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Domestic electrician

Key information

  1. Status: Approved for delivery
  2. Reference: ST1017
  3. Version: 1.0
  4. Level: 3
  5. Typical duration to gateway: 36 months
  6. Typical EPA period: 6 months
  7. Maximum funding: £15000
  8. Route: Construction and the built environment
  9. Date updated: 20/06/2022
  10. Approved for delivery: 1 June 2022
  11. Lars code: 678
  12. EQA provider: National Electrotechnical Training (NET)
  13. Review:

    This apprenticeship standard will be reviewed after three years

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Apprenticeship summary

Overview of the role

Install and maintain electrical services within a domestic setting.

Occupation summary

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This occupation is found in the domestic dwelling construction, engineering and social housing installation and maintenance electrician industries.  Domestic electricians work in domestic properties such as homes, dwellings, or individual units in e.g. care homes, apartment buildings and student accommodation, rather than in their communal areas, or on commercial or industrial building sites. Industrial and Commercial Electrician work is not undertaken by a Domestic Electrician.

Domestic electricians may work for small independent businesses or for providers of homes and residential services such as local authorities and housing associations, housing construction companies, care homes, electric utility companies and other companies providing electrotechnical services to the residential market. Once qualified, some domestic electricians may choose to become self-employed contractors.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to install and maintain electrical services within a domestic setting.

Working in a residential (new construction, installation or existing) setting, the domestic electrician will focus on the installation of new, the upgrade or repair of existing cables and equipment to enable safe and reliable distributed electricity within the premises.

The scope of a domestic electrician will include design, installation and testing of systems which provide traditional heating, power, and lighting plus the installation of new and emerging technologies. The new technologies will include enhanced connectivity for domestic use and comfort and convenience technologies. Domestic electricians will help make homes highly efficient and near-zero-carbon, in cooperation with other trades. Domestic electricians may be required to provide out of hours emergency repairs and services. A driving licence may be a requirement for some employers.

In their daily work, a worker in this occupation interacts with:

  • Their customers who are usually the end user of the services.
  • the team leader or area manager as well as personnel responsible for materials storage and supply if they work in an organisation.
  • building materials suppliers, merchants, small business support, accountants, and others if they are self-employed.
  • A domestic electrician will sometimes work within a team or may often be accompanied an apprentice.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for completing their own work to specification, with minimal, if any, supervision, ensuring they meet set deadlines. This role is for people who like to work independently most of the time, but it also involves interacting with customers, colleagues, and others.

Domestic Electricians will be responsible for meeting quality requirements and working in accordance with industry-defined health, safety and environmental considerations, as well as building and wiring regulations.

They may be solely responsible for company property such as tools, work vehicles for transporting materials such as company vans.

Key requirements for successful domestic electricians include professionalism and high regard for customer service throughout the job from responding to enquiries, proposing solutions, providing quotations, undertaking work, and handing completed work back to the customer.

Typical job titles include:

Domestic electrician

Duties

  • Duty 1 Understand fully and work in full compliance with health, safety, and environmental regulations; building regulations; industry guidance notes; relevant codes of practice, the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671) and other relevant standards
  • Duty 2 Always provide appropriate customer service, prioritising their care, safety, and security and that of any children and pets on customer property
  • Duty 3 Undertake the installation of both wired and wireless solutions in achieving a desired outcome appropriate to customer need in accordance with the requirements of BS 7671 and other relevant industry standards, and assess electrical loads on domestic installations to ensure safe and suitable solutions can be provided to the customer including assisted living technologies, lighting design and comfort and convenience technologies
  • Duty 4 Plan and deliver the best solution for the customer, incorporating and integrating comfort and convenience technologies for the homeowner, within agreed budget, including the installation, maintenance, and inspection of domestic electric vehicle charging systems and other domestic use special installations, in accordance with the requirements of BS 7671 and other relevant industry standards
  • Duty 5 Carry out electrical installation, initial verification, maintenance and testing work on a variety of voltages; both AC and DC; not exceeding 230V single phase
  • Duty 6 Site and install mains powered smoke and heat detectors for domestic premises only and advise the customer regarding electric vehicle (EV) charging points, detector cleaning, maintenance, and user testing.
  • Duty 7 Design and install wiring for domestic heating systems including central heating boilers and other domestic heating systems which need electrical connections
  • Duty 8 Understand the different types of environmental technologies that may be found in a domestic dwelling including solar photovoltaic systems, heat pumps, micro wind turbines and domestic battery storage and their interaction with conventional electrical installations
  • Duty 9 Install cables within the fabric of the building for internal and external installations while maintaining the integrity of fire compartments and customers belongings
  • Duty 10 Understand the need for appropriate consideration towards, and knowledge of specialist requirements when working in historical installations and settings
  • Duty 11 Carry out maintenance regimes, periodic inspection and testing of existing single phase domestic electrical installations in accordance with manufacturer instructions and the requirements for electrical installations
  • Duty 12 Prepare and complete relevant work documentation from quotation to certification and handover stages
  • Duty 13 Understand how to plan and project manage typical Domestic Electrician work

Apprenticeship summary

ST1017, domestic electrician level 3


This summary page outlines the information that you and your employer need to know about your end-point assessment (EPA). You and your employer should also read the end-point assessment plan for the full details including roles and responsibilities, assessment method requirements and re-sits and re-takes.


What is an end-point assessment and why it happens

An EPA is an assessment at the end of the apprenticeship. It assesses your competence against the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) on the occupational standard. You will have been trained on them during your training, both on and off the job. The EPA is your chance to show an independent assessor you can do the occupation you have been trained for. Your employer will only recommend you start the EPA when you have finished your training and both your employer and you think you are ready. Your employer will choose an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) to deliver the EPA. Your employer and training provider should provide you with support on what to expect and how to prepare for your EPA. 

The typical length of the on-programme (training) part of this apprenticeship is 36 months. The end-point assessment period will typically last 6 months.

The grades available for this apprenticeship are:

Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment

  • fail

  • pass

Scenario based interview

  • fail

  • pass

  • distinction

Online knowledge assessment

  • fail

  • pass

  • distinction

At the end of the apprenticeship, and having passed the EPA, you will be awarded with your apprenticeship certificate.

Gateway

The gateway is the point when all on-programme training and any mandatory qualification requirements have been met. When you have completed your training and your employer says you are competent in your occupation, you enter the gateway. The EPAO will check any mandatory qualifications are complete. They will tell you how to submit any necessary documents (for example, a portfolio). After the EPAO confirms that you have met all the requirements, the EPA starts.  

When you reach the gateway, you need to complete the following: 


Have passed English and maths at level 2.
1For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and mathematics minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for those who have BSL as their primary language.






Passed any other mandated qualifications listed in the occupational standard. For the domestic electrician,
The qualification(s) required are: 
Electrotechnical in dwellings qualification


Assessment methods

Observation: you will be observed by a NET independent assessor while you perform typical electrical tasks in a controlled environment in a NET Licensed Assessment Centre. The observation is part of the holistic assessment and will take place over three consecutive days for a total of 19 hours observation.

Scenario based interview: you will also have a formal 2-way interview with the NET independent assessor. The assessor will ask you a minimum of 12 scenario based questions as detailed in the EPA. The interview will take 90 minutes, with a maximum of 9 extra minutes if you need to finish your last response. The interview should take place in a quiet room, free from distractions and influence. The interview is part of the holistic assessment and will take place on one of the three assessment days.

