The experts at National Electrotechnical Training (NET) answer a common training-related query.
The Inspection and Testing section of the AM2 is certainly one where candidates have difficulty achieving the required standard. There are some common avoidable mistakes, such as not preparing the test instrument correctly before they start, or not recording the test results accurately. Making sure you get the basics correct is really important.
Another major stumbling block is not carrying out the test correctly. During the assessment you’ll have Guidance Note 3 and the On-Site Guide with you, so you’re not having to rely on memory. It’s essential that you follow these testing procedures to the letter – it’s such a shame when people don’t achieve simply because they don’t follow the correct procedures.
But we understand that a lot of candidates don’t get adequate opportunity to practise Inspection and Testing before their assessment, so we also wanted to do something to help them in this respect. Recently we’ve developed and launched a new interactive Inspection and Testing App, in conjunction with well-known industry figure Sparky Ninja, to help candidates try out some of the tests they’ll come across in the assessment.
For each test (Continuity of Protective Conductors, Continuity of Ring Final Circuit Conductors, Insulation Resistance, Earth Fault Loop Impedance and Prospective Fault Current) you can watch an instructional video with Sparky Ninja showing you how to carry out the test. Then via the interactive tasks you can drag, drop and tap to carry out the test yourself – why not try this out and have a go yourself?
Finally, take a look at the AM2 Pre-Assessment Manual on the NET website which gives more details on all the common errors made during the assessment.
Access the AM2 pre-assessment manual by clicking here