City & Guilds 2377-77 (Units 701 & 702)
Level 3 Award in the In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

City & Guilds 2377-77 is the recognised qualification for people undertaking the practical inspection and testing of electrical equipment (PAT Testing). The qualification is based on the IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment 5th edition, published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. (2377-77 replaces the previous C&G qualification numbers 2377-22 & 2377-32)

The qualification covers the key areas:

The law and scope of legislation
Understanding the statutory and non-statutory requirements
Scope of the legislation and the code of practice
Premises to which the regulations apply
HSE guidance relating to electrical equipment
Reasons for inspection and testing
Equipment construction classes and methods of protection
Classification of equipment construction
How electric shocks can occur
Protective measures used to prevent shocks
The impact of conductor resistance on disconnection times
RCD Protection
Inspection requirements
Frequency of inspection & testing
User checks
Requirements of a visual inspection
IP ratings
Identifying fake and sub-standard equipment
Combined inspection and testing
Tests suitable for equipment types and classifications
Types of test instruments and calibration requirements
Safe isolation
SI units of measurement
Calculating protective conductor resistance of flexible cables
Protective conductor continuity testing
Insulation resistance testing
Protective conductor/touch current test
Polarity checks
Functional and load checks
Testing RCDs
Testing appliance lead sets
Requirements for equipment with high protective conductor current
Interpretation of test results
Actions taken for damaged or faulty equipment
Understanding the definitions within the IET Code of Practice
Requirements for documentation and labelling
Importance of record keeping
Recognising deteriorating equipment
Requirements for test instruments and calibration

The qualification is split into two separate modules. The first module (unit 702) is a practical assessment where each student is assessed whilst inspecting and testing two pieces of equipment and completing the necessary paperwork. If preferred, candidates may use their own instruments for the practical assessment. The second module (unit 701), is a multiple choice exam. The exam is 1 hour 45 minutes and consists of 50 multiple choice questions. Students may use the IET Code of Practice during the exam. Each module is worth 2 credits and students must pass both modules to receive the 2377-77 qualification. The minimum age requirement is 18 and you must bring photographic ID such as a driving license or passport in order to take the assessments.

Recommended Book List

IET Code of Practice

Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment 5th Edition

A copy of the IET Code of Practice is required for the course and exam, a loan copy will be provided to candidates if required but we recommend purchasing your own copy for future reference. IET Code of Practice ≫

Plugtest training manual

Plugtest PAT book

All course delegates receive a course manual written specifically for the City & Guilds 2377 qualification. Students booking a course with us can download an electronic pdf copy of the manual to study at home prior to the course. Course manual ≫