Online Knowledge Assessment: you will also sit an online knowledge assessment at the assessment centre. The online knowledge assessment will be computer based and will consist of 40 multiple-choice questions. Each question will have four suggested answers, only one of which is correct. You will be permitted to refer to the BS7671 current Edition, IET Guidance note 3 and the IET Electricians Guide to the Building Regulations. NET assessment centre will provide you with access to those reference works throughout the duration of your test. To pass this test you need to answer a minimum of 24 questions correctly. To obtain a distinction you need to answer 33 or more questions correctly. The online knowledge assessment will take a maximum of 90 minutes and will take place on one of the three assessment days.



You will get at least 10 days’ notice of your assessment dates.



Who to contact for help or more information

If you have a query that relates to your job, then please speak to your employer. You should speak to your training provider if you have any other questions about the apprenticeship including the end-point assessment. You should get detailed support from the EPAO before the EPA begins. Your employer and training provide should talk to you when they think you are ready to take the EPA. The EPA is for you to show how good you are at your job. You should speak to your training provider about what to expect in the EPA and how to prepare. You should speak to the EPAO if your EPA has already started, and you have a query.


Reasonable adjustments


If you have a disability, a physical or mental health condition or other special considerations, you may be able to have a reasonable adjustment that takes this into account. You should speak to your employer, training provider and EPAO and ask them what support you can get. The EPAO will decide if an adjustment is appropriate.


Professional recognition





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Occupation summary

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This occupation is found in the domestic dwelling construction, engineering and social housing installation and maintenance electrician industries.  Domestic electricians work in domestic properties such as homes, dwellings, or individual units in e.g. care homes, apartment buildings and student accommodation, rather than in their communal areas, or on commercial or industrial building sites. Industrial and Commercial Electrician work is not undertaken by a Domestic Electrician.

Domestic electricians may work for small independent businesses or for providers of homes and residential services such as local authorities and housing associations, housing construction companies, care homes, electric utility companies and other companies providing electrotechnical services to the residential market. Once qualified, some domestic electricians may choose to become self-employed contractors.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to install and maintain electrical services within a domestic setting.

Working in a residential (new construction, installation or existing) setting, the domestic electrician will focus on the installation of new, the upgrade or repair of existing cables and equipment to enable safe and reliable distributed electricity within the premises.

The scope of a domestic electrician will include design, installation and testing of systems which provide traditional heating, power, and lighting plus the installation of new and emerging technologies. The new technologies will include enhanced connectivity for domestic use and comfort and convenience technologies. Domestic electricians will help make homes highly efficient and near-zero-carbon, in cooperation with other trades. Domestic electricians may be required to provide out of hours emergency repairs and services. A driving licence may be a requirement for some employers.

In their daily work, a worker in this occupation interacts with:

  • Their customers who are usually the end user of the services.
  • the team leader or area manager as well as personnel responsible for materials storage and supply if they work in an organisation.
  • building materials suppliers, merchants, small business support, accountants, and others if they are self-employed.
  • A domestic electrician will sometimes work within a team or may often be accompanied an apprentice.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for completing their own work to specification, with minimal, if any, supervision, ensuring they meet set deadlines. This role is for people who like to work independently most of the time, but it also involves interacting with customers, colleagues, and others.

Domestic Electricians will be responsible for meeting quality requirements and working in accordance with industry-defined health, safety and environmental considerations, as well as building and wiring regulations.

They may be solely responsible for company property such as tools, work vehicles for transporting materials such as company vans.

Key requirements for successful domestic electricians include professionalism and high regard for customer service throughout the job from responding to enquiries, proposing solutions, providing quotations, undertaking work, and handing completed work back to the customer.

Typical job titles include:

Domestic electrician

Occupation duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 1 Understand fully and work in full compliance with health, safety, and environmental regulations; building regulations; industry guidance notes; relevant codes of practice, the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671) and other relevant standards

K1 K2 K3 K6

S1 S2 S3 S4 S7 S8 S9

B1 B2 B3

Duty 2 Always provide appropriate customer service, prioritising their care, safety, and security and that of any children and pets on customer property

K4 K5

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 3 Undertake the installation of both wired and wireless solutions in achieving a desired outcome appropriate to customer need in accordance with the requirements of BS 7671 and other relevant industry standards, and assess electrical loads on domestic installations to ensure safe and suitable solutions can be provided to the customer including assisted living technologies, lighting design and comfort and convenience technologies

K7 K8 K9 K10 K11 K12 K13

S1 S2 S3 S4 S6 S7 S8 S9 S11 S14

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 4 Plan and deliver the best solution for the customer, incorporating and integrating comfort and convenience technologies for the homeowner, within agreed budget, including the installation, maintenance, and inspection of domestic electric vehicle charging systems and other domestic use special installations, in accordance with the requirements of BS 7671 and other relevant industry standards

K7 K8 K10 K11 K12 K13

S1 S2 S3 S4 S6 S7 S8 S9 S11 S14

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 5 Carry out electrical installation, initial verification, maintenance and testing work on a variety of voltages; both AC and DC; not exceeding 230V single phase

K9 K10 K11 K12 K13 K14

S1 S2 S3 S4 S7 S8 S10 S12 S13

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 6 Site and install mains powered smoke and heat detectors for domestic premises only and advise the customer regarding electric vehicle (EV) charging points, detector cleaning, maintenance, and user testing.

K10 K11 K12 K13

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S11 S14

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 7 Design and install wiring for domestic heating systems including central heating boilers and other domestic heating systems which need electrical connections

K10 K12 K13

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S11 S14

B1 B2 B3

Duty 8 Understand the different types of environmental technologies that may be found in a domestic dwelling including solar photovoltaic systems, heat pumps, micro wind turbines and domestic battery storage and their interaction with conventional electrical installations

K10 K11

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S11

B1 B2 B3

Duty 9 Install cables within the fabric of the building for internal and external installations while maintaining the integrity of fire compartments and customers belongings

K10 K12 K13

B1 B2 B3

Duty 10 Understand the need for appropriate consideration towards, and knowledge of specialist requirements when working in historical installations and settings

K8 K10 K13

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 11 Carry out maintenance regimes, periodic inspection and testing of existing single phase domestic electrical installations in accordance with manufacturer instructions and the requirements for electrical installations

K14 K15

S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S12 S13

B1 B2 B3

Duty 12 Prepare and complete relevant work documentation from quotation to certification and handover stages

K15 K16 K17

S16 S17

Duty 13 Understand how to plan and project manage typical Domestic Electrician work

K14 K15 K16 K17 K18 K19

S11 S15 S16 S17

B5 B6


KSBs

Knowledge

K1: Understand relevant health & safety legislation and safe working practices covering hazards and risks when undertaking domestic electrical work and how these can be avoided. Back to Duty

K2: Personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be used when undertaking electrical work, the correct selection of PPE and how to use different PPE. Back to Duty

K3: Understand how to, and importance of, restoring the work area to a tidy and safe state on completion of work Back to Duty

K4: Effective communication techniques and methods when communicating with people in different roles, and the full range of people and their roles that Domestic Electricians will interact with in their work. Back to Duty

K5: Importance of customer service and effective customer service principles and techniques, taking account of the differences between people and groups of people with respect to equality and diversity Back to Duty

K6: Understand key organisations and their purpose within the electrical installation and maintenance industry, the domestic electrician's role within the industry, and career progression routes Back to Duty

K7: Relevant legislation pertaining to Domestic Electrical work including building regulations; industry guidance notes; relevant codes of practice, the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671) and related standards. Back to Duty

