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City & Guilds 2357 - Option 3 - The Complete Qualification

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Able Skills has their own accommodation available at £20 per night for those of you who are travelling longer distances to train with us.

City & Guilds 2357 - Option 3 - The Complete Qualification

City & Guilds 2357-13 Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment

New for 2011, this Electrical qualification is set to be the only route into the Electrical industry now that the C&G 2330 has reached the end of its registration period.

This new Electrical qualification is designed to suit those of you new to the Electrical industry as well as those who are existing practitioners, similar to the expired technical certificates (C&G 2330) and NVQs (C&G 2356).

Why have the qualifications changed?

The knowledge that you require in order to become an Electrician as approved by the industry has not changed, the science, principles, calculations and methodology is the same as it has always been. The only changes are the manner in which you can achieve full Electrical certification plus an additional unit relating to Renewable Technologies which makes this qualification more in line with what is current, more modern if you like.

 Previously, technical certificates at levels 2 and 3 and NVQs were stand alone qualifications which could be certificated upon completion. This new C&G 2357 NVQ Diploma has taken the level 2 and level 3 technical certificates (C&G 2330) and the NVQs (C&G 2356) and encompassed them into 1 single complete qualification.

This will ensure that in the future, the industry can expect new Electricians to be knowledgeable from a technical point of view and competent from a practical point of view.

For several years the Building Services Engineering sector has used NVQ's as the currency for an individual to demonstrate competence. During this time SummitSkills has reviewed and revised the National Occupational Standards for the industry in consultation with employers.

In addition to this SummitSkills has carried out extensive consultation with other qualification stakeholders, including Lecturers and Assessors; Learners; Trade Associations; Trade Unions and Competent Persons Scheme operators. This research is the basis for the design and content of the new qualification.

EAL and City & Guilds have been responsible for determining the final assessment instruments/methodology utilised within the units/qualification in accordance with assessment strategy, e.g, written tests and assignments, simulated performance activities and on-site assessment.

Adult Learners

Adult learners and career changers etc may find that the only route to study for this Electrical qualification is via a private training provider. At present, Further Education colleges have not committed to providing part time/evening courses for Adult Learners for this Electrical qualification as the length of time allocated to it means that part time could equate to 4 - 5 years of education.

Colleges are funded and paid according to results achieved and are therefore looking at quicker results which they will achieve with 16 - 18 year old full time students. In addition, colleges are governed by set intake dates, usually September each year.

Able Skills is not reliant upon government funding in any way, shape or form and this means that we can allocate training hours in whichever way we determine meets the needs of our customers. As long as we deliver the content of this Electrical qualification and meet the assessment/test criteria, we can produce this Electrical course in whatever training format we feel will work for our students.

In addition, we are not restricted to a September start date so therefore we will run these qualifications throughout the year with several start dates which should suit most people, we will even offer this Electrical course utilising weekend training.

If you have the desire to become an Electrician then this comprehensive Electrical qualification will be the only option available,  Able Skills can help you to change your career by offering you the opportunity to cover this Electrical course, which has been welcomed by the Electrical industry, on a fast track basis.

Is Home Study an option?

We don't think so. Able Skills is a firm believer in the need to 'be here' where you have the benefit of an instructor at all times and where you can integrate theory sessions with practical tasks at the drop of a hat.

This new Electrical qualification has been devised in a manner which makes home study for this virtually impossible. The complexity of this level 3 qualification requires some assessment by 'long answer questions' and unless you have the benefit of an experienced instructor you would undoubtedly find this aspect of the qualification virtually impossible.

Practical Training at Able Skills

This Electrical qualification has been written by the awarding bodies to be delivered on a predominantly theory basis with minimal practical requirements.

It is therefore the responsibility of all training providers to ensure that they devise their own comprehensive practical training programme to ensure that candidates have the required skills to be able to undertake all aspects of Electrical installations.

At Able Skills we are all about going that extra mile and providing value for money training which is why we have produced our own practical training tasks which will build candidates skills from the very basic and essential areas of electrical work to the much more complex aspects.

We pride ourselves in the availability and size of our work shop space, our fantastic Technician Steve, our experienced Instructors and our material resources and we intend to use them during this period of Electrical study.

