C&G NVQ 2356

Electrotechnical Services & Systems

City & Guilds NVQ 2356-99 Level 3 in Electrotechnical Services – Experienced Worker

If you’re a working electrician with more than five years experience then the NVQ 2356 may well be the best route to your Level 3 Electrical.

Also known as the “Mature Candidate Assessment”, this qualification is designed solely for experienced persons who have worked in the electrotechnical industry as a practising electrician for a minimum of 5 years.

You will need to demonstrate your technical knowledge, practical skills and competence to the industry standards at Level 3 in any one of the occupations of this qualification – and in line with the current edition of the IET wiring regulations (BS7671).

PLEASE NOTE: The NVQ 2356-99 is being replaced by the NVQ 2346-03 as the Experienced Worker Qualification in 2020. This pathway is still available for registration until November 2020, with completion required by 2022. Exact dates TBC

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.

Further Eligibility

Ideally, the candidate should have completed one of the relevant electrotechnical theory courses listed below:.

  • C&G ‘A’ certificate
  • C&G ‘A’ certificate plus ‘B’ certificate
  • C&G 2360 Part 1
  • C&G 2360 Part 1 plus 2360 Part 2
  • C&G 2351 L3
  • C&G 2330 L2
  • C&G 2330 L2 plus C&G 2330 L3
  • C&G 2365 L2 & L3
  • Other UK based qualifications (such as BTEC, NC/HNC etc.) may also be taken into consideration against the underpinning knowledge requirements of the award.

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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