Safety was a key focus of the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations Amendment which came into force on 1st January. As such, Develop Training, a technical skills training provider in the UK, claim that many electrical engineers will need refresher training.

To help keep down-time 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 and what implications they will have on the work they do.

Mark Dougall (pictured), sales & 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 (IET) and the British Standards Institution (BSI) 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 been 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.”