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What is City & Guilds?

City & Guilds is a London based internationally renowned awards issuing institution that has been in existence for 130 years. 10,000 approved training organisations in 80 countries around the world use their stringently monitored training courses, and 2 million students sit their exams each year. Their awards are recognized by governments and employers world-wide. Your C&G qualification will be recognized wherever you work.

What is City & Guilds (2407)?

2407 is the reference number designated to the certification in Electrical Testing and Verification of Electrical Installations (IRELAND).

How long has City & Guilds (2407) been offered in Ireland?

2407 has been offered in Ireland, by iSkill Training, since February 2013. The 2407 was introduced to enable qualified electricians to obtain a qualification that meets the Requirements of the Commission for Energy Regulation in Ireland for persons who test and certify electrical installations.

What training does iSkill provide in their Testing & Verification course?

The iSkill course is offered in two formats; a two day course, and a five day course.

The two day course is offered to qualified electricians who feel that they have sufficient skill, knowledge, and experience at testing installations to successfully complete two, two hour practical exams unaided, and also to successfully complete two written exams that take one and a half hours, during the two day course.

The five day course is provided for qualified electricians who need training, and coaching to be competent to successfully pass the practical, and written exams unaided. In the five day course, three days of intensive “hands on” training is provided. The five day course has the same four exams, as the two day course.

What specifically is covered in the five day course?

The training is intensive, but is “one on one” to provide trainees with knowledge, and understanding of all aspects of testing and verification. The subjects covered are:

  • the seven pre-power supply tests,
  • the two post-power supply tests,
  • fault finding on:

–          circuit protective conductors

–          ring circuits

–          insulation resistance on phase and neutral conductors

–          polarity and extraneous connections.

Full training is also provided on Earth loop impedance, calculation of prospective short circuit currents, and RCD trip testing.

In all three days are spent on testing with individual instruments provided for each trainee. Adequate training is allocated for theory training to equip trainees with knowledge and understanding of ETCI Rules relevant to testing and verification of installations.

Fundamentally the course is based on interactive learning, rather than passive participation.

Does iSkill provide test instruments, and copies of the ETCI Rules?

iSkill provides instruments and ETCI Rules for each trainee.

Does iSkill give instructions on the use of test instruments?

Yes, instruction on the use of test instruments is given to all trainees.

Are the ETCI Rules explained on the course?

Yes, our instructors are well qualified professionals with decades of experience to explain the national Rules in simple terms.

Is there an opportunity to practice testing and written exams on the five day course?

Yes, there is time set aside to practice for the exams with each trainee working individually to build confidence.

Can I bring my own test meter and ETCI Rules?

Yes, you may bring your own test meter, but you must also bring a calibration certificate to confirm that the meter has been calibrated within the previous twelve months.

Only copies of the latest edition of the ETCI Rules may be taken on the course.

If I am dyslexic, will I be given help at writing and reading?

Yes, our instructors are qualified to assist any person who needs assistance, and they are always happy to oblige.

Is there somewhere to have lunch in the centre or nearby?

Students have access to our canteen to make tea, or coffee and toasted sandwiches. Also there are two restaurants nearby, where lunch can be had for €5 – €10.

How long will I have to wait to receive notification that I have passed or failed the exams?

You will be notified by phone within one week after completing the course.

If I fail any of the exams, how soon can I repeat?

Repeat exams can normally be re-sat within two weeks of the first attempt. Repeat tests are normally carried out after 5:00 pm.

Do I only need to repeat any individual test that I have failed?

Yes, you only have to repeat individual exams that you have failed.

Are the courses very crowded?

No, the average number of participants per course is 6 students.

Can I take notes into the written exams?

No, notes are not allowed, but written exams are set as “open text book”. This means that you may use ETCI Rules provided during the course.

Am I allowed to have my mobile phone switched on during the course?

Trainees are not allowed to use their mobile phones during the course, except during tea/coffee/lunch breaks.

If I am delayed and arrive late, can I still attend classes?

We emphasize the need for all students to start at the same time, because late comers cause disruption that annoys other students.

Are the circuits dangerous to work on when using the test meters?

The seven pre-connection tests are undertaken with the power locked off. So there is no danger of electric shock. The two post-connection tests are carried out when circuits are live. However, the tests are carried out by one trainee at a time under the supervision of an instructor.

Is it necessary to use a ladder to gain access to the distribution board and ceiling outlets?

Yes, we provide insulated, sturdy ladders at each rig to reach distribution boards, ceiling lights, smoke detectors, pull cord switches, etc. The instructor is always at hand to assist trainees that are nervous on ladders.

Is there first aid trained staff at the centre to give assistance in the event of an accident?

Yes, we have first aid trained and certified staff to assist trainees in the event of trips, slips or falls.

Do I need to bring any tools with me?

It is recommended that you bring an insulated, medium sized blade screwdriver, an insulated medium sized Philips screwdriver, an insulated terminal screwdriver, and insulated pliers.

Are pen and paper provided for trainees?

Yes, they are provided, but it is recommended that students bring a note book to keep notes for future reference.

Is there free car parking at the training centre?

Yes, there is ample free off road parking within the grounds of our training centre.

Is the training centre near the M50?

Yes, the training centre is about 3km from the M50. Please check our Get in Touch section, or Google Maps for directions.

Does the centre accept Visa card on the day the course starts?

We do not have facilities to accept Visa cards. Cheques and cash are acceptable.

How long do I have to wait for my City & Guilds certificate?

The certificates are sent by post from London, and usually arrive within two weeks from the day a student successfully passes the exams.

Are there facilities for females to attend the course?

Yes, females are very welcome, and we are giving a 10% discount for the first 20 females that attend our courses.

Does iSkill use a small portable board to teach the course to multiple trainees?

iSkill does not use a small, portable board to teach the course. We use 6m long x 2.2m high Rigs fixed in situ . Each student works individually on a designated Rig.

Does iSkill offer individual private courses?

Yes, iSkill offers individual private courses to students who would like to do the course on their own with a private instructor.

How soon after the course will I know if I have passed the exam?

Students are notified by phone within one week.

If I am unemployed, can I get a government grant to complete the course?

If you contact us with your details, we will be able to advise you.

What time does the course start at, and what time does it finish at?

The course usually starts at 8:30am, and finishes between 5:00 and 6:00pm.

Are the courses run every week?

Yes, the courses run every week, except Christmas week.