K8: Relevant sources of technical information and guidance specifically for domestic electrical installation and maintenance work, mainly including electrical drawings and technical specifications and why and how these should be used. Back to Duty

K9: Necessary mathematical techniques, formulae, and calculations that underpin a Domestic Electrician’s work. Back to Duty

K10: Range of tools, materials, equipment, and components used when performing domestic electrical work, and how to identify and use them safely. Back to Duty

K11: Purpose of different domestic electrical and electronic equipment, installations, components and systems and their characteristics, features, installation and maintenance requirements, including domestic heating systems, comfort and convenience technologies and smart home applications and devices. Back to Duty

K12: Process and procedures for the design, planning, set up, and installation of domestic electrical and electronic systems Back to Duty

K13: Methods of terminating and connecting cables in domestic electrical wiring systems, installations, and equipment. Back to Duty

K14: Inspection and Testing of Domestic Electrical Installations using different diagnostic and problem-solving techniques and methods used to find, assess, and resolve domestic electrical and electronic faults for both initial and periodic testing requirements of single-phase installations Back to Duty

K15: Importance of accurate preparation, completion, and maintenance of relevant work documentation including observations, test results and certification documents Back to Duty

K16: How to prepare written quotes and estimates in a professional manner Back to Duty

K17: Application of information technology in the Domestic electrician industry, such as completion of test certificates and work documentation Back to Duty

K18: Identify current digital learning platforms, and platforms used for business communication and collaboration. Back to Duty

K19: Understand the requirements for continual personal development within the industry and the opportunities for career progression Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Maintain the safety of self and others by applying statutory health and safety policies, procedures, and regulations when conducting domestic electrical work. Back to Duty

S2: Identify and comply with all relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice and other relevant information and guidance when planning and performing domestic electrical work. Back to Duty

S3: Correctly identify and use personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be used when undertaking domestic electrical work. Back to Duty

S4: Carry out work in a tidy and safe manner, including restoration of the work area on completion of work Back to Duty

S5: Communicate using effective techniques and methods with colleagues, customers, contractors, suppliers and others Back to Duty

S6: Apply appropriate customer service principles and techniques to deliver the required customer service Back to Duty

S7: Apply relevant legislation; building regulations; industry guidance notes; relevant codes of practice, the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671) and other relevant standards while carrying out work Back to Duty

S8: Use relevant sources of information and guidance for domestic electrical installation and maintenance work, typically including electrical drawings and technical specifications. Back to Duty

S9: Apply and use necessary mathematical techniques, formulae, and calculations that underpin a Domestic Electrician’s work Back to Duty

S10: Safely and correctly use a range of tools, materials, equipment, and components relevant to performing domestic electrical work. Back to Duty

S11: Design, plan, set up, and install domestic electrical and electronic systems including terminating and connecting cables in domestic electrical wiring systems, installations, and equipment Back to Duty

S12: Inspect and test domestic electrical Installations using the correct test equipment Back to Duty

S13: Apply diagnostic and problem-solving techniques to identify, assess and resolve domestic electrical and electronic faults for both initial and periodic testing requirements of single-phase installations Back to Duty

S14: Install and maintain domestic electrical and electronic equipment and components, including domestic heating systems, comfort and convenience technologies, heat pumps, solar panels, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points and devices Back to Duty

S15: Carry out and manage own work ensuring work is compliant to the relevant standard Back to Duty

S16: Record work accurately using correct processes including completion and maintenance of work documentation, recording of test results and preparation of appropriate certification Back to Duty

S17: Use relevant digital learning platforms and business communication and collaboration applications Back to Duty

Behaviours

B1: Acts responsibly and contributes to safe outcomes. Puts health and safety first for themselves and others. Embeds a health and safety culture and is always hazard and risk aware during work. Challenges any unsafe practices and demonstrates personal accountability Back to Duty

B2: Embraces a sustainable working culture, taking responsibility for the careful use of resources and disposal of work waste Back to Duty

B3: Demonstrates commitment to quality, commercial awareness, and continuous improvement by complying with health, safety and welfare requirements, industry standards, statutory regulation and legislation, policies, and codes of practice. Back to Duty

B4: Focuses on the requirements of the customer (internal and external), seeking to provide outstanding customer services, promoting green technologies when appropriate, meeting, or exceeding customer requirements, including customers with diverse needs and transitioning to green technologies. Back to Duty

B5: Manages own time efficiently to complete work operations and effectively schedule work within the confines of job responsibility Back to Duty

B6: Committed to keeping up to date with industry best practice, relevant legislation and technical standards and undertaking personal CPD in line with industry best practice. Back to Duty


Qualifications

English and Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

Other mandatory qualifications

Electrotechnical in dwellings qualification

Level: 3

Professional recognition

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End-point assessment plan

V1.0

Introduction and overview

This document explains the requirements for end-point assessment (EPA) for the domestic electrician apprenticeship. The end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) must follow this when designing and delivering their EPA.

Domestic electrician apprentices, their employers and training providers should read this document.

National Electrotechnical Training (NET) is the sole EPAO for this EPA and must conduct the EPA for this apprenticeship.

NET is the industry charity whose purpose is to independently assure electrotechnical competence. It owns and delivers AM2 which is the competence assessment for the electrical industry. A modified version of AM2 will form the EPA for the domestic electrician apprenticeship standard.

Their responsibilities include:

• external quality assurance of the domestic electrician apprenticeship standard

• the production of all assessment material

• provision of the premises in which all assessment takes place (via the NET licensed centre network)

• provides the licence for NET approved and qualified assessors to undertake the independent assessment of the EPA

• confirming competence via the EPA which confers eligibility for the award of an ECS gold card by the Joint Industry Board (JIB)

The EPA will be conducted under controlled conditions by NET licensed independent assessors and will be available through NET’s licensed centre network of over 50 centres across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A full-time apprentice typically spends 36 months on-programme (this means in training before the gateway) working towards competence as a domestic electrician. All apprentices must spend at least 12 months on-programme. All apprentices must spend at least 20% of their on-programme time completing off-the-job training.

This EPA has 3 assessment methods.

The grades available for each EPA method are:

EPA method 1 - observation of practical competence in a controlled environment:

  • fail
  • pass

EPA method 2 - scenario based interview:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

EPA method 3 - online knowledge assessment:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

The result from each EPA method is combined to decide the overall apprenticeship grade. The following grades are available for the apprenticeship:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

EPA summary table

On-programme (typically 36 months)
Training to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) of the occupational standard.

Training towards English and mathematics qualifications at Level 2, if required.

Training towards any other qualifications listed in the occupational standard.

The qualification(s) required are:

Electrotechnical in dwellings qualification

End-point assessment gateway
The employer must be content that the apprentice is working at or above the level of the occupational standard.

The apprentice’s employer must confirm that they think the apprentice:

  • is working at or above the occupational standard as a domestic electrician
  • has the evidence required to pass the gateway and is ready to take the EPA

An apprentice must have passed any other qualifications listed in the domestic electrician occupational standard ST1017.

The qualification(s) required are:

Electrotechnical in dwellings qualification

Apprentices must have achieved English and mathematics at Level 2.

An apprentice must submit all gateway evidence to the EPAO. The EPAO must review the evidence. When the EPAO confirms the gateway requirements have been met, the EPA period starts and typically takes 6 months to complete. The expectation is that the EPAO will confirm the gateway requirements have been met as quickly as possible.

