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New EV charging course is ready to launch to help Members upgrade their skills

New EV charge point course is ready to launch



After listening to feedback from Members, SELECT has spent the first half of 2023 developing and shaping an electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment installation training course.


With the demand for charge points in new and existing properties rising all the time, this one-day course will allow candidates to develop their knowledge and become skilled in design, installation and commissioning.


And best of all – and thanks to the Luceco equipment you’ll have read about elsewhere in this issue – it’s completely mobile and can be delivered anywhere across Scotland, meaning Members don’t need to travel to the Central Belt to do it.


I’ve been working with Training Development Adviser Stuart McKelvie and Consultant Technical Adviser Billy McRobert on the project, which was recently submitted to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) for credit and levelling.


As cabletalk went to press, a pilot course was due to take place at the SECTT Assessment Centre in Cambuslang on Monday 21 August, with a number of Members invited along to get things started.


“With the demand for charge points in new and existing properties rising all the time, this course will allow candidates to develop their knowledge and become skilled in design, installation and commissioning”

After completing the course, the first delegates will be asked to provide feedback on what they think about the content, presentation and assessments, with their comments collated and taken on board before we roll out the full course in September.

Overview, aims and requirements


This one-day SQA-approved course aims to provide expert guidance to learners wishing to gain knowledge and understanding of EV charging equipment installations.


Suitable for qualified electricians only, the session focuses on the IET Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation (4th Edition).


By the end of the course, learners will understand and be able to design and install domestic, commercial and industrial EV charging installations. To do this, they will be helped to:

  • Understand the key requirements relating to EV charging equipment

  • Identify various modes and features of EV charging equipment

  • Gain the skills for designing and installing EV charging circuits

  • Gain knowledge for the requirements for inspection, testing, commissioning, maintenance and handover of EV charging equipment and circuits

  • Understand the use of vehicles as electrical energy storage systems (EESS) as part of prosumer’s installations.

The course is designed for qualified electricians with a current BS 7671 qualification and who are a minimum of 18 years old.


Delegates must also be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Correctly install and terminate PVC/PVC cable, i.e. twin and earth

  • Correctly install steel wire armoured (SWA) cable

  • Carry out an initial verification, i.e. inspection and testing, on an electrical installation and complete the necessary paperwork.


What you’ll need to bring


Delegates who want to take the new EV course must have a copy of the IET Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation (4th Edition). They must also spend a minimum of eight hours of pre-study time going through it prior to the course itself.


Delegates should also have a copy of Requirements for Electrical Installations (18th Edition Wiring Regulations) BS 7671:2018+A2:2022, AKA ‘the brown book’. If you don’t have a copy of these publications, they can be purchased through the SELECT Shop. Alternatively, please contact our Technical Admin Team on 0131 445 5577 or orders@select.org.uk


Please note that if you don’t have the above publications available on the morning of the course, you won’t be able to attend as they are referred to throughout the session.

Costs and timings


The cost for SELECT Members is £220 + VAT (£264), which includes the assessments and an SQA certificate on successful completion of the course. Submissions to SQA take approximately eight to 12 weeks, so the course will be available to Members in the last quarter of 2023.



 

Visiting The Walled Garden for a training course? Watch our video beforehand at bit.ly/twg-visit

 

THE SCQF FRAMEWORK

The SQA will credit rate the new EV course on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), using two measures to describe qualifications:

  • The level of difficulty of the learning outcomes of a qualification

  • The size of the qualification, in terms of number of learning hours.

As well as providing a rating that allows the qualifications to be understood on the Scottish framework, it allows qualifications to be compared with similar credentials throughout the UK.


Find out more at www.scqf.org.uk


 

Find out more


If you’re interested in finding out more about the new EV course, please email training@select.org.uk or call the SELECT Training team on 0131 445 5577.

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