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  1. Neil Wilkins
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    Neil Wilkins New EF Member

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    After about 20 years messing about as a police officer, I want to return to the industry. Back in the day before big pointy hats and 'ello 'ello 'ello, I was a time served Approved Electrician with a 16th edition qualification and a "C" course under my belt.
    What do I need to get back working and can anyone recommend the best way to gain such qualifications.
     
  2. Andy78
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    Andy78 Respected Member

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    A regs course/qualification would be of benefit after that much time out. Update your JIB/ECS card if you think you're going to need it for employment.
     
  3. Dustydazzler
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    Probably worth doing the 18th exam just to refresh the old memory and bobs your uncle back in the saddle.

    Just remember you have to rcd the carp out of everything now and use metal cable supports. The rest is pretty much the same as 25 years ago
     
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  4. Dustydazzler
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    Oh , also worth reading up on surge devices and arc fault interrupters as these are slowly creeping into the regs
     
  5. Dustydazzler
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    Dustydazzler Regular EF Member

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    What part don’t you agree with Pete ?
     
  6. Pete999
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    Pete999 Forum Mentor

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    Hi Dusty, I'm sure your posts is well meaning, but in all honesty someone who has been out of the trade for some 20 years, and you say, or insinuate that an update course on BS7671 is all that is needed to get back in the saddle is all that is needed, is in my opinion, somewhat a glossy reply , lots of stuff has changed over the past 25 years.
    Sorry to be disagreeing with you, there was/is no offence intended, it's just that I feel your reply was well meant, but ill advised.
     
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  7. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    biggest hurdle ,Pete, will be getting used to brown/blue.most of the rest will be in BS7671.
     
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    Yes good example Tel, C min Amd 3 the list could go on but I'm sadly rather otherwise engaged.
     
  9. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    a study of the book (7671, 18th.)should highlight most of the changes. it's still the same electrickery.
     
  10. Pete999
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    Not entirely true Tel 25 years ago, 2 years ago it was 240V single phase and 415 V 3 phase today as you well know it's 230V and 400V 3 phase
     
  11. Dustydazzler
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    Dustydazzler Regular EF Member

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    I have dipped in and out of the trade over the past 20-25years.
    It really hasn’t changed all that much.
    Unless you literally moved abroad in 1990 and only returning today you will know we moved over to brown blue harmony and know about Partpee.
    You can read up on the 17th and 18th over a weekend to catch up.
    It’s a bit like riding a bike :)
     
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  12. Dustydazzler
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    Dustydazzler Regular EF Member

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    The OP is a ‘qualified and time served’ not a newbie
     
  13. Pete999
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    Agree 20 odd years ago
     
  14. Dustydazzler
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    Dustydazzler Regular EF Member

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    That’s really not that long Pete ,

    Most of the theory and practical from then will be exactly the same now

    Just need to familiarise with the current regs
     
  15. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    as you well know it's 230V and 400V 3 phase

    try attaching a meter.it's still 240 and 415. the lower values are just EU fantasy world.
     
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