The employer, apprentices and training provider must complete and sign the Readiness for Assessment checklist.

Apprentices must submit any policies and procedures as requested by the EPAO.

End-point assessment (typically 6 months)
Grades available for each method:

Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment

  • fail
  • pass

Scenario based interview

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

Online knowledge assessment

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

Overall EPA and apprenticeship can be graded:

    • fail
    • pass
    • distinction
Re-sits and re-takes



  • Re-take and re-sit grade cap: pass
  • Re-sit timeframe: typically 3 months
  • Re-take timeframe: typically 3 months

Duration of end-point assessment period

The EPA will be taken within the EPA period. The EPA period begins when the EPAO confirms the gateway requirements are met and is typically 6 months.

The expectation is that the EPAO will confirm the gateway requirements are met and the EPA begins as quickly as possible.

All assessment methods for the EPA will take place over 3 consecutive days.



EPA gateway

The apprentice’s employer must confirm that they think the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard as a domestic electrician. They will then enter the gateway. The employer may take advice from the apprentice's training provider(s), but the employer must make the decision. In making this decision, the employer may take advice from the apprentice's training provider(s), but the decision must ultimately be made solely by the employer and confirmed through the Readiness for Assessment checklist.

NET as the EPAO determines when all other gateway requirements have been met, and the EPA period will only start once the EPAO has confirmed this.


Apprentices must meet the following gateway requirements before starting their EPA.

These are:

  • achieved English and mathematics at Level 2
  • achieved an electrotechnical in dwellings qualification
  • the employer, apprentice and training provider must complete and sign the Readiness for Assessment checklist.

Apprentices must submit any policies and procedures as requested by the EPAO.

The EPA period starts when the EPAO confirms all gateway requirements have been met. The expectation is they will do this as quickly as possible.

Assessment methods

The assessment methods can be delivered in any order.

The result of one assessment method does not need to be known before starting the next.

All assessment methods for the EPA will take place over 3 consecutive days. It is recommended that the apprentice does not exceed a 7.5 hour working day and breaks should be permitted as per NET guidance.



Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment

Overview

In an observation of practical competence in a controlled environment, a NET licensed independent assessor observes an apprentice carrying out a range of simulated electrical exercises which reflect typical electrical work carried out in the workplace.

The observation of practical competence in a controlled environment must be assessed holistically by the NET licensed independent assessor when they are deciding the grade for the observation of practical competence in a controlled environment.

Rationale

This EPA method is being used because:

The practical installation reflects the scope of a domestic electrician’s work as set out in the KSBs, and is typical of the apprentice’s work, ensuring that they can demonstrate the range specified within the occupational standard in practice. As part of a domestic electrician’s role, they will be expected to carry out an installation to a specification and test and inspect using the appropriate British Standards and associated guidance notes, with an awareness of net zero/green technologies. Therefore, this method of assessment is deemed as the most appropriate for this occupation as it accurately reflects all environments and current workplace tasks of the apprentice, which may not be available in a timely, standardised manner to the apprentice, if observed in the real working environment.

AM2 is the benchmark required for all domestic electricians. This is the agreed competence standard for the industry. This will be a modified competence assessment sampled from the current Industry Assessment of Competence AM2, the apprenticeship covers the professional recognition required for a domestic electrician.

Delivery

The observation of practical competence in a controlled environment must be structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this EPA method.

The observation will take place in controlled conditions within a NET licensed assessment centre. NET licensed independent assessors can observe up to 4 apprentices at a time for each component as specified by NET guidance.

The EPAO must give an apprentice 10 days notice of the observation. 

The observation must take 19 hours.

The observation of practical competence in a controlled environment must allow the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this assessment method.

The observation may take place in parts but must be completed within 3 working days. A working day is typically 7.5 hours. The reason for this split is to accommodate the

different components that take several hours to complete.

The EPAO must manage invigilation of apprentices at all times to maintain security of the EPA, in line with their malpractice policy. This includes breaks and moving between locations. 

The NET licensed independent assessor must explain to the apprentice the format and timescales of the observation before it begins. This does not count towards the assessment time.

The NET licensed independent assessor should observe the following during the observation:

Component 1 - planning, safe isolation and risk assessment (1 hour)

Apprentices will prepare and complete a risk assessment for the assessment area work environment. Associated to this will be an observed exercise of safely isolating the domestic installation and net zero/green technologies before working on the installation.

Component 1 includes:

• a completed risk assessment

• NET Licensed independent assessor undertaking visual observation of the apprentice completing the preferred isolation procedure (safety critical to include PV array)

• planning for installation.

Component 2 - domestic installation observation (10.5 hours)

Apprentices will install a domestic installation with respect to a set specification, including circuits for net zero/green technologies. Monitoring of the installation for safe practice will be conducted by the NET licensed independent assessor and then assessed when the installation is complete. If this section is not completed within the component assigned time, then the assessment will be recorded as ‘out of time’ and this component will be deemed to have been failed.

Including:

  • lighting circuits
  • power circuits
  • equipotential bonding
  • sub-main circuit
  • smoke/heat detection circuit
  • installation within specialised functions
  • circuit installation provision for net zero/green technologies
  • PVC containment
  • data circuit
  • smart heating.

Component 3 - domestic testing and associated regulatory documents. (5.5 hours)

Overview

Apprentices will test the installed domestic installation in accordance with the British Standard and associated guidance documents, which will be available for reference. Due to the sensitivity and safety critical nature of this element, it must be fully observed by the NET licensed independent assessor. The NET licensed independent assessor will monitor to ensure safe practice throughout this component and the assessment will be stopped and graded as a fail, should unsafe practice occur. If this section is not completed within the specified time, then the assessment will be recorded as ‘out of time’ and this component will be deemed to have been failed.

This will include

  • dead testing in correct sequence
  • live testing supervised by a Net licensed independent assessor
  • completion of an Electrical Installation Certificate
  • functional testing.

Component 4 - fault finding and condition reporting on domestic circuits (2 hours)

Apprentices will use their knowledge and skills to interrogate a domestic installation and identify faults on simulated faulty circuits commonly found in domestic premises. It will be observed by a NET licensed independent assessor for the apprentice to undertake tasks on a simulated domestic installation. The assessment will be stopped and graded as a fail, should unsafe practice occur. If this section is not completed within the specified time, then the assessment will be recorded as ‘out of time’ and this component will be deemed to have been failed.

This will include:

  • identify faults on simulated faulty circuits
  • test the installed domestic installation in accordance with BS7671
  • complete a condition report on a simulated domestic installation with faults introduced by NET licensed independent assessor following the EPAO specification.

These activities provide the apprentice with the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs as shown in the mapping.

The NET licensed independent assessor conducts and assesses the observation of practical competence in a controlled environment. They must record the KSBs observed.

The NET licensed independent assessor makes all grading decisions.

Assessment location

The EPA will take place under controlled conditions in a NET licensed assessment centre.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the observation of practical competence in a controlled environment:

  • Net licensed independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and employer

Scenario based interview

Overview

In the interview, a NET licensed independent assessor and apprentice have a formal two-way conversation. It gives the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate their competency across the KSBs as shown in the mapping.

This assessment method has 1 component. The interview consists of an NET licensed independent assessor asking an apprentice a series of scenario-based questions to assess their responses against the KSBs for this method. The NET licensed independent assessor leads this process to obtain information from the apprentice to enable a structured assessment decision-making process.

Rationale

This EPA method is being used because:

  • it allows for testing of responses where there are a range of potential answers that cannot be tested through the practical observation or knowledge assessment.

