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Specialist provider Develop Training Ltd (DTL) is celebrating after electricians on its courses achieved a 94 per cent pass rate against the latest national wiring standard.
Candidates from across the UK from some of the country’s biggest names in utilities and construction have been training with DTL to meet the new 18th Edition Wiring Regulations (BS7671:2018).
From this year, anyone working as an electrician must achieve the latest version of the national qualification.
Matthew Gray, Operations Manager at DTL, said:
"We've rolled out training in the new standard across all our centres across the UK, which puts our training within easy reach for our customers nationwide. We’re also providing courses for customers on their own premises. We're thrilled that our candidates are achieving such a high pass rate and can quickly get back to their day jobs with the knowledge that they've been trained to the highest standards."
DTL provides training in the regulations at its seven centres in two forms, the standard three-day course for most candidates and a one-day refresher course for those with the most up-to-date previous qualification.
The successful candidates were trained by DTL’s expert lecturers, all of whom have a long record of electrical experience. The training company expanded its electrical lecturing team last year to meet growing demand for training in the new regulations as well as for the installation of smart meters.
As specialists in training for utilities and construction, DTL typically includes a large amount of practical training alongside classroom learning. With their real-world experience, lecturers relate the theory of the guidelines to the actual skills used by electricians when carrying out work in domestic or commercial settings. Small class sizes ensure individual attention.
The 18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations book was published last summer and the regulations came into force on 1 January 2019. The wiring regulations apply to the design, erection and verification of electrical installations, as well as additions and alterations to existing installations.
The 18th Edition has introduced comprehensive changes to the previous edition in areas including protection against over-voltages and fire as well as electrical embedded-heating. A new section covering energy efficiency has also been introduced. Overall, the regulations set requirements and operating criteria for the UK and are recognised by the British Standards Institute as a British Standard (BS 7671).