Course overview - 3 steps to become an electrician
A significant advantage of training at Rebus is that our course tutors (Step 1), assessors (Step 2) and AM2 instructors (Step 3) are all
based at our training centre in Stoke on Trent. This means you will progress through all three steps dealing with just one organisation that
has delivered this City & Guilds NVQ 3 Diploma since 2011.
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Year 1 and 2
Knowledge Units and
18th Edition qualification
|Wed & Thu evenings 6.00 - 9.00 pm plus additional online and self-study
£2449 + VAT*
£955.60 deposit plus 23 Direct Debit instalments of £214
(Sep 24 - Jun 26)
NVQ assessment of your onsite work
|Includes up to 16 hours of assessment time. Additional hrs charged at £40/hr + VAT
||£1799 + VAT*
11 monthly Direct Debit instalments of £196.25
(Aug 26 - Jun 27)
||A 2.5 day assessment at our NET approved AM2 assessment centre
||£800 + VAT*
||Payment required at the time of the AM2 test
*rates are subject to annual increases
Step 1 - Knowledge Units
Our evening courses start in mid-September each year. You will attend two nights a week during years one and two, completing theory and
practical training. In addition, you will be given work to self-study and online courses to complete. By completing additional studies at
home/work, we can provide you with more practical training during your NVQ 3 evening course.
You will work towards nine knowledge units that are assessed and certificated separately. You will complete a range of assessments,
including multiple-choice tests, written assignments and practical assessments for the following units:
- Unit 601 - Understanding health and safety legislation, practices and procedures
- Unit 602 - Understanding environmental legislation, working practices and the principles of environmental technology systems
- Unit 603 - Understanding the practices and procedures for overseeing and organising the work environment
Unit 604 - Understanding the principles of planning and selection for the installation of electrotechnical equipment and systems in
buildings, structures and the environment
Unit 705 - Understanding the practices and procedures for the preparation and installation of wiring systems and electrotechnical equipment
in buildings, structures and the environment
Unit 606 - Understanding the principles, practices and legislation for the termination and connection of conductors, cables and cords in
Unit 607 - Understanding principles, practices and legislation for the inspection, testing, commissioning and certification of
electrotechnical systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
Unit 608 - Understanding the principles, practices and legislation for diagnosing and correcting electrical faults in electrotechnical
systems and equipment in buildings, structures and the environment
- Unit 609 - Understanding the electrical principles associated with the design, building, installation and maintenance of electrical
During your two years of study you will also undertake the current 18th Edition exam and be provided with a City
& Guilds 2382
certificate on completion.
Step 2 - Performance/NVQ Units
The eight performance units are closely matched to your knowledge units, i.e. firstly you learn how to test, then you will show us how you
can test on site. The difference is that instead of assessing your understanding of a topic, we will assess how you can apply that
knowledge in a real work environment and demonstrate competent performance.
The eight performance units cover the range of work an electrician typically completes on-site, from ensuring it is safe to start work to
inspection and testing and final job handover. We will assess how you do this using the following methods:
- On-site observation - we will observe you working and ask you questions about tasks you are doing
- Walk and talk - we may take a look at work you have recently completed following an on-site observation
Witness testimony - we may ask a qualified electrician that has worked with you to provide written testimony to validate and authenticate
work seen as part of a walk and talk assessment
Professional discussion - we will ask you to collect a photographic storyboard of your completed work. We will then record a discussion with
you and ask you to provide further information about what you were doing and why.
Step 3 - AM2 Assessment
After completing your knowledge and performance units, you will undertake your AM2 assessment. This is your final 'trade test'
conducted in our AM2 assessment centre. You will put into practice everything you have learned and experienced during this 2.5-day
assessment. The AM2 assessment includes electrical installation work, inspection and testing, and fault finding. For full details, see our
You are now qualified!
Once the three stages above are complete, we will apply for a City & Guilds NVQ 3 Diploma certificate and a City & Guilds Level 3
Inspection and Testing qualification in Initial Verification.
You can than apply to ECS for an Electricians Gold Card.