Delivery

An NET licensed independent assessor will conduct and assess the interview. The interview will last 90 minutes. The NET licensed independent assessor has the discretion to increase the time of the interview by up to 10% to allow the apprentice to complete their last answer. The interview will have a minimum of 12 scenario based questions. During this method, the NET licensed independent assessor must use questions from the question bank derived on typical domestic installation scenarios.

The purpose of the questions will be to cover the following themes:

• communication

• customer service

• safety

• commercial awareness (defined as: a sustainable and economic approach to work)

• quality and continuous improvement

• continuous professional development.

Questions will be open and designed to elicit responses against the KSBs prescribed for this method. NET licensed independent assessors must use the question bank as a source for questioning and marking materials supplied by NET. KSBs met and answers to questions, must be recorded by the NET licensed independent assessor. The interview will be recorded to aid moderation and quality assurance.

Assessment location

The interview will take place in a NET licensed centre incorporated within the allocated 3 days of EPA time.

The interview should take place in a quiet room, free from distractions and influence.

Question and resource development

A question bank will be developed by NET as the EPAO.

The specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs shown in the mapping. The EPAO should maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting employers. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this. The assessment specification and questions must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.

The EPAO must develop purpose-built question banks and ensure that appropriate quality assurance procedures are in place, for example, considering standardisation, training and moderation. The EPAO must ensure that questions are refined and developed to a high standard.

The EPAO must ensure that apprentices have a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

The EPAO must produce the following materials to support the scenario based interview:

  • Net licensed independent assessor assessment materials which include:
    • training materials
    • administration materials
    • moderation and standardisation materials
    • guidance materials
    • grading guidance
    • question bank
  • EPA guidance for the apprentice and employer

Online knowledge assessment

Overview

A test is an assessment for asking questions in a controlled and invigilated environment.

Rationale

This EPA method is being used because:

  • it allows for the efficient testing of knowledge where there is an objectively correct answer
  • it allows for flexibility of delivery administration in terms of when and how it is taken
  • it allows for larger volumes of apprentices to be assessed at one time.

Delivery

This method must be appropriately structured to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate the KSBs mapped to this EPA method to the highest available grade.

The online knowledge assessment will be computer based.

The online knowledge assessment will consist of 40 multiple-choice questions.

Multiple-choice questions will have four options, including one correct answer.

Apprentices must be given at least 10 days notice of the date and time of the online knowledge assessment.

Test administration

Apprentices must have 90 minutes to complete the test.

The following equipment is allowed to be used during the online knowledge assessment:

Computer with online facilities.

The online knowledge assessment is open book which means that the apprentice can refer to reference books or materials whilst taking the test.

In the test, the apprentice will be permitted to have:

• BS7671 current Edition

• IET Guidance note 3

• Short Guide to Building Regulations.

NET will provide these materials, the apprentice is not permitted to use their own copies in the assessment.

The online knowledge assessment must be taken in the presence of an invigilator who is the responsibility of the EPAO.

The EPAO must have an invigilation policy setting out how the online knowledge assessment must be conducted. It must state the ratio of apprentices to invigilators for the setting and allow the test to take place in a secure way.

The EPAO must verify the identity of the apprentice.

The EPAO is responsible for the security of the online knowledge assessment. The EPAO must ensure that their security arrangements maintain the validity and reliability of the online knowledge assessment.

Marking

The online knowledge assessment must be marked by NET licensed independent assessors or markers employed by the EPAO. They must follow a marking scheme produced by the EPAO. Marking by computer is allowed where question types support this.

A correct answer gets 1 mark.

Any incorrect or missing answers get zero marks.

The EPAO is responsible for overseeing the marking of the online knowledge assessment. The EPAO must ensure standardisation and moderation of written response test.

Assessment location

Apprentices must take the online knowledge assessment in a suitably controlled and invigilated environment that is a quiet room, free from distractions and influence.

The online test will take place in a NET licensed centre.

The invigilator will be the NET licensed independent assessor.

The EPAO is required to have an invigilation policy that will set out how the test is to be carried out. The EPAO is responsible for ensuring the security of any multiple-choice tests they administer to ensure the test remains valid and reliable (this includes any arrangements made using online tools). The EPAO is responsible for verifying the identity of the person taking the test.

Question and resource development

Questions will be written by NET as the EPAO and must be relevant to the occupation. The EPAO should maintain the security and confidentiality of their questions. The EPAO must develop test specifications and question banks of sufficient size to prevent predictability and review them regularly (and at least once a year) to ensure they, and the questions they contain, are fit for purpose. The specifications, including questions relating to underpinning KSBs must be varied, yet allow assessment of the relevant KSBs. The specification must be relevant to the occupation and demonstrate how to assess the KSBs shown in the mapping. It is recommended this is done in consultation with employers of this occupation. The EPAO should maintain the security and confidentiality of EPA materials when consulting employers. The questions must be unpredictable. A question bank of sufficient size will support this. The test specification and questions must be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose.

The EPAO must ensure that apprentices have a different set of questions in the case of re-sits and re-takes. The EPAO will produce the following material to support this assessment method:

• a question bank

• test specification

• outline of the assessment method’s requirements

• sample tests and mark schemes

• live tests and mark schemes

The EPAO must ensure that apprentices have a different set of questions in the case of re-sits or re-takes.

Grading

Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all the pass descriptors
Preparing, planning and Health and Safety
S2 S3 S8 S15 B1

Completes work using the relevant sources of technical information and specifications when planning and performing domestic electrical work. (S2) (S8)

Demonstrates planning, and correctly carries out and manage own work ensuring work is compliant and complete to the relevant standard with the correct use of personal protective equipment when undertaking domestic electrical work. (S3) (S15)

 

Performs responsibly ethically and contributes to safe outcomes. (B1)

 

 

Installation of Circuits
S4 S7 S10 S11 S14 B2 B5

Demonstrates and correctly carries out the design, planning and set up, of domestic electrical wiring systems, installations, and equipment.  (S11)

Utilises the relevant legislation; building regulations; industry guidance notes; relevant codes of practice, the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671) and related standards. (S7)

Demonstrates  correct use of a range of tools, materials, equipment, and components relevant to performing domestic electrical work. (S10)

Completes work in a tidy and safe manner, including restoration of the work area on completion of work and performing efficiently to complete the planned work operations. (S4) (B5)

Demonstrates responsibility for the careful use of resources and disposal of work waste. (B2)

Testing and Condition reporting
S9 S12 S13 S16 S17

Demonstrates and correctly carries out the design, planning and set up, of domestic electrical wiring systems, installations, and equipment.  (S11)

Utilises the relevant legislation; building regulations, industry guidance notes, relevant codes of practice, the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671) and related standards. (S7)

Demonstrates correct use of a range of tools, materials, equipment, and components relevant to performing domestic electrical work. (S10)

Plan, correctly undertake and manage work in compliance with relevant standards. (S15)

Completes work in a tidy and safe manner, including restoration of the work area on completion of work and performing efficiently to complete the planned work operations. (S4) (B5)

Demonstrates responsibility for the careful use of resources and disposal of work waste. (B2)

 

Scenario based interview

Fail - does not meet pass criteria

Theme
KSBs
Pass
Apprentices must demonstrate all the pass descriptors
Distinction
Apprentices must demonstrate all the pass descriptors and all of the distinction descriptors
Communication
K4 S5

Describes a range and uses of communication techniques and methods when communicating with personnel in different roles including colleagues, customers, and external personnel. (K4) (S5)

 

 

Justifies how the proposed approach to communication is effective. (K4) (K5)

Customer Service
K5 S6 B4

Describes how to meet the needs of given colleagues and customers. Explains why it is important to deliver a professional service to customers, with courtesy and respect, and how to value equality and diversity. (K5) (S6) (B4)     

Describes how they would encourage colleagues and customers to consider the use of net zero/green technologies for a given scenario. (B4)

 

Justifies how the proposed approach to customer service contributes to exceed customer expectations. (S6) (B4)

 

Safety
K1 S1

Explains the importance of being compliant with the health and safety regulations and the hazards that can arise from non-compliance in line with relevant health and safety standards, regulations and practice.

