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					Electrical Competence Training
Holiday & Home Parks 2 Day Course

Guidelines & Frequently Asked Questions
The law imposes a duty on all businesses and the self-employed to make assessments of risks to the health and safety of employees and non-employees affected by their work. There is no specific requirement in law for those undertaking electrical work to be registered with a specific body or organisation (unlike gas work where there is a register of gas installers). It is, however, a formal requirement under the Health and Safety at Work Act and Regulations, for those employing the services of a contractor or employee to obtain adequate information to ensure that they will work safely. This includes proof of their competence. Therefore, before allowing anyone to undertake electrical work on the park, park owners and operators should ensure workers are suitably qualified according to the guidance below. It is further advised that park owners and operators keep full records of the checks made to demonstrate the necessary competence / competencies of all those working on the park. The Electricity at Work Regulations require persons undertaking electrical work to have technical knowledge or experience incorporating the following elements: • Adequate knowledge of electricity • Adequate experience of electrical work • Adequate understanding of the system to be worked on and practical experience of that type of system • An understanding of hazards which may arise during work and the precautions which need to be taken ability to recognise at all times whether it is safe to continue. It is recommended that reasonable steps for park owners and operators to ensure the competence of contractors to carry out electrical work should include: • Employing the services of a contractor who belongs to an approved body such as NICEIC, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), SELECT or NAPIT • Requesting details of the contractors’ safety documentation such as risk assessments, safety policy, safe working methods • Checking the contractors’ qualifications are appropriate to the work they are to carry out and keeping documentary evidence of the checks carried out. The following qualifications would usually be considered the minimum to confer competency for each of the following installations: For those entering and monitoring switchrooms: Task 400/600v electrical distribution boards and systems 230v or below Qualification Current edition Wiring Regulations Certificate + City & Guilds Current edition Wiring Regulations Certificate + City & Guilds

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Electrical Competence Training
Holiday & Home Parks 2 Day Course

For inspection and testing of electrical systems the minimum qualifications required in order to provide evidence towards competency are as outlined below: Task Suggested Qualification City & Guilds 2360 Part 2 (Electrical Installation Competencies) Certificate* For those who gained formal training and electrical qualifications before the publication of BS 7671:1992 City & Guilds 2380/2382 (BS 7671:2008 Requirements for Electrical Installations) Certificate** City & Guilds 2391 Part 1 (Inspection, Testing and Certification) Certificate OR For those who gained formal training and electrical qualifications since the publication of BS 7671:1992 OR For those without formal training or electrical qualifications City & Guilds 2360 Part 2 (Electrical Installation Competencies) Certificate* City & Guilds 2391 Part 1 (Inspection, Testing and Certification) Certificate City & Guilds 2380/2382 (current edition IEE Wiring Regulations Certificate**) plus City & Guilds 2391 Part 1 (Inspection, Testing and Certification) Certificate **

NOTE: City & Guilds 2382 Certificate provides evidence of competency to work on fixed installations to the current edition Institute of Electrical Engineers Wiring Regulations.
City & Guilds 2391 Part 1 Certificate provides evidence of competency to inspect, test and certify fixed installations. *NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in Electrical Installation Work, SCOTVEC National Certificate in Electrical Installation or an equivalent electrical installation qualification may be offered instead of City & Guilds 2360. **The Scottish Qualifications Authority Tailored Award in Design and Verification of Electrical Installations may be offered in lieu of the City & Guilds 2380 and/or the City & Guilds 2391 assessment.

NOTE: A qualification of itself does not ‘prove’ competence. While evidence of appropriate qualifications
is an important indication, it should not be assumed that qualifications alone are sufficient to prove competence and park owners and operators are recommended to take a note of all relevant experience.

Skills Active Caravan Industry Training 74-76 Victoria Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 1SS Telephone 01252 796 085 / Fax 01252 796 086

Electrical Competence Training
Holiday & Home Parks 2 Day Course

Frequently Asked Questions
Is qualification to the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations sufficient to demonstrate competence to work on electrical installations on the park? No. A park owner/manager has to make a judgement which could be based on qualifications, training, assessment, prior experience, recommendations or a combination of these. How is the CITO Electrical Competence training course different from the 17th edition qualification? 17th edition electrical qualification is knowledge-based and supports the current Wiring Regulations of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). It provides training across a broad range to meet the needs of electrical contractors by encompassing the full range of electrical applications. The majority of the qualification relates to permanent dwellings and commercial buildings, and a main focus is design and installation. Regular updates should be undertaken to keep abreast of changes in regulations. The new CITO Electrical Competence training is aimed specifically at park employees. It does not cover design or installation in any way, nor does it cover any areas of work outside caravan park situations. It has been introduced to develop and test competence in the very limited range of tasks necessary on caravan parks, and therefore will provide a useful and achievable route to proof of competence in, for example, electrical testing and commissioning of caravan holiday homes when siting. Regular updates should be undertaken to keep abreast of changes in regulations. Is the 17th edition qualification relevant to caravan parks? Yes. Since the 17th Edition qualification is broad and generic, much of the knowledge is transferable across all areas of electrical work. There is also a section in the regulations specifically on caravans, although not all training for the qualification will include this aspect. Will the CITO Electrical Competence training do the same thing as the 17th Edition qualification? No. It is not generic and it is not transferable because of its limited scope, and therefore cannot be used towards proof of competence in any other than park situations. It will not be recognised outside of the caravan parks industry, nor will it be recognised by the electrical bodies such as NICEIC and ECA. However it is sufficient for the limited maintenance work required on most parks and, on this basis, is recognised by both BH&HPA and NCC on behalf of the parks industry. Importantly, the training and assessment includes candidates’ knowledge and understanding of their own level of competence and therefore, when they should seek more expert assistance. Does the CITO Electrical Competence training course include practical training and assessment? Yes. Those on the course will undertake a range of electrical tasks with the support of the tutor, who will assess their abilities. Is prior experience or knowledge of electricity needed before going on the course? Yes, a little. Delegates need to have some understanding of electrical terminology, but not comprehensive knowledge or experience.

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