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What do electrical testers get paid?

Earn up to £30 per hour as an electrical tester   In early 2018, the Federation of Master Builders warned that there were chronic shortages of labour in the construction industry, singling electricians out as a profession where supply is particularly limited, according to the Independent. As with all jobs where demand outstrips supply, shortages can become even more acute in specialist areas. This shortage not only increases the choice of work available to those with the skills, knowledge, and qualifications to do the job but it also means that the amount of money they can ask for their labour…

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Electric Car Revolution

A quiet revolution has been taking place and is gaining momentum – welcome to the future or transport, the electric car.  The government has been raising awareness about the toxic gases that are emitted from traditional diesel and petrol driven engines, and have been actively encouraging us to consider switching to an electrical vehicle when choosing a new car. The problem of pollution caused by the fumes from diesel and petrol engines isn’t restricted to the UK, it is a global problem. Many countries have promoted the transition from traditional engine vehicles to hybrid or fully electric cars in a…

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Surge Protection Devices and the 18th Edition of I.E.T Wiring Regulations

You are probably aware that on 2nd July 2018 the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations were released. You will also be aware that these regulations came into force on 1st January 2019.  The regulations apply not only to the design and installation through to verification of new electrical installations but also to any additions and alterations made to existing ones. Whether you are a fully qualified electrical contractor or new to the industry, here is some important information you may need to know. Requirements Electrical contractors need to update their training and obtain certificates in response to any changes to regulations.…

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C&G 2392 and C&G 2391

Why we recommend C & G Inspection & Testing to our domestic installer beginner students   One of the questions we receive the most is from students wondering whether to take C&G Inspection & Testing 2392 (level 2) or C&G Inspection & Testing 2391 (level 3). It’s something we’re commonly asked by students taking part in our Domestic Installer Beginner package – for these students, we always recommend the C&G Inspection & Testing 2392 Level 2 as the starting point and, in this blog, we’re going to explain why. In this article, the team at Proactive Technical Training looks at:…

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Online courses … coming soon from PTT

  Online study has grown substantially in popularity since the advent of the internet made it possible for students to read and complete coursework & exams in their own time. In Britain, we work some of the longest hours in the whole of Europe so there is often precious little time for us to find the time to improve our career prospects through further education. Online courses allow you to learn at your own pace so that you can make time for work and for family. If work is going to be hectic for the next month or two, that’s…

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Arc Flash Hazard Safety Course

Although thankfully rare, arc flashes pose an extreme risk to those working on or near live conductors. In the UK alone, thousands of people are taken to hospital with severe burns as a result of exposure to an arc flash over a 12 month period – there are even several fatalities every year.   In Proactive Technical Training’s “Arc Flash Hazard Safety” course, students will be introduced to the key issues surrounding Arc flash hazards giving them the knowledge and the insight needed to be able to anticipate potential occurrences of Arc flashes and how to prevent them.   In…

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City and Guilds FAQs regarding the 18th Edition

City and Guilds have just published the following information.  We shall be running 1-day update courses for those who have recently sat their 17th edition, or are very familiar with the current regulations.  Please email us to reserve your space info@ptt-training.co.uk.   18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations 2018 FAQs   When will the 18th Edition of BS 7671 be published? The publication date is on target for 1st July 2018. The cover colour will be Blue.   What about my yellow copy of BS 7671:2008(2015); when does that expire? Both the new 18th Edition (Blue) and the old 17th Edition…

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RCDs and the different types

All electricians are familiar with the Residual Current Device or RCD. Specified in BS7671 to provide for either fault protection of more commonly ‘additional protection’ the RCD can be found in most modern consumer units or distribution boards. What is not so commonly known is that there are different types of RCD available. An RCD continuously monitors the line and neutral AC currents which under normal conditions should be equal and opposite in direction of flow i.e. flowing from the line supply conductor through the load and returning via the neutral conductor. In the event of a fault causing current…

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Arc Fault Detection Devices

The 18th Edition of the Wiring regulations is proposing that some circuits may require the fitting of an Arc Fault Detection Device (AFDD). In this blog we describe what an AFDD is and what it does. Conventional circuit breakers do not afford reliable protection against arc faults. That is because they are not designed to detect sudden dangerous arcs. They ensure protection against short circuits and overloads. And even if you are careful to keep cords out of harm’s way and to use only certified plugs and adapters, arc fault conditions may build up out of sight. In all homes…

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BS7671 18th Edition Wiring Regs are on their Way

Steve Redpath of PTT gives an overview of the proposed changes. So, it’s true what you’ve heard, the 18th edition of BS7671 is coming and planned for release in July 2018. Just as you thought you had got the hang of the 17th edition ‘they’ go and issue an 18th edition. ‘It’s to make us buy a new ‘regs’ book and make more money for the IET!’ I hear you say. Well that is one way of looking at it, but inevitably technology moves on and therefore standards must evolve as technology and buildings evolve. In this blog, we will…

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