Electrotechnical Services and Systems (2356)

Last Updated: 02 Aug 2016
Already working as an electrician, but with no qualifications as yet to prove your skills? With the Electrotechnical Services NVQ, you can change that. It's a recognised way to prove you meet the National Occupational Standards for an electrician - based on your day-to-day work.
The Electrotechnical Services NVQ is for people who have achieved the 2330 (Electrotechnical Technology) Levels 2 and 3 or more and are already working as electricians, or in a similar role.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

Though there are seven different routes to getting a City & Guilds Electrotechnical Services NVQ, all of them cover the core skills an electrician requires, including:

  • Preparing an electrical installation or project
  • Conducting an installation or maintenance work
  • Inspecting and testing work that has been done
  • Ensuring safe working at all times.

To gain an NVQ, you need to show you've got a particular set of skills. You usually work with your training provider to review your current skills and find the best way to gain new ones - perhaps by trying new things at work, or by studying.

NVQs are assessed at work or in a simulated workplace. For each unit your assessor watches and asks questions as you perform a task, or looks at a portfolio of work that you've built as formal evidence of your learning. Then they confirm you've got the skills to do the job well.

For this NVQ, you will do your learning on the job, working with experienced electricians and installers. You then gather a portfolio of evidence that shows how you have met performance requirements.

You have more specific experience in particular types of work. There are 6 areas to focus on: the one you choose will probably depend on the work you currently do.

  • 2356-31 Level 3 NVQ in Electrotechnical Services (Electrical Installation - Building and Structures)
  • 2356-32 Level 3 NVQ in Electrotechnical Services (Electrical Maintenance)
  • 2356-33 Level 3 NVQ in Electrotechnical Services (Installing Instrumentation and Associated Equipment)
  • 2356-34 Level 3 NVQ in Electrotechnical Services (Installing Public Lighting Systems and Associated Equipment)
  • 2356-35 Level 3 NVQ in Electrotechnical Services (Electrotechnical Panel Building)
  • 2356-36 Level 3 NVQ in Electrotechnical Services (Electrical Machine Repair and Rewind).

What Careers Can This Lead To?

With a City & Guilds Electrotechnical Services NVQ, you have shown that you meet the National Occupational Standards for the industry. That can be a great launchpad for a range of careers, from inspection to installation.

It can also help you move into a role as an electrical engineer, as well as broadening your prospects with your current employer.

If you want to continue your learning, you could also consider the following qualifications from City & Guilds:

  • Certificate in Fundamental Inspection, Testing and Initial Verification (2392)
  • Inspection, Testing, Design and Certification of Electrical Installations (2391)
  • Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (2377)
  • Certificate in the Requirements for Electrical Installation (BS7671: 2008) (2382)
  • Higher Professional Diploma in Building Services Engineering (4467).

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

To find all the resource requirements for assessment and delivery, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

The skills needed for the Electrotechnical Services NVQ are generally gained on the job, with learners acquiring skills from their senior colleagues.

Assessment is based on a portfolio of evidence, submitted by the learner. This should demonstrate whether or not they have met the performance requirements - something an assessor at your centre can decide.

Additional information for centres

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