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NVQ Level 3 Electrical Qualification – Experienced Worker Route

Awarding Body City & Guilds

City & Guilds 2356-99 or 2357 routes


This assessment route is designed solely for those experienced persons who are or have been working in the electrotechnical industry as a practicing electrician for a minimum of 5 years and who can demonstrate their technical knowledge, performance, and competence to the industry standards at Level 3. This particular package to achieve the NVQ at level 3 also provides candidates with the opportunity to sit the ECS test with Able Skills who will then apply for a temporary ECS Experienced Worker Card for the candidate(valid 18 months).

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What You’ll Learn

The NVQ is achieved via work/site based assessment, portfolio building and an AM2 assessment.

The NVQ level 3 is not a training course; it is an assessment of your competence and is mandatory for those of you who would eventually like to hold a JIB Gold Card. The NVQ is relatively easy to achieve as long as you are working within the electrical industry and have access to the right kind of work. Achievement of the C&G NVQ Level 3 in full is based upon existing experience/qualifications, site/work based assessments of competence and AM2.

How You’ll Learn

The first step is to provide us with details of any qualifications you have and also detailed documentation to confirm your (minimum) 5 years experience – “Candidates must be able to provide sufficient valid and authentic evidence from site of their previous work to demonstrate that they can fully meet the performance requirements within each unit of this qualification”. We can provide you with a profiling pack to help you gather the evidence if required – this is more appropriate to those of you who hold older, partial or non UK qualifications.

Once you are accepted on to the programme, you will undertake a profiling session with an Electrical NVQ Assessor where the processes for achieving an NVQ will be explained. This particular assessment option will also enable you to sit your ECS test with Able Skills and to apply for a temporary Experienced Worker card (with Brown stripe). Please be aware that this card will be valid for 18 months and cannot be renewed. It is expected that within that 18 month period, you will achieve the NVQ in full, thus enabling you to apply for the JIB Gold Card.

When you are ready, you will be assessed at your workplace where Able Skills Assessors will gather documentary evidence of your competence with regards to various different aspects of an Electrical installation.

To achieve the NVQ in full, you will also need to undertake AM2.

Courses Open To You After

If you don’t have any Inspection and Testing qualifications, Able Skills has a C&G 2391-52 course available – this will be a JIB requirement if you want to achieve ‘Approved’ status. In addition, you may want to consider the level 4 Award in the Design and Verification of Electrical Installations (C&G 2396).

Additional Info

As part of the NVQ/AM2 process, it will be essential that candidates can demonstrate acceptable knowledge of the current industry requirements with respect to the IET Wiring Regulations and Inspection & Testing. As part of the programme of assessment to achieve this qualification it may be considered necessary for the candidate to take a qualification such as the C&G 2382 (17th Edition) or C&G 2391-52. It is vital that you have a good standard of knowledge and experience of testing as this could affect your ability to successfully complete the AM2 assessment.

If you do not meet the requirements for this route because you do not hold any underpinning qualifications or have sufficient industry experience, you may need to consider undertaking C&G 2365 at level 3 – having this qualification will ensure your eligibility for NVQ via the 2357-44 route. The 2365 level 3 can be completed with Able Skills either on a full or part time basis (weekends) or via Home Study.

Able Skills NVQ Assessors are restricted to work based assessments that are within 100 mile radius of Able Skills (Postcode: DA1 5BS)

Duration & Cost

It is hard to allocate a time frame for the completion of Electrical NVQ level 3 as the assessments will only be undertaken when you are ready so it’s more about you than it is about us. The AM2 aspect can be completed in 3 days.

The cost for the Electrical NVQ, including the ECS test and the Experienced Worker Card is £1445.00 including vat (based on 2 site visits) and this can be paid in instalments over the period of the assessments. The AM2 is 3 days and is £700 including vat. See above for payment structure.

Total fees: £2145.00 inc vat

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