City and Guilds 2395 Periodic Inspection, Testing and Certification


In 2012 the City and Guilds plan to replace the C&G2391 with two separate qualifications to coincide with the release of the first amendment. The second of the two replacements, the 2395, focuses on the periodic inspection and certification of electrical installations. It is expected to cover all the completion of the relevant documentation and the underpinning knowledge behind the process and also the practical aspects of performing the tests and completion of the EICR.  Iit will be heavily based on Guidance Note 3: Inspection and Testing and the appendices of Requirements for Electrical Installations: BS 7671:2008 Incorporating Amendment No 1: 2011: IET Wiring Regulations published by the IET.

What are the assessments?

Assessment Unit
Underpinning knowledge (40 question multi choice exam – Same as the 2394) 2395-301
Underpinning knowledge (written exam) 2395-302
Practical assessment 2395-303


Frequently Asked Questions

Why the change?

This allows, in conjunction with the 2394, registration with the JIB as an approved electrician. It’s designed to separate out testing from completing Electrical Installation Condition Reports, which in some respects can be completely exclusive skills.

Is it a money making scheme by the colleges and training providers?

If it is, it is not something that they have asked for. Most, if not all providers were quite happy with the C&G2391 even with the low national pass rate that came with it. In industry it is certainly respected.

Is the C&G2395 worth doing?

If you want further qualifications beyond your apprenticeship or training, then it will probably be worth having, particularly if the company you work for pays more for approved electricians.  Its individual worth without holding the 2394 Initial Verification equivalent is not yet recognised by the JIB.

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