To show our commitment to training the Electricians of tomorrow, we are also offering everyone who attends this course the opportunity to attend for an additional week, at no extra cost, to undertake a full week in our workshop going through various aspects of practical electrical installations:

  • Conduit bending techniques
  • Measuring techniques
  • Threading and joint boxes
  • Cutting and fitting methods
  • Single core wiring methods(selection of cable sizes)
  • Fixing and termination of cables (various types)
  • Identification of electrical components
  • Installation of lighting circuits to include 1 way and 2 way switching
  • P.I.R switching and domestic type smoke detectors
  • Steel and PVC conduit
  • Fabrication of components in steel trunking
  • Testing of completed installation
  • Introduction to types of cable tray system and basket system

We do not feel that a competent Electrician is one that has spent 80% of his/her study time in a classroom, this is after all a job which is practical but supported by technical knowledge.

Work Based Assessment

In order to achieve this qualification in its entirety, it is mandatory to cover set performance units. This can only be achieved in the workplace which is why we are determined that all candidates who attend Able Skills delivery of the C&G 2357 NVQ Diploma will be competent Electricians with the ability to undertake Electrical work which any Assessor will be satisfied with.

City & Guilds 2357-13 Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment

Able Skills will be delivering the Knowledge Units of this Electrical course in a 20 week period. Please see our course details page for a complete run down of the units you will cover and the training pattern which we have developed.

City & Guilds 2357 - Option 3 - The Complete Qualification Course Fees are £7495 (inc vat) Plus site visits @ £250 per site visit


This Electrical qualification is new for 2011 and will become the recognised route for those wishing to gain access to the electrical installation industry.

The qualification will cover underpinning knowledge necessary for the Electrical industry and will provide you with the required knowledge and skills associated with the Electrical industry which you can build upon by undertaking additional study options associated with Electricians qualifications at a later date should this be your choice.

The aim of this Electrical course is to provide and help develop regulation knowledge, practical skills and science required for electrical installation work.

This Electrical course will also provide an understanding of the Health & Safety requirements governing electrical installation processes, and knowledge of the organisation and structure of the electrical industry within which these activities are carried out.

This Electrical course covers the basic principles of electrical installation and you will study:

  • Motors and Controls
  • Lighting
  • Electrical Principles
  • Health & Safety
  • Installation technology

All of which is needed to become a qualified electrician. In addition, there is also a unit dedicated to Renewable Energy.

During this period of Electrical study at Able Skills, the units you will complete are:

1.       Knowledge units

These units will be delivered at Able Skills dedicated Electrical training centre and will be a mix of theory based classroom tuition and workshop practical tasks. This will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of identified topics and subject areas.

There will be some formal City & Guilds devised practical assessments within these units as well as some centre devised practical assignments to consolidate your knowledge, these will relate to:

2357-301: Understanding Health and Safety legislation, practices and procedures (Installing and maintaining electrotechnical systems and equipment)

2357-302: Understanding environmental legislation, working practices and the principles of environmental technology systems

2357-303: Understanding the practices and procedures for overseeing and organising the work environment (Electrical Installation)

2357-304: Understanding the principles of planning and selection for the installation of electrotechnical equipment and systems in buildings, structures and the environment

2357-305: Understanding the practices and procedures for the preparation and installation of wiring systems and electrotechnical equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

2357-306: Understanding the principles, practices and legislation for the termination and connection of conductors, cables and cords in electrical systems

2357-307: Understanding principles, practices and legislation for the inspection, testing, commissioning and certification of electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

2357-308: Understanding the principles, practices and legislation for diagnosing and correcting electrical faults in electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

2357-309: Understanding the electrical principles associated with the design, building, installation and maintenance of electrical equipment and systems

2.       Independent Assessment unit

2357-399: Electrotechnical Occupational Competence

In addition to the training and assessments undertaken at Able Skills, there is also a requirement for you to undertake an independently assessed unit.

This unit is widely known and often referred to as the AM2.This assessment underpins the assumption that you have sufficient technical expertise, knowledge, skill and maturity to meet the expectancies of employers in terms of 'Occupational Competence'.

