Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma
About The Course
The course is for qualified electricians with relevant experience and the qualification provides a strong foundation for career progression to senior technician status within the building services engineering sector. It could also form the first part (120 credits) of a related foundation degree programme and, as such, provide a possible first year exit or second year entry point qualification.
Who is this course aimed at?
Candidates should possess a minimum of NVQ level 3 in Electrical Installations, City & Guilds 2382 (17th Edition Wiring Regulations) and the City & Guilds 2391-10 (Inspection, Testing & Certification).
They must also have diverse site experience including industrial, commercial and domestic installation works, have access to the complete process for an electrical installation from design to completion and attend a technical interview.
How long will the course take?
Two years day release.
What topics will it cover?
Candidates must undertake 12 units, 10 of which are mandatory with a choice for the remaining 2 optional units.
- Health & Safety legislation
- CAD & ICT for building services
- Electrotechnical design & management (double unit)
- Electrotechnical principles
- Science for electrical installation
- Electrical installation technology
- Electrotechnical services, installation & systems
- Electrical supply & distribution
- Electrotechnical sustainability
Optional Units (any 2):
- Mathematics for building services engineers
- Planning work methods, workforce & resource requirements
- Contract procedures & requirements
- Estimating & tendering
- Financial management
- Managing resources
- Planning projects
- Using material technology
What books will I need?
BS 7671: 2008 Wiring regulations £75.00 and access to various reference materials.
Is there an exam?
For the majority of units, the candidate must compile a word processed report which will be discussed and assessed. Most units require a project based on an actual installation. For the Science for Electrical Installation unit, laboratory based exercises supported by reports, research and data sheets are required.
We have recently received outstanding feedback from the City & Guilds external verifier for the portfolios submitted by two of the first students to complete this qualification:
"The range and quality of the delivery was excellent and delivery is undertaken on a specialist team basis. The Centre requires a high standard of portfolio content to be submitted by the candidates. This is clearly demonstrated in the two portfolios externally verified. The Qualification Consultant spoke to each candidate by telephone. Both candidates had previously undertaken their apprenticeship training/examinations through the Centre and held the processes of administration, delivery, assessment feedback and support in high regard. Following completion of their apprenticeship one candidate had concentrated on the work areas of desgin and administration, and the other on the installation aspects. Comment was made on the flexibility of the course content to meet the varied needs of candidates' backgrounds."