Describes how to work in line with health and safety and environment practices, procedures, and regulations when undertaking domestic electrical work, and how to reduce risks. 

Describes how to monitor and maintain safe working conditions and practices when: working alone, part of a team and when supervised. (S1) (K1)  

 

Not applicable

Quality and Continuous Improvement and Commercial Awareness
B3

Describes how working in line with health, safety and welfare requirements, industry standards, statutory regulation and legislation, policies, and codes of practice ensures quality for the business. Explains the actions when reporting quality issues to help to prevent the same issues occurring in the future. Describes how they would apply continuous improvement techniques to the business. (B3)

 

 

Not applicable

Continuous Professional Development
K19 B6

Describes the importance of, and ways to keep technical knowledge up to date for different situations. (K19) (B6) 

 

 

 

Justifies how proposed approaches to maintain and continuously improving technical knowledge benefits employer, self and customer. (K19) (B6)

 

Online knowledge assessment

Grade Minimum marks required Maximum marks required
Fail 0 23
Pass 24 32
Distinction 33 40

Overall EPA grading

The EPA methods contribute equally to the overall EPA grade.

Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of:

  • fail
  • pass
  • distinction

NET licensed Independent assessors must individually grade the: observation of practical competence in a controlled environment and scenario based interview according to the requirements set out in this EPA plan.

The EPAO must combine the individual assessment method grades to determine the overall EPA grade.

Apprentices who fail one or more assessment methods will be awarded an overall EPA fail.

Apprentices must achieve at least a pass in all the EPA methods in order to achieve an overall pass. In order to achieve an overall EPA distinction, apprentices must achieve a pass in the observation of practical competence assessment method and distinctions in the scenario based Interview and online knowledge test assessment methods. The EPAO must combine the assessment method grades to determine the overall EPA grade. Apprentices who fail one or more assessment methods will be awarded an overall EPA fail.

Grades from individual assessment methods should be combined in the following way to determine the grade of the EPA as a whole.

Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment Scenario based interview Online knowledge assessment Overall Grading
Fail Any grade Any grade Fail
Pass Fail Any grade Fail
Pass Any grade Fail Fail
Pass Pass Pass Pass
Pass Distinction Pass Pass
Pass Pass Distinction Pass
Pass Distinction Distinction Distinction

Re-sits and re-takes

Apprentices who fail one or more EPA method(s) can take a re-sit or a re-take at the employer’s discretion. The apprentice’s employer needs to agree that a re-sit or re-take is appropriate. A re-sit does not need further learning, whereas a re-take does.

Apprentices should have a supportive action plan to prepare for a re-sit or a re-take.

The employer and EPAO agree the timescale for a re-sit or re-take. A re-sit is typically taken within 3 months of the EPA outcome notification. The timescale for a re-take is dependent on how much re-training is required and is typically taken within 3 months of the EPA outcome notification.

Failed EPA methods must be re-sat or re-taken within a 6-month period from the EPA outcome notification, otherwise the entire EPA will need to be re-sat or re-taken in full.

Re-sits and re-takes are not offered to apprentices wishing to move from pass to a higher grade.

An apprentice will get a maximum EPA grade of pass for a re-sit or re-take, unless the EPAO determines there are exceptional circumstances.

Roles and responsibilities

Roles Responsibilities

Apprentice

As a minimum, apprentices should:

  • participate in and complete on-programme training to meet the KSBs as outlined in the occupational standard for a minimum of 12 months
  • undertake 20% off-the-job training as arranged by the employer and training provider
  • understand the purpose and importance of EPA
  • undertake the EPA including meeting all gateway requirements

 

Employer

As a minimum, employers must:

  • select the EPAO and training provider 
  • work with the training provider (where applicable) to support the apprentice in the workplace and to provide the opportunities for the apprentice to develop the KSBs
  • arrange and support a minimum of 20% off-the-job training to be undertaken by the apprentice 
  • decide when the apprentice is working at or above the level required by the occupational standard and so is ready for EPA
  • ensure that all supporting evidence required at the gateway is submitted in accordance with this EPA plan
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA
  • confirm arrangements with the EPAO for the EPA (who, when, where) in a timely manner (including providing access to any employer-specific documentation as required, for example company policies)
  • ensure that the EPA is scheduled with the EPAO for a date and time which allows appropriate opportunity for the apprentice to meet the KSBs
  • ensure the apprentice is well prepared for the EPA
  • require the training provider and EPAO to ensure the EPA is booked in a timely manner

Post-gateway, employers must: 

  • confirm arrangements with the EPAO for the EPA (who, when, where) in a timely manner (including providing access to any employer-specific documentation as required, for example company policies)
  • ensure that the EPA is scheduled with the EPAO for a date and time which allows appropriate opportunity for the KSBs to be met
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA
  • ensure the apprentice is given sufficient time away from regular duties to prepare for, and complete all post-gateway elements of the EPA, and that any required supervision during this time (as stated within this EPA plan) is in place
  • where the apprentice is assessed in the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the resources used on a daily basis
  • pass the certificate to the apprentice upon receipt from the EPAO

EPAO

As a minimum, EPAOs must: 

  • conform to the requirements of this EPA plan and deliver its requirements in a timely manner
  • conform to the requirements of the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (RoEPAO)
  • conform to the requirements of the external quality assurance provider (EQAP) for this apprenticeship
  • understand the occupational standard
  • make all necessary contractual arrangements, including agreeing the price of the EPA
  • develop and produce assessment materials including specifications and marking materials (for example mark schemes, practice materials, training material)
  • appoint suitably qualified and competent independent assessors and oversee their working
  • appoint administrators (and invigilators where required) to administer the EPA as appropriate
  • provide training for independent assessors in terms of good assessment practice, operating the assessment tools and grading
  • provide adequate information, advice and guidance documentation to enable apprentices, employers and training providers to prepare for the EPA
  • arrange for the EPA to take place, in consultation with the employer
  • where the apprentice is not assessed in the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the required resources and liaise with the employer to agree this if necessary
  • develop and provide appropriate assessment recording documentation to ensure a clear and auditable process is in place for providing assessment decisions and feedback to all relevant stakeholders
  • have no direct connection with the apprentice, their employer or training provider. In all instances, including when the EPAO is the training provider (i.e. HEI), there must be no conflict of interest
  • have policies and procedures for internal quality assurance (IQA), and maintain records of regular and robust IQA activity and moderation for external quality assurance (EQA) purposes
  • deliver induction training for independent assessors, and for invigilators and/or markers (where used)
  • undertake standardisation activity on this apprenticeship standard for all independent assessors before they conduct an EPA for the first time, if the EPA is updated and periodically as appropriate (a minimum of annually)
  • manage invigilation of apprentices in order to maintain security of the assessment in line with the EPAO’s malpractice policy
  • verify the identity of the apprentice being assessed
  • use language in the development and delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the occupational standard

Pre-gateway, EPAOs must: 

  • make all necessary contractual arrangements, including agreeing the price of the EPA
  • provide adequate information, advice and guidance documentation to enable apprentices, employers and training providers to prepare for the EPA
  • arrange for the EPA to take place, in consultation with the employer.

