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Changes to the 2919 EV Charging Qualifications – Coming September 2022

Changes to the 2919 EV Charging Qualifications – Coming September 2022

There are substantial changes coming to the world of EV Charging Installation qualifications – Book now to get qualified!

City & Guilds has recently announced a complete overhaul of its current EV charge point qualifications from September 2022, replacing the 2919 qualifications with a new C&G 2921 standard.

As the UK prepares to completely phase out fuel cars by 2030, we are seeing a host of changes to EV charging infrastructure and legislation as we gear up collectively to make the switch. This can also be seen in the qualifications required to install EV chargers.

Currently, there are two EV charger installation courses available to the industry:

From the 1st of September 2022, both qualifications will be retired and replaced with the C&G 2921.

Why is it changing?

After a consultation period with stakeholders in the Electric Vehicle Charger market, City & Guilds identified where the current EV charge point course was lacking and created the upcoming 2921 qualification to better align with the needs of the industry.

As the UK’s EV charging infrastructure continues to grow, there is a rising need to standardise practices within the industry that can be adhered to by manufacturers, suppliers, and installers. C&G 2921 has been created to accurately meet the future requirements of the Electric Vehicle charging industry, establishing the standard that manufacturers, suppliers, and installers must adhere to.

Secondly, the 2921 course has been designed to reduce the risk of dangerous and inefficient practices taking place. An audit conducted in 2020 by City & Guilds found that up to 20% of electric vehicle installations assessed were deemed to be potentially dangerous, whilst a number also did not adhere to BS7671 wiring regulations. There was also evidence of poor wiring practices during installation. The aim of the new courses is to reduce the risk of unsafe and inefficient practices taking place and keep people safe.

What is it replacing?

The course content for the new 2921 course will change, the content instead will focus on EV charger installation and the related health and safety issues. It will also acknowledge that candidates will already either be electricians or electrical engineers with completed knowledge and experience with the latest wiring regulations, electrical installations, and inspection and testing processes.

The new course content is included below:

  • Statutory and non-statutory documents for selection, installation, and commissioning of EVC equipment.
  • Traffic Management Orders situation identification
  • Suitability of different modes of charging equipment and connections
  • Design an installation, including assessment of location, and methods for selecting suitable cable
  • System earthing and supply arrangements
  • Risks associated with installations, including PEN/CNE conductor faults, electric shock
  • Requirements for inspection, testing, commissioning, and handover of EVC equipment and circuits
  • Electrical energy storage systems

Changes to Examination and Assessment Process

From the 1st of September, learners will need to complete an online multiple-choice exam, the same as for the current qualifications. However, with the new course, there will be no practical assessment. Instead, this will be replaced by an assignment comprised of short-answer and scenario-based questions, designed to test the practical requirements.

City & Guilds have stated that the new examination and assessment process has been modified to focus and reflect on the issues which affect electric vehicle charging, as opposed to testing a “general understanding of electrical principles and regulations.” This will also serve to deter those with minimal experience as an electrician or electrical engineer from enrolling on the course, simultaneously guaranteeing that all newly qualified EV charge point installers meet the mandated standard to work in the industry.

What’s Happening to the C&G 2919 Qualification?

You can register to take a C&G 2919 course until the 31st of August – after this point the qualification will no longer be available.

C&G 2919 will remain valid after this date, meaning that those who have attained it will not necessarily have to undertake the new qualification to work within the industry. However, in the coming years, we may see the gradual phasing out of 2919 as an accepted qualification to register as an EV charge point installer.

Will the 2919 qualifications still be valid?

Yes! If you gain your 2919 qualification before September 2022, they will not expire – they are up-to-date qualifications that show your competence to employers.

However, if you are aiming to register as an OZEV Installer, you will need to check the requirements for the qualifications they accept in the future.

Three Qualification Pathways

The new 2921 course is the first of three that are due to be released later this year, each separately pertaining to Domestic chargers, Largescale chargers, and Installation design, which are explained in more detail below:

  • ­Domestic chargers (2921-31 Design and Installation of Domestic and Small Commercial Electric Vehicle Charging Installations)

Takes several hours to charge but is necessary as cars must be charged this way most of the time to maintain a healthy battery

  • Largescale chargers (2921-32 Design and Quality Assurance of Largescale Electric Vehicle Charging Installations)

Found in parking locations, service stations and hydro-carbon retailers. Cannot be used exclusively as they will damage the car’s battery after extended use, but useful for occasional charging

  • Installation design (2921-33 Installation and Maintenance of Largescale Electric Vehicle Charging Installations)

Design of location for high-current units at petrol filling stations, or multiple charge points at factory or fleet carparks

Qualifications

City & Guilds have stated that the 2921-01 course is aimed at practising electricians who must hold one of the following qualifications prior to registration:

  • 2357 Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Buildings, Structures, and the Environment)
  • 2357 Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Electrotechnical Services (Electrical Maintenance)
  • 5357 Level 3 Electrotechnical qualification
  • 2356 Level 3 NVQ in Electrotechnical Services Experienced Worker
  • 2346 Level 3 Electrotechnical Experienced Worker Qualification

Will BES Group Electrical provide the new course?

Yes! As a registered provider of the current 2191-02 EV charge point installation course, we are automatically approved to deliver the upcoming 2921-01 course. Upon release, we will provide the course in-house at our learning centre in the heart of Preston, as well as, dependent on group size, off-site at a location of your choosing.

We will also provide the two pending EV charge point installation courses upon release – follow us for immediate updates by registering here.

For more information on the EV charging qualification, please contact us on 01772 250 179, or alternately email matthew.skellorn@lantei.co.uk.