Full Cost L3 Award in Electrical Installation Inspection, Testing, Certification and Reporting

Funding information: Course costs apply (No VAT).
Duration: 5 days (plus half a day for the exam)
Attendance: Part-time

Course Overview

This award provides an understanding of the theory and practice involved with the: initial verification and commissioning, and periodic inspection, testing and condition reporting, of both single and three phase electrical installations.

It is aimed at practicing electricians who wish to gain a qualification in periodic inspection and testing as well as initial verification of new systems.

The award follows BS 7671 and the Industry recognised IETGuidance Note 3 and the Best Practice Guides from Electrical Safely First.

Course Content

The course covers:

  • Requirements for completing the safe isolation of electrical circuits and installations
  • Requirements for inspecting, testing and recording the condition of electrical installations
  • Requirements for completing the periodic inspection of electrical installations
  • The differences between periodic inspection and initial verification
  • Requirements for the safe testing of electrical installations which have been placed in service
  • Requirements for testing before circuits are energised
  • Requirements for testing energised installations
  • Understanding and interpreting test results
  • Requirements for the completion of electrical installation condition reports and associated documentation
  • Confirming safety of system and equipment prior to completion of inspection and testing
  • Carry out inspection of electrical installations
  • Testing electrical installations in service
  • Producing a condition report with recorded observations and classifications

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications required for this course however applicants must have a substantial understanding of electrical installation and also prior knowledge of carrying out a sequence of testing.

This course runs with a minimum required number of attendees, if insufficient numbers register for the course it may be rearranged or cancelled in which case refunds will be provided.

Assessment Methods

  • The qualification is assessed by a mixture of on-screen exams and practical assessments. The qualification is not graded and the learner may only achieve a pass. The qualification assessments are open book
  • and the learner will require IET Guidance Note 3.


Completion of this course could lead to:

  • EAL Level 3 Award in the -in-service inspections and testing of electrical equipment (PAT)
  • EAL Level 4 Award in the design and verification of electrical installations
  • A career in the electrical sector, and further study