You will only be put forward for this unit: an 'Assessment of Occupational Competence' when it is deemed that you are ready to be assessed as competent. This unit can only be assessed at an approved NET centre.

This unit is included in the fees detailed for this Electrical course and Able Skills will arrange this test for you as and when you are ready at an approved NET centre close to where you live.

3.     Performance Units

Mandatory for this new Electrical qualification is the need for work based assessments to be undertaken. Once your studies at Able Skills are complete and you have secured work, we will send one of our Assessors to your place of work to determine your competence whilst undertaking Electrical work within the workplace. We estimate that 2 - 4 site visits will be required and these will be at a cost of £250 per visit.

At present, Able Skills Assessors will travel within a 100 mile radius of our postcode (DA1) but as you have undertaken training at Able Skills, if you live further afield, we will do our utmost to secure an Assessor in your area to keep your costs to a minimum.

Work based Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate that you have the practical skills to do the job, at the same time meeting  the requirements of the relevant National Occupational Standards for identified activities.

This work based evidence confirms your understanding of what is required by you to undertake Electrical work in a competent and safe manner. Evidence that can be sourced from the real working environment for Performance Units must be naturally occurring and can be generated by;

  • (Primarily) direct observation of performance in the workplace by a qualified assessor
  • Your reflective account of performance.
  • Your work plans and work based products e.g. diagrams, drawings, specifications, customer testimony, authorised & authenticated photographs / images and audiovisual records of work completed.
  • Some evidence from prior achievements that demonstrably match the requirements of the Performance Unit can be considered.
  • Testimony from an expert witness subject to the activity being assessed.

Where "Expert Witnesses" are used in the assessment process identified above they must be:

Sector competent individuals who can attest to the learner's performance in the workplace, they will need to demonstrate that they have relevant current knowledge of industry working practices and techniques and that  they have no conflict of interest in the outcome of their evidence.

All of the following Performance units will be assessed via observation and the development of a portfolio in a work based environment and will be assessed to the assessment criteria set out in the unit.

Applying Health and Safety legislation and working practices (Installing and Maintaining Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment)

Applying environmental legislation, working practices and the principles of environmental technology systems

Overseeing and organising the work environment (Electrical Installation)

Planning, preparing and installing wiring systems and associated equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

Terminating and connecting conductors, cables and flexible cords in electrical systems

Inspecting, testing, commissioning and certifying electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

Diagnosing and correcting electrical faults in electrical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment

Electrical Course Structure for Knowledge Units

The structure of a training course is often what makes a particular training course attractive to a potential customer so it is important for us that we get the structure and timings right. It is also important that we provide training to adult learners in a very different way to that which is provided to school leavers.

Able Skills instructors have worked tirelessly since the details of this new qualification became available and have managed to put together a training plan which will ensure that this qualification is delivered in manageable chunks of learning to give every candidate a full and comprehensive understanding of each of the above listed units.

Electrical Training Programme 1:  4 consecutive weeks

2 week break allocated

Electrical Training Programme 2:  6 consecutive weeks

2 week break allocated

Electrical Training Programme 3:  4 consecutive weeks

2 week break allocated

Electrical Training Programme 4:  6 consecutive weeks

As you can see from the training schedule which we have put together, this aspect (Knowledge Units) of this Electrical qualification can be achieved with 20 weeks of training over a 26 week period (6 months)

The break times can be used for:

  • Additional study
  • Putting your skills to the test if you have access to electrical work
  • More courses for those who may feel ready to undertake C&G 2382 / C&G 2392 etc
  • Or the break times can just be used to rest before returning to the centre

At the end of the 20 weeks we are completely convinced that those students who have successfully completed the training will be competent and industry ready and this is where the final aspect of this qualification can be achieved.

You can then choose what aspect of the qualification will be achieved next - either the Independent Assessment Unit or the Performance Units - individual circumstances will determine this.

Fees for City & Guilds 2357-13 Level 3 NVQ Diploma Knowledge Units and Occupational Competence Unit (AM2) are £7495.00 inc VAT. Site visits are £250.00 per visit

Structured payment plans are available for this course. A £500 deposit is required to secure a start date and the balance can then be spread equally over the entire 6 month period @ £349.75 per week - no interest will be charged. Site visits can be paid for as and when they are booked.

