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In these times of economic uncertainty, having restrictions on the work you are able to do would have major implications on the income you can produce. But can you really afford for that to happen?

Mark Dougall, Sales & Marketing Director at Develop Training

As of 1 January 2012, the 17th Edition of the wiring regulations came into force. The amendment focuses heavily on safety in the electrical environment. According to Develop Training, many electrical engineers will need refresher training.

To help keep downtime to a minimum, Develop has introduced a new one day City & Guilds accredited 17th Edition update course that covers all of the changes to bring engineers up to speed with the changes and what implications they will have on the work they do.

Mark Dougall, Sales & Marketing Director at Develop Training (pictured), explained: “We are glad these amendments have been made as they outline a lot of concerns in the industry. However, we realise that many engineers who have not yet undertaken the training, may not even be aware of it, and there are also the timing pressures and cost factors.”

The 17th Edition amendment was jointly published by the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the British Standards Institution in July last year and is part of ongoing amendments to make electrical installation safer for engineers and consumers. Anyone carrying out electrical installation or maintenance must have completed one of the updated national qualifications.

Develop also offers updated 17th Edition training as well as introducing a 17th Edition Update – re-assessment course, which again is City & Guilds accredited. The assessment process covers protection against electric shock, protection against short-circuit currents, isolation and switching, protection against overloads and selection and erection of equipment.

Dougall added: “We realise that many may have put off undertaking this training now due to concerns over downtime or expense. The course is essential for personnel with responsibility for the design, installation or maintenance of electrical systems related to 17th Edition training. But as we offer our training locally at centres nationwide engineers will not have to travel far to update their qualifications.”

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