With an increased focus on safety in the electrical environment, the amendment of the 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations (which came into force on 1st January), will mean many electrical engineers will need refresher training.

This is according to technical skills training provider, Develop Training, which has introduced a new one day City & Guilds accredited 17th Edition update course designed to bring engineers up to speed with the changes.

Mark Dougall, sales and marketing director at Develop Training, 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 both the engineers and consumers. Anyone carrying out electrical installation or maintenance must have completed one of the updated national qualifications.

Dougall added, “We realise that many may have put-off undertaking this training now due to concerns over down-time 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.”