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The AM2 is the final unit of the electrical installation qualification, and has provided the means of independently assessing the occupational competence of electrical installation apprentices for more than 30 years.
A robust, timed practical assessment in five sections, the AM2 requires candidates to perform a set of common occupational tasks and procedures that a fully qualified electrician might face when working in commercial or industrial premises, as well as dwellings. It assesses candidates on installation, inspection & testing and fault-finding; their work must comply with the current British Standard (BS7671: 2015) and meet with the requirements of relevant Health & Safety legislation and industry best practice.
The purpose of the AM2 is to ensure all qualifying installation electricians achieve a single standard that has been agreed by the employers in the industry as meeting their expectations from newly qualified personnel. The content, structure and marking of the assessment is designed to produce evidence that a candidate has gained all the relevant safety critical competencies during their training process.
Assessment centres are not accessible for training purposes and NET licensed assessors are not involved in the training or development of candidates. Accordingly, the AM2 provides a reliable and trusted independent assessment of safe, high quality standards for the electrical installation industry and is highly valued by employers, who regard it as proof of competence for an electrician.
The AM2 is compulsory for apprentices, adult trainees or upskilling workers who seek to gain industry recognised qualified status; raising overall safety and skill levels and ensuring that candidates from various routes have the skills employers need. It was extensively revised in 2010 to reflect current industry standards and best practice, following a wide-ranging independent consultation process with employers, candidates, training providers and other industry parties.
The examination lasts 3 days and candidates are assessed on the following sections:
The four sections must be completed within the specified target times. The work must comply with the requirements of the current lEE Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) and Health and Safety Regulations. Candidates will be permitted to refer to the current edition of the lEE Wiring Regulations (BS 7671), lEE Guidance Note No.3 Inspection and Testing, lEE On-Site Guide (OSG) and guide to the building regs during the tests. Candidates will work on a standard test unit, using drawings, block and circuit diagrams and written instructions.
Your first port of call should be NET’s Candidate Self Assessment Checklist. This is a compulsory piece of paperwork and it is well worth the time it takes to fill it in!
The Checklist will show you everything you should have learned before going into the AM2 – read through it and make sure you definitely have done it all! It’s your employer’s and trainer’s responsibility to make sure you’ve covered everything on the list, so they should go through this with you and help identify any areas of concern.
We’ve also developed an AM2 Common Candidate Errors Guide. This will show you where the majority of mistakes happen – so make sure you don’t make them too!
There’s also a theory element of the AM2. You’ll need to be up to speed on four different guides: the Building Regulations (not just Part P, but any of the regulations that might impact on electrical installation work!), the current edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671), the On-Site Guide and the IET Guidance Note 3. Make sure you revise these carefully – you don’t want to spend three days in the AM2 test rig getting everything right, only to end up losing points on the theory aspects.
Then there’s just three final pieces of paperwork left. Make sure you’re confident in completing an IET Electrical Installation Certificate, and that your measured results conform to the requirements of BS7671. Also make sure you’re confident about completing a Schedule of Inspections and Schedule of Test Results, and be certain you know how to carry out all the necessary tests for these.
Common sense can desert the best of us in exam season, so in the run up to the AM2 it might be helpful to consider the following:
Jeff Way training also offers our candidates a 1.5 day AM2 assessment refresher course in preparation for the exam. The course prepares candidates for the assessment allowing them to be refreshed on current knowledge and practical skills increasing confidence prior to the assessment.
The course covers the following topics:
This course is optional and should you wish to attend please ask for availability when booking your assessment using our contact us page.
Download the AM2 Assessment and Refresher application form here – Download Application Form