At the gateway, EPAOs must: 

  • confirm all gateway requirements have been met as quickly as possible.

Post-gateway, EPAOs must: 

  • where the apprentice is not assessed in the workplace, ensure that the apprentice has access to the required resources and liaise with the employer to agree this if necessary

Independent assessor

As a minimum, independent assessors must: 

  • have the competence to assess the apprentice at this level and hold any required qualifications and experience in line with the requirements of the independent assessor as detailed in the IQA section of this EPA plan
  • understand the occupational standard and the requirements of this EPA
  • have, maintain and be able to evidence, up-to-date knowledge and expertise of the subject matter
  • deliver the end-point assessment in-line with the EPA plan
  • comply with the IQA requirements of the EPAO
  • have no direct connection or conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider; in all instances, including when the EPAO is the training provider (i.e. HEI)
  • attend induction training
  • attend standardisation events when they begin working for the EPAO, before they conduct an EPA for the first time and a minimum of annually on this apprenticeship standard
  • assess each assessment method, as determined by the EPA plan, and without extending the EPA unnecessarily
  • assess against the KSBs assigned to each assessment method, as shown in the mapping of assessment methods and as determined by the EPAO, and without extending the EPA unnecessarily
  • make all grading decisions
  • record and report all assessment outcome decisions, for each apprentice, following instructions and using assessment recording documentation provided by the EPAO, in a timely manner
  • use language in the development and delivery of the EPA that is appropriate to the level of the occupational standard
  • mark open (constructed) test answers accurately according to the EPAO’s mark scheme and procedures

Training provider

As a minimum, training providers should:

  • work with the employer and support the apprentice during the off-the-job training to provide the opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours as listed in the occupational standard
  • conduct training covering any knowledge, skill or behaviour requirement agreed as part of the Commitment Statement (often known as the Individual Learning Plan)
  • monitor the apprentice’s progress during any training provider led on-programme learning
  • advise the employer, upon request, on the apprentice’s readiness for EPA
  • remain independent from the delivery of the EPA. Where the training provider is the EPAO (i.e. a HEI), there must be procures in place to mitigate against any conflict of interest. 

Marker

As a minimum, markers should:

  • attend induction training as directed by the EPAO
  • have no direct connection or conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider in all instances including when the EPAO is the training provider (i.e. HEI)
  • mark test answers accurately according to the EPAO’s mark scheme and procedures

Invigilator

As a minimum, invigilators should:

  • attend induction training as directed by the EPAO
  • have no direct connection or conflict of interest with the apprentice, their employer or training provider; in all instances, including when the EPAO is the training provider (i.e. HEI)
  • invigilate and supervise apprentices during tests and in breaks during assessment methods to prevent malpractice in accordance with the EPAO’s invigilation procedures

Reasonable adjustments

The EPAO must have reasonable adjustments arrangements for the EPA.

This should include:

  • how an apprentice qualifies for reasonable adjustment
  • what reasonable adjustments may be made

Adjustments must maintain the validity, reliability and integrity of the EPA as outlined in this EPA plan.

Internal quality assurance

Internal quality assurance refers to how the EPAO ensures valid, consistent and reliable EPA decisions. The EPAO must adhere to the requirements within the roles and responsibilities section and:

  • have effective and rigorous quality assurance systems and procedures that ensure fair, reliable and consistent EPA regardless of employer, place, time or NET licensed independent assessor
  • appoint NET licensed independent assessors who are competent to deliver the EPA and who:
    • have recent relevant experience of the occupation or sector to at least occupational level 3 gained in the last 5 years or significant experience of the occupation or sector
    • hold, or are working towards, an assessor qualification
    • have professional body membership with:

      JIB (gold card)

      meet the following minimum requirements:

      current wiring regulations and full inspection and test certificate

  • operate induction training for anyone involved in the delivery and assessment of the EPA
  • provide training for NET licensed independent assessors in good assessment practice, operating the assessment tools and making grading decisions
  • provide ongoing training for markers and invigilators
  • provide standardisation activity for this apprenticeship standard for all NET licensed independent assessors:
    • before they conduct an EPA for the first time
    • if the EPA is updated
    • periodically as appropriate (a minimum of annually)
  • conduct effective moderation of EPA decisions and grades
  • conduct appeals where required, according to the EPAO’s appeals procedure, reviewing and making final decisions on EPA decisions and grades
  • have no direct connection with the apprentice, their employer or training provider.

Value for money

Affordability of the EPA will be aided by using at least some of the following:

  • assessing multiple apprentices simultaneously where the method of assessment permits this
  • conducting assessment methods on the same day

Professional recognition

This apprenticeship standard is recognised by the Joint Industry Board as conferring eligibility for recognition via an ECS Domestic Electrician Gold Card. As part of the application process the appropriate Health and Safety components will be recognised

Mapping of KSBs to assessment methods

Knowledge Assessment methods
K1

Understand relevant health & safety legislation and safe working practices covering hazards and risks when undertaking domestic electrical work and how these can be avoided.

Back to Grading
Scenario based interview
K2

Personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be used when undertaking electrical work, the correct selection of PPE and how to use different PPE.

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K3

Understand how to, and importance of, restoring the work area to a tidy and safe state on completion of work

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K4

Effective communication techniques and methods when communicating with people in different roles, and the full range of people and their roles that Domestic Electricians will interact with in their work.

Back to Grading
Scenario based interview
K5

Importance of customer service and effective customer service principles and techniques, taking account of the differences between people and groups of people with respect to equality and diversity

Back to Grading
Scenario based interview
K6

Understand key organisations and their purpose within the electrical installation and maintenance industry, the domestic electrician's role within the industry, and career progression routes

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K7

Relevant legislation pertaining to Domestic Electrical work including building regulations; industry guidance notes; relevant codes of practice, the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671) and related standards.

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K8

Relevant sources of technical information and guidance specifically for domestic electrical installation and maintenance work, mainly including electrical drawings and technical specifications and why and how these should be used.

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K9

Necessary mathematical techniques, formulae, and calculations that underpin a Domestic Electrician’s work.

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K10

Range of tools, materials, equipment, and components used when performing domestic electrical work, and how to identify and use them safely.

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K11

Purpose of different domestic electrical and electronic equipment, installations, components and systems and their characteristics, features, installation and maintenance requirements, including domestic heating systems, comfort and convenience technologies and smart home applications and devices.

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K12

Process and procedures for the design, planning, set up, and installation of domestic electrical and electronic systems

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K13

Methods of terminating and connecting cables in domestic electrical wiring systems, installations, and equipment.

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K14

Inspection and Testing of Domestic Electrical Installations using different diagnostic and problem-solving techniques and methods used to find, assess, and resolve domestic electrical and electronic faults for both initial and periodic testing requirements of single-phase installations

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K15

Importance of accurate preparation, completion, and maintenance of relevant work documentation including observations, test results and certification documents

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K16

How to prepare written quotes and estimates in a professional manner

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K17

Application of information technology in the Domestic electrician industry, such as completion of test certificates and work documentation

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K18

Identify current digital learning platforms, and platforms used for business communication and collaboration.

