ICT Electrical Operative training course now available

The UK's first ICT Electrical Operative training course is now available.  This five day course will give you the skills, knowledge and qualification to legally maintain, remediate and certify Information & Communications Technology (ICT) cabinets & racks.

THIS COURSE COSTS £1,200 + VAT - Simply contact us via enquiries@gncelectrics.co.uk for further information.

In-line with the new 5th Edition In-Service inspection and testing of electrical equipment (2020) and the BS7671 IET Wiring Regulations (2018), GNC Electrics is proud to offer an all-encompassing package to fully train individuals to legally maintain, remediate and certify ICT cabinets and racks.

The release of the 2020 In-Service testing code of practice guide has specified that ICT cabinets are a workplace electrical piece of equipment that require periodic electrical safety inspection and testing, in-line with portable and fixed electrical appliances.

Please note, all students will receive certification from NAPIT training which is assured by City & Guilds.

The course is available to those with a basic understanding of electrics (electrically biased level 3 qualified engineers and ICT Installation Engineers).  The ICT Electrical Operative course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of how to complete Electrical Safety Inspections on ICT cabinets, and when necessary, carry out remediation in accordance with the BS7671:2018.

ICT cabinets are required under, BS7671:2018 to be safety checked on a periodic basis, just like fixed and portable appliances. The course will give attendees the knowledge and training required to work with ICT cabinets in Data Centres and or general server rooms.

During the course, you will be shown how to interpret and implement the standards of BS7671:2018 in relation to ICT cabinets and racks.  In addition, you will be trained how to carry out 'In-Service Inspections and Testing of Electrical Equipment' (IET 5th Edition Code of Practice -2020).  This will enable you to understand the associated regulations for the installation of ICT Equipment in various locations such as server rooms, data centres and work/office locations.

The ICT Electrical Operative Course Training from GNC Electrics Ltd and NAPIT

Course bookingThe course is NAPIT and City & Guilds assured and upon successful completion attendees become members of the NAPIT ICT Electrical Operative Scheme, which certifies that you are competent to undertake the inspection and testing.

NAPIT is one of the leading UK Government approved and City and Guilds accredited membership scheme for operatives in the building and fabric sector.  There are currently more than 10,000 NAPIT registered installers in the electrical, heating, plumbing and ventilation trades across the UK domestic, commercial, and industrial markets.

NAPIT Membership Number: 35521


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course aimed at?

The Course is predominantly aimed at anyone who has achieved a previous Electrical qualification of level 3 or above and those in the ICT industry. The course aims to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct inspection and testing of ICT cabinets safely and competently. This offers the potential for participants to gain a stand-alone qualification and vocation in testing and inspecting of ICT cabinets as well as Portable and fixed appliance testing. This is the only course to offer this as a complete package.

What do I get from the course and what does this course enable me to do?

Upon successful completion of the course candidates will receive:

  • City & Guilds Award for ICT Electrical Operative Inspection and Testing
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Award in the ‘In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment’- 2377-22
  • Membership to the NAPIT Specialist Competence Scheme for ICT Operatives. (18th Edition Wiring Regulations qualification required)
  • Option to join the NAPIT membership scheme for Portable Appliance Testing and Fixed Appliance Testing (subject to application, fees and 18th edition)

It allows you to conduct ‘In-Service’ testing and inspection on ICT cabinets and racking, plus any remedial work required up to the demarkation point (Power supply point). It also allows you to conduct portable and fixed appliance testing. As above this offers a unique opportunity to enhance existing competency or start an entirely new vocation.

How long is the course and what is involved?

The course consists of approx. 20 hours of pre-learning (Basic theory) followed by 5 days of classroom learning at one of NAPIT’s Training Centres. The classroom course structure is as follows:

  • Day 1 – In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.
  • Day 2 – Safe Isolation and the In-service Inspection and Testing.
  • Day 3 – Electrical Inspection and Testing Associated with ICT Cabinets
  • Day 4 – Working with ICT cabinets and Communications Rooms.
  • Day 5 – ICT Inspection and Test- Practical Exam

Can I pay for the course in instalments?

Yes. A finance package can be arranged to help spread the cost of the course. Please contact enquiries@gncelectrics.co.uk to discuss options.

Am I a qualified ICT Electrical Operative as soon as I successfully complete the 5 day course?

In addition to completing the ICT operative course you will also need to complete the 18th Edition Course (this is also provided by NAPIT- minimum of one day). Once this course has been completed you will become a fully qualified ICT Electrical Operative and will be offered membership with NAPIT to conduct in-service testing and inspection, including remedial work of ICT cabinets and racking.

What regulations do ICT cabinets and racking need to comply with and why is it so important?

ICT cabinets are required under, BS7671:2018 to be safety checked on a periodic basis, just like fixed and portable appliances. This is to ensure that the electrical earthing and supply are safe and mitigates the risk against fire and electrical hazards to personnel. Non-compliance of this regulation may mean a business or organisation invalidate their insurance and are liable for any damages.

Non-compliance poses a potential business risk- ICT cabinets have equipment installed worth a substantial amount of money, coupled with the amount of data they control/hold, which could lead to a substantial loss of revenue if the equipment is inadvertently broken or taken off-line.

As a qualified electrician, would I need to do this course?

Although the course is predominately aimed at those wishing to ‘upskill’ from a level 3 Electrical background or those already in the ICT industry the course has proven to be beneficial to qualified electricians. When seeking feedback from qualified electricians we found they were often underconfident at carrying out test and inspection work on ICT cabinets, when considering the amount of data they control and the potential loss of revenue if the equipment is inadvertently broken or taken off-line. Despite this they recognised the potential for hugely valuable new contracts and revenue given the future upscaling of data centres. Therefore, they had an appreciation for the need to meet the new regulations. We recognise that qualified electricians will already have some of the skillset taught on the 5 day course therefore we are able to offer a bespoke condensed training package:- Please contact enquiries@gncelectrics.co.uk

Why would a company want to put its own IT technicians on this course?

By putting their staff onto the ICT Electrical Operative Course companies could save a substantial amount of money. By sending their own technicians to conduct their periodic test and inspection of ICT cabinets this negates the need to outsource the work to qualified electricians. Those who hold the NAPIT ICT Electrical Operative membership can self-certify the install of ICT cabinets, periodically test their safety and compliance which in turn saves time and money. They will also be able to perform any necessary remediation work.

On average this would be a cost saving of £350 for the test and inspection of just one small cabinet.

Can I choose the location of where I do the course?

Currently NAPIT’s training facility in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, is the only location. However, other locations will become available at the other NAPIT training sites across the UK.

Can I borrow test equipment?

Yes, although bringing your own is preferable as you will be more familiar with its function. We do have test equipment of various makes that you can loan for the course – but these are provided on a first come first serve basis.



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