18th Edition

New IET wiring regulations, 18th Edition

The 18th Edition of The IET Wiring Regulations launched on 2 July 2018. Also known as BS 7671:2018, it’s an opportunity for all electricians to be up to date with the latest industry standards.

We're working with The IET, to demonstrate our joint commitment to skills in the electrotechnical sector, and provide for all of your IET 18th Edition requirements with a complete package of qualifications and e-learning.

Find out how we can help you transition from the 17th Edition to the new 18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations.

What's the IET 18th Edition?

The IET 18th Edition is the essential publication for all professionals working in the electrical industry.

It forms the national standard to which all new and amended electrical installations in the UK are to comply. The IET urges all electrical professionals to ensure they are familiar with the changes before the new requirements come into force from January 2019.

What do these changes mean for learners, professionals and the industry?

Those working on the design, installation and inspection and testing of wiring systems will need to be prepared for the changes in order to remain compliant as some of the changes will affect most electrical installation work. These include, but are not limited to:

  • additions to the scope of BS 7671
  • changes to the disconnection times for certain circuits
  • further requirements for circuit protection in domestic dwellings
  • considerations for Arc Fault Detection in many installations
  • supporting of wiring systems
  • inspection and testing procedures.

Why are all these changes important?

All learners and industry professionals should be working to the latest industry standards. The IET 18th Edition enables you to:

  • know about the new guidance on Arc Fault Detection Devices for rented accommodation
  • be up to date on the latest requirements for disconnection times
  • know you are installing equipment to the latest standards
  • understand the changes required for fixing cabling in all installations
  • know the changes to Residual Current-Device (RCD) protection
  • have the confidence installations meet new standards for ever changing technologies
  • know staff are working to the latest standards
  • be able to give the most up to date advice when carrying out Periodic Inspection and Tests
  • ensure that prospective employers know you are working to the latest standards
  • meet the Statutory Regulations applicable to most electrical installations.

What qualifications are affected?

The changes affect all City & Guilds electrotechnical qualifications.

Most of our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualifications are suitable for both versions of BS 7671 up to January 2019. From that point, all qualifications will align to BS 7671: 2018 only.

From 2 July 2018, a new 2382-18 will be available for those working in industry to demonstrate they have an understanding of the requirements of BS 7671: 2018.

From January 2019, 2382-15, which is aligned to the IET 17th Edition, will no longer be available.

For those currently on a City & Guilds apprenticeship or Technical programmes, the changes will be introduced in stages to complement progression.

Take a look at our frequently asked questions or email edition18@cityandguilds.com if there's something you want to ask us.

Our qualifications and digital resources

For centres

We have a range of qualifications and e-learning in bundles so you have the support you need.

Our product bundles:

1.  2382-18 Registration
2.  2382-28 Registration and IET/City & Guilds e-learning short course (seven hours)
3.  2382-38 Registration, IET e-learning short course, Wiring Regulations book and on-site guide

You can also purchase the following separately:

4.  IET/City & Guilds e-learning short course (seven hours)
5.  IET/City & Guilds e-learning long course (35 hours)
6.  IET 18th Edition Wiring Regulations book
7.  IET 18th Edition on-site guide book
8.  City & Guilds SmartScreen Tutor Pack for the 2382-18
     Find out more in our short guide.

Further material will be added to this SmartScreen package between July and September 2018 to offer greater focus and depth on the changes between 2382-15 and 2382-18.

The e-learning short course is available on SmartScreen on a per learner licence. Three sample tests are included in the course. 

All elements can also be purchased as standalone items from Walled Garden. If you have any questions about our digital resources, please email edition18@cityandguilds.com.


For learners

If you're a learner the course of study for this may depend on your current qualifications; contact your local electrotechnical training centre or college, they may be offering one-day update sessions for those who hold the qualification 2382-15, or they will offer longer courses of study for those who require it.

For those actively involved in the design, erection and inspection and testing of electrical installations, we will launch a new qualification (2382-18) on 1 July 2018.

This qualification will demonstrate your understanding of the requirements of electrical installations to BS 7671: 2018.

In an industry with ever-changing technology, it is critical that a skilled workforce working on electrotechnical systems are up to date with the ever-changing requirements.

The electrotechnical apprenticeship standard (5357) was developed to include the same unit and assessment that is used within the wiring regulations qualification. We have amended this qualification adding in a new unit and assessment that reflects the publication of the 18th edition. The 5357-018 assessment is the same examination that is used for the City & Guilds 18th edition qualification (2382).

This allows apprentices, who successfully achieve the qualification supporting the electrotechnical apprenticeship standard to obtain a 18th edition certificate.  

Once learners have achieved the assessment 5357-018 and have been certificated against either 5357-03/93 – centres can then register them onto the qualification 2382-78 and claim the certification module 2832-919 which will generate the certificate (there is a cost of £30 for this certificate).

If you, as a centre, had any queries on this please refer to the handbook guide, or email edition18@cityandguilds.com

To learn more about Electrotechnical apprenticeships visit our page here.

Why use City & Guilds?

City & Guilds is part of the City & Guilds Group – a group of six businesses all focused on giving individuals, businesses and economies the skills they need to progress.

We are the only awarding organisation with a portfolio offering learners the widest choice of employment routes within the industry, providing a complete wraparound within Electrotechnical and all sectors of Building Services. We’ve been operating in Building Services Engineering (BSE) for decades, focusing on meeting the needs of today’s workplace by providing up to date work based learning and qualifications. 

Our market leading products and services, recognised and endorsed by leading industry bodies and employer representatives such as the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), the Joint Industry Body (JIB), and the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).

We put quality and learning at the heart of our Building Services Engineering qualifications and CPD offer - City & Guilds is a name you can trust.

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