XS Training Launch New C&G 2921-31 Electric Vehicle Charging Installations Online Course To Replace Previous 2919-01 Qualification

Last year City & Guilds announced its intention to completely overhaul the existing C&G 2919-01 Electric Vehicle Charging Installations qualification and replace it with the C&G 2921-31 – Level 3 Award in the Design and Installation of Domestic and Small Commercial Electric Vehicle Charging Installations.

It recognised that, as the UK’s EV charging infrastructure continues to evolve and grow, there is a rising need to standardise practices within the industry that can be adhered to by manufacturers, suppliers, and installers alike. The new qualification has been created to more accurately meet the future requirements of the Electric Vehicle charging industry, establishing the standard that manufacturers, suppliers, and installers must adhere to.

XS Training has now updated and extended its original EV Charge Point Installation Course to match the new qualification.

This qualification has been approved by ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme), allowing existing gold card members to add this onto their card to showcase their recognised ability to carry out EVC installation services across domestic and small commercial sites.

What are the opportunities for qualified electricians?

As the UK aims to be the fastest G7 country to decarbonise its roads by ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, Electric Vehicles are seen as their natural replacement. It is estimated that in 2023 27% of all new vehicles registered will be battery-powered. As technology improves range and reduces charge times, Electric Vehicles are becoming more usable on a day-to-day basis for more of their users.

In order to keep these vehicles running, the UK needs to continue to expand the EV charging network. In February 2023 alone 1250 new charging points were added to the Zap-Map website for publicly available charging and this figure doesn’t consider the amount of new private chargers installed in homes and offices around the country. EV charging is potentially big business for any Electrical Contractor.

Standards need to improve as the network expands

As with any rapid growth unfortunately the potential for disaster comes hand in hand. An OZEV audit, detailed by the IET website, highlighted that almost 18% of the 371 installations checked were shown to have dangerous or potentially dangerous issues. Unfortunately for an industry that prides itself on quality, only 32% of the charge points sampled were deemed to be “Satisfactory”.

In order to improve the standards of installations City and Guilds have updated their Electric Vehicle Charging Qualifications. The focus of the qualifications is now more in-depth than before with regard to designing EV equipment and selecting appropriate protection for the safety of the user. There is also a focus on the innovations made within the new Prosumer Installation chapter of BS7671. A major change to the entry requirements for this qualification, unlike previously, is the need to be a qualified Electrician in order to undertake the course.

How XS Training can help you gain your C&G 2921-03 Level 3 qualification around your current work

XS Training aim to provide a more flexible approach to achieving the City and Guilds 2921-31 Design and Installation of Domestic and Small Commercial Electric Vehicle Charging Installations qualification. We offer an online course which you can work at your own pace to complete, up to 6 months from registration.

Upon completion of the online course, one day of attendance at our Training Centre in West Yorkshire will be required to complete the Online Exam and Written Assignment needed to gain the certificate.

The flexible approach to the course will be of benefit to electricians wishing to upskill without a need for time away from their “day job”.

Our expert team of experienced and qualified staff are on hand along the way to offer help and advice to make the process of completing the course as smooth as possible.

How do I get started with online electrical training?

There’s never been a better time to invest in developing your electrical skills. Today, online electrical training is the fastest, most convenient and cost-effective way, to gain in-demand electrical skills. XS Training Ltd is established as a leading UK online electrical training provider.

Why wait? It’s the ideal time to get started training for your NVQ today! Call us on 0800 170 0294, or click here to get your questions answered.

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