Back to Grading
Online knowledge assessment
K19

Understand the requirements for continual personal development within the industry and the opportunities for career progression

Back to Grading
Scenario based interview
Skill Assessment methods
S1

Maintain the safety of self and others by applying statutory health and safety policies, procedures, and regulations when conducting domestic electrical work.

Back to Grading
Scenario based interview
S2

Identify and comply with all relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice and other relevant information and guidance when planning and performing domestic electrical work.

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S3

Correctly identify and use personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be used when undertaking domestic electrical work.

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S4

Carry out work in a tidy and safe manner, including restoration of the work area on completion of work

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S5

Communicate using effective techniques and methods with colleagues, customers, contractors, suppliers and others

Back to Grading
Scenario based interview
S6

Apply appropriate customer service principles and techniques to deliver the required customer service

Back to Grading
Scenario based interview
S7

Apply relevant legislation; building regulations; industry guidance notes; relevant codes of practice, the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671) and other relevant standards while carrying out work

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S8

Use relevant sources of information and guidance for domestic electrical installation and maintenance work, typically including electrical drawings and technical specifications.

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S9

Apply and use necessary mathematical techniques, formulae, and calculations that underpin a Domestic Electrician’s work

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S10

Safely and correctly use a range of tools, materials, equipment, and components relevant to performing domestic electrical work.

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S11

Design, plan, set up, and install domestic electrical and electronic systems including terminating and connecting cables in domestic electrical wiring systems, installations, and equipment

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S12

Inspect and test domestic electrical Installations using the correct test equipment

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S13

Apply diagnostic and problem-solving techniques to identify, assess and resolve domestic electrical and electronic faults for both initial and periodic testing requirements of single-phase installations

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S14

Install and maintain domestic electrical and electronic equipment and components, including domestic heating systems, comfort and convenience technologies, heat pumps, solar panels, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points and devices

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S15

Carry out and manage own work ensuring work is compliant to the relevant standard

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S16

Record work accurately using correct processes including completion and maintenance of work documentation, recording of test results and preparation of appropriate certification

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
S17

Use relevant digital learning platforms and business communication and collaboration applications

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
Behaviour Assessment methods
B1

Acts responsibly and contributes to safe outcomes. Puts health and safety first for themselves and others. Embeds a health and safety culture and is always hazard and risk aware during work. Challenges any unsafe practices and demonstrates personal accountability

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
B2

Embraces a sustainable working culture, taking responsibility for the careful use of resources and disposal of work waste

Back to Grading
Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
B3

Demonstrates commitment to quality, commercial awareness, and continuous improvement by complying with health, safety and welfare requirements, industry standards, statutory regulation and legislation, policies, and codes of practice.

Back to Grading
Scenario based interview
B4

Focuses on the requirements of the customer (internal and external), seeking to provide outstanding customer services, promoting green technologies when appropriate, meeting, or exceeding customer requirements, including customers with diverse needs and transitioning to green technologies.

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Scenario based interview
B5

Manages own time efficiently to complete work operations and effectively schedule work within the confines of job responsibility

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Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment
B6

Committed to keeping up to date with industry best practice, relevant legislation and technical standards and undertaking personal CPD in line with industry best practice.

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Scenario based interview

Mapping of KSBs to grade themes

Observation of practical competence in a controlled environment - Observation

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Preparing, planning and Health and Safety

S2 S3 S8 S15
B1

N/A

Identify and comply with all relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice and other relevant information and guidance when planning and performing domestic electrical work. (S2)

Correctly identify and use personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be used when undertaking domestic electrical work. (S3)

Use relevant sources of information and guidance for domestic electrical installation and maintenance work, typically including electrical drawings and technical specifications. (S8)

Carry out and manage own work ensuring work is compliant to the relevant standard (S15)

Acts responsibly and contributes to safe outcomes. Puts health and safety first for themselves and others. Embeds a health and safety culture and is always hazard and risk aware during work. Challenges any unsafe practices and demonstrates personal accountability (B1)

Installation of Circuits

S4 S7 S10 S11 S14
B2 B5

N/A

Carry out work in a tidy and safe manner, including restoration of the work area on completion of work (S4)

Apply relevant legislation; building regulations; industry guidance notes; relevant codes of practice, the requirements of the current edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671) and other relevant standards while carrying out work (S7)

Safely and correctly use a range of tools, materials, equipment, and components relevant to performing domestic electrical work. (S10)

Design, plan, set up, and install domestic electrical and electronic systems including terminating and connecting cables in domestic electrical wiring systems, installations, and equipment (S11)

Install and maintain domestic electrical and electronic equipment and components, including domestic heating systems, comfort and convenience technologies, heat pumps, solar panels, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points and devices (S14)

Embraces a sustainable working culture, taking responsibility for the careful use of resources and disposal of work waste (B2)

Manages own time efficiently to complete work operations and effectively schedule work within the confines of job responsibility (B5)

Testing and Condition reporting

S9 S12 S13 S16 S17

N/A

Apply and use necessary mathematical techniques, formulae, and calculations that underpin a Domestic Electrician’s work (S9)

Inspect and test domestic electrical Installations using the correct test equipment (S12)

Apply diagnostic and problem-solving techniques to identify, assess and resolve domestic electrical and electronic faults for both initial and periodic testing requirements of single-phase installations (S13)

Record work accurately using correct processes including completion and maintenance of work documentation, recording of test results and preparation of appropriate certification (S16)

Use relevant digital learning platforms and business communication and collaboration applications (S17)

N/A

Scenario based interview - Discussion

KSBS GROUPED BY THEME Knowledge Skills Behaviour
Communication
K4
S5

Effective communication techniques and methods when communicating with people in different roles, and the full range of people and their roles that Domestic Electricians will interact with in their work. (K4)

Communicate using effective techniques and methods with colleagues, customers, contractors, suppliers and others (S5)

N/A

Customer Service
K5
S6
B4

Importance of customer service and effective customer service principles and techniques, taking account of the differences between people and groups of people with respect to equality and diversity (K5)

Apply appropriate customer service principles and techniques to deliver the required customer service (S6)

Focuses on the requirements of the customer (internal and external), seeking to provide outstanding customer services, promoting green technologies when appropriate, meeting, or exceeding customer requirements, including customers with diverse needs and transitioning to green technologies. (B4)

Safety
K1
S1

Understand relevant health & safety legislation and safe working practices covering hazards and risks when undertaking domestic electrical work and how these can be avoided. (K1)

Maintain the safety of self and others by applying statutory health and safety policies, procedures, and regulations when conducting domestic electrical work. (S1)

N/A

Quality and Continuous Improvement and Commercial Awareness


B3

N/A

N/A

Demonstrates commitment to quality, commercial awareness, and continuous improvement by complying with health, safety and welfare requirements, industry standards, statutory regulation and legislation, policies, and codes of practice. (B3)

Continuous Professional Development
K19

B6

Understand the requirements for continual personal development within the industry and the opportunities for career progression (K19)

N/A

Committed to keeping up to date with industry best practice, relevant legislation and technical standards and undertaking personal CPD in line with industry best practice. (B6)

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Employers involved in creating the standard: Arena Electrical Services British Gas / Centrica Clarkson Evans Homeserve Lincolnshire Housing Partnership M A Broughton Electrical Contractors Ltd MCS National Electrotechnical Training NRT Group Paul Adams Savills Solar Energy UK Southwark Building Services TP&N Electrical W G Wigginton

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