C&G NVQ 2346

Electrotechnical Experienced Worker

City & Guilds NVQ 2346-03 Level 3 Electrotechnical Experienced Worker Qualification

The NVQ 2346-03 Experienced Worker Assessment was introduced in 2020 as a replacement for the hugely popular NVQ 2356-99 ‘Mature Candidate Assessment’.

The last registration date for the current Mature Candidate Route (2356-99) pathway is 31st December 2020 – with completion due by 2023. (Max. 3 years from registration).

Just like its predecessor this qualification is designed for experienced persons who have worked in the electrotechnical industry as a practising electrician for a minimum of 5 years (not including time spent in full or part-time training), but have not formally completed an industry apprenticeship or equivalent Level 3 NVQ qualification.

However, the new NVQ 2346 only has two available pathways rather than six, the NVQ 2346 Electrical Installation & NVQ 2346 Electrical Maintenance.

Relevant industry experience gained whilst training can be acceptable but will need to be verified as meeting the qualification requirements.

Candidates with experience and qualifications from overseas may well be eligible, but must first apply for and acquire a UK NARIC Statement of Comparability.

If your current experience does not make you eligible for the NVQ 2356 assessment route to gaining your NVQ 3 Electrical qualification, then either the Level 3 NVQ Diplomas in Electrotechnical Technology  (NVQ 2357), or the Level 3 Electrotechnical Apprenticeship Qualification (Installation or Maintenance) (NVQ 5357) should hopefully provide the right path for you.

Experienced Worker Assessment

The Experienced Worker Qualification is built up of the following;


  • Candidates must have 5 years + site experience
  • Level 3 Performance Units (2346 NVQ)
  • 18th Edition Wiring Regulations
  • Initial Verification Qualification (2391-50 or 2394 or 2391-52)
  • AM2-E

NVQ 2356 Assessment Options

There are six different Occupations / Specialist Pathways in the Level 3 in Electrotechnical Services Experienced Worker qualification

  • Electrical Installation (Building and Structures)
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Installing Instrumentation and Associated Equipment
  • Installing Public Lighting Systems and Associated Equipment
  • Panel Building
  • Electrical Machine Repair and Rewind*

Within each occupational assessment there are 7 or 8 different Units to work through, plus the AM2 Practical Assessment – also referred to as Unit 399 – at the end. *Except for the Electrical Machine Rewind & Repair, where the AM2 is NOT required.

Find Out More About The Specific Occupational Assessments Below…

Still Have Questions About Your NVQ Level 3 Electrical?

Whether it's about your previous experience and qualifications in the industry, the difference between the NVQ 2346, 2356 or 2357, or you're unsure whether the on-site or online path may be best for you, then please do get in touch. We'd be happy to help if we can.

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