18th Edition Wiring Regulations – FAQs

What will happen to the 2382-15?

The 2382-15 exam (yellow book) will continue to be available until 31/12/18 as a 2 hour, open book, online multiple choice exam.

 

When will the 2382-18 be introduced?

The ‘new’ 2382-18 qualification is available from 1/7/18 and will also involve a 2 hour, open book (blue), online multiple choice exam.

 

Will there be a shorter update 2382 exam?

An agreement between all awarding organisations and the JIB concluded that all those sitting an exam on BS7671 should be able to understand all parts, not just the changes.  However, centres may choose to offer update courses to those with the 2382-15 on the changes only but the examination will be the same.

 

How will this effect other short courses such as the 2393, 2392, 2391 (or equivalent 2625) or 2919?

There will be no noticeable changes to the 2391-50, 2391-51 and 2391-52.  All questions will be BS7671 neutral meaning that any exam taken between July 2018 and January 2019 will be in line with both the 17th Edition (yellow) and 18th Edition (blue) until 1/1/19. After this, only the 18th Edition (blue book) will be permitted.  This will also apply to the Guidance Note 3 book and On-Site Guide.

Other qualifications that are affected by the changes and will be version neutral from July 2018 until January 2019 are the 2393 Building Regulations, 2392 Inspection and Testing (closed book) and 2919 Electric Vehicle Charging.

The 2377 PAT Testing will not be changed for the time being and will remain aligned to the current IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing.

 

What Publications are changing?

The IET has updated, or are in the process of updating, the following publications:

BS7671 – the BS7671:2018 Requirements for Electrical Installations, IET Wiring Regulations 18th Edition (ISBN: 978-1-78561-170-4) – published on 2/7/18

On-Site Guide – the On-Site Guide, 7th Edition (ISBN: 978-1-78561-442-2) – published on 2/7/18

Electrician’s Guide – the Electrician’s Guide to the Building Regulations, 5th Edition (ISBN: 978-1-78561-468-2) – published on 31/7/18

Guidance Note 3 – the Guidance Note 3: Inspection & Testing, 8th Edition (ISBN: 978-1-78561-452-1) – published on 31/7/18

Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging – the Code of Practice for Electrical Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation, 3rd Edition (ISBN: 978-1-78561-680-8) – published on 31/8/18.

Student Guide – the Student Guide to the IET Wiring Regulations, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 978-1-78561-474-3) is due to be published on 30/9/18

An Exam Preparation 2382 – 18th Edition Course (ISBN: 978-1-78561-575-7) – published on 27/7/18.

 

How will this affect centre marked assessments?

From 1/7/18, all centre marked assessments will contain dual mark schemes so any question that may contain different answers due to the 18th Edition, both suitable answers will be provided on the mark scheme.  The centre will mark the assessment according to which version of BS7671 was used by the student.  This dual mark scheme will continue until the end of the academic year 2019.

 

What are the main changes to the 18th Edition?

Part 1 – Scope, Object and Fundamental Principles – Regulation 133.1.3 has been modified.

Part 2 – Definitions – definitions have been expanded and modified including:

Chapter 41 – Protection Against Electric Shock – Section 411 contains a number of significant changes.

Chapter 42 – Protection Against Thermal Effects – a new Regulation 421.1.7 has been introduced and Regulation 422.2.1 has been redrafted.

Chapter 44 – Protection Against Voltage Disturbances and Electromagnetic Disturbances – Section 443 has been redrafted.

Chapter 46 – Devices for Isolation and Switching – a new Chapter 46 has been introduced.

Chapter 52 – Selection and Erection of Wiring Systems – Regulation 521.11.201 has been replaced, and Regulation 521.10.202, Regulation 522.8.10 and Regulation 527.1.3 have been modified.

Chapter 53 – Protection, Isolation, Switching, Control and Monitoring – this chapter has been completely revised.

Chapter 54 – Earthing Arrangements and Protective Conductors – Regulations 542.2.3, 542.2.8, 543.3.3.101 and 543.3.3.102 have been introduced.

Chapter 55 – Other Equipment – Regulation 550.1 has been modified and a new Regulation 559.10 introduced.

Part 6 – Inspection and testing – Part 6 has been completely restructured and chapters 61, 62 and 63 have been deleted and now form two new Chapters 64 and 65.

Section 704 – Construction and Demolition Site Installations – there are a number of small changes to Regulation 704.512.2 and a modification to Regulation 704.410.3.6.

Section 708 – Electrical Installations in Caravan/Camping Parks and Similar Locations – this section includes a number of changes.

Section 710 – Medical Locations – the removal of table 710, changes to regulations 710.415.2.1 and 710.415.2.3 and a new regulation 710.421.1.201.

Section 715 – Extra-Low Voltage Lighting Installations – this section contains only minor changes including modifications to Regulation 715.524.201.

Section 721 – Electrical Installations in Caravans and Motor Caravans – this section contains a number of changes.

Section 722 – Electric Vehicle Charging Installations – there are signification changes to Regulation 722.411.4.1.

Section 730 – Onshore Units of Electrical Shore Connections for Inland Navigation Vessels – this is an entirely new section.

Section 753 – Floor and Ceiling Heating Systems – this section has been completely revised.

Appendices – changes to Appendix 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 14, with a new Appendix 17 (Energy Efficiency)