are detailed further below.

  • 2391-50 – Level 3 Award in Initial Verification

Designed for candidates looking to test their own work

  • 2391-51 – Level 3 Award in Periodic Inspection & Testing

Designed for candidates who need to test others work or completing apprentices who have previously undertaken the Initial Verification during their apprenticeships.

  • 2391-52 – Level 3 Award in Inspection & Testing

Allows practicing electricians who want the ability to test their own work and that of others.

BET offer a combined course, delegates undertaking the 2391-52 will gain the full Level 3 Award including initial verification and period inspection qualifications.

If candidates wish to undertake either the 2391-50 or 2391-51, they can attend the same course for a reduced cost.

Testing & Inspection qualifications are aimed at practicing electricians who have not yet carried out inspection and testing since qualifying or are required to update their training prior to undertaking further electrical training. This qualification is also designed for candidates who have limited experience such as newly qualified apprentices or who have been working in different sectors of the industry.

It remains the advice for candidates who have no or limited test and inspection experience, to undertake the City & Guilds 2392 Fundamental Inspection & Testing or the 1-Day Practical Testing Refresher, also offered by BET.

The new 2391 qualification will continue to be recognised by the JIB under the ECS Card scheme, this will allow candidates to apply for their approved electrician card on completion of this qualification.

Course Assessment

2 Hour Online Multiple Choice Open Book Exam
Practical Exam including visual exercise, testing on test rig and a short four item question paper

Books Required

  • IET Wiring Regulations 17th Edition (BS 7671:2008 incorporating amendment number 3:2015)
  • IET Guidance Note 3: Inspection & Testing, 7th Edition
  • IET On-Site Guide (BS 7671:2008 Wiring Regulations, incorporating Amendment 3:2015)


Why is the 2391 returning?

Since the introduction of the 2394/2395 back in 2012 there has been confusion within the industry surrounding which is the relevant qualification for Test & Inspection, many employers and electricians still refer to the 2391, which is not the case. It is felt that the industry understands the 2391 and that is why City & Guilds have decided to return to this qualification.

What has changed?

As candidates now undertake an Open Book Online Multiple Choice exam, this reduces the marking time, as there are no written assessments. This means candidates can gain instant results, which also reduces the time for any retests. It also allows candidates to gain the qualification much quicker than before.

By creating one exam that tests the knowledge of both disciplines, it reduces the repetition for candidates and trainers and provides a consistent approach for qualifications across the industry.

What will happen with the 2394/2395, if I need to re-sit a written exam?

The 2394 + 2395 exams will continue to be run up until the end of 2017, these dates are already confirmed and will enable candidates to complete their qualifications and mean there is no need for them to re-sit and undertake the 2391-52.

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