C&G 2357 - Training Options 1, 2 & 3

The reason we are offering different training package options is because in the 8 years that we have been providing Electrical qualifications, we have had students attend from all over the UK.

If it is convenient for you to achieve just the Knowledge Units with Able Skills then C&G 2357 Option 1 is for you.

If you would like to achieve both the Knowledge Units and the Independent Assessment Unit via Able Skills then C&G 2357 Option 2 is the better suited training package.

In addition to the Knowledge Units and the Independent Assessment, there is also the requirement to achieve Performance Units and this C&G 2357 Option 3 - The Complete Qualification is the correct option to choose.

City & Guilds 2330 - Technical Certificates

A decision in March 2011 was made by City & Guilds to continue with the existing technical certificates "off framework" which effectively means that any training providers who do not draw down funding can continue to offer this version of Electrical training. If the route of the C&G 2330 at level 2 and 3 are a better option for you, this remains available via Able Skills. Please visit C&G 2330 level 2 or C&G 2330 level 3

Visit us before you book

This is a very big investment from anyone looking to have a change of direction in their career so we would encourage anyone who is able, to take the time and come and visit Able Skills. We are open 7 days every week from 08.30 - 16.30.

Come and have a look at our facilities, chat to instructors and students. We do not employ a sales team so there will be no hard sell, just an opportunity for you to have a look around and to help you decide if becoming an Electrician is what you want to do and if Able Skills is where you want to train.

Other qualifications available at Able Skills which will complement this qualification are:

C&G 2382 - 17th Edition

C&G 2393 - For Part P

C&G 2377 - PAT Testing

C&G 2392 - Fundamental Inspection & Testing

C&G 2391 - Inspection & Testing

Environmental Technologies

C&G 2399 - 11 - Level 3 Award in the Installation of Small Scale Solar Photovoltaic Systems

C&G 2399 - 12 - Level 3 Award in the Installation and Maintenance of Small Scale Solar Photovoltaic Systems


Bpec Solar PV

City & Guilds 2357 - Option 3 - The Complete Qualification Course Fees are £7495 (inc vat) Plus site visits @ £250 per site visit


Cost and Duration of City & Guilds 2357 - Option 3 - The Complete Qualification

Duration: 21 Weeks

  • Cost: £7,495.00 Inc VAT
  • £500 Deposit payable
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Additional Information

Able Skills is open 7 days every week and most courses can be completed either through the week (Mon-Fri) or at weekends (Sat-Sun) – Please call for details

A deposit will secure your start date and any balance can be paid on the start date or spread over the period of your training – Interest Free!

For all workshop based training and/or assessment we recommend suitable clothing and for your safety, protective footwear is essential.

Electrical Training courses at Able Skills Dartford Kent

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Able Skills has grown and so has the amount of students in attendance and we are being used by everyone right across the UK and abroad.

As a result of the increase in students, Able Skills has purchased 3 properties to accommodate the growing numbers of people travelling from distance.

Able Skills properties are licensed HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) and are fully equipped in line with local authority standards.

The properties will provide you with your own fully furnished room with washing facilities and TV. There are several bathrooms/WCs as well as fully fitted kitchens and a dining areas to eat and/or meet your fellow students.

Able Skills employs someone to maintain the properties on a regular basis and also to ensure that the property is being looked after by those staying.

We are very pleased to be able to offer this accommodation at £20 per night and we are keen to ensure that your time away from home is enjoyable and comfortable. The properties are situated close to all of our training centres and some have allocated private parking facilities.

This enables you to leave your vehicle in a safe and secure environment and make that short walk to whichever course you are attending.

We are a very popular choice of training centre and as a result we are very busy and so is our accommodation. We would recommend that you make every attempt to tie in any accommodation requirements at the time of booking your course.

If our accommodation is full, there are other local alternatives available which range from £20 per night upwards.

During your stay at Able Skills accommodation we will guarantee you a secure area to keep all of your belongings and additionally, we guarantee that the only people using this property are Able Skills students.

Should you require any additional information or wish to book training and accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact Gary, Angela or John on